I'm endevouring to have the road outside our development (Castleforbes Road, Northwall)improved. It's currently a patchwork of cobble setts, tar in-fills, pot holes, depressions, lumps and dirt. Due to the disappearence of cobble sets over the years and the poor state of what remains (for what cobbles remain, think Temple Bar with HGV's driving up and down) we are looking for a new road surface.
DCC are quoting the appendicies of the Development plan concerning retention of cobbles as a barrier to their removal. I would have thought that if the cobbles were listed under the 'Protected Structures' section of the Development Plan (which they are not) we would have to seek their 'de-listing' to allow their removal / covering. However, are they legally bound to not touch every item listed in the appendicies ?
Guild street & Mayor street are both in the same appendicies and have had their cobbles removed. The cul-de-sac beside the former British Rail Hotel is actually on the 'protected structures' list and has also lost their setts (which were actually in good order).
Any advice on how to approach this one ?