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Parking bay to become a parklet?

Residents in Driffield will have a chance to have their say on plans to create a pavement seating area in Middle Street South which it is hoped will encourage people to spend more time in the southern part of the town centre.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) working in partnership with Driffield Town Council has launched a public consultation through the Driffield Commonplace website to seek views on plans to trial a parklet in Middle Street South.

A parklet is an extension to the pavement that provides additional space for the community to stop, rest and enjoy.

The natural shape of the high street limits space for public seating, but we’re keen to try new ideas to improve the public realm and support businesses.

claire binnington

The proposed plan is to temporarily convert one on-street parking bay on the stretch of Middle Street South between Wilko and Lockwood Street into a dedicated seating area.

If there is sufficient support for the proposal, the project would initially be trialled for the remainder of the summer and if successful, reintroduced during the spring and summer in 2023.

This proposal is in response to a town centre survey conducted in March 2021 by ERYC, which showed that 27 per cent of respondents wanted to see a better town centre environment, parks and public spaces.

A town centre parking audit conducted by the Local Growth team at ERYC in early 2022 over three full days – a Saturday, Monday and a Thursday, showed that on average, 25 per cent of spaces on this stretch of Middle Street South were available at any time between 8am and 5pm.

Middle Street South Driffield, Parklet Proposal

Claire Binnington, Driffield town clerk, said: “Consultation has already taken place with businesses directly affected over the last two weeks and there is broad support for a pilot scheme.

“The natural shape of the high street limits space for public seating, but we’re keen to try new ideas to improve the public realm and support businesses.

“After the great success of the Umbrella Plaza and the impact it has had on the northern end of the town, the Town Centre Steering Group wishes to introduce similar provision at Middle Street South.

“The Market Place improvements received 94 per cent support in the Commonplace consultation in late 2021 and we are confident this idea would be equally popular with residents.

“Our Yorkshire Weekend on the 30th and 31st July signals the first of what we hope will be a number of events that will place the onus on the southern end of the town centre and the introduction of the parklet trial can only complement our plans.

“We are keen to stress that we are at the consultation stage and any final decisions will clearly reflect the results of this consultation.”

The Driffield Commonplace survey will open on Wednesday 27th April until Monday 9th May and can be accessed via driffield.commonplace.is.

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