Council to widen two footpaths on town street

Two footpaths are set to be widened on Pocklington's Market Street.
Two footpaths are set to be widened on Pocklington's Market Street.

East Riding Council has announced that two footpaths are set to be widened on Pocklington‘s Market Street in the New Year.

It was believed just one footpath was to be widened on the road as part of a £34,000 scheme, which will also include adding a new loading bay.

But the council plans to increase the width of both footpaths that adjoin Union Street. Earlier this month, some shopkeepers on Market Street criticised the plans and claimed it could lose them custom by preventing vehicles from parking outside their businesses.

Work is scheduled to start on 5 January, and is expected to last four to five weeks, weather permitting. There will be no road closures.

The council has consulted with local shop owners in preparing the scheme, and has written to them to inform them of the programme of works. An East Riding Council spokesperson said: “This work will greatly improve Market Street and the shopping environment. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this short programme of work, and ask businesses and residents to bear with us while we complete these improvements.”