Beverley Mayor Margaret Pinder sets out her hopes for new year
BEVERLEY Mayor Margaret Pinder has used her new year message to suggest a wider role for the town council she chairs.
Heavily involved in discussions about the future of the town, particularly in relation to planned house building, the mayor hopes the Localism Bill will mean greater input for residents and their councillors.
She said: "As a council we have had much work to do, not only keeping our own show on the road, but also looking to expand our services and support new ventures and initiatives for the town.
"Localism is much vaunted and may bring many advantages if the new opportunities it offers are accompanied by real powers and appropriate financial support.
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"You can't make an omelette without someone, somewhere, investing in some reliable chickens."
In December, the mayor chaired a meeting, organised by Beverley and District Civic Society and attended by about 500 people at Toll Gavel Church.
Topics included the planned revamp of Saturday Market and also proposals to allow the building of more than 3,000 homes in and around Beverley.
The mayor, a Labour member, has urged people in the town to engage with the public consultation process on house building but made every effort, while chairing the meeting, to remain non-political.
In her new year message, she wrote: "The last weeks have seen much public debate and heard a growing public voice over the future you want to see for your town.
"Decisions have been made that many of you urgently wish to see revisited and there are calls for greater dialogue and real consultation. This really is in your hands; the energy and the urgency lie with you."
As well as tackling big issues, Councillor Pinder's new year message concentrated on the many successes Beverley has enjoyed in the past year.
She wrote: "The Jubilee celebrations brought such a great sense of communal engagement to the town, and then the Olympic Torch and Paralympic Flame united us as a nation behind all our athletes and reached out to those visitors from other nations with such warmth and generosity.
"Our Food and Drink Festivals in October and November proved to be ever popular, showcasing some of the fantastic producers and suppliers from the region whose hard work and enterprise provide us with such high-quality food and drink throughout the year.
"We welcomed the Yorkshire Regiment on their Freedom Parade through the county and saw our young people showcase their talents again and again in concerts and graduation ceremonies in all our school and colleges."
Anyone interested in finding out more about the planned development of Beverley can visit www. eastriding.gov.uk to view the draft plan.