‘We’re the area’s poor relation’

Market Weighton's new mayor, councillor Peter Hemmerman.
Market Weighton's new mayor, councillor Peter Hemmerman.

Market Weighton’s new mayor has labelled the town “a poor relation” to the likes of Pocklington and Beverley, and says he will be campaigning for a new leisure centre and swimming pool to be built in the town.

Councillor Peter Hemmerman has begun his fourth term as Mayor of Market Weighton. He was elected to become mayor once again during the recent Annual Town Council Meeting. He was first elected in May 2010 and remained as mayor until May 2013.

He has taken over the chains of office from Coun Marian Frith, who has been Mayor of Market Weighton for the last two years.

Over the next 12 months, Coun Hemmmerman says one of his main aims is to campaign for a new leisure centre to be built in Market Weighton.

He explained: “We need a good swimming pool and sports and leisure facility somewhere in the town. It has been a desire for the people in the town for a number of years.

“Everyone is travelling to Pocklington and Beverley. We need to stop this travelling and need to be self-supporting.

“There is nothing like this in Market Weighton. We are the poor relation to towns like Beverley and Pocklington.”

Coun Hemmerman has identified possible funding sources, including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Olympic Heritage Fund.

His other main targets include campaigning to re-open the railway line from York to Beverley, via Market Weighton, Pocklington and Stamford Bridge. Coun Hemmerman is currently the chairman of Minsters’ Rail Campaign, which aims to resurrect the line.

Coun Hemmerman will also be pushing for better road maintenance, new pedestrian footpaths and cycleways with housing developments and says he will be “keeping a close eye” on the flooding situation on the town.

Speaking about being re-elected as mayor, he added: “I’m very pleased, it’s an honour to be Mayor of Market Weighton.”