Saturday 30 April 2022

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour that has plagued parts of Beverley was the subject of a meeting attended by police and East Riding council representatives along with members of the Grovehill-Cherry Tree-St Nicks-Priory Neighbourhood Watch Group and chaired by Beverley MP Graham Stuart. 

The meeting taking place on St Nicholas Green to discuss problems of anti-social behaviour

The meeting took place on St Nicholas Green in Beverley, which has been a focal point of anti-social behaviour in recent months.   Residents were able to raise their concerns at policing levels and the lack of facilities for young people. A list of actions for the council and police were agreed, including investigation of CCTV capabilities in the area, increased engagement by both the police and the council with those engaging in anti-social behaviour and investigation of potential venues for a new youth club. A follow-up meeting will take place in June. 

Mr Stuart told Beverley FM: “Speaking to residents, I know many people are concerned about the levels of anti-social behaviour in Beverley. Anti-social behaviour can take such a devastating toll on those affected, and I am pleased we managed to bring residents, the police and the council together to find a way forward.”

Ward councillor Kerri Harold said: “It was great to have an opportunity to discuss this important issue with agencies which can make a difference, and to set out a clear plan on the next steps”.

And Belen Rebollo, one of the Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators, told us: “The members of the Grovehill-Cherry Tree-St Nicks-Priory Neighbourhood Watch Group found the meeting very constructive and a great opportunity for them, Humberside police, ERYC and other agencies to work together to ensure a welcoming, safe and prosperous community that is a gateway to our vibrant Flemingate commercial area and our rich historic centre in Beverley.”

AROUND 65,000 East Riding households have this week been paid their £150 council tax energy rebate, with a total of £9.7 million paid out so far by East Riding Council. An additional estimated 35,000 households who pay by direct debit will receive their rebate from May onwards. Those who cancel their direct debit before the council has received a payment will not get paid the rebate automatically and will receive a letter advising what steps they need to take.

Eligible residents living in the East Riding who are not direct debit payers should have received or will soon receive a letter through the post inviting them to complete an online application form for the rebate on the council’s website. Pre-payment checks will be made prior to payment.

Around 5,000 customers have completed the application form and provided their bank details, and they should receive their payments from May onwards providing the account can be verified.

Eligible households who have yet to receive their letters should wait until they arrive through the post, and are being asked not to get in touch with the council’s contact team before then, as the team is dealing with a significant number of calls.

For more information and to find out who is eligible for the rebate visit:

Graham Stuart with representatives from the Cherry Tree Youth Club

REPRESENTATIVES from the Cherry Tree Youth Club in Beverley attended the House of Commons to be presented with their “highly commended” award in the “Best Contribution by a Community Group” category of the annual Kids Count Inspiration Awards.

The awards recognise those individuals, young and old, and organisations that have been responsible for inspiring young people in their communities. This year there was a record number of nominations received for individuals and groups who are addressing issues that affect the lives of children by creating initiatives that are grounded in practicality and realism, make a positive difference, and afford greater freedom to young people to determine their own futures.

The Cherry Tree Youth Club, nominated for the award by Beverley MP Graham Stuart, provides support for young people in his constituency. The Swinemoor Estate in Beverley is amongst the top 15% for multiple deprivations in the country. The Cherry Tree Youth Club offers a safe space to drop in, meet others, receive support and take part in activities they cannot access anywhere else. Throughout the pandemic, the club held “garden-gate chats” with young people and their families. They have held indoor escape rooms, given out free Halloween costumes and distributed wellbeing bags and free food. Through these and many other activities, the Club and Centre management continue to make a visibly positive difference to the lives of young people and their community.

Fiona Rainforth, Youth Leader at the club, said: “I would just like to express my thanks for allowing The Cherry Tree Youth Club to visit The House of Commons; you have no idea how inspiring this visit was for all of us. Many of our young people had never visited London before and their eyes were on stalks, their jaws on the floor and their minds in overdrive as they attempted to absorb the entire event.”