Beverley is keeping its cobbles ... and that's sett in stone!
PEOPLE power has saved the cobbles in Beverley's historic Saturday Market.
After crunch talks yesterday East Riding Council said it was "pleased to have reached an agreement" with Beverley Civic Society over the issue.
Instead of removing all the stone setts and reusing just 30 per cent, contractors will now take them up by hand and re-lay almost all of them.
It follows a suggestion from English Heritage, which had always said the cobbles should be retained.
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A series of public marches and an organised petition eventually forced a change of heart by the council.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding Council, said: "I am delighted that, following these further discussions with English Heritage and the Beverley Civic Society, an agreement on this element of the Saturday Market maintenance scheme has been reached, pending discussions on some of the detail.
"This council has and continues to take great care when it comes to consultation and, following the gatherings and correspondences in support of retaining the setts, I felt, as leader of the council, it was important to allow extra time for further discussions to take place.
"I now hope that this scheme, supported by English Heritage and the Civic Society, can now proceed in a timely manner with as little disruption as possible and provide Beverley with a space that can help this town maintain its place as one of the country's most vibrant market towns.
"These revisions will now be reviewed by the Beverley Area Community Partnership and will include those stakeholder groups previously consulted."
English Heritage is in full support of the new scheme.
The crossing points, granite kerbs and gutter will be retained and those setts removed will be kept in storage for future use on the scheme in the market area.
A civic society spokesman said: "The Beverley Civic Society has had further discussions with East Riding Council and has welcomed a revised scheme to retain the setts, subject to further discussions on minor details regarding the setting of the Market Cross and parking in relation to it.
"We welcome the retention and storage of historic materials for reuse within the town and are looking forward to further discussions regarding the scheme development."
The changes to the scheme will mean an additional ten weeks of work at a cost of £150,000.
The work will be similar to that done in Highgate, Beverley, in winter 2010-11.
It means the total cost of the scheme will now be about £2,650,000.
The council says its contractors will need to come off site ahead of the busy Christmas period and return to complete the work in early 2014.