The East Riding of Yorkshire Council has pledged to invest millions of pounds in the future of Driffield through its capital programme for the forthcoming financial year April 2014 to March 2015.
A major programme of work has recently been approved following this month’s meeting of the full council.
This investment is not only a key injection of resources, but also provides a continuing stream of work which supports jobs in the local construction industry and related sectors. The programme will sustain and improve the East Riding’s essential infrastructure and facilities, including housing, schools, roads, leisure and other community facilities.
The council’s capital works - the investment in new facilities and infrastructure – has emphasis on invest to save. Investment such as rationalising and aligning assets with the aim of saving £2.5m annually on revenue costs. Much of the funding comes from successful bidding for grants building on deliverability and reliability. Working with private sector partners, it gives a real boost to the local economy, sustaining and creating jobs.
Despite the continuing national economic difficulties, the council is again set to approve capital investment of well over £100m (£117m for 2014/15) and a total of £225m is earmarked for the next four years to 2017/18.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, said: “At a time when council revenue budgets are reducing because of large cuts in national government grant funding, it is more important than ever to try to sustain and improve local services and assist local economic growth.
“In the face of continuing economic austerity in the country, the East Riding’s capital programme is a real success story that is increasing investment in our area, sustaining and creating jobs, and resulting in significant savings from the council’s main revenue budget.
“Where other local authorities are closing facilities such as libraries and customer service centres, we in the East Riding are using capital investment to make better use of buildings and to re-model and improve provision for these and other services by bringing them together, which also results in long-term savings.
“The key focus is on investing to save, so we get the investment and are able to maintain the services through greater efficiency – a win-win all round.”
Major capital investment for 2014 includes the following across the East Riding:
* £135m on transport and highways
* £37m on flood resilience
* £100m on improvements maintenance and remodelling of school buildings
* £350m on housing, on improvements, maintenance (energy efficiency) – 500 new homes
* £50m on economic development and community provision, such as leisure, libraries and community hubs.
* £14m roll out of superfast broadband across the East Riding
Specific Major schemes in progress or starting soon, include:-:
- A new purpose-built leisure facility at Bridlington to replace LeisureWorld (completion autumn 2015). This £20m+ project will not only improve the wider leisure provision of the town but will also attract future inward investment into Bridlington from the new facilities offered. The council is also spearheading bids for more than £70 million of further investment in the town through the marina and harbour improvement projects.
- Hessle MPF(multi-purpose facility - integrates customer services, libraries and adults as a one-stop shop, completion 2014)
- Creation of the Haltemprice Centre (£6m), as a one stop shop with health, fitness, libraries and customer services (completion autumn 2014)
- Willerby & Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme (£14.4m secured by council from Environment Agency and ERDF), anticipated start summer 2014. This will reduce flood risk to 8000 properties in Haltemprice and west Hull.
- Beverley Integrated Transport Plan (£22m) including southern relief road, completion 2015
- A five-year, multi-million pound project to build 500 new council homes and improve thousands of others at locations across the East Riding.
- ‘Get Moving Goole’ sustainable transport package (£1.8m) and A614/Glews Garage roundabout (£1.5m) – both currently in progress.
- A £9m programme of major highway maintenance works at more than 50 locations in the East Riding.
- Goole Academy, Hessle, Wolfreton and Withernsea secondary schools are all in the government’s Priority Schools Building programme with work on these major schemes expected to be completed in 2016. A further £10m is committed to a number of special schools projects to replace accommodation or upgrade facilities.
Specifically in the Pocklington Area
* Broadhelm Business Park ( Pocklington Industrial estate) - direct link road to the A1079
* A1079/Holme Road, Market Weighton Roundabout
* Energy measures in residential accommodation at Wold Haven
Specifically in the Driffield Area
* Energy measures in Driffield Secondary School
* Modular classroom replacing dilapidated mobile accommodation in Nafferton Primary School
* Improvement road works to North Road and Market place, Beverley Road and Riverside.
* Undertake sign and street clutter rationalisation exercises within Driffield town centre
* Implement a visitor signing strategy (brown signs on key routes to Driffield) highlighting points of interest
* Build out further the existing splitter island on Middle Street North at its junction with North Street and provide improved pedestrian crossing facilities
* Review existing taxi rank provision within Driffield town centre
* Install a zebra crossing on Bridlington Road in Driffield at a location between Manorfield Avenue and The Avenue (subject to survey)