The future of Beverley Gate – the results are in!

The results are in and the public has delivered a resounding verdict on the redevelopment options for Hull’s historic Beverley Gate, with 86.9 percent of respondents voting in favour of leaving the city walls open and visible. 

A total of 3,889 people took part in the poll, with 3,381 respondents voting for the site of the walls to be left open, 481 (12.4 per cent) saying they would prefer the site to be filled in and 27 people (0.7 per cent) showing no preference.

Hull City Council had asked people to vote on two possible options for redevelopment of the site, which is a key part of its multi-million pound public realm improvement programme that will see the city transformed in time for its year as UK City of Culture 2017.

Both designs aimed to celebrate the historic significance of the site where, in 1642, Sir John Hotham refused Charles I entry to the city, an act of defiance widely acknowledged as the spark that ignited the English Civil War.

Councillor Steven Bayes, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for UK City of Culture and Visitor Destination said:

“I’m pleased that so many people have taken part in this consultation which has not only sparked interest in the future of Beverley Gate but has raised awareness of its historical significance, which I believe is something that has been missing in recent years.

“We have always wanted to properly acknowledge the historical significance of the site and, listening to the feedback we received as part of the Destination Hull exhibition in the summer, we felt it was appropriate to give the public a choice.” 

This preferred option, including all the results of the poll and all feedback received will be submitted as part of the application that will go to the Council’s Planning Committee early in the New Year.