TOWN MAYOR’S ANNUAL REPORT 2015-2016
The year began with a great experience for Norton on Derwent, yes, I am talking about the town being involved in stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire Cycle Race. I was pleased to see so many members of our community embrace the concept and create an atmosphere worthy of the event. It really did create a great buzz amongst the community. Well done and thank you to all those involved.
In 2015 we moved to a new lighting contractor for the Christmas Lights which illuminate Church Street and Commercial Street. These are 20 pole mounted lights, in two designs and three colours. From comments received there was much appreciation for the improved lights, with their bright, vibrant colours. The contract for the same lighting is in place for three years and then we get the opportunity to select new lights. It is hoped in time to have some blue water themed ones to enhance County Bridge and form a link with Malton.
Boxing Day again saw Malton and Norton subjected to flooding of the River Derwent and our sympathies must go out to those whose homes and businesses were affected. Surely we are now at the point where all agencies involved must work together to bring an end to these problems.
We are all acutely aware of the construction, engineering works throughout our road networks, British Telecom, British Gas, Yorkshire Water, have all had an impact on our livelihoods and movement through the town. Although grateful that their efforts will improve the quality of our lives, I think we all look forward to the time when we bid farewell to all these contractors.
I believe we are all aware of pressures being placed on Malton and Norton by central government for even more housing, of course this brings with it increased infrastructure issues on already aged and approaching capacity infrastructure, schooling, health and welfare being paramount.
A proposed development off Beverley Road, whilst not only funding land for a new Primary School, will bring with it a connecting road from Hugden Way through to Beverley Road. This should help through traffic by pass our town and the heavier vehicles delivering to the industrial estate, thereby reducing congestion on our roads and pollution of our environment.
The Town Council is planning to upgrade the play equipment at the Burdale Close play area, which is now almost 30 years old. The upgrade will include the replacement of the old play equipment along with two new pieces of equipment. The work will hopefully be carried out in the coming month or so, funding for the upgrade is being provided through planning gain 106, and will therefore not be a charge on local council tax payers.
For Yorkshire Day, the Town Council along with local Churches, and other organisations, is hoping to arrange a fun day of activities for all ages to enjoy. It is planned to take place on Sunday 31 July at St Peter’s Church House and field. Please look out for updates on our Norton on Derwent Web Site; www.nortononderwent.co.uk or our Facebook feeds at; www.facebook.com/nortononderwent
The Town Council continues to work closely with our colleagues in Malton with jointly being responsible for the local Skatepark, but also in producing a Neighbourhood Plan for the two towns.
While I am sure the year ahead will have many challenges, I would like to thank all those that have met the challenges of the past year alongside myself and the Council.
Councillor Ray King, Town Mayor, Norton-on-Derwent.