For many, the Local Government Elections may seem sometime ago now, a lot has happened since. For me however (Stuart Pearce), the time has flown by. Since I heard the results on May 6th I’ve been on a steep learning curve.
I am very thankful to HU17.net for always offering the chance for myself and other councillors to reach out to the Beverley community.
The Town Council meets on the third Monday of the month at the Town Council offices on Well Lane, Beverley, and meetings are open to the public. Our remit includes reviewing planning applications in the town, ranging from single story extensions to large-scale developments; if you ever have any concerns regarding a planning application in the town, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
At our last meeting we were joined by some of Beverley’s detached youth workers – you might see them around the town in their blue jackets – as well as representatives from the police and East Riding of Yorkshire Council regarding the running of Beverley’s CCTV.
Beverley Town Council provides funding for the Town’s detached youth workers who provide first rate support, activities and advice for young people on issues such as employment, qualifications, alcohol awareness and sexual education.
The Mayor, Councillor Peter Astell received cross-party support when he committed the council to focusing on young people’s issues, and we are determined to help the town in any way we can. This is why Councillor Astell, the Deputy Mayor Margaret Pinder, myself and other councillors have, at the request of the detached youth workers volunteered to be “Young Person’s Champions”, and to give our time in support of local projects and local people.
Furthermore, we looking to restart the Youth Town Council to engage school and college pupils in local issues.
The other main issue of the meeting, the options for and cost of maintaining or upgrading Beverley’s CCTV cameras, sparked a heated discussion between councillors representing different parts of the town.
This is an issue which I personally feel quite concerned about and want to hear your views on; do we keep, upgrade and remove the service which costs the Town Council thousands to upkeep? What is the correct balance for the town? Beverley Town Council’s precept (which forms part of our Council Tax) is comparatively low for a town of its size, and CCTV is a large factor amongst our commitments.
Beverley Town Council does not just provide services, however, but work on projects to bring new opportunities to the town. You may have seen our petition to bring the Olympic Torch through Beverley next year, many local businesses been second to none supporting us – make sure you sign a copy!
In addition, Beverley Town Council has recently provided funding for the Beverley-based Humber Colts football club to purchase a steel container essential to store their equipment and continue as a club. We are always interested to receive applications for grants, if you are involved in a community project then get in touch.
Next month I will be able to tell you more about my work on upgrading our website and consultation capacities so you can tell us more our issues in the town. We also be setting up regular surgeries so you can tell us face-to-face.