Merle Skinner Retirement
Cllr Merle Skinner has resigned from the Council after 55 years as a Parish Councillor.
Merle was co-opted to the Parish Council in 1966 and during her long term she has been committed to serving the village on behalf of its residents.
Her late husband Alan also served the community as parish clerk for 22 years. Merle took on the role of clerk for about 18 months following Alan’s passing until a permanent clerk was appointed. At the time parish council meetings were held either in the old school or old chapel now both demolished.
Always interested in the village children's education she served as a parish representative at Market Weighton Infants School as a governor. She was involved in the negotiations with the County Council to ensure there was always free transport to Market Weighton Infants and Junior Schools for all village children following the closure of the village school.
Merle was active in supporting the southern route of Market Weighton bypass saving Goodmanham being separated from Market Weighton. On the environment front she was involved in the purchase and planting of the first daffodils that still enhance the village in Spring. Along with the help of the local Young Farmers Club Merle and Alan in 1984 planted the many trees we see as you travel up Nursery Hill.
Over 55 years Merle has gained a wealth of local knowledge and has staged exhibitions showing past village events including memories of local characters from her fabulous collection of slides, photos and newspaper cuttings. These act as a lasting archive of days gone by in Goodmanham.
We all wish her well in her retirement and thank her for her dedicated service.
Next Council Meetings
The Council have agreed to hold an Extraordinary meeting on Wednesday 23rd June primarily to discuss the use of the windfall funds received last year.
The Parish Council meeting in July has been rescheduled to Wednesday 21st July.
Both meetings will beheld at the Fiddle Drill starting at 7:00pm.
The minutes for the Annual Meeting held on 19th May have been posted under Parish Council Information.
Annual Return 2020-21
The Annual Return has been completed and audited. Documents are available on the Finance section of this website.
New Railway Footpath
East Riding of Yorkshire Council have issued a formal notice regarding the approval of the new footpath west of Goodmanham. The notice can be viewed below.
A report regarding the recent flooding can be downloaded below.
Following a submission by the Parish Council the Goodmanham Arms has been designated as an Asset of Community Value. This means that should the pub be put up for sale at some time in the future there would be a moratorium to allow the community to prepare a bid to acquire it. This power has been used successfully in a number of other parishes to retain pubs threatened with closure and disposal for alternative uses.
Budget and Precept 2021-22
The Council has approved its Budget for 2021-22. This has been posted on the Finance page. A Precept of £3,750 was agreed which requires an annual charge of £32.89 for a Band D Council Tax payer.