Felicity Temple

Driffield And Rural

Born in Driffield, and elected in 1999 to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council I have been proud to represent Driffield Town and the parishes of Bainton, Cowlam & Cottam, Fimber, Garton, Kirkburn, Sledmere and Tibthorpe for the last twenty years.

I am also proud to have served on a Council with a strong record of good financial management; with minimal jobs and services cut, and all despite the recession and austerity thanks to the quality of our officers.

Successful bids for external funding have improved sections of the town: a new Leisure Centre, funding for sports clubs, new extensions and refurbishments at all Driffield Schools. The library was transformed into a multi-service centre and we retained our Children’s Centre despite Central Government axing the funding for it.

Personally securing the free half-hour parking at Cross Hill, I am conscious that our village residents need their own transport to come into the town for the remaining banks and post office. I would support appropriate light employment opportunities in our rural areas to help local people work near where they live. We must protect our villages but encourage tourism to help the local economy.

However I have fought again and again alongside residents against what we considered inappropriate development, and have been equally as frustrated with the loss, initially, of our hospital and latterly the minor injuries unit.
I was born in that hospital and my father died there. I regret the decision of the CCG to centralise their services but it was their decision, not the Council’s.

Moving forward, Driffield, a principle town, must be fit and ready for those who will come to live here. As a service centre for our villages it must attract residents to shop, and spend their leisure time here. Being fortunate in having very few empty shops, we have already announced a fund to help our High Streets face the challenge of the internet, and we must all work together to encourage investment and jobs into the town.

As Chairman of Driffield Youth Action, and with the help of a few others, I set up a drop in Youth Centre on part of the Skate Park Site off Skerne Road, thanks to funds from Horace Taylor, Driffield Town Council and various ERYC Departments, and others. I continue to volunteer alongside our qualified Youth Workers and work to find money to keep us going. Young people over the age of 11 are welcomed, currently two nights a week with capacity for more. See our FaceBook page for details or contact me on DriffieldConservatives@outlook.com.

Aware that some are struggling. I volunteer for the Food Bank when I can and am impressed with the work done and the donations given to help those less fortunate.

Driffield is full of generous people who willingly give their time to help others. I am proud to live here.

Felicity Temple

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