Beverley cobbles row rumbles on as Saturday Market work starts
WORK is under way on the revamp of the East Riding's busiest retail square after delays because of controversy over the planned removal of stone setts.
Contractors have started the £2.5m revamp of Saturday Market in Beverley.
But in the first few months they will not be taking up any stone setts.
The running order of the project was altered to allow further consultation with Beverley Civic Society and English Heritage, which had objected to the removal of historic stone setts from the ancient core of the market town. Instead, contractors have started work on pavements outside The Grapes pub and will then move on to the stretch between the pub and Dyer Lane.
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That should take about five weeks.
An East Riding Council spokesman said: "Works will be phased to minimise disruption, with the first phases focusing on repairs to the Yorkstone pavements, which will include reuse of existing materials and utilisation of reclaimed Yorkstone to match.
"Access to the local shops will be maintained throughout the construction works as the thresholds will be undertaken out of normal hours to reduce disruption to both the businesses and customers.
"Regular updates will be sent in advance of each phase commencing and it is anticipated that the footway works programme will take until the summer to complete."
The first meeting between objectors and East Riding council chief Executive Nigel Pearson is scheduled this week.