As my first year as mayor comes to a close I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the past year.
I have been privileged to be invited to several civic events through the year as representative of Market Weighton, the most moving being at Burton Agnes Hall when the Lord Lieutenant of East Yorkshire presented The Elizabeth Medal to the families of servicemen killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The autumn saw yet more flooding issues which are still ongoing but we are hopeful that by the early part of the New Year, Yorkshire Water will have the necessary funding and a clear picture of what work needs to be done to prevent a re-occurrence.
The town council have a petition raised calling for a halt to all development in the town until the sewage system is upgraded which will be in various locations in the town for those who wish to sign it.
The close of the year has been dominated by the heavy snow and ice which was still with us at Christmas.
I am not satisfied that East Riding Council have done everything they could for Market Weighton but the foresight of the town council in buying salt and bins earlier in the year has saved us from being in a much worse situation. We are now employing local farmers to clear the remaining ice and have agreed to look at obtaining snow clearing equipment to keep our own paths clear in future.
Looking forward to 2011, we hope to see the new allotments on Holme Road prepared and occupied, new toilets being built in Londesborough Road and a possible Well Dressing event at St Helen’s Well.
May 2011 is also when all the town councillors and East Riding councillors will be up for re-election for a further four years. We hope that many new candidates will feel able and willing to stand for the town council to give residents a real choice.
I will be standing with colleagues from Market Weighton, Pocklington and Driffield for the East Yorkshire Independents, a new concept offering local government free from party political influence and prejudice.
I look forward to your continuing support and wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year.