Go-ahead for repairs

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Hambleton’s economy has been given a £234,000 boost after district councillors gave the green light to a major programme of repairs and improvements for the district.

It includes £100,000 to re-lay part of the cobbled Thirsk Market Place and £70,000 to replace Stokesley Leisure Centre’s 38-year-old roof.

There is also money set aside for repairs to the World of James Herriot and to replace ageing gym equipment.

“At a time when budgets are being very tightly guarded we have agreed to boost our local economy by spending £234,000 on these local projects,” said Leader of Hambleton District Council, Councillor Neville Huxtable.

“We are in difficult times but this work is long over due. And it will not only improve our facilities and especially the centre of Thirsk where the cobbles are particularly dangerous in places but will support the local economy and hopefully provide jobs for local people.”

He said that part of the cobbled market place in Thirsk has deteriorated through wear and tear and although temporary work has been carried out to dangerous areas, large scale improvement work was now urgently needed. It is hoped it will be undertaken after the worst of the winter weather.

Stokesley Leisure Centre’s roof and wall cladding will be replaced to prevent damage from leaks.

Cabinet members were told that temporary repairs undertaken after lead thefts have been unsuccessful as a lasting solution.

Another £10,000 was allocated to the Herriot Centre in Thirsk to renovate rotting windows, undertake roof repairs and damp proofing.

New fire and intruder alarms will be installed at Stokesley and Bedale Leisure Centres for £29,000.

A sum of £24,000 has been set aside for new gym equipment at Hambleton, Stokesley and Bedale Leisure Centres.

“We have thought long and hard about whether these schemes are necessary,” said Coun Huxtable.

“At this time the work is long overdue and all present good value for money for the authority,” he added