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Parklet plan gets the go-ahead and will be installed this summer

A pavement seating area in Middle Street South which is hoped will encourage people to spend more time in the southern part of the town centre has been given the green light with plans for it to be completed later this summer.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC), working in partnership with Driffield Town Council, launched a public consultation through the Driffield Commonplace website earlier this year 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 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.

There were 417 responses from the public who gave their views on the proposal.

Of those, 75 per cent were either happy or satisfied with the proposed installation and 63 per cent said they would spend more time in the area if a parklet was installed.

A spokesman for ERYC said: “The council carried out a survey in the spring to get Driffield residents’ views on the proposed parklet in Middle Street South, including in person on a stall on the market and through the Driffield Commonplace website.

“The council has now ordered a suitable parklet that reflects the preferred ‘Al Fresco’ style with installation expected to be completed later in the summer.

“We would like to thank everybody who took the time to add their feedback to the survey.

“This project is part of an initial 18-month pilot scheme and further engagement will take place in future to evaluate its success.”

The proposal for the parklet came 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.

Driffield town clerk Claire Binnington added: “Driffield Town Council is delighted that the parklet has received such a positive response.

“It is all part of the town council’s and Town Centre Steering Group’s efforts to ensure that all parts of our town centre have spaces for our residents and visitors to dwell and enjoy the amenities and as consequence provide an increased footfall for the businesses.”

• What are your thoughts on the parklet? Email your views to news@driffieldwoldsweekly.co.uk

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