Join the protest to Save Our Setts
CAMPAIGNERS battling to save the cobbles in Beverley's market place are urging residents to join their latest protest march on Sunday.
The Save Our Setts campaign wants to send a strong message to East Riding Council ahead of work starting on a £2.5m town- centre makeover in less than two weeks' time.
Hundreds turned out for a march before Christmas and they are planning to take to the streets again on the eve of talks between the civic society and council.
Campaign group organiser Adrian Stokes said: "The feeling is very strong. Three hundred people came and walked through the town on a foul day to protest in December and almost 800 people have signed a petition.
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"If you talk to people all over the town, they are horrified about what is happening and they need to have their say."
Campaigners are urging the council to drop its plans to rip up the market place cobbles.
Protesters say cobble setts can be seen in the first known print of the market place in 1829 and are an important part of the town's heritage.
But the authority is planning to replace the setts, which it says were laid in the 1980s, with block paving as part of plans to make the market place more pedestrian-friendly.
Beverley Civic Society chairman Sandy Patience said his members would be meeting with council officials on Monday night to discuss the controversy.
Mr Patience said: "I think it's infernally stupid to get rid to the setts. It's a case of the council shooting itself in the foot again.
"The sad thing is they are condemning a part of our town's heritage to the skip.
"There's precious little point in doing it – what is there to gain from it?"
East Riding Council leader Councillor Stephen Parnaby says the majority of people are in favour of the scheme, which will go ahead on January 14.
He said: "The scheme has been accepted by the majority of people, including traders in the market place and North Bar Within and the market traders.
"It has also been accepted by all sorts of groups, including disability groups.
"The setts are a danger. People have said they don't like walking on them and people don't like pushing pushchairs on them."
Cllr Parnaby said he was saddened by the protest.
He said: "I think some people have another agenda.
"We don't have an agenda, we just want to improve the market place and make it a better visitor attraction and better for traders.
"I think when it's finished people will say 'wow, it's fantastic'."
Sunday's march will set off from the Market Cross at 10.45am. A 800-name petition will then be handed in to East Riding Council.