Consultation over public spending

Beverley Leisure Complex
Beverley Leisure Complex

A new East Riding of Yorkshire budget consultation event and online survey is giving residents in the Pocklington and District area the chance to shape the council’s spending priorities.

East Riding residents are being invited to share their views on how the council prioritises its annual budget at a workshop event, which takes place at Beverley Leisure Complex at 10am on Thursday 20 November. Senior managers and councillors will be on hand and will be keen to hear the views of residents taking part.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, said: “It’s always interesting to hear how residents feel we should prioritise spending.”

Anyone who would like to attend the budget event can complete an online form on the 
website by visiting www.eastriding.gov.uk/budgetform.

Alternatively you can email your details to budget.event@eastriding.gov.uk, or call 01482 394200 (answerphone).

Meanwhile, a £300,000 council fund designed to help revitalise town centres across the East Riding, including Market Weighton and Pocklington, has received a number of expressions of interest since launching in June.

The East Riding High Street Fund will be allocated via a bidding process over the course of three rounds, with places able to make more than one bid for a share of the fund.

Since the launch, interest from the thirteen eligible locations has quickly been established with 36 potential projects now being discussed.

So far, the ideas in the first round have included heritage trails, media and communication tools, events infrastructure, town team support, pop up and empty shop initiatives, youth enterprises, buy local campaigns, free town centre Wi-Fi and cultural packages for all of the locations.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This is an encouraging start for the fund and is practical example of how this council, through prudent financial management, is helping our High Streets.”