Anger over town centre work - COMMENT ON THIS STORY

Road works - Pock Market place
Road works - Pock Market place

“One hell of a mess.”

That was the verdict of a resident in Pocklington who spoke out this week over the pavement repair work taking place on Market Place.

The work on the town’s pavements has been ongoing for several weeks, with sections of the pathways being cordoned off.

However, Phillip Driscoll contacted the Post to complain about the speed of the work, saying the area outside Danby’s newsagents has been cordoned off for two weeks, which he felt was not good enough.

He said: “I’m a taxpayer like anyone else and this is our taxes paying for this. This is the third week they have been working on that area - they are only replacing paving slabs.

“If you wanted a patio doing at home it would take two men two days to lay it - why have they taken weeks and still not finished it?

“They are reducing parking spaces and narrowing the road so it affects the flow of the traffic. It’s one hell of a mess.”

The work is being conducted by Wolds Construction, but was contracted out by East Riding Council.

The council said: “The works are part of routine maintenance and, due to the nature of where the works are being carried out, a lot of slab cutting is taking place.

“The contractor is therefore carrying out the work carefully to ensure the final result is of the highest possible standard.

“It is anticipated that the works will be completed shortly. Unfortunately we did lose a few days to the bad weather.”

However, the council has been criticised for putting black bollards outside of Danby’s just weeks before the pavement was ripped up to be re-laid.