Wednesday 22 June 2022

WORK has begun this week on the £234,000 redevelopment of four play areas in Beverley. Those in Figham Springs Way, Burden Road, Samman Road and Browns Way will each be given a major overhaul and fitted with brand new equipment.

The scheme will begin with the installation of a totally redesigned play area at Figham Springs Way, with equipment for both youngsters and junior-aged children, as well as an outside gym aimed at teenagers upwards and is expected to take four weeks to complete. During that time the play area will be closed to enable the work to be completed.

When finished, improvements to the site will include a full refurbishment of the fenced toddler play area with a four-tower multi-play creation with slides and climbing frames, a Crazy Daisy seesaw, a Spica spinner, a 3D ladybird and three swings installed.

The junior area will include a three-tower multi-play creation with slides and climbing frame, a zipline, a four-way Saturn carousel, a basket swing and two swings.

An outdoor gym will also be created with the installation of fitness equipment including a vertical net and climbing wall, a triple balance beam, fitness hurdles and a workout station – plus the ability to connect to an app to record fitness.

The four Beverley sites are part of a £1.1m project to revamp play areas across the East Riding, with the majority of work being carried out at sites in need of redevelopment in Beverley, Driffield, Cottingham, Hessle and Swinefleet, near Goole.

The major investment has come jointly from East Riding of Yorkshire Council and from funds provided by developers, who are required to give money to benefit communities as part of new housing developments they build – which is called commuted sums.

Figham Springs Way has been awarded £125,000 – comprising £52,000 of funding from the council and £73,000 from commuted sums.

Burden Road play area will also receive £49,700 – made up of £10,000 in council funding and £39,700 from commuted sums.

Samman Road play area has been given £25,000 – £2,500 in council funding and £22,500 from commuted sums.

And finally, Browns Way play area will receive an investment of £35,000 – through council funding alone.

CLASSIC and vintage cars will transform Beverley town centre this evening when the East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club holds its midsummer event. Vehicles will be displayed from Saturday Market Place down Toll Gavel and Butcher Row to Wednesday Market Place.

Around 350 vehicles are expected to be on display at the free event. There will also be food stalls and shops opening late to coincide with the gathering. The event takes place from  6 to 9:30pm.

BEVERLEY MP Graham Stuart wants Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison to be given additional responsibilities, looking after the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service as well. He told Beverley FM: “Jonathan Evison is doing a great job as Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, Humberside Police is performing well, and I am confident he would provide equally strong leadership to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service”.

Mr Stuart was making his comments in response to a Government consultation that has been created to consider how Fire and Rescue Services across the country are governed and by whom. Currently the vast majority of them are governed by local Fire Authorities, and in his letter to Jonathan Evison, Graham outlined why he thinks changes should be made so Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is governed by the Humberside PCC.

He cited research that found the public’s awareness of Fire Authorities and their members is very low with only 11% of those surveyed able to name a member of their local Fire Authority. In comparison, 65% of the public said they were either aware of their PCC, or aware they were responsible for policing. Greater public awareness increases accountability which is one reason why the MP favours this change in governance.

Mr Stuart said that the improvement in the performance of Humberside Police over the last six years made him confident Humberside Fire and Rescue Service will perform well under the PCC’s governance. In his letter he congratulated Humberside Police for being recognised as the Gold winner for the UK Police Service of the Year 2022 Award at this year’s Public Sector Transformation Awards for its “outstanding service improvement”.

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