East Riding of Yorkshire Council today announced that it is bringing forward some parts of the improvements to Saturday Market, in Beverley – so that they will be complete in time for the busy Christmas shopping period.
This phase of the improvement work was due to take place in the New Year but will now start on Monday, 7 October and will include lifting setts at the northern end of Saturday Market.
Up to 10,000 setts will be lifted using a riddle bucket, cleaned and then re-laid by hand in the next few weeks. The works are anticipated to be complete by mid-November.
At the same time, the contractors, Galliford Try Ltd, will be re-constructing the footway on the western side of Saturday Market from Old Waste to Toll Gavel.
After completion of this stage, the work will stop so the area can be cleared of construction materials in the run up to Christmas. Work will start again in the New Year.
Nigel Leighton, the council’s director of environment and neighbourhood services, said: “Christmas is an important time for local businesses and for residents and visitors, and Saturday Market plays a big part in the celebrations.
“After agreement was reached on how the setts will be lifted, we have been in a better position to determine how long each phase of the work will take.
“By swapping around the timing of some of the work we can concentrate on the northern end to make sure it is finished in time for the Festival of Christmas and open for shoppers.”
By the time the improvements are completed, next year, up to 45,000 setts will have been lifted, cleaned and re-laid and over 2,300 square metres of footways will have been laid with reclaimed York stone.