In addition to the day-to-day services provided by Driffield Town Council, here is a sample of some of the innovative projects we have delivered.
Plaza of Light
When the hugely popular Umbrellas we’re removed for winter in 2021, this canopy of light took their place. Designed to brighten up Marketplace during the short, dark days and complement the Christmas light displays, we think they’re a huge success.
Middle St. North Mural
A mural was designed and installed on Middle Street North in summer 2021 featuring some familiar town centre business owners or workers. It brightens up the area whilst construction work continues on the site of the old Post Office buildings. Developed by the Driffield Town Centre Steering Group the panels represent 3 shopping areas in the town, in addition to adding a splash of colour they promote the range of different independent business available on the high street.
Developed by in partnership with our Town Centre Steering Group (comprising many independent high street businesses) and supported by ERYC Local Growth Fund, for the summer of 2021, Umbrella Plaza brought a splash of colour to Market Place and created a great atmosphere for people to meet and socialise.
Wold Rangers Way
Driffield Town Council supported this new circular 43-mile trail which starts and finishes in Market Place. In addition to the main route, there are several shorter walks or ‘Trods’ ranging from 3-miles to 22-miles. Launched in 2021, the Wold Rangers Way is an independent registered charity who work to promote walking in the Driffield and across the Wolds.
DiscoverDriffield Loyalty Card
Following the success of our Gift Voucher, in conjunction with the Driffield Town Centre Steering Group (comprising many local independent businesses) we designed and created a unique Loyalty Card. The Loyalty Card is available free of charge and when used in one of Driffield’s participating shops allows the user entry into a monthly prize draw to win a bundle of shopping vouchers and other prizes. This is another example of how we have supported the recovery of our local businesses through COVID-19 during 2020/2021.
Market Place Furniture
During 2021 new planters were added to Marketplace and benches were refurbished; arranged in a new layout to make a pleasant space to rest or have a spot of lunch. The benches and planters were built or refurbished in our own workshop by our Tidy Team using locally sourced materials.
Driffield & Wolds Create Community
This is an exciting new small charity established in 2021 to deliver projects that will help the people of Driffield and Wolds emerge from the COVID pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns. Driffield & Wolds Create Community hope their projects will appeal and enrich the lives of all, irrespective of age, ability, social, health and economic circumstances.
In the spring of 2021 after months of preparation the Pinfold on Windmill Hill was transformed from an overgrown derelict site into a lovely calm space for people at the north side of town to enjoy. All furniture was refurbished by our Tidy Team – they even completed the fantastic planting.
DiscoverDriffield Gift Voucher
As a direct response to supporting our town centre businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, we worked with our newly formed Town Centre Steering Group (comprising many independent shops and businesses) and devised a unique Gift Voucher scheme. In the run-up to Christmas 2020 we sold over £10,000 of gift vouchers which could be redeemed in over 90 local shops and businesses. The scheme continues to be popular with Vouchers always available to purchase for occasions such as Fathers Day, Mothers Day and Birthdays.
Men In Sheds
Through 2020 and 2021 Driffield Town Council worked closely with the Trustees of this new charity in Driffield providing support from start-up through challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Located in our old Tidy Team depot, Men in Sheds offer the opportunity for people to come together, share practical skills and develop friendships.
With many of our fantastic local shops and businesses set to open again after the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021, Driffield Town Council were pleased to say ‘welcome back’ and we urged support for independent shops and businesses to help them get back to trading as usual.
Here’s a short video showcasing shops across East Yorkshire and Driffield as they reopen for business…
Town Centre Defibrillator
In July of 2020 we investigated the idea of installing a defibrillator in the town centre after discovering the existing ones were not available 24hrs/day. We approached a local First Aid training provider (FABtraining) to discuss the possibility of obtaining a community defibrillator. It was subsequently installed in the town centre on the Library building making it easily accessible for everyone.