We deserve a say in development of town
An open letter to Councillor Stephen Parnaby from the North Beverley Action Group:
Between 1951 and 2001, the population of Beverley doubled from 15,000 to 30,000.
In that time, the average growth in market towns comparable to Beverley was only 50 per cent.
Why is the council proposing a further massive increase of 3,400 new houses, equivalent to a further increase in population of about 7,500? Do they have a vision of how big Beverley should be?
The council's assessment of housing need in the East Riding is for about one third market housing and two thirds affordable housing.
In the market sector, there is a surplus of houses with four or more bedrooms and the greatest need is for one and two-bedroom dwellings.
Why is the council considering proposals from developers for estates where there is less than 16 per cent affordable housing and almost 70 per cent of the houses have four or more bedrooms?
Looking at the Humber region, a major need is to regenerate Hull.
It is reported that Hull City Council has plans to build 1,500 houses on land that it owns in the East Riding.
Has this been agreed with East Riding Council?
Will these houses be part of the East Riding target of 23,800?
Does the council have any formal arrangement to co-ordinate its planning with that of the Hull City Council?
On Friday, December 7, about 500 people turned out for a meeting at Toll Gavel Church.
There was general agreement that the residents of Beverley were not being adequately engaged over the development of the town, which seems to us all the more serious in view of the fact that no councillors representing Beverley have been members of the cabinet for the past ten years.
Is the Cabinet aware of the strength of feeling on these matters?
Why are there no plans to bring employment to Beverley except in the retail sector?
North Beverley Action Group – Steve Arscott, Roy Dennett (chairman), Anna Doughty, Vic Doughty, Phil Entwistle, Richard Gladwell, Michael Lavine, Shan Oakes, John Parkes, David Tucker, Ray Walker.