Monday 26 June 2023

CONTROVERSIAL moves by councils around the country to remove pay and display parking machines and asking people to pay using an app instead, will come under fire from a Beverley councillor at this Wednesday’s full meeting of East Riding Council.

Currently more than 20 councils have made the change, saying it saves money by reducing the risk of theft and avoiding the need to upgrade machines. East Riding is not one of them, but Cllr Jeremy Wilcock, who represents Beverley Rural ward, is bidding to ensure it stays that way.

Cllr Wilcock, a Liberal-Democrat, will propose a resolution demanding that the ability to pay for parking by cash or card should continue to be made available throughout the East Riding of Yorkshire. He says “app only” parking would cause problems for the elderly and those without a smartphone and could also impact on trade and tourism.

THE UK’s biggest free reading programme gets underway in July, encouraging children aged 4-11 to keep reading during the summer holidays. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about games and sports, delivered in partnership with the Youth Sports Trust. 

East Riding Libraries librarian Jess McCarthy told us: “Ready, Set, Read! will showcase how reading can be active and involved, as well as encouraging children to engage in games and sports in any way that best suits them. We are excited to launch the challenge, and related events, once again this year to help children and families to see that reading really is a superpower. Your can register at your local library by July 8 – all participants can collect a free poster, stickers and other incentives. More details here