Blake Street Traders’ Response as Bollard Construction Begins in York
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Blake Street Traders’ Response as Bollard Construction Begins in York

Permanent measures are being installed in Blake Street, which is closed to vehicles with fencing outside the Assembly Rooms. The City of York Council spokesperson said the work will be done by Friday, February 23. Blake Street businesses and properties remain open during the six-week closure, with alternately closed footways as work progresses.

‘It’s quiet time of year’

Andrew Hannan, Clarksons menswear owner, said the work started during a quiet business season. He expects footfall to decrease heavily as the work progresses. The shop had a successful Christmas but took a hit from a previous bollards installation in High Petergate.

There was a 40% decrease in takings during the previous disruption, while this time Mr. Hannan feels the work will cause major disruption.

More bollards will be installed this year across the city center. Mr. Hannan is urging the authority to keep disruption to a minimum and wants help with business rates for affected traders.

Beth Da Furno, manager at The Imaginarium, said that since work started on January 8, deliveries have been difficult, although the work has had little impact on trade. However, she expressed concerns about noise from the work spilling into the store and deterring shoppers.

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Council boss apologizes for disruption

Cllr Peter Kilbane, the council’s executive member for economy and transport, apologized for the disruption and said the city will be relieved when the works are over. “Access to businesses and properties will remain open and the footways will be alternately closed on each side of Blake Street in two phases. There will be staff on site to help with deliveries and a contractor’s public liaison officer has discussed access needs with all businesses. This is one of the final stages of work to complete the city’s hostile vehicle measure installation,” he said.