Labour is already delivering in Holderness. Following Tory Mathew Grove’s huge cuts in officer numbers and the closure of Police Stations, Labour’s Keith Hunter—Police and Crime Commissioner—is restoring community policing. Humberside Police is on its biggest ever recruitment drive, with 400 new officers currently in training. Here in Holderness, Hedon and Hornsea Police Stations are back in service. In Hedon, practical improvements are already being made. We have replaced and enhanced the town’s entire CCTV system with the help of a grant from the PCC’s Crime Prevention fund. This represents a significant step in creating a better, safer community. The Tories management of our vital Police service has been an absolute shambles. With Labour, Keith Hunter is restoring not only investment, but also public faith in our local community policing. A Labour County Council would work closely with the PCC to ensure local government had the right support and resources in place for effective crime prevention in your community.
After the “Beast from the East” and the long summer drought, there can be no doubt that Climate Change is already seriously affecting us. Three of the last 4 years have been the hottest the planet has ever seen!
We’re all doing our bit to recycle plastics, glass and paper, but it is your local government who should be taking a real lead in putting a sustainable, healthy environment at the heart of what they do. A low-lying area prone to flooding like Holderness needs a local government committed to protecting our environment for the benefit of generations to come
Whilst it is important to address the issue of flood defences at Paull, the whole area urgently needs improved drainage. The population growth and development of the area have been enormous, yet we still rely on Victorian drains. Yorkshire Water, drainage boards and East Riding Council need a joint approach to address this. If we do not reduce the flood risk soon, our community prosperity, our homes and our businesses are threatened. Labour would work the Environment Agency to develop a long-term plan to secure a safe future for our region.
East Yorkshire is dependent on the aquifer beneath our feet for our drinking water. We cannot allow fracking exploration to compromise the cleanliness of this most essential resource to line the pockets of energy companies. A Labour council would ban all fracking exploration within the county.
Instead, we need to explore opportunities to massively increase local renewable energy sources. Solar panels on public buildings, schools and over car parking areas is the way to go, not more fossil fuels that will increase air pollution and contribute to climate change.
Traffic and air pollution are also a growing concern – especially around our schools. Other authorities have introduced zero emission zones around schools, which can address black spots and protect our children. Labour would consider the feasibility of zero emission zones.
Our proposal for reducing traffic congestion and pollution on the streets of South Holderness would be the creation of a bypass from Thorn Road to join the road to Bilton north of Sandhill Nurseries. Currently, most of the north-south traffic east of Hull passes through the narrow Preston streets and Hedon’s one-way system, creating bottlenecks in both villages. East Riding has “bypassed” many communities across the county (including to the south of Hedon) but it’s time traffic was diverted away from our narrow Georgian streets.
We will fight for this to be a priority for East Riding not only to improve traffic flow, but also the safety of Hedon and Preston villages. A huge amount has been spent in Beverley and Bridlington. It’s about time the 20,000 people in South West Holderness saw some investment in the future for their communities!