WORKS are underway to demolish a former York business.

Plans to demolish the former Carpetright in Foss Islands Road, Layerthorpe, in York city centre and replace it with a hotel are now in progress.

City of York Council say a section of footpath in Foss Islands Road between Layerthorpe at the junction with Foss Islands Road and Mansfield Street will be closed until next Saturday (November 27) to allow for the demolition to go ahead.

As The Press reported at the time, the plan was given the green light in February to build a new 188-bedroom Premier Inn with a restaurant and bar on the site - with the developer saying there is demand for more hotel rooms in the city.

The Premier Inn on Blossom Street is usually 98 per cent fully booked, the planning committee heard.

Chris Argent, speaking on behalf of the hotelier, said the venue will bring 55 jobs to the city.