MP asks for cobbles work in Yarm to be delayed to allow residents to have say

Darlington and Stockton Times: Yarm town hall Yarm town hall

AN MP has waded into a row involving the replacement of cobbles in Yarm.

Stockton Borough Council is investing £500,000 in Yarm High Street, and part of the work is replacing the cobbles around the town hall area with a flat stone surface.

But the move has been controversial and almost 1,000 residents have signed a petition objecting to the plans.

Now Stockton South MP James Wharton said he had asked the chief executive of Stockton Council to delay the plans to replace the cobbles, but said he had not had a response.

At his MP’s surgery on Friday he said a “large number” of residents raised concerns about the cobbles and the overall scheme.

The Yarm Residents Association and Chamber of Trade have also objected, saying there was not enough consultation about the plans, and that the scheme would detract from the historic setting of the Town Hall.

“Residents came to see me on Friday and I have had a large number of emails and letters,” said Mr Wharton. “Clearly many people knew nothing about the scheme and feel their concerns are being ignored.

“Stockton Council should reconsult and ensure people are given a say.”

Leader of Stockton Council, Councillor Bob Cook said: “Contrary to some suggestions, we are not planning to replace all of the cobbles in Yarm High Street but provide improved access to the war memorial and Town Hall, which houses a disabled toilet.

“The cobbles in this particular area of the High Street are in a poor state of repair and this scheme involves the installation of high quality paving, new lighting to illuminate the Town Hall at night and a thorough cleaning of the war memorial, all in time for the town’s First World War centenary commemorations in August.

“Not only have we developed the scheme in close liaison with the democratically-elected Town Council, we have also carried out letter and leaflet drops and provided displays in Yarm Library. We have also consulted with Yarm Chamber of Trade and the Showmen’s Guild.

“Our discussions with these bodies have been very much a two-way dialogue – we have listened carefully and made revisions to materials, timescales and even colour schemes in line with the views expressed. The response has been broadly positive in every case.”

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6:02pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Supporter of the Democratic Process says...

This display in the library appeared at the weekend after many people had asked if anything was available. Consultation is normally done before a decision is made not when the work is imminent.
This display in the library appeared at the weekend after many people had asked if anything was available. Consultation is normally done before a decision is made not when the work is imminent. Supporter of the Democratic Process
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7:25pm Mon 7 Apr 14

pinkreader says...

Not one single person has mentioned receiving a letter or leaflet. Thr Chamber of Commerce say they knew nothing about it and there has been nothing about it in the library until after people started asking what was going on.
Not one single person has mentioned receiving a letter or leaflet. Thr Chamber of Commerce say they knew nothing about it and there has been nothing about it in the library until after people started asking what was going on. pinkreader
  • Score: 9

8:33pm Mon 7 Apr 14

darloboss says...

what good is it asking residents what they think it only spoils things at the council i ought to know i live in dalo
what good is it asking residents what they think it only spoils things at the council i ought to know i live in dalo darloboss
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