Report based on observation of the Hedon Town Council remote meeting held via Zoom last night (25 March 2021).
HEDON TOWN COUNCIL’S Finance and General Purposes Committee met last night. Some interesting updates follow.
Dog fouling: The council has received a supply of informative ‘postcards’ from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC). The next newsletter (circulated in the Heartbeat) will include information on dog fouling. Local vets and primary schools will be sent information packs.
Hedfest: The Hedon Festival will not take place this year but postponed until 2022. However, a live gig will take place in Hedon and recorded to showcase Hedfest. The resulting promotional video will be released in the summer.
Climate Change: The council will be writing to ERYC and welcoming its declaration of a climate emergency. The council will seek to be a partner with ERYC in new initiatives to tackle the emergency. Two new electric vehicle charging units have been installed at Iveson Close car park.
Dark places: In an initiative brought forward by Councillor David Thompson, the council is to set up a new working group. It will look at those places in the town where street lighting is inadequate or non-existent. The the tragic murder of Sarah Everard had prompted the idea. The need to feel safe whilst walking about the town, through the many lanes, snickets and cut-throughs was important. The working group would review where dark places existed in the town. It would consider measures that might increase levels of light and safety. This included Solar powered streetlight solutions. Councillor Di Storr welcomed the idea. “This is something the council could work on long-term tackling one or two problem areas each year.”
Removed Post Box. The relocated box will be outside the Dove House shop next to the phone box. “This is good news,” said committee chair Councillor Steve Gallant. “We hope Royal Mail are as quick to install the post box as they were to remove it!”
Litter Picking: The Hedon Litter Pickers group were doing great work to keep Hedon tidy. Councillors noted the increase in litter and dog fouling during lockdown. However, community activity responding to lockdown issues had increased too. It was agreed to support the litter picking group where possible.
*Combined Mayoral Authority: Councillor Thompson expressed concern about an email received by the council that seemed to suggest a “merger” between ERYC and Hull City Council was a “done deal”. Councillor John Dennis said that he objected to the word merger and “partnership” was more appropriate to use. Consultation would take place on the matter when ERYC was in a position to do so.
*Note: Plans submitted to the government in October 2020 called for an East Yorkshire devolution deal worth £1.6bn. Hull and East Riding Councils would become a mayoral combined authority that would deal with strategic issues of interest to both authorities.
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