THE VIEWS of residents are to be sought on two major projects being investigated by Hedon Town Council.
The council’s newsletter, distributed via the Holderness Heartbeat advertising magazine, will include two items in the next issue seeking responses from local residents. The collected findings will help the council make decisions regarding two key project ideas being looked at by town council *working groups.
1. Firstly, residents will be asked whether they would use a local transport service (see Hedon Blog article Dec 2013). Explained will be an idea to run a frequent transport service covering all of Hedon. The purpose of the service would be to relieve parking problems in the town by encouraging people to leave their cars at home and use the service mini-bus instead for journeys across Hedon and into the town centre. The concept will rely on the service being regular and frequent, so that wherever you live in Hedon, and whenever you opt to use the service when operating, a mini-bus will always be due.
Motorists in the town will be asked whether they would use such a service rather than opt to use their car for journeys. Whilst aimed at changing motorists behaviour, and aimed to help resolve parking problems, such a service would also offer convenient travel to town (for shopping trips for example) for those with mobility problems.
All residents will be asked for their opinions on the idea of the transport service. Not all residents would benefit – not everyone is a motorist frustrated at the lack of parking facilities in Hedon, and not everyone has mobility problems – but all households in the town may be asked to contribute towards the costs of the service if the idea is deemed feasible.
2. The second project idea, at early stages of investigation, is the concept of a bridge being built across Burstwick Drain linking Leaf Sail Farm with the rest of Hedon. Would residents use a bridge – is one needed?
Whilst a bridge was originally envisaged when Leaf Sail was built, the project never materialised. One of the problems with building a bridge, is its location. The originally planned site for such a bridge might not be feasible today. Before the council embarks with the expenses of a feasibility study into any project, it needs to determine if there is a demand from residents for such a linking bridge.
Both the above project ideas have elements of controversy attached to them, and Hedon Town Council is quick to emphasise that no decisions have been taken on either. The current consultation exercises being conducted via the newsletter is to obtain the viewpoints of local residents regarding each project.
The council newsletter is expected to be delivered to residents’ homes during May/June 2014.
*The council establishes working groups to look at particular issues. Smaller groups of interested councillors meet outside of the official meetings in order to research a matter before bringing it to an official council meeting for any formal decisions that need to be made. Most of the work done in such groups takes place out of sight and ‘behind the scenes’ but can take up quite a lot of volunteer time of the councillors involved.