York City Council apologizes after company struggled at work

The bollards will be installed in Lendal and High Petergate and were first announced earlier this year by the Liberal Democrat-Green coalition that leads York City Council to combat the threat of ‘vehicle-as-weapons’ attacks.

Lendal and High Petergate will be closed during the works.

In May, the Liberal Democrat-Green coalition was voted out and replaced by the Labor Party.

York Press: Work is ongoing at LendalThe work in Lendal is ongoing (Image: Dylan Connell)

Earlier this week, The Press revealed that a manager at Mannetti’s cafe in Lendal feared the business could go under due to a lack of business due to the many visitors who were out on the road for the works.

The director, Marie Milburn, previously told The Press that she was also made aware by the contractor carrying out the work that the road may be closed for longer than originally planned, which she said would put an additional strain on business.

Lendal was originally scheduled to reopen on June 2nd.

York Press: Mannetti's is closed until June 3rdMannetti’s is closed until June 3rd (Image: Dylan Connell)

Mannetti’s is closed for works on Monday (May 22nd) and is scheduled to reopen on Saturday June 3rd.

James Gilchrist, Director for Transport, Environment and Planning at York City Council, said: “I apologize for any inconvenience this work causes.”

“All affected businesses and local residents were contacted about this last year and again in April this year prior to the start of the work.

York Press: The work is taking place outside of MannettiThe work takes place outside of Mannetti (Image: Dylan Connell)

“This also included the exhibition of a press releasethe personal delivery of letters, discussions with companies and local residents and the installation of signs and notices “shops open as usual” on the affected streets.

“Our officials are available to provide further details on the work.

“Access to all shops and apartments will remain guaranteed during the work.

“Pedestrians have through and detour routes for vehicles assisted by staff.”

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Mr Gilchrist confirmed that work at Lendal could be delayed.

“We plan to fully reopen the footpath by June 9, but necessary drainage work may require another brief road closure,” he said.

“If that is the case, we will continue to work with businesses and residents to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.”

David Skaith, director of the York High Street Forum, which represents city center businesses, and owner of independent clothing store Winston’s of York, previously told The Press that the work at Lendal and High Petergate has had a major financial impact on retailers.

York Press: David Skaith, Director of the York High Street ForumDavid Skaith, Director of the York High Street Forum (Image: Included)

“My biggest disappointment is that it’s been quiet in York for four months, we’ve finally got nice weather and half a semester is coming up, but we’ve decided on this time now to start bigger work,” said he.

“Surely earlier in the year would have been a better option?”

The director said he had asked for a timeframe for when major work would be done in the city so dealers could plan accordingly.

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