A tourist attraction that has been closed for 15 months has become the latest organisation to benefit from the A19 rebuilding project.
The Wonkey Donkey Visitors Centre in Cridling Stubbs was given a financial contribution from contractors Balfour Beatty, on top of a donation of tourism signs. The money will fund new disabled car parking bays that will be installed in the next few weeks. Jenny, who runs the sanctuary, said: “The disabled parking bays are something we have wanted for a long time as we are trying to improve our disabled facilities so anybody needing them can have a better experience. “We have also seen a big difference after the brown signs were installed, as so many people head into the village and miss our turn-off.
“We have been closed for 15 months, so we can’t wait to welcome people back through our doors on July 5. We have still been putting in very long shifts looking after the animals and getting ready for the reopening.” When awarding the contract to Balfour Beatty for the rebuilding project of the A19 at Chapel Haddlesey last year, part of the promise to North Yorkshire County Council was for them to give something back to the local community. County Councillor, Don Mackenzie, executive member for access, said: “We have now reopened the A19, which will be a huge benefit for local businesses such as the Wonkey Donkey as they prepare to welcome visitors back to the centre. We wish them good luck for the future.”
Wearing hats are Jackie Howarth (sitting) and Jenny Howarth stood next to Sharon Fox, NYCC Highways Customer Communications Officer. Far left is Liam Taylor, NY Highways Area Contract Manager, and far right is James Malcolm, NYCC Highways Area Manager, surrounded by representatives from Balfour Beatty and JAKTO. (01-07-31 SU)