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A scheme to restore the unique cobbles in one of Hambleton’s villages is underway.


Volunteers have begun the painstaking job of re-laying damaged parts of the cobbles around the war memorial area in Helperby with the help of a £4000 grant from Hambleton District Council’s Making a Difference Fund.

And the work has also seen them uncover a long forgotten 15th century well.

“The deteriorating condition of the cobbles in Helperby, which pre-date 1900, has been a concern for residents for years.  They are an integral part of our Conservation Area but in their current state they present a poor example of what a Conservation Area should be,” said Cllr Nigel Denison, Chairman Brafferton and Helperby Parish Council

As a result of the grant, around 5000 square metres of cobbles was transferred to Brafferton and Helperby Parish Council allowing the council to implement a cobbles restoration programme over the coming years.

“It has taken a while but the community now has ownership of the cobbles and we can put in place a robust plan for the restoration of all the cobbles in the public areas of the village,” added Cllr Denison.  “It will take several years to complete but we hope to restore our unique streetscape for future generations and ensure our village remains a special and attractive place to live.”

Contributions for the scheme around the war memorial have also come from Brafferton and Helperby Parish Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

  • Cash for the Making a Difference scheme comes from ongoing cost savings that councillors are reinvesting into the local community. Each scheme must meet one of the council’s key priorities – driving economic vitality, enhancing health and wellbeing, caring for the environment and providing a special place to live. And each must show that there is community involvement and represents value for money.

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