Council to begin work on £2.5 million Saturday Market revamp
Work will start on the £2.5 million Saturday Market revamp in Beverley next Monday, January 21.
East Riding Council want to make the area more pedestrian friendly and plan to widen pavements and create a pedestrian area around the Market Cross.
Contractors Galliford Try had been due to start the work today (Monday, January 14), but were delayed following a council meeting on January 9, to discuss concerns over removing cobble Yetts in Saturday Market.
A number of protests, organised by the Beverley Action Group, have been held in the town against the council's plans to remove the cobbles, and an 800-strong petition was handed to East Riding Council against the removal of the setts.
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Leader of the council, Stephen Parnaby has announced that the scheme will be re-phased so the work relating to the removal of the setts will take place later on in the project to allow further discussions to take place.
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 use of reclaimed Yorkstone to match.
The first phase of works will start in the area near The Grapes Public House and is estimated to take approximately a week and a half to complete.
This will then be followed by a second phase of works from The Grapes to Dyer Lane, expected to take three weeks to complete.
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.