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.
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)
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 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 heritage.
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."
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 restictions.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Sign Denis's petition opposing school funding cuts here This links to the petition
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. (March 2017)
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. (March 2017)
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.
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)
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 night.
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