Further improvements to Haworth’s historic Main Street are expected to be completed this summer.

They will include new seating, plant containers and bins, which will enhance ongoing efforts to restore the road’s surface. Contractors have been removing and relaying large parts of the steep street.

Many of its setts had become damaged and the material in the gaps between the stones had eroded away, leaving hazardous potholes.

The re-surfacing followed fears, raised by members of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council in early 2007, for the future of the setts.

The work on the setts is still to be completed. But Worth Valley district councillors have given the go-ahead to the accompanying part of the programme, which mostly relates to street furniture.

Coun Russell Brown said: “After many sometimes heated meetings between various groups within Haworth, a general consensus has been reached and I am pleased with the final plan.

“These meetings have been about listening to and collating everyone’s views on the various street furniture options for the Main Street project. The improvements will mean new seats, placed to highlight the vistas across the valley and up Main Street.

“They will also mean new planters to be used by the Haworth in Bloom group, build-out features, new refuse bins and bollards. “The work should hopefully be finished within the next eight to ten weeks.”

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