Market place set for £100,000 revamp

Thirsk market square
Thirsk market square
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A SECOND phase of improvements to Thirsk market place are to get underway next week.

Hambleton Council is spending £100,000 on relaying cobbles and York stone paving to the northern side of the market place and repair any other areas in need of maintenance.

The majority of parking in the market place will still be avaialble but the taxi rank will be temporarily relocate.

 Councillor Nigel Knapton, Hambleton Council’s portfolio holder for customer services and asset management, said: “The nature of the materials we are using means we are restricted to two time windows in the year when cobbles can be laid.

“It needs to be carried out when weather conditions are relatively mild and damp – it is usually ideal either from September to November or from February through to May.

“During these periods the temperature doesn’t usually become too cold that the materials don’t set properly or so hot that the materials dry out too quickly.

“We are trying to complete the works as quickly as we can, balancing this with minimising disruption and retaining as much parking as possible. We hope to cause as little disruption as possible over the Easter weekend and the work should be completed in time for the May Spring bank holiday.”

More than 300,000 cobbles were laid by hand on the southern side of the market place last year as part of the renovation works.