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Cobbles on Thirsk Market Replaced in Time for Bank Holiday

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7:45pm 22nd May 2013

The finishing touches to a £100,000 scheme to spruce up Thirsk market place will be done in time for the May Bank holiday and the town’s regular Monday market.

The Hambleton District Council scheme has seen contractors individually re-lay by hand almost 300,000 cobbles - particularly around the most heavily used southern side of the marketplace.

And the authority’s new leader, Councillor Mark Robson, took time out this week to check out the work.

“This has been a long – and very labour intensive – job but its great to see it almost complete,” he said.

 “Work was slowed down in February, March and the early part of April due to a period of prolonged unseasonably cold weather. Both the daytime and night time temperatures were regularly too cold for the cement based materials to be used.

“But despite that we have managed to repair nearly 100sqm more cobbles than initially planned.

“We hope that both residents and visitors will appreciate the refurbishment – and the investment we are making in our market towns.”

The surface markings will be replaced at the end of June when the new laid cobbles have been scrubbed by vehicle use.

There will still be a small area cordoned off this weekend while the most recently laid cobbles cure - but this won’t disrupt the market.  The barriers will be removed by 31 May.

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