This letter is written on behalf of the chairman, vice chairman and seven other members of the Regeneration Partnership Town Improvement Forum. We were surprised to read East Riding Cllr David Robson’s letter in your paper dated 5 July in which he said with regard to the Gypsey Race development that, ‘At no stage have I personally been asked my views on the scheme by Beverley – obviously I know nothing’.
The Town Improvement Forum (TIF) meets every two months and consists of a number of individuals representing various Bridlington organisations including among others – Bridlington Central Action Group, the Old Town associations, Bridlington Tourism Association and the Civic Society; it is also attended by members of the Town Council. All give their free time to discuss various aspects of our town and its development, including the Gypsey Race Park.
We have on numerous occasions over the past three years given our views at Town Improvement Forum meetings on the park, including ideas on issues like safety, surface treatment, lighting, seating and so on which have been incorporated into the design and we have been given regular updates on progress, including at our last meeting on 3 July this year.
Several of us have also volunteered to act as stewards at the public consultations held at The Spa in 2016, and on 6 February this year.
While we appreciate representatives cannot be expert in everything we suggest that Cllr Robson could have easily found out about the exact situation (it has been reported in your own paper on numerous occasions) in preference to implied criticism of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Chairman of Regeneration Partnership Town Improvement Forum