THE recent Annual Town Meeting received a report reviewing the work of Hedon Town Council’s Property Committee. The report had been written by chair of the committee, Councillor Allen Marshall, who had been unable to attend the meeting, so the report was read out by vice chair Councillor Neil Black. We include some highlights here:
Having been elected only in December 2013, Cllr Marshall gave his thanks to Jim Lindop, for his work and efforts undertaken as the previous chair of the committee.
The committee is responsible for pockets of land in the town (listed on the council’s website this includes: Two fields in Ivy Lane adjacent to the cemetery, Horsewell on Ivy Lane, Watson Park and Elsie Gate Field [of which the council are Trustees]). Although not having enough land available for more car parks, the committee has had a small influence on vehicle parking in the area through creating new parking spaces including two in Market Place and two at Market Hill.
The committee is responsible for the upkeep of the Town Hall and the toilet facilities shared with the Alexandra Hall. The toilets had been recently refurbished and the resulting facilities were described as “superb”.
The new Skate Park extension built during the year is proving very popular with its young users, but the council was concerned about the quality and maintenance of the completed project and was involved in minor negotiations with the manufacturer regarding this.
The provision of litter bins is another responsibility of the council overseen by the committee, and another was to be placed at the play park on Far Bank, but unlike others in the town, it would be serviced (waste collected and cleaned) by Hedon Town Council staff wearing appropriate protective clothing.
Elsie Gate: Like many other passers-by, councillors had been distressed at seeing the recent criminal damage to the Elsie Gate caused by “rampant youths” in a motor vehicle. The committee will be investigating how the damage can be best rectified.
The above is only a summary of the report given based on observation at the Annual Town Meeting on 17th April 2014 and should not be treated as any official record of decisions taken by Hedon Town Council.