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Outgoing town clerk Richard Wood (left) and the new clerk Gordon Scaife.

Outgoing town clerk Richard Wood (left) and the new clerk Gordon Scaife.

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A former Pocklington town councillor has been appointed as the town’s new clerk, replacing the long-serving Richard Wood, who is retiring.

Gordon Scaife is currently learning the ropes and working alongside his predecessor until Mr Wood retires on 30 June.

Mr Scaife, who was a town councillor from 2007 to 2011, is looking forward to the challenges ahead.

He said: “I feel privileged and excited to be taking up the role of town clerk in Pocklington.

“I think one of the main challenges for the town is to ensure all the new housing development will not change the character of the town too much.

“The new residents moving here need to be welcomed and encouraged to use the town’s facilities.”

Mr Scaife added that he is hoping to build on the work already undertaken in the town by the town council.

His previous job was working as a leisure, tourism and culture policy officer for East Riding Council. As well as a policy officer, he managed a number of projects that aimed to bring more visitors to the region.

The 50-year-old lived in Pocklington until two years ago, and was a resident in the town for 14 years.

He explained: “I only left because I wanted to escape to the countryside and now live in the small Yorkshire Wolds village of Langtoft.”

Pocklington is a “friendly and lively place,” according to Mr Scaife.

He added: “It has a number of attractions which attract visitors from beyond the East Riding such as Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum, the arts centre and Pocklington Canal.

“It is the gateway to the Yorkshire Wolds which are perhaps one of the country’s best kept secrets despite efforts to promote them as a great place to visit.”

Mr Scaife has the full backing of Mr Wood, who said: “In my opinion Pocklington is very lucky to secure the services of Gordon Scaife.

“He has a great deal of relevant experience having worked for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and latterly East Riding Council in addition to which he was a town councillor here in Pocklington some years ago.

“I sincerely wish him well in his new role which I have found to be interesting and worthwhile.”

Former policeman Mr Wood became town clerk in 2001 after retiring from the police.

He was an inspector at Pocklington between 1986 and 1990.