Goodbye historic street

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The East Riding of Yorkshire Council has approved preparation for orders which will allow them to obtain properties on an area of Hilderthorpe Road without the owner’s consent.

Compulsory purchase orders and road side orders will be used to obtain houses, buildings and land if an agreement cannot be reached between the owners and the Council.

The Council say the move will “bring long-term benefits to Bridlington and help to create the right conditions for developers to invest in the town.”

But despite the majority of buildings and land on Hilderthorpe Road having already been purchased by the Council, there still remains Council, there still remains worried residents and business owners who have not yet reached an agreement with the Council.

John Ledraw has owned and lived at JC Book Exchange on Hilderthorpe Road since 1971, and now, in his mid-80s, said he would be unable to relocate his business and home.

“I have worked and lived here for 44 years, and at my age I won’t be able to carry on my little business anywhere else - but I can’t fight them.

“The shop keeps me ticking over and lets me pay the bills.

“I am hoping the council will be able to pay me off for not only the building, but also all of my stock.”

Owners on land subject to compulsory purchase orders can usually expect compensation rights to the value of the property, moving and acquiring a new property and also solicitors fees.

But Stephen Wiseman, owner of Wiseman Electrical Wholesalers, said he has not been kept properly informed about what the changes will mean for his business.

He said: “I rent my property - the East Riding of Yorkshire Council have to negotiate 
with my landlord before speaking to me.

“But they have not approached me at all, so I don’t know whether to look for somewhere else. They won’t tell me anything, I want the council to communicate with me more and I want to know where I stand.

“You can get depressed by it all because you don’t know whether you are coming or going.”

Another business operating on Hilderthorpe Road is Ocean Rewards local seafood shop, the owners of which too believe they “have been kept in the dark.”

Karen Sanderson, co-owner of Ocean Rewards and who also rents from the same landlord as Mr Wiseman said: “We have had to find out about things in the Free Press. We have three members of staff so they are wondering if they will still have jobs.

“We have been kept in the dark, and it will be a shame if the Council don’t help us to relocate. We don’t know whether we will get compensation.”

However Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Today’s approval is not a case of the council ‘jumping the gun’; it is simply a case of being prepared for any eventuality and to allow the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan to progress expediently.

“The council’s preferred approach is to negotiate with landowners to try to acquire the relevant properties. However, if agreements cannot be reached within the required timescales a compulsory purchase order for a 0.9 hectare area of land may be required.

“The Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan is a key part of the council’s Area Action Plan for the town, which has the long-term aim of making it easier for people to get to town centre shops and businesses without increasing congestion and helping to make the town centre an attractive and pleasant place to visit.

“This work will bring real long-term benefits to Bridlington and help to create the right conditions for developers to invest in the town.

“A strong Bridlington is vital to the East Riding economy and I am delighted that work continues to move forward.”

A spokesperson for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council added: “In addition, a side roads order is also likely to be required to allow new access arrangements to be constructed between Hilderthorpe Road and Beck Hill.”

The construction scheme on Hilderthorpe Road is expected to commence in autumn.