New cycle racks planned for Pock

Library cycle park
Library cycle park

THOUSANDS of pounds will be spent on new cycle racks in Pocklington to cater for the growing number of cyclists who ride through the town.

There will be 19 new cycle racks erected altogether, which will cost around £2,400, but some of these will be replacing existing racks.

New ones will be put up outside RM English and Becky Mackenzie on The Pavement and also in front of HSBC on Market Place.

Racks which are going to be replaced include those outside the Co-operative store on George Street and Maynews on Market Place.

The stumps outside Pocklington Library on Railway Street, which Pocklington town councillor Martin Cooper said “do more damage than good”, will also be replaced.

Coun Cooper believes the Way of the Roses cycle route, which opened last year, and other newly-established routes have led to an increase in the number of cyclists coming through Pocklington, who he feels have to be catered for.

He said: “What we are hearing from the B&Bs is that they have had an increase in trade and it’s largely cyclists coming to the area.

“It’s a result of the Way of the Roses. I’ve spoken to some of them doing Way of the Roses and other cycle routes.

“It’s good to see and we need to cater for them.”

The project will be paid for by Pocklington Town Council and East Riding Council, but funding may also come from at least one more source.

Town clerk Richard Wood, who describes the new racks as having “an ornate design”, said: “We are looking at the possibility of another funder coming in to help.

“We will be consulting Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY) regarding the possibility of assisting with finance.”

A spokesperson for East Riding Council said: “Some money was allocated in the latest Local Transport Plan for cycle parking in Pocklington.”

The type of rack town councillors have chosen, called a “Broxap”, is slightly more expensive than a basic rack and cost £125 each.