On Friday 22nd July I (David Elvidge) joined Graham Stuart MP and my colleague, fellow Cllr Kerri Harold to meet with residents on the Swinemoor Estate in Beverley to discuss issues that affect their everyday lives and that of their friends and neighbours.
We walked to the all weather pitch and the residents seemed glad to be reassured that very soon the all weather pitch would become the responsibility of the three churches group and looked forward to seeing how this group would work within their community and engage with the young people of that area. It was also agreed that the area around the pitch had been sorely neglected while issues with the trust that ran the facility were addressed, but everyone was now hopeful that this was soon to be a thing of the past and we all wished to look forward.
Another topic brought up was a recent survey undertaken by East Riding of Yorkshire Council that was sent to all Council tenants and it was felt that this excluded private home owners who wished to be consulted; we all agreed this should and would be sent out to the whole estate to gauge the feelings of the community as a whole.
While there Graham was told about the Humber Colts efforts to bring together various age groups to play football and form teams, we all agreed how good it was to see something brought about for the community by people from within it. We spoke of the benefits to the community that structured sports involvement bring and this along with East Riding of Yorkshire Council sports development workers and Humberside Police “twilight football” were thought to be tools that chipped away at anti social behaviour and should be supported.
We left with a promise that we would be back to hold another meeting in September when residents would be invited to come along and discuss anything they wished to. A chance to meet their MP, Councillors and we hoped to bring along the right mix of Council Officers and Humberside Police representatives to give everyone a chance to address issues with people that could make things happen, a “can do” meeting is what all our residents deserve.
Reported by David Elvidge