COLUMN: Mayor’s Diary with Liz Vose

Mayor of Boroughbridge Liz Vose.
Mayor of Boroughbridge Liz Vose.

A week in the community life of Boroughbridge:

The main topic on everyone’s lips over the past week has been the weather and the extremely adverse conditions we faced over the past week.

Flooding is a devastating experience and many areas of the country suffered terrible damage but thanks to an emergency plan developed from our area’s previous experiences of flooding, we were relatively well-prepared and although there were areas which caused problems the situation was not as bad as it could have been.

I do not intend to go into great detail here as the flooding has already been widely reported.

I would, however, like to pay tribute to the individuals of the local Emergency Committee who worked tirelessly throughout alongside personnel from Harrogate Borough Council, the Environment Agency, the police and fire and rescue service to keep the developing situation under very effective surveillance.

On behalf of the town I would like to thank them all for their sterling efforts. There were some problems, and in particular the flooding in the area around Back Lane Car Park and hopefully these can be addressed so that similar problems will not occur in the future.

On Tuesday last week I attended a ‘Community Links’ meeting at the high school. This is a group representing various local councils and unity organisations who meet with staff and governors from the high school to promote effective links between the school and the community.

On this occasion the meeting was also attended by representatives of North Yorkshire County Council Youth Support Service who gave the meeting a presentation on the recent changes in the services provided for young people in our area.

One of the aims is to encourage more young people to attend Youth Council meetings and, to promote this, assemblies have been taking place in school focusing on getting the young people to think about how they can get their voice heard and make a positive contribution within their community.

Boroughbridge Youth Council is looking to recruit new members aged between 11- 19.

The youth council will meet every first Monday in the month from 4pm - 6pm at the Youth Centre based on the High School site.

Young people will also be taking to the ballot boxes and picking their most important issue which they would like the UK Youth Parliament to campaign on when they come together in the House of Commons in November.

There is an online link which is www.mi-vote.com/mym.

For further information please visit the website www.nycc.co.uk or its Facebook Boroughbridge Youth Council page.

Finally: a reminder that Boroughbridge Area Community Library Association (BACLA) will be holding an open day this Saturday, October 6 from 10am - 1pm.

BACLA came into existence just over a year ago to ensure the library remained open when, due to North Yorkshire County Council cuts, it was threatened firstly with closure and eventually a reduction in its opening hours.

Currently BACLA volunteers run the library on Wednesday mornings between 9am and 1pm and also manage the room above the library which is now referred to as the Jubilee Room.

The Jubilee Room is a smart, well-equipped room and is available for hire at a very competitive rate and BACLA hopes to attract more local organisations to use it, either on a regular basis or as a one-off.

BACLA would like to invite you along to see what the room has to offer.

Please do come along and see for yourself – members of the BACLA committee will be on hand at the event to answer any questions you may have and refreshments will be available.

Please also note that all money raised through hire of the Jubilee room will be invested in your local library in Boroughbridge