Bridlington Renaissance Partnership

September 22, 2010 5:38 PM

If you want an example of how not to regenerate a town,
Bridlington is a prime  example. These are not just my words; speak to residents
of the town, and they will tell you the same. Millions of pounds have been spent
on controversial projects and despite local opposition, the appointed guardians
of regeneration, the Bridlington Renaissance Partnership (BRP), have ploughed on
regardless. One councillor told me many residents have contacted him with
complaints, but because the BRP is not under the control of East Riding of
Yorkshire Council (ERYC) he was unable to put a stop to the excesses. 

HullEastRiding TPA (1)

Yorkshire Forward – along with all Regional Development
Agencies – is soon to be confined to the dustbin of history, therefore ERYC has
now decided to fund the BRP itself. There isn’t going to be a review into how
the regeneration will continue. The same people will be employed to do the same
things – the very same things people have been complaining about. Here is a
quote from Cllr Geoff Pickering who represents the Bridlington South
Ward:



"The cabinet has approved a number of notable extensions to the
lifetime of the Bridlington Renaissance Project, but without reassessment of the
delivery needs and mechanisms.

"Despite the cabinet's continued support, the council's aims
for the town's economy have not been realised. In any other environment, this
would trigger a thorough investigation, not another extension.

"There has not even been a basic skills assessment of the posts
involved to ensure we have the right job descriptions and right capacity to move
forward, instead, an unquestioned extension of all contracts.

"This does not represent best practice and is not a financially
responsible position. This report is authored by officers who have a vested
interest in maintaining their jobs."


Cllr Pickering sums it up. If public money is going to be
placed into the regeneration pot, there must be careful consideration of the
needs and views of local people. In private business, aims and objectives would
have to be met, otherwise you wouldn’t be in business for very long. Carrying on
regardless – which appears to be the policy of ERYC – not only continues to
waste public money, but is a kick in the teeth for hard pressed taxpayers
paying for it.

Senior ERYC councillors must take political control and do the
job they were elected to do. They must no longer give the BRP a free hand. They
must listen and act on the views of local councillors and residents. There needs
to be a clear business case put forward before a penny more is spent, and those
responsible for previous failures need to be told to look for alternative
employment.

Put in place the right tax and regulatory regimes, work
hand-in-hand with the private sector, and solutions will be found that will
create jobs and prosperity. As for the grandiose nonsense no-one wants; confine
it  - just like Yorkshire Forward - to the dustbin of history. 


If you want an example of how not to regenerate a town,
Bridlington is a prime  example. These are not just my words; speak to residents
of the town, and they will tell you the same. Millions of pounds have been spent
on controversial projects and despite local opposition, the appointed guardians
of regeneration, the Bridlington Renaissance Partnership (BRP), have ploughed on
regardless. One councillor told me many residents have contacted him with
complaints, but because the BRP is not under the control of East Riding of
Yorkshire Council (ERYC) he was unable to put a stop to the excesses. 

HullEastRiding TPA (1)

Yorkshire Forward – along with all Regional Development
Agencies – is soon to be confined to the dustbin of history, therefore ERYC has
now decided to fund the BRP itself. There isn’t going to be a review into how
the regeneration will continue. The same people will be employed to do the same
things – the very same things people have been complaining about. Here is a
quote from Cllr Geoff Pickering who represents the Bridlington South
Ward:



"The cabinet has approved a number of notable extensions to the
lifetime of the Bridlington Renaissance Project, but without reassessment of the
delivery needs and mechanisms.

"Despite the cabinet's continued support, the council's aims
for the town's economy have not been realised. In any other environment, this
would trigger a thorough investigation, not another extension.

"There has not even been a basic skills assessment of the posts
involved to ensure we have the right job descriptions and right capacity to move
forward, instead, an unquestioned extension of all contracts.

"This does not represent best practice and is not a financially
responsible position. This report is authored by officers who have a vested
interest in maintaining their jobs."


Cllr Pickering sums it up. If public money is going to be
placed into the regeneration pot, there must be careful consideration of the
needs and views of local people. In private business, aims and objectives would
have to be met, otherwise you wouldn’t be in business for very long. Carrying on
regardless – which appears to be the policy of ERYC – not only continues to
waste public money, but is a kick in the teeth for hard pressed taxpayers
paying for it.

Senior ERYC councillors must take political control and do the
job they were elected to do. They must no longer give the BRP a free hand. They
must listen and act on the views of local councillors and residents. There needs
to be a clear business case put forward before a penny more is spent, and those
responsible for previous failures need to be told to look for alternative
employment.

Put in place the right tax and regulatory regimes, work
hand-in-hand with the private sector, and solutions will be found that will
create jobs and prosperity. As for the grandiose nonsense no-one wants; confine
it  - just like Yorkshire Forward - to the dustbin of history. 


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