Two new gateway signs have been installed to welcome people to Simcoe.The signs, located at Highway 24 North and South, feature two pieces of the town’s history: the county administration building and the Carillon Tower.“Gateway signs to your community are like the front door to your house,” Clark Hoskin, Norfolk County Director of Tourism and Economic Development, said in a release. “It is one of the first things that a visitor or potential investors see. It’s our chance to make a great first impression.”The Simcoe Gateway Sign Committee, comprised of community stakeholders and county staff, spearheaded the design, fundraising and installation of the signs.Funding is provided by the county and through matching funds raised in the community.Several organizations each donated $1,000 to the project. These groups include: The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, Rotary Club of Simcoe, Simcoe Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Simcoe & District Chamber of Commerce, Gentlemen of Harmony, Royal Canadian Legion and Downtown Simcoe BIA.This is part of a county-wide initiative. Signs have already been installed or upgraded in Port Rowan, Waterford, and Port Dover. Two other gateway signs for Simcoe are expected to be installed by 2020.
Download the December 2015 new car registrations news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Best ever performance in new car market in 2015 after fourth consecutive year of growth.Unprecedented 2.63 million vehicles registered after 6.3% rise in demand, exceeding forecast.Biggest December on record sees registrations boosted 4% with 180,077 new cars registered.Fleet demand at highest ever level, surpassing 1.3 million vehicles in 2015.Thursday 7 January 2016 UK new car registrations for 2015 beat 2.6 million units for the first time, sealing four years of consecutive growth. The market has posted increases in all bar one of the past 46 months and a bumper December – the biggest ever, up 8.4% – saw 180,077 new cars registered.Overall, the market rose 6.3% in 2015 to 2,633,503 units – exceeding forecast and outperforming the last record year in 2003 when 2,579,050 new cars left the UK’s showrooms. This is only the fourth time that the market has surpassed 2.5 million vehicles in a full year.Growth was enjoyed across all sectors, with UK fleets boosting demand by 11.8% to reach an all time high of 1.3 million units. Appetite in the private sector, meanwhile, was also robust, up 2.5%.Gains were reported across all fuel types, with petrol and diesel registrations up 8.4% and 3% respectively with equal market shares. Alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) demand, meanwhile, grew 40.3%, securing the biggest ever market share of 2.8% for a year. Plug-in hybrids experienced phenomenal growth, with volumes more than doubling, while pure electric vehicles saw an uplift of around 50%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The new car market defied expectations in 2015, hitting an all time record driven by strong consumer and business confidence. Buyers took advantage of attractive finance deals and low inflation to secure some of the most innovative, high tech and fuel efficient vehicles ever produced. The past four years have seen a remarkable period of sustained growth, and the outlook remains positive with every reason to expect the market to hold broadly steady in 2016.”New car registrations – rolling-year totals, 2009 to present