Thirsk Cobbles Spruced Up For Spring
12:46pm 19th March 2013
A £100,000 scheme to spruce up Thirsk marketplace will see 300,000 cobbles re-laid by hand.
Contractors have begun the painstaking job of re-laying worn out parts of the cobbled and York stone paved areas, particularly around the most heavily used southern side of the marketplace.
Around 300,000 cobbles will be laid by hand - labour intensive work that does not lend itself to rapid machine laying operations, like putting tarmac on roads, say Hambleton District Council.
The District Council add that they completed the resurfacing of the whole of Thirsk Market Place in the early 1990’s, when it was a requirement that the traditional surfacing of cobbles and Yorkstone paving was used.
“The nature of the materials we are using means we are restricted to two time windows in the year when cobbles can be laid,” said Councillor Brian Phillips, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services, who is pictured checking out the work.
“It needs to be carried out when weather conditions are relatively mild and damp – either from September to November or from February through to May. When the temperatures start to fall it is too cold and the materials don’t set properly – when it is hot 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 before the early May bank holiday.
“There is no ideal time for this type of work – but it needed to be undertaken and once completed we will have a marketplace to be proud of.”
The majority of parking in the market place remains available and there is plenty of alternative parking close to the market place, say the council.
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