The collapsed drain outside 28, New Street, Pocklington is on a part of New Street which is single file only.
As this is not only causing issues for motorists it is also a great danger to cyclists I have requested ERYC to repair the collapsed drain as a matter of urgency.
Last night my wife Ruth and I attended the monthly Stamford Bridge Parish Council meeting. Pocklington Provincial is blessed with six fantastic Parish Councils. Like the villages they represent they are all very different. This can be seen in the issues they discuss, the Parish Councillors themselves and the public who attend.
Not only is Stamford Bridge Parish Council blessed with some great Parish Councillors with years of dedication and experience they also have the most public in attendance at their meetings. The public have a fifteen minute period in which to ask questions. These are always diverse and never in short supply.
There is a lot going on in Stamford Bridge and the Parish Council are steering the ship in a responsible manner for the benefit of residents. The most important aspect at all meetings is laughter.
Dont take my word for it the next meeting will be held at 7.30 on Monday 11 March. I encourage all residents to attend.
Residents continue to raise concerns with me regards the missing section of footpath on the A166 in Stamford Bridge.
With the new development the need for this missing section of footpath to be addressed is even more important.
The owners of both properties have indicated to me that they would be willing to discuss options for a footpath with ERYC.
As part of a meeting this morning with ERYC Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services, Paul Bellotti, I requested that a new footpath is given consideration.
As the Percy Road bollard has been removed I have requested ERYC to securely fix it in place at the earliest opportunity.
I am pleased to confirm that the drain cover on Barmby Road, Pocklington which had movement when stood on and was unsafe for motorists to drive over has been repaired.
Well done ERYC.
This morning I paid a visit to Tentor Street and Longlands Close, Pocklington which are on the Linden Homes site. I was appalled with what I witnessed.
- The state of the roads is unacceptable and as residents have waited for three years I believe Linden Homes must take immediate action to complete the roads.
- To prevent danger to children no HGV or any other construction vehicle should reverse from the site in front of the play area.
- Rubbish must be cleared to prevent attracting vermin.
- Until the road is fully made up Linden Homes should reimburse all monies that the residents of Tentor Street and Longlands Close have paid for maintenance.
- As Linden Homes have informed residents up to six times in the previous two years that the works depot is to be relocated to a different part of the development, they must do this at the earliest opportunity or
- If this in not possible use the front entrance to the works depot.
For the benefit of good democracy I have always believed in 12 good men and true. A dictatorship, as we currently have at East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) with 47 of the 67 Councillors being Conservative, is in no ones best interests.
I believe a mixture at County Hall of Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, UKIP, other parties and Independents are best placed to represent residents democratically.
UKIP Councillors Abandon East Riding
With all three ERYC UKIP Councillors failing to turn up to vote on the council Tax on Thursday it is reasonable to say UKIP Councillors have abandoned the East Riding.
Mike Whitehead Steps Down
In an email sent to UKIP MEP Mike Hookam late afternoon today Mike Whitehead, former ERYC Conservative Councillor and UKIP Humberside Police Commisioner candidate resigned from UKIP:
“I have met the Party Leader Gerard Batten on several occasions including when he hosted a dinner in a Brussels Hotel, when I brought over business people from Hull.
Whilst I find him to be a very committed Brexiteer, I believe that his alliance with right wing extremists and his fixation with Islam is totally unacceptable to me and I have no alternative but to resign from the Party he leads.”
More Not Less Choice Required
I appreciate that some will celebrate the local demise of UKIP but come the election in May we could all be faced with fewer candidates standing.
If UKIP fold in the East Riding the Conservative Party will be celebrating as this could result in the dictatorship getting more power.
I would like to warn residents to beware of fallen branches in the Viking Road Car Park, Stamford Bridge.
I have requested ERYC to remove all fallen branches and to ensure those remaining on trees are safe.
In addition I have also requested ERYC to contact the owner of the car to ensure no damage was done to the car.
I am delighted to confirm that ERYC will deliver a load of wood chip for Stamford Bridge in Bloom this morning.
I am sure volunteers to help spread it will be most welcome.
Well done ERYC.
Yesterday at County Hall when the vote was taken on the Council Tax it was like a mantra ringing out – for, for, for… With only one lone voice of Strangeway calling out against.
County Hall Opposition
Of the 67 Councillors I was amazed that 14 never even bothered to turn up. Are all 14 Councillors in bad health or have work commitments that it prevents them attending the most important vote of the year. I think not – there are other reasons.
For example if a Councillor has Council Tax arrears of more than two months they must declare the arrears and cannot vote. The easy solution is not to attend.
- Conservative – there is no surprise that they voted for a Council Tax increase because their party introduced austerity, they campaigned for it and it has failed. Their party has failed to deliver Brexit. Thus their only answer is to tax East Riding residents more.
- Labour – don’t just blame the Conservatives. Every Labour Councillor voted for the increase. They did not mention the failure of Conservative austerity, failure of the Conservatives to deliver Brexit or the waste at County Hall. They are the official opposition but are nothing of the sort. They may as well cross the floor.
- Independent – it was noticable this year (after my departure) that they spoke more in favour of the budget than in the previous two years.
- Liberal Democrat – they actual spoke out to a minor degree but still all voted in favour of the increase.
- UKIP – they never even turned up.
- Strangeway – raised a point of order and vote against.
Yesterday confirmed that there is only one opposition Councillor in County Hall out of the 67.
Call To Get Up Stand Up
All is not lost. Moving forward there is an election on May 2nd and briefings have been organised.
“Briefings have been arranged to assist people considering standing as candidates in the 2019 local and parish council elections.
The briefings will give details of the nomination process and guidance on the correct completion of nomination forms as well as information about the nomination and election process as it applies in our area.
The briefings will take place on Tuesday 19 February and Wednesday 20 February and both will take place at County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA and both start at 5.15pm.
Anyone wishing to attend the events should register their interest with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s electoral services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning (01482) 393300.”