'Residents must do their bit for Withernsea,' says Edna Harknett, 89
A TIRELESS volunteer is urging residents to play their part in improving Withernsea.
Edna Harknett MBE has been making sure disabled people get the financial support they are entitled to for more than 14 years.
Now, the 89-year-old is calling on residents to do their bit to bring one of the most deprived towns in the East Riding back up to standard.
East Riding Council has revealed a £1m loan scheme to upgrade rundown streets and a £600,000 project to refurbish and combine and council's library and customer service centre.
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The final phase of a £920,000 refurbishment of the town's main shopping street also got under way last month.
But people living in the town said much more is needed.
Edna, whose advice centre is in Queen Street, said: "A lot more needs to be done to bring Withernsea back up to standard.
"We should look after it a lot better. Some people in the town have no pride or dignity but if we all do our bit it could make a difference.
"Residents have a big part to play and if we are all proud of where we live it will change the way some people behave.
"We need to respect the work which is being done."
Edna has lived in the town for 35 years and set up the Withernsea and District Disability Action Group in 1997.
She said: "I love Withernsea to bits and have worked hard to get things done.
"Although sometimes, when I am showing friends around, I do feel ashamed of where I live.
"You don't get anything unless you help yourself and it is up to Withernsea to keep whatever work is done tidy and make sure people who visit the area have a good experience."
Under the £1m home improvement project, homeowners and landlords will be offered low-cost loans to improve their properties.
The hope is to provide improved housing at the same time as creating much-needed jobs in the construction sector.
Edna said: "I take my hat off to the investment and would welcome more in the future.
"There needs to be improvements to the promenade. We are a seaside town and we need seaside shops on the seafront.
"We need some decent shops in the town which are well known names to boost the town.
"What we really need is to show visitors that Withernsea is a nice respectable town with respectable people who make visitors feel welcome."