New group discusses key issues affecting residents

Councillor Mike Stathers hoped the group would  tackle a number of issues.
Councillor Mike Stathers hoped the group would tackle a number of issues.

Issues ranging from speeding to fracking were among the topics discussed at the inaugural meeting of the Wolds Weighton Liaison Group.

Representatives from 15 Parish Councils, Market Weighton Town Council, Pocklington, Humberside Police and the Fire Service attended the meeting at the Market Weighton Community Hall.

The group has been launched by the three Wolds Weighton councillors on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council – Mike Stathers, David Rudd and Andy Burton – and plans to meet quarterly at venues around the area.

The chairman, Cllr Stathers, said the group had been established to encourage better communication between the 28 parish councils in the Wolds Weighton Ward and County Hall.

He added: “Parish councillors, indeed every resident, will always have the right to contact their Ward councillors if they are experiencing any issues, but our Liaison Group will offer another forum where villages can report specific matters, discuss any problems with their neighbours and, where necessary, seek solutions from County Hall.

“This first meeting was intended to establish the aims and strategy of the group but it was clear that a number of our villages have some pressing issues that require urgent consideration. High on the list is speeding in rural areas. This is not only a problem for the main roads, such as the A1079, but village life is also affected by fast-moving traffic.

“Similarly, fracking is of great concern to some of our parishes, especially those on the higher ground, such as Fridaythorpe and Wetwang, and we will be discussing this in more detail at our April meeting. Other topics included flooding, transportation, commuted sums from housing developments, parking and broadband speeds.”

Cllr Stathers added: “We will never be able to provide solutions to every issue and the success of this group, the first of its kind in the East Riding, depends to a large extent on the input from the Parish Councils. It is their opportunity to bring matters to the attention of their Ward councillors in a non-political manner.

Cllr Andy Burton said: “I’m really heartened by the high turnout and very positive comments from those present. While this group is not a substitute for the Community Partnerships that were held in the past, I’m confident that after this very promising start, the Group’s meetings will prove to be at least as valuable to our parishes and residents.”

The next meeting is scheduled for 28 April at a venue to be announced.