Letter - We are all working hard in Horbury

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I write in response to Mr Bulmer’s letter regarding the condition of Horbury in the Express. I understand his concern; the welfare of the town and its people is our main focus as councillors. However let’s be clear Horbury isn’t run down, it has a thriving community and a wide variety of voluntary groups and societies.

Everywhere struggles during a recession, but if you compare Horbury to other towns it’s still doing well. Traders are working hard to bring people into the town and the Council is doing what it can to support them.

As my colleague Coun Janet Holmes rightly said in last week’s edition, there are issues about our free parking being misused. That’s why we need more people to put their views across. Do people want to see a two hour free parking restriction in order to stop people parking and riding? We want to see as many people as possible visiting Horbury to take advantage of our great local shops, not using it merely as a stop off point for Wakefield.

Groups and individuals throughout Horbury work very hard year on year to deliver fantastic events like the Street Fayre, Horbury Show and Christmas Lights Switch On that give the town a special character and appeal often not enjoyed by other areas. I think if anything that’s the sign of a vibrant community.

We are always trying to identify additional revenue streams that may be of assistance to community projects, many of which wouldn’t take place without council and community chest funding. I don’t view it as ‘begging’ to lobby for funding for the town and encourage people to visit, it’s essential.

If there are specific areas where people are concerned about litter I would encourage you to report it either to us or the council’s call centre, so that the council’s Street Scene Team can take a look.

Jack Hemingway

Councillor for Horbury and South Ossett