TOWN MAYOR’S ANNUAL REPORT 2014-2015
The past year has proved to be one of great interest and variety.
RYEDALE COMMUNITY AND LEISURE CENTRE
Congratulations to Councillor Di Keal and all those involved in securing this building as a community ‘Hub’. The Ryedale Community and Leisure Centre is now fully operational and well used by dancers, bowlers, and fitness fanatics alike. It is very encouraging to see all ages making use of this facility. Dances are held on a regular basis and the function room is a splendid venue for any celebration.
Government spending cutbacks are affecting all areas, perhaps one of the most harsh being that to our library services. Circumstances dictate that we need to work together to ensure that this precious facility remains in place in Norton. Unfortunately, decreasing opening hours do not help the cause, and only result in decreasing footfall.
Public opinion has dictated that any future expansion on this site be stalled, and with the final decision on the planning application for an asphalt plant now being determined by the Planning Inspectorate, through the appeal process, we can only hope that the decision is not too long in coming.
With the Ryedale Plan declaring that we need to supply some 1500 new homes within Norton and Malton over the next 15 years, the decisions we make now will determine the environment we pass on to the future generations.
We must ensure that we make the best use of existing funds and those received from any new homes bonus payments or the proposed Community Infrastructure Levy. Schools, Surgeries, and other Social Services are all to be considered in the finest detail.
Blaming ‘cutbacks’ is simply not good enough! It is now time that attention is paid to the highways in our town. We are all aware of the recent cycle tour and the concerns raised over Church Street, come on Highways – let’s see some action.
It was good to see all the relevant agencies working together at a recent exhibition in the Milton Rooms. It is now time that they take some action in order that all our residents feel safe in their own homes.
TOUR DE YORKSHIRE
My thanks go out to all volunteers and businesses in the organisation and execution of this event. I don’t think we have ever seen as many people on the streets of Norton.
It was really encouraging to see so many local charities and societies engaging in the event. It definitely united the community and we as a Council hope to build on this for future events and activities within our town.
We say goodbye to two long serving Councillors, Ray Harrison and Paul Farndale, and thank them for their service to both the Council and the community.
We wish them both well in the future.
Councillor Ray King, Town Mayor, Norton-on-Derwent.