October 9, 2008

TS23 Gazette Communities

LOCATION: Billingham.

HOUSE TYPES: Full range.

SCHOOLS: Primary schools include Roseberry Junior School, Pentland Primary School, Oakdene Primary School.

Secondary schools include St Michael's RC Comprehensive and Northfield School and Sports College.

LOCAL AMENITIES: Full range in Billingham town centre.

TRANSPORT SERVICES: Regular bus services and train station at Billingham.

PUBS: Plenty to choose from in Billingham.

HOSPITALS: Nearest is University Hospital of North Tees.

LOCAL AUTHORITY: Stockton Council, 01642 393939.

NEW BUILD DEVELOPMENTS: College Gardens, The Causeway - Yuill Homes and Times4. Monksfield, Belasis Avenue - Thoroughbred Homes.

RENTAL POTENTIAL: Yes, good. Properties are renting right across the board. An apartment or small house will rent for pounds 375- pounds 475.

MAKING THE NEWS: Billingham Forum will shut for 18 months for its pounds 15m refurbishment instead of a previously planned phased closure to allow facilities to stay open. Stockton Council says the move will speed up the revamp of the 1960s-built sports and leisure complex and reduce costs.

Improvements include a new swimming pool, upgraded ice rink, an extension to the gym with 30 additional health and fitness stations, a new adventure play area for young children, new dance studio and new bar and bistro.

The outside of the building will be completely rebuilt and transformed with a glazed entrance and glass atrium and a new roof. It is anticipated that the entire Forum will close in July 2009 with the intention of reopening for January 2011.

Plans have also been announced for a pounds 45m comprehensive redevelopment and revitalisation of the decaying town centre.

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