Big boost for town centre

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2014 looks set to be Driffield’s year.

The Driffield Renaissance Partnership has drawn up a robust wish list of incentives which promise big improvements for the town.

Among a broad brushstroke of pledged moves will be the creation of an action plan to tackle a series of eyesore and derelict sites which blight the image of Driffield.

Driffield town council has drawn up a hit list of areas which need attention, such as the former Sugar Mills building on Anderson Street.

And the East Riding of Yorkshire Council has written to all land owners around the disused Cattle Market site on Eastgate South to ask them what are their plans.

The Driffield Partnership - a collaboration of people including councillors and business leaders whose aim is to see the town thrive - aims to bolster these incentives by working with land and property owners to improve eyesore and derelict sites.

Many townsfolk also remain concerned at the number of vacant shops in Driffield town centre.

The ERYC has said that it will begin work this month on a full audit of development sites in Driffield and will aim to identify specific problems shops and take action as necessary.

The Renaissance Partnership has compiled a mid year review which said: “Empty shops are not considered as much of an issue as the Driffield development sites.”

As the world becomes ever more reliant on the internet for shopping and communication, the Driffield Partnership is currently working with ERYC and business support agencies to enhance internet connectivity in the town.

And meetings are to be held with KC in a bid to deliver a modern fibre optic and superfast broadband service which would revolutionise the high street.

KC has already rolled out its popular lightstream service to 15,000 homes and businesses on its network, allowing customers to access broadband at 100Mbps, transforming their online experience and bringing the full power of the internet to their lives.

Driffield’s Thursday town centre market is also set for a makeover in 2014.

Pop up Sensational Saturday Markets proved popular in 2013 and the town council has approved another six events for this year.

Encouraging visits to the town is also part of an overall strategy,

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