The town Council held its annual public meeting on April 24th in which members of the public are invited to put their questions to the councillors. Only one resident took up the offer to bring up the Traffic congestion issue. Once again, during the Easter Holidays, the traffic became snarled up on Newbegin and the Market Place as holidaymakers flocked to the town.
The resident, who lives on Newbegin and has to keep his windows closed at such times to keep out the fumes emanating from standing cars, asked why the alternative Traffic lighting system used on Sundays was not employed at all times since the congestion problems seem to be eased considerably when it is used.
Councillors explained, firstly, that these decisions are made by the Highways Department at East Riding Council, and secondly that this option had been discussed before but that some business owners had objected on the grounds that it may discourage visitors from entering Newbegin. Councillors also pointed out that traffic congestion in seaside resorts during holiday periods is a common problem all around the country and suggested that it is something that we might just have to learn to live with as the price for welcoming visitors to our town. Several possible options have been considered by East Riding Council before deciding to remain with the current traffic lights system which they say is necessary in order to incorporate safe crossing places for pedestrians.
PC John Day, Beat Manager for Hornsea and Bridlington North also attended a meeting to give an update on Policing. He is now the only remaining Beat Officer in the area with the numbers being reduced from 10-12 officers only 3 years ago. Although there are still three PCSOs, PC Day said that they are becoming increasingly office bound as they attempt to deal with all the administration work. Councillors took the opportunity to raise an issue of concern which had arisen the previous month. Harry Shires, the Youth Club manager had tried to ring the Police when some older youths tried to break in to the Youth Club. As the 101 non- emergency number wouldn’t accept his mobile phone, Harry had rung 999 and received a ‘roasting’ from the receptionist for dialling the wrong number! PC Day agreed with Councillors that Harry has done the right thing in dialling the emergency number and said that Inspector Cocker had since taken up the case. He also bemoaned the fact that people without experience in the emergency services were now being employed to answer emergency calls.
On a brighter note, the Police Specials who the Council consider to do an excellent job, are planning to hold a series of Street surgeries from the Town Hall where the public can come to address them with their concerns about local policing.