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Shambles cobbles will stay
I would like to address a number of concerns raised recently on changes to King’s Square.
The council is not removing any cobbles/paving on Shambles. The paving we are replacing on King’s Square (only) was placed there in the 1970s. Before this the area was tarmac or brick set.
The raised area of King’s Square is being retained and refurbished up to Daisy Taylors store, on the edge of King’s Square only. All paving which is in a good condition will be re-used again in any future schemes across the city.
A full consultation was carried out with businesses and residents prior to these works and we will continue to consult as we go forwards. More details can be found at www.york.gov.uk/reinvigorateyork
Earlier this year an independent Access and Mobility Audit was carried out for the council by the Centre for Accessible Environments and a number of measures were recommended to improve and make the city centre streets more accessible, although this is not the sole reason for the King’s Square scheme.
The Reinvigorate York initiative aims to both improve and enhance the quality of our city’s public spaces – including circulation in the city centre, restoring and enhancing the city centre’s public spaces, and achieving other improvements that will help enhance the tourist, retail, business and cultural experience of visitors, residents and people working in the city centre.
Darren Richardson, Director of city and environmental services, City of York Council
• Will that church, or what remains of it are found in King’s Square, just vanish again, buried never to be seen again? Probably, with this council who seem to care little about the history of York as a whole.
Perhaps the dig area could mark out the two potential churches’ base foundation areas and, when laying new paving, lay glass paving over the foundations to show the foundation framework.
Artists’ impressions could be made of the original buildings and put on boards around the square to demonstrate how the square might have looked in previous times.
Something to that effect could well draw visitors to that area of York and bring more revenue to businesses and the city.
Paul W Cooper, Woodley Avenue, Acomb
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