What We Do

Driffield Riverhead

The Town Council manage:

  • The Market
  • The Allotments
  • St Margaret’s Close Play Area/Fawcett Gardens Amenity Area
  • Public Conveniences at Cross Hill and North End

The Town Council organise and fund:

  • The Bonfire and Firework Display
  • The Christmas Light Switch On & Late Night Shopping
  • New Years Eve Celebrations
  • Civic Functions such as the Civic Service
  • The Town Bus
  • The CCTV system

The Town Council also:

  • Monitor planning applications within Driffield and Little Driffield
  • Consult on policies from both government and the local authority
  • Promote Driffield and the Wolds as a visitor destination & run a tourist information point
  • Produce an annual town guide
  • Promote the local economy
  • Protect and strive to improve the environment
  • Install and empty over 44 litter bins throughout the town
  • Install and maintain bus shelters
  • Install and maintain over 67 seats and benches
  • Install and maintain over 30 grit bins & grit footpaths and roads
  • Maintain and grass cut the public footpaths and bridlepaths
  • Plant and maintain over 21 flower and shrub beds
  • Supply and water the summer hanging baskets
  • Maintain war memorials
  • Erect the Christmas light displays & bunting
  • Liaise with ERYC Highways on parking and traffic flow issues
  • Fund and co-ordinate projects that enhance the economic, cultural and environmental well being of the parish
  • Co-ordinate and finance projects such as the commemoration of the end of the First World War & the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire to name but two
  • Finance the youth projects such as the Driffield Skatepark, Children’s Outing & Driffield Youth Action
  • Give grant aid to small groups and organisations and much, much more
  • Lead campaigns e.g. Save the MIU campaign

The Town Council work and liaise with:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Natural England, The Environment Agency, Driffield Partnership, Driffield in Bloom, Driffield Navigation Trust, Driffield Navigation Amenities Association, The Ramblers Association, ERVAS, Driffield Millennium Green Trust, Driffield Churches Together, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire Councils Association, Open Spaces Society, Action for Market Towns, CPRE, Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership, Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, Wolds Tourism Partnership, Driffield Youth Action, Driffield & District Skate & BMX Committee, East Yorkshire Chalk Rivers Trust, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Community Centre Management Committee, Citizens Advice Bureau, the emergency services, local press, local schools, other town and parish councils and community partnerships.

SMALL GRANT FUND

The Small Grant Fund is available to local groups and organisations from Driffield or Little Driffield. Please apply in writing to the Town Clerk.

WHO ARE THE ‘TIDY TEAM’?

The Tidy Team are Chris Brotherton and Andy Wilson. Chris has been with us since 1996 when the town council decided to employ two handymen. Andy joined us in 2006 after his predecessor, Barry Skelton retired. They work full time for us. We were the first town council in the region to employ a manual team and extend our services from administrative to operational.
WHY? The Town Council felt that the services provided by the ERYC were insufficient and that Driffield was being let down and left behind. They decided if ERYC were not going to keep Driffield up to scratch then they would have to. There were also various things that other towns received as a matter of course but Driffield did not, such as Christmas light decorations etc. The then town council decided that they must step up to the plate and stand up for Driffield and employing the Tidy Team was part of this plan.

BELOW IS A TASTER OF WHAT THEY DO……

  • Maintain and empty over 44 litter bins 3 x weekly
  • Maintain and install all the street furniture – including benches & bus shelters
  • Maintain and fill all the red grit boxes and gritting in winter
  • Maintain and grass cut all the parish paths, the Millennium Green & other green open spaces
  • Look after the allotments
  • Run the weekly street market
  • Erect the Christmas Lights and other things such as the summer bunting
  • Supply & water the summer hanging baskets & plant and maintain over 20 flower and shrub beds
  • Maintain all the council buildings including Cass Hall, the public toilets and the Market Walk offices
  • Look after our play park at St Margaret’s Close and the amenity area at Fawcett Gardens
  • Carry out specific litter picking or clear up projects e.g. Market Place/Viking Car Park/the beck
  • Run all our annual events such as the Bonfire and Christmas Festival in liaison with the office
  • Assist other groups and organisations run events – The Old Folks Tea, Skatepark & Driffield in Bloom
  • Maintain the war memorials
  • Provide urgent assistance when needed by either groups, ERYC or individuals
  • Deliver special projects that otherwise would not happen such as the bikes and decorations for the visit of the Tour de Yorkshire last year and the various memorials to mark the First World War 100 years commemoration