Venue’s revamp among issues discussed at council meeting

The major project at Pocklington Arts Centre is 'running smoothly'. Pictured is the two sections of the building, which once the work is completed will be joined together for the first time.

The major project at Pocklington Arts Centre is 'running smoothly'. Pictured is the two sections of the building, which once the work is completed will be joined together for the first time.

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Flooding, superfast broadband and the revamp at Pocklington Arts Centre were among the issues discussed at Pocklington Town Council’s recent full council meeting.

At the start of the meeting, held at the old courthouse, on George Street, Natalie Venning from East Riding Council gave a talk to the town council about superfast broadband in Pocklington, with speeds of up to 80Mbps now available to more than 4,000 homes and businesses.

She spoke about how residents can receive superfast broadband and asked councillors to become ‘broadband champions’ and raise awareness of the high speed technology in Pocklington.

Town councillors were told by Pocklington Arts Centre manager Janet Farmer that a major project to refurbish the first floor of the Arts Centre and remodel the venue’s ground floor is “running smoothly” and is “on schedule” to finish in late March.

During a discussion about flooding problems in Pocklington, councillor Graham Perry said that the council should ask the Environment Agency to “check there are no blockages in the culverts” following the flooding in the town on Boxing Day last year. Coun Martin Cooper added: “We need to ask for a structural integrity check of the culverts.”

The town council’s precept was also discussed, and councillors decided to increase the bill that tax payers in Pocklington have to pay the town council by 4%. Also at the meeting, Coun Alan Spademan said a meeting about fracking would be held at Pocklington Christian Fellowship Church, on Chapmangate, on 9 February.