In the present climate it is important that we do everything we can to encourage job creation in the Goole area, junction 36 is likely to be one of the economic power-houses of the East Riding in years to come. The Council is bringing forward it's capital programme wherever possible to help the local economy through the present recession, and the application for a significant development on Goole's Capitol Park passed recently by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Planning Committee, is also putting jobs and the economy first.
As a member of the Planning Committee it was clear to me that the applicant (Sterling Capital) was doing all that it could in saving a great number of the protected trees, and I requested a condition (that was subsequently added) to replace the majestic redwood on the site that is to be lost with a greater number of redwoods, the Council has also insisted a bat roost is constructed to accommodate the bats in the area. The company is also committed to developing the Country Park area north of the site. The 'Friends of Oakhill' who had originally opposed the application, recognised that the company was doing what it could and supported the application at the Planning Committee meeting.
I was very disappointed that the Labour Councillor representing Goole South, who also sits on the planning committee, could not support the creation of these Goole jobs and voted against the application.