Your article: Plans to entice more visitors to town centre

Town clerk Richard Wood, left, and Grahame Hicks near the entrance to Burnby Hall Gardens.

Town clerk Richard Wood, left, and Grahame Hicks near the entrance to Burnby Hall Gardens.

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Moves are underway to establish a visitor trail from Burnby Hall Gardens to Pocklington town centre after a local project won funding from East Riding Council’s ‘High Street Fund’.

The High Street Fund was set up by East Riding Council in 2014 with the aim of revitalising the county’s high streets and improving town centres through regeneration projects. Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 were made available through a competitive bidding process in 2014 and 2015 for schemes to stimulate footfall in town centres across the East Riding.

Pocklington organisations put forward a number of ideas for consideration, and the one that gained the approval of the judges was a ‘Lily Trail’ to improve the links between Burnby Hall Gardens and the town centre. The scheme was jointly conceived by Pocklington Town Council and Pocklington and Wolds Gateway Partnership, and it was one of the last, and one of the biggest, grants to be approved by the East Riding panel, being awarded £9,900 in the final round of bidding.

Burnby Hall Gardens attracts some 50,000 visitors in an average year, and the aim of the project is to entice them to also spend time in the town centre, and encourage locals in the opposite direction. It is planned to commission and install footpath trail markers and new heritage signs between the town and the gardens, and a special trail logo has already been designed.

Gateway chairman, Grahame Hicks, welcomed the grant, saying: “Burnby Hall Gardens gets thousands of visitors every year and we hope that the trail will encourage some of them to come into the town and see what else Pocklington has to offer.”

The Pocklington and Wolds Gateway Partnership is a group of individuals and organisation representatives that meets regularly in the town. It supports and develops local issues and projects aiming to secure the viability of Pocklington and its surrounding communities as a centre for social, business and cultural activity and to maintain the district’s particular character and heritage.

If anyone is interested in joining the group, or wants more information, email Grahame Hicks at GrayHicks@aol.com.