Work to start on repairing Selby road

North Yorkshire County Council is to start repair work in Finkle Street, Selby, on Monday 2 July.

The county council is to begin repair work in Finkle Street, Selby.

After discussions with the town council and local businesses, work will start on Monday to remove the tegula blocks in the road, lay a reinforced foundation and reset them on a mortar bed. It is expected the work will take up to ten weeks during which time the road will be closed.

Businesses and residents affected have been informed by letter and a drop-in session arranged at the Selby highways depot to answer any questions.

The county council executive member for highways, councillor Don Mackenzie, said: “I welcome the start of this high-quality replacement work which will benefit the area. It will not affect the town’s food festival or the bank holiday market as the contractors have been asked to leave the site safe during these well-attended events.

“Pedestrian access will be maintained and large deliveries can be made by liaising with the site contractors. We acknowledge that this necessary work will be inconvenient, but we will minimise disruption as much as possible.’’

Councillor Karl Arthur, who represents Selby Barlby, said: “I am very pleased that the work to reinforce the foundations and reset the tegula blocks is taking place as it clearly needed doing. This proposed solution is infinitely preferable to the alternative of tarmacking Finkle Street as it will retain the market town character of the street.

“I am also happy that it appears as if pedestrian access to the street will be maintained over the period of the work and hope that, as a result, disruption to the normal business activity in Finkle Street is kept to a minimum. It is also good news that the work is unlikely to affect the Selby Food Festival and bank holiday market activities as these are both strong draws for people to come and visit the town.”

This story was published 26 June 2018