I would like to take the opportunity to wish all my Blog readers a Happy New Year and thank you for all your support during the past year. It has been an interesting year for me as an East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor (ERYC) representing Howdenshire, with a number of local issues that I've been involved with, many of which I've been fortunate to work closely with Parish Councillors, residents and community groups, on issues ranging from Planning to underage drinking and anti-social behaviour, from composting to speeding traffic, and working with my partners to develop the Goole and Howdenshire Local Action Team.
As we move into the New Year my priorities for the year include
* To continue to work with the Police, the ERYC Safer Communities Team, and other organisations to reduce underage drinking and anti-social behaviour in the area.
* To continue to work with Parish Councillors, residents and Community Groups to ensure their voices are heard, and that decisions that affect them are taken at the local level wherever possible.
* To continue to work to ensure that there is a range of affordable housing accommodation options available to all, especially in rural communities such as we find in many parts of Howdenshire and the East Riding.
* To continue to work with the ERYC and its partners in finding ways of allowing older and vulnerable people to be supported to live independently.
* To support the ERYC in ensuring that the area is best placed to come out of the present recession, and helping residents directly by keeping council tax as low as possible, without cutting services in the coming years.
and finally for all of you who remember 1984.. please click on the following link for probably the most uplifting ad of 2009, so far..... Happy New Year!