Beverley spoke! Feathers were spat....
A packed Toll Gavel Methodist Church was full of (about 400) seething Beverlonians! Sandy Patience for the Civic Society introduced the issues - East Riding of Yorkshire Council proposals to: replace the setts/cobbles in Saturday Market; demolish Longcroft School for housing; build more housing in the north and south of the town; allow more retail on the Grovehill site.
The Mayor chaired, and speaker after speaker asked why ERYC behaves in the arrogant way it does. Why were the Council leader and chief exec not present? Why does the council do whatever it wants without consulting? Why do they want to destroy the historic fabric of the town rather than improve council housing? Why is there no Beverley Councillor on the Cabinet? Why did ERYC set targets for new houses in Beverley which far exceed (proportionately) anywhere else in the country?
Resolutions were : to retain the granite setts (and the character of the Market Place); to leave Longcroft School on its current site; to reduce the housing targets for the town as a whole; to prohibit supermarkets on Grovehill. Other points were to take infrastructure implications of more building (re flooding) to the Ombudsman....and to get the MP to ask why there is no VAT on newbuild when there is VAT on renovation.
Friends of the Earth and the Green Party pointed out that land is no longer in production, and must be prioritised for food and not for building.