As the opening of the new Beverley Arms Hotel draws closer, Denis thanks local residents for their patience and perseverance during the 18 months of construction work, now coming to an end as the
hotel prepares for its opening in July.
Denis intervened on a planning application to keep a popular dog walking field open in Molescroft, while at the same time ensuring that the owner made the car park secure to keep people safe.
Denis has encouraged the Council to communicate effectively with businesses and residents affected by the North Bar resurfacing work which is about to commence.
Denis has secured £10,000 from the Council's "Commuted Sums" funding pot, for a new stand at
Beverley Town FC in memory of the late Ivan Usher, a well known figure in Beverley who inspired generations of children and adults to improve their fitness.
Photo: Denis with Ivan's widow, Hilary and son Greg, on the site of the new stand at Beverley Town FC on Norwood.
Denis persuaded the planning committee to give Turkish barber, Pasha Durna, an opportunity to establish an innovative Mediterranean style cafe in Beverley, roasting his own coffee beans and
providing delicate ice creams and other delicacies in the shop next door to his Barber's shop. Council officers wanted to say "no" to the plan, but Denis argued that we shouldn't be stifling creative
ambition, and councillors on the planning committee voted to agree with him. Pasha now has his opportunity.
Pasha gets his chance, thanks to Denis
Denis has called for the courts to "throw the book" at yobs who think it's clever to smash up Beverley's shops on Saturday nights and fight in the taxi queue.
The tiny minority who cause trouble in the town on Saturday nights are "not fit to be at large after bedtime," said Denis
Through his patrols with the Street Angels, Denis has seen for himself the yobbish behaviour of a tiny minority of people out to spoil Saturday nights in Beverley for everyone.
At a Council meeting, Denis raised the issue of teacher stress, and pointed out that the number of teachers on long term stress absence in the East Riding is amongst the highest in the country.
Denis proposed that the Council writes to the Education Secretary to express their concerns. The Conservatives said Denis was "obnoxious" for daring to raise the plight of our teachers and
kicked out his proposal. They said Denis should "stop bleating" about our teachers.
East Riding Mail political editor, Angus Young, writes
"At last week's full council meeting, Conservative Bryan Pearson couldn't resist
having a go at Denis Healy for having the gall to table a motion highlighting an increase in the number of local teachers taking long term leave for distress.
Labelling the motion as "spurious and obnoxious," Cllr Pearson went on to declare
there was "no basic truth" in the figures presented by Cllr Healy.
Apparently, no one had told Cllr Pearson beforehand that the figures were actually
provided by his own council following a Freedom of Information request."
(East Riding Mail 2/3/18)
Denis raises the issue of teacher stress with the Council after figures reveal that teacher absence in the East Riding due to stress has risen by over a third in the last 12 months.
Denis asks the Council to expess their concerns to the Education Secretary
A developer wanted to squeeze 5 flats into a small building in the town centre, with inadequate parking provision. It was a significant over development of the site.Denis supported residents with
their objections and spoke at the planning meting. This resulted in planning permission being refused. Another victory for people power.
Denis successfully supported residents who were worried about a 70ft high phone mast being situated next to their homes. Denis helped persuade the Council to ask the phone operators to think again
about where to site the mast.
Denis helped Beverley & East Riding Golf Club to successfully bid for £26k funding from a pot of money held by the Council called "Commuted Sums." This is money paid by house builders to
be used for community leisure projects. The Club are using the money to restore the ancient Ante Mill, and turn it into a heritage centre for use by the whole community. It is part of Beverley's
Denis encourages Council to consult with local traders before major resurfacing work commences on North Bar Within in April.
Denis spent another January night on patrol with Beverley Street Angels, local volunteers who help keep people safe in the town centre on Saturday nights. It was an eventful night which included
helping a young girl get to hospital and cleaning broken glass in Saturday market. "Communities are at their best when people look out for each other," said Denis, "and we are so lucky in Beverley to
have such a dedicated band of volunteers willing to give up their time to help other."
Sweeping up broken glass with the Street Angels late on a Saturday night
Residents living next to the new Beverley Arms Hotel are concerned about plans for a 70ft high telephone mast to be situated next to their properties. Denis is ensuring their voices are heard and
asking the developer to consider a less intrusive positioning of the mast.
Denis with residents next to the temporary mast on the Beverley Arms Car Park
Northern Rail confirmed this week that they have changed their minds over scrapping the direct train service from Beverley to Doncaster and Sheffield following the successful petition and local
campaign led by Denis.
As the Transport Secretary announces billions of pounds for rail investment in the coming decade, Denis calls on the Council to have a positive approach to encourage investment in new rail
infrastructure for the East Riding.
Residents in Tiger Lane asked Denis to help them oppose a planning application which would lead to significant over development in a town centre bulding and add considerably to parking problems
for residents in the town centre.
Denis is working with the Council, Tesco and the police to address the problem of yob drivers speeding around Tesco Car Park late at night, causing misery for local residents who deserve
Residents who petitioned the Council for speeed measures on Sigston Road following a collision,were told by the Council that there hadn't been enough accidents on the road to justify speed
Denis argued at a Council sub committee that it was unacceptable for the Council to wait until people had been injured in accidents before residents' speed concerns would be heeded. It was
agreed that the Council would reconsider their recommendation and see what speeding prevention measures could be introduced.
Beverley Community Lift, the local charity that provides much needed transport services for elderly and disabled people is under threat from proposed new rules from the Government's
Department for Transport. Denis is urging people to lobby their MPs and Government to support a local charity that faces an uncertain future.
A new planning application has been submitted to convert two shops on Lairgate into a boutique bar. Denis is working with residents, the applicant and planners to get the right outcome for
Beverley and is encouraging people to submit their views.
Cafe Velo, a popular Beverley Cafe with a cycling theme, was saved from closure after officers were originally refusing change of use planning permission. Denis brought the application to the
planning committee and spoke on it at the meeting.
Denis intervened when Cafe Velo, a popular Beverley Cafe was facing a recommendation from council officers for refused planning permission following noise complaints. In the end a compromise
solution was found when the planning committee gave itsapproval for the Cafe to continue while making recommendations to restrict the noise.
Denis is standing up for Molescroft residents who are being ignored by the Council in their request to fix parking problems in their steet. It's about time the Council started listening to the
residents they are accountable to.
As the Council announces major new road works at a key traffic roundabout on the A1079, Denis is asking the Council what they are doing to minimise disruption and prevent a repeat of the autumn of
traffic chaos we endured last year.
Denis welcomed the news that Beverley & Molescroft GP surgery on Lockwood Road has received planning permission for expansion. Denis attended the planning meeting that gave the green light to
the expansion of a much needed NHS service in the area.
Denis and local residents have persuaded the Council to change its mind over selling off part of the much loved Archery Field green space. Another victory for people power.
The problem of parked cars in residential town centre areas in Beverley is becoming more severe, as vehicles from out of town are left in residential streets. Denis is conducting a consultation
with residents in the Westwood Way area to see whether or not they want a Controlled Parking Zone. This is often a double edged sword, and the Council need to give more thought to how building all
these extra houses will impact on residents being able to park outside their own houses in the town centre.
The Council is considering selling a small plot of the much loved "Archery Field." This has caused major concerns from local residents who have asked Denis to make representations to the
Council on their behalf.
Northern Rail appear to be thinking again about their plans to scrap direct train services from Beverley to Doncaster and Sheffield after Denis organised a petition protesting against the
proposal, which quickly gathered 400 signatures
Northern Rail is consulting on a proposal to scrap Beverley's direct train links to Doncaster and Sheffield.
This will seriously affect Beverley's connectivity, and inconvenience thousands of local people.
Sign Denis's petition to ask Northern Rail to think again.
The Council is allowing developers to build too many executive houses and is ignoring its own targets for affordable housing in Beverley. Denis raised this with the Council leader and is holding
the Council to account over it.
Sometimes it's the small things that have the biggest impact on people's lives. The Council suspended parking on Norwood during the gas works. This made life very difficult for residents who
were unable to park. Denis was able to intervene and get the Council to re-instate 11 parking places for residents on the High School side of Norwood. (April 2017)
Government cuts to education funding will see budget reductions of £14.9m in East Riding schools. Beverley High School, and Longcroft School will lose nearly £1m in real terms funding by 2019,
which equates to 26 teaching posts in these two schools.
Denis launches a petition asking the Government to think again.
After weeks of working with local residents, and ensuring that their concerns were taken into account, the Beverley Arms redevelopment finally gets planning permission. Denis and local
residents look forward to this transormational project which will breathe new life into this historic building. We look forward to the opening in Spring 2018.
Molescroft Court care home is closing and the site being demolished to make way for retirement homes. Denis met with the developers to ensure that vulnerable people living there are treated with
dignity in the final weeks as work had started to prepare the site for demolotion while they were still living there. Denis was able to update residents on plans for the future of the site.
When the derelict Beverley Arms site became a hotspot for anti social behaviour, elderly residents became afraid. Denis asked the developer to provide night time guard and dog security so that
residents could sleep soundly without fear. (March 2017)
The Council has significant pots of cash paid by developers to support recreation and leisure projects in the community.
Denis is giving residents a voice in how this cash is spent and to come forward with project ideas.
Denis has brought residents together with Thwaites, the new owners of the hotel, to iron out residents' concerns about the demolition work, and to make sure their voices are heard. The
project now moves forward to the planning committee for a final decision.
Denis celebrates with Swinemoor Estate residents as their campaign to stop the Council building houses on their green space ends with the Council withdrawing the planning application.
"Mudhills," on Burden Road, which has been enjoyed by generations of families will not be blighted by yet more development following the successful campaign by Denis and local residents, resulting
in a withdrawal of the planning application.
Molescroft Primary School is full, with 85% of applicants not getting a place. Demand has been caused by all the extra housing.
In discussion with Mr Loncaster, Head Teacher.
Denis wants parents to be aware of their options for alternative schools (February 2017)
Denis and his Liberal Democrat colleagues were the only party to oppose the East Riding Conservative's cuts to the public health budget. All the other parties in County Hall, including Labour,
UKIP and the Independents voted to support Tory cuts. This at a time when our NHS is in crisis due to insufficient funding from central government. (February 2017)
A shop window in Beverley town centre was smashed in a late night disturbance at the taxi rank. Denis is working with the Council to try and improve late night safety in the town.
Giving residents living in the historic streets near the Beverley Arms, a voice in the hotel's re-development (January 2017)
The Council wanted to build more houses on the green space on Burden Road. Denis helped local residents resist the developers and preserve the park that has been
enjoyed by generations of families. (January 2017)
Communities are at their best when people look out for each other.
Denis spent a January night out with Beverley Street Angels; volunteers who give up their time to look after vulnerable young people in Beverley on a Saturday
Learning about the
Street Angels project
Residents endured weeks of disruption after the Council allowed a housebuilder to take control of a major road building project in Molescroft.
Denis held the Council to account and demanded that lessons be learned for the future.
Denis welcoming the new link road after urging the Council leader to learn lessons for the future (January 2017)
Supporting "Tomorrow's Youth," a Molescroft community group
Making the case for town centre residents, concerned about possible disturbance from a former shop becoming a licensed premises. (N0vember 2016)
Denis lobbied the planning committee to get the best possible solution for local residents and the Beverley Braves rugby league club in their planning application for new changing rooms and club
house on Molescroft Carr Playing Fields
Denis's term as an ERYC councillor commenced with a convincing victory in the St. Mary's by election.
"Now the hard work begins, and I want to make good on my election promise of working hard for local residents and holding the Council to account."