Save Our Setts cobble campaigners march through Beverley's streets
Hundreds of residents took to the streets of Beverley today (Saturday) to campaign to keep cobbles in Saturday Market.
The Save Our Setts Campaign was launched by the Beverley Action Group to protest East Riding Council's plans to remove the coble setts.
As part of a £2.5m renovation of Saturday Market, the council intends to replace the cobbles with block paving, cut parking spaces, widen pavements and create a pedestrian area around the Market Cross. It says the changes will make the area more pedestrian-friendly.
Campaigners against the move gathered at Saturday Market at 10.30am. A piper led the march to County Hall.
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A spokesman for the Beverley Action Group said: "The visual quality and character of Saturday Market in Beverley is dependent on its fine Georgian and Victorian buildings, Yorkstone pavements and stone setts.
"East Riding Council proposes to implement a crude, inappropriate scheme that will remove these wonderful landmarks and change the character of Beverley's main square.
"We support the less costly and more sympathetic scheme proposed by Beverley Civic Society, to keep the setts, restore the Yorkstone pavements, with sawn Yorkstone and carry out basic maintenance."