Our street is mainly cobbled, but there is a strip of tarmac along most of it. This dates back a couple of decades to a repair job done by one of the utility companies.
A few years ago the council wanted to rip up the cobbles (actually, they are setts, not cobbles) and tarmac the whole street. The residents were against it so nothing was done for some more years – apart from the need for constant patching along the edges of the tarmac.
Part of the problem was that it was very hard to find anyone who knew how to relay setts properly, and the traditional method of maintaining them – regular brushing of sand between the setts, is too expensive these days.
Now the council have finally decided to reset the setts, as they have had some experience relaying the setts in the Royal Mile (central road in the historic old town).
Here are some pictures. At the moment they have dug up the setts at the other end of the street, so some photos of that will come along once they get to our end. At the moment, our end of the street is being used as a processing space for producing the “underlay” for the setts.