Councillor - Howden
I am Charlie and I have been your ERYC councillor for the past 8 years. I have served on the ERYC for the past 20 years and have used my experience to the benefit of Howden residents. I am married with three children who all have degrees and we now also have 4 grandchildren.
Howden is an old medieval township with its own special history. There has always been gradual housing growth but now Howden has been selected to have a huge growth in new houses. This can create a huge benefit to the area. Unfortunately there will not be a new by-pass from Selby road but there is a possibility we can achieve a by-pass from Thorpe road.
When the new houses are built and sold it will trigger financial contributions. We need to prioritise where the money is most needed. It can only be spent on positive projects, such as sport and recreation capital projects.
The station car park needs enlarging. I have been working with the car park owners and have found additional space. Having agreed the details the scheme is now out for consultation.
Parking in Howden has always been a problem for its residents and visitors. I managed to facilitate a parking review by officers of the council and they consulted the residents and their wishes have now been implemented but the scheme is still being fine- tuned. I have now arranged for officers to look at the cost of residents parking permits. The cost of the car parks and workers/regular visitor permits have already been reduced. I have also been looking into the possibility of putting a bus shelter near Albert Terrace on Knedlington road,
The residents of Knedlington, Asselby and Barmby are having problems with speeding cars and delivery vans travelling through their villages. Knedlington crossroads has also become a problem due to visibility splays. I intend to push hard to improve the situation.
Since becoming your councillor I have held a monthly surgery at the library. Usually at 10.30 on the first Saturday of the month. This practise has been welcomed by the residents of Howden.
Howden is a special place with a long and proud history. I look forward to playing my part to secure a prosperous and successful future. We must preserve Howden’s heritage and rural character and provide the best base for business, leisure and learning for the generations to come.