TOWN MAYOR’S ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017
I have thoroughly enjoyed the past year, as major as it has been for both testing and rewarding times.
Regrettably, with police cut backs resulting in fewer police officers actually on patrol we appear to be suffering from an increase in ‘petty crime’ within our town. We should all stand up to this problem and report any unusual incident immediately, only by working as a tight community can we overcome these problems.
One can be forgiven for thinking that the roads around Norton resembled a ‘building site’ in 2016, there being so many road repairs in town due to utility company upgrades. Let’s hope we have seen the last of them for a while.
The revised road markings at Church Street and Welham Road have divided opinion but I believe it has simply transferred the congestion from Butcher Corner in Malton into Norton, with traffic now backing up into Commercial Street at peak times, and St Nicholas Street being used as a ‘rat run’ with easier access onto Welham Road.
The extremely well used Skatepark on Norton Road, which is jointly managed by both Malton Town Council and ourselves, is in need of an upgrade, due to its age. Unfortunately this may see the removal of the large Half Pipe. I am however certain that replacements will compensate for this loss.
The Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Plan being worked on by a steering group made up of both Malton and Norton Councillors and members of the public, is now nearing completion, and this will shortly be presented to the community for their input into the future of our town.
The Malton and Norton Area Partnership is working on various projects within our towns, the most noticeable being the clearance of the bankside along the riverside walk. The possibility of a circular walk either side of the River Derwent, linking our towns is also being explored, very exciting times.
The Senior Citizens Christmas Party proved to be yet another success with a good time had by all. Thanks must go to all the catering staff at Norton College for providing a wonderful meal, and to all the helpers on the day. Thanks also to the entertainment providers, Dance Expression, and the White Rose Jazz Band, and lastly to all our sponsors. This coming year will see us celebrate our 70th Birthday.
A special thank you must go to Bright Steels for providing the council with storage facilities for our equipment, and also for their continued financial support through the years.
Hopefully the first of many ‘Yorkshire Day’ events was held in the grounds of St Peter’s Church. Local charities were invited to attend in order to improve their public profile while enjoying the various activities on offer.
The next event will be held on Sunday 30th July 2017 from 1.30pm to 5.00pm
I was pleased to see the Cycle Tour of Yorkshire once again head through our town. Thanks go to all those members of our community who embraced the whole ethos of the tour. Well done Norton.
I am sure we would all welcome a return visit in the future.
As we move into a new council year I would like to thank all the members of the council for their continued support, as we look forward to the many and varied challenges that lie ahead.
Councillor Ray King, Town Mayor, Norton on Derwent