Update on Stonegate footway repaving scheme
Works to repave and resurface the footway on Stonegate will take longer than initially planned.
The scheme on Stonegate started on 3 January 2022 and was planned to be completed within 9 weeks. In February 2022 we identified issues with the condition and structure of private cellars.
More time is now required to ensure the new footway keeps its special character whilst being more resilient to future heavy use.
As a result the works on Stonegate are now scheduled to resume in January 2023.
Throughout the works we’ve regularly been talking to businesses and retailers, who’ve told us that there continues to be high footfall on Stonegate, which we know will typically increase as we near the spring and summer months.
We understand this is a busy time of year and we want to ensure we can work with as many businesses and retailers as possible, to ensure the least amount of disruption for them, their businesses and also members of the public.
With the scheme already being extended in February together with an increase in footfall, it’s becoming more problematic to close sections of the footway safely. Therefore, we propose to pause the remainder of the scheme until early in 2023.
We're proposing to carry out the remainder of the scheme over a period of approximately 5 weeks in January and February 2023.
This ensures the works will take place after the busy 2022 Christmas period, and at a time when there is usually lower footfall in the city centre. We also know from speaking to businesses and retailers previously that this is the preferred time to carry out the works.
Works on Colliergate and Church Street remain unaffected by these changes and will continue as planned.
We would like to apologise for any disruption that the works cause, but restrictions are in place to keep residents and visitors safe.
If anyone has any issues during the working hours, speak to the staff on site and we’ll try to correct any issues straight away if we can.
- Stonegate: works resuming from January 2023, for around 5 weeks
- Colliergate: works taking place from January 2023, for around 7 weeks
- Church Street: works took place from February to May 2023 - works now complete
Location of repaving works
Purpose of the works
The works will enhance the street appearance and character, creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment. This will attract more people into the area and improve access for pedestrians.
There are significant defects in the surface of the footways to be replaced, where paving slabs are broken and uneven, which make it unsafe for pedestrians. Existing paving that is taken up and in fair condition, will be taken back to our yard and re-used for future maintenance.
To improve accessibility we will be introducing dropped kerbs where appropriate and possible to do so (there are some restrictions due to the locations of existing cellars).
Six dropped kerbs have been installed to date with the plan of installing another six. This includes a mix of renewing existing and introducing new drops kerbs. If dropped kerbs can be placed directly opposite to each other, tactile paving will be installed too.
As part of the ongoing Footways Renewals Programme similar works are also planned to be undertaken on Lendal, Coppergate and Blake Street next financial year.
Pedestrian access during works
Pedestrian access has been altered to allow works to the footways to take place. Access to all properties and businesses is retained at all times by foot. Signage is in place to divert pedestrians to the opposite footpath to use and ramps have also been put in place.
Access to business entrances is maintained, but at a reduced width and occasionally with some temporary surfaces. Traffic marshals are on site on Stonegate between 5.00am and 5.00pm, 7 days a week to assist.
Impact on businesses (including shops, cafés and restaurants)
We held an engagement session for businesses and residents in November to gain feedback prior to works starting.
We will install ‘businesses open as usual signage’ along all the routes during the works.
We encourage businesses and retailers to contact us if we can provide any more information or support via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impact on deliveries and vehicles during the works
Deliveries are permitted as normal, during their allocated hours, 5.00am to 10.30am.
This is managed by our traffic marshals on Stonegate, but vehicle access is only possible up to our works area at any one time. Please note that when we are working outside a business any deliveries may require lifting aids (trolleys, sack barrows etc) to take goods from the vehicle to the business.