Stromness Town Centre Repaving
As part of the THI consultation through 2007 and 2008, local residents were asked about their perceptions of the public realm and paving in Stromness. The responses collected highlighted the community aspiration to see the concrete slabs replaced with paving slabs similar to those still in existence at the South End of the town. The concrete slabs were laid after the Second World War to replace damaged flagstones, from John Street, through Victoria Street to the foot of the Church Road.
Therefore, the Stromness THI used funds available to improve the public realm of Stromness to repave the North End of the town with flagstones similar to the original stones that were used. To achieve this British Geological Survey carried out feasibility studies to identifying where the Stromness paving stone originally came from and whether it was possible to open up the correct quarry to relay in the correct material.
This was successful, and utilising money from the THI, Orkney Islands Council and a Scottish Government grant programme called The Town Centre Regeneration Fund (TCRF), the street was repaved using stone sourced from Liddle’s Quarry in Orphir, which was found to be the original source. The Stromness Paving Study produced by the British Geological Survey can be downloaded from the Related Downloads Section.
When these flagstones were first laid they looked similar to those laid from Church Road to the base of Hellihole Road but over time they will weather to become like the original stones that you can see at South End.