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Another large bit of a mess

15 Feb

Had a short wander about town for first in a while and came across the sorry state of the Hull Hole aka the Beverley Gate remains. You’ll recall that after a plebiscite the council rearranged the excavation with new seating and so on.  Soon after it reopened the walls, perhaps predictably, became an adventure playground for young and not so young children who were clambering all over even riding bicycles and skateboarding on it. Parents of said children seemingly thinking it was a good idea and parents, as we know, are not allowed to say no any more for fear off being accused of abuse. Naturally the old walls or what’s left of them did not take kindly to such misuse and damage was done. So in its infinite wisdom the Council had protective bricks put on top; using lime mortar and the employment of some local college brickwork students. (The Council may have been trying to do this work on the cheap; I couldn’t possibly comment). Even as it was being done it was understood that it wouldn’t stop idiots (there is no other word) from playing on the walls and so it proved. However the mortar used has also failed and the now the new bricks are falling off as well. And if I’m not mistaken the lime mortar is leaching onto to the ancient bricks making them white and unsightly. The place is now fenced off while yet another bright idea is sought. May I suggest getting in experts who know what they are doing when it comes to repairing ancient monuments not some enthusiastic trainees; oh and stiff fines for anyone climbing on the brickwork.  This is all a bit disappointing and worrying since the Beverley Gate is a scheduled monument of national interest and seems destined to be an even bigger ruin than it already is.

In case you’re interested below is an old picture of how the Beverley Gate looked when it was less of a ruin than it is now. What you see above is the left hand base of the gate.

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Look what they done to the hole, Ma …

10 May

Now I know you should not judge something before it’s finished but this is not looking good. Regular readers will recall the Hull hole otherwise known as the Beverley Gate ruins or remains or whatever. It had become an uncared for, litter strewn place where youths gathered to do whatever youths do (skate boarding, drinking, smoking, in short all the fun things). The options were to fill it in or re-jig in some way to make it more amenable. A public vote decided on the latter option and we are where we are with this; well it’s about half as big as it used to be, the lining seems to be horrid brownish beige 1970’s concrete tiles that clash with the ancient brickwork, the steps are just ugly, it looks awful. Oh sure there’s a lot of planting behind where I’m standing and the taxi rank has been moved (much to the annoyance of taxi drivers) but I don’t see this as anything other than worse than before. And where are our discontented youths to go now? And who will pick up the litter? Maybe filling it up was the better option … it’s never too late.

‘Ole in the ground, so big and sort o’ round it was

4 Dec

After a vote of residents on what they wanted for the remains of the Beverley Gate (aka the Hull Hole) the Council, in its wisdom, decided not to cover up the few old bricks but instead create an even bigger hole with seating and landscaping and so on. Quite how this bigger, better hole won’t end up the haunt of disaffected young folks and who will pick up the litter that will inevitably fall in I don’t know. Still I’d better not make too many adverse comments or I might end up like the poor chap in this cautionary tale; enjoy: