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Elected District councillor for Malton Ward 2003 as your representative. Re-elected 2007 and again in 2011.

Paul is a Town Councillor of Malton Town Council and a member of Kirby Misperton PCC. He is also a member of the Milton Rooms Committee.

A former Governor of Malton School, he attends meetings of Business in Action. He wants all statutory and other bodies within the town to work together for the common good.

Paul resigned from Malton School Governors in March 2007, so that he would be able to vote in the debate on building the sports centre at Malton School.

64 years old, Paul has university degrees in Law and Classics. He is married with two sons.

He was Ryedale’s Council Solicitor from 1988-1996, then in Private Practice and now working free-lance (semi-retired due to the Recession!).

He used to write a monthly "Ryeview" column for the Gazette and Herald, and now writes a monthly article for the Malton and Pickering Mercury. He has written articles and letters published in the Yorkshire Post.

He is the author of a novel, "The Loner"  published through Matador Books.

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Interested in sailing, skiing, horse-riding and other outdoor pursuits, local government, local, modern and ancient history and literature.

Paul Andrews says:

"In July 2004, I joined with David Clarkson, a retired former senior police officer, to form the Ryedale Residents Group ( Click here for more information on the Ryedale Residents' Group), because we were not satisfied with the way the three larger political groups were failing to address the issues which affect our local community.David did not stand for reelection in 2007, and Nigel Wilson stood for his seat in Derwent Ward. I was elected, but unfortunately Nigel was not.

"We both stood as independents, making it clear in the press and in leaflets that, if elected, we would form again the Ryedale Residents Group. In the circumstances, I offered to join the Council's Independent Group on the basis that I would be able to continue to campaign for those things that I had campaigned for in the election. The Independent Group refused to accept me, and I am therefore on my own, as a "Ryedale Resident.

"In 2011 I stood for election as an independent"

"I shall continue to use my influence for the common good. I am only interested in local issues".

Paul lists the following achievements during his nine years as a district councillor:

 

  • Leading the campaign to save Wentworth Street Car Park from supermarket development - a campaign which has been vindicated - see below.
  • Saving his local pub as the hub of the community;
  • A fourteen month pilot reducing car park fees at Wentworth Street Car Park to £1.50 all day. Click hereClick here.
  • Successfully lobbied the Fitzwilliam Estate to take back the lease of Market Place, Malton from the Council  and make car parking there free;
  • Leading the campaign for a joint use dry sports centre at Malton School between 1997-2003. He continued his support after joining the Council and the sports centre was completed in February 2011;Click here
  • Opposing the Environment Agency's plans to take down flood defences protecting farms and villages. It took Paul four years to persuade Ryedale to pay for a hydrological engineer to negotiate with the Agency. Chris Bowles was eventually appointed and is currently disucssing with the Environment agency ways of protecting Malton Malton and N orton without flooding the countryside.
  • Eric Bowles, the former clerk of the Drainage Boards says: "Paul's help in sorting this out is much appreciated.".Click here

 

 

 

THE MAIN CURRENT ISSUE - RYEDALE'S LOCAL PLAN - The Shopping and Housing Debates - and the sale of WENTWORTH STREET CAR PARK.

Opponents of the Wentworth Street Car Park superstore have been vindicated. Sadly, the taxpayer will have to pay for the Council’s mistakes – not only for the Council’s own costs in an expensive six day public enquiry, but the Council has also been ordered to pay most of the costs of the Fitzwilliam Estate at a six day public enquiry. The Council is expected to pay a bill of about £200,000.

 

During the public enquiry, conducted before an impartial and independent government inspector, Ryedale District Council agreed that its decision to grant planning permission for a huge new superstore on Wentworth Street Car Park could not stand and would have to be referred back to its planning committee. At the hearing, the Council’s team also accepted that the Cattle Market was a better site for a supermarket, and that this would have to be taken into account when the Wentworth Street Car Park application comes back to committee.

 

In these circumstances, it is difficult to see how the Council could grant permission for a second time without having to face a judicial review and wasting much more of the taxpayers’ money on legal costs in an action in which the Council’s case would be doomed to fail.

 

The tables have been turned on the Council, and hopefully this will be the end of this unfortunate saga. Enough public money has been wasted, and one hopes Ryedale will not waste more public money on an even more expensive endgame.

 

The dark cloud which has been hanging over Malton for so long is at last moving away, and businesses can now have confidence in the future of the town, and plan ahead with optimism. If there is the will, the means will be found to re-locate the livestock market, and there are at the moment two groups who are seeking to do this. I believe relocation is well within the bounds of possibility.

 

While I have been an elected councillor I have worked hard to get all the leading members of the community, including the town council, the Estate, the auctioneers and local business, to work together to promote and improve the town. Efforts have been made by myself and others to encourage Ryedale to work with us, and to be fair, Ryedale has helped to a limited extent. I would now invite Ryedale and its leaders to put aside past differences and join us in the revitalisation of the town. There is so much going for Malton at the moment. The town is weathering the recession, we have an excellent team at the Milton Rooms, and the redevelopment of the Cattle Market presents great opportunities for modernisation as well as for enhancing the town’s distinctive character. Ryedale’s wholehearted support would be most welcome.

 

See the list of Councillors who voted for its sale. Speak to them and ask them if they are now prepared to  support the Town Council's Neighbourhood Plan. If they won't, don't vote for them - ever again! Click here.

Documents ON THE RYEDALE LDF:

Click here for Articles on this issue

Click here for my draft representations on the Ryedale PLan (2010) - for the consultation ending 5th November 2010

Click HERE for my response (2009) to the LDF consultation on shopping policyand HERE for the exhibits referred to

Click HERE for Habton's response (2009) to the LDF Summer Consultation

Were you able to make your views known on the Development Options (Dispersed/ market towns/market towns with service villages) at the July consultation at the Milton Rooms? - click here and see the notes in blue

 

Brief explanatory Note:

Ryedale's Local Development Framework is the most controversial local plan I have ever known.

Ryedale District Council is controlled politically by people who seem to have no sympathy with the countryside or country market towns. As seen below, it took them five years before they finally decided to back local farms and villages against the Environment Agency on the flooding issue.

Now they are determined to use the Local Plan as a means to catastrophically change Malton/Norton into something like Monks Cross - a little city.

Because they are mesmerised by the attractions of city life, they behave as though they think our country towns are backwaters inhabited by woolly backs. In some ways, it is as though Ryedale has been taken over by aliens from another planet.

In 2005, they put up car park fees to a level which few Malton shoppers were ever likely to pay. There was a fees trial for lower fees. This was evaluated late, and the evaluation was found to be wrong by a Scrutiny investigation. This has not stopped Ryedale putting long stay car park fees up in full knowledge that this would discourage most people from using Wentworth Street car park - see below.

So then they lookedfor a new use of Wentworth Street car park - as a supermarket - even though they had been told by two consultants what most people knew anyway: there just isn't enough room for another supermarket in Malton in the short term.

Council leader, Keith Knaggs dismissed the figures which the Consultants had used as: "What nonsense!" The planners, referring to these figures, said that retail capacity for convenience products is only one of many material considerations, and that "overprovision may be the way forward". Councillor Keith Knaggs had, in January 2008, stated to a full meeting of Business in Action that he never used Malton shops, as the "quality of the town's retail offer" was not good enough for him.

 

From the point of view of local business, with a friendly administration such as this, who needs enemies?

Regardless of the consultants' views, the Council have already granted planning permission for an extension of Morrisons in Malton,a new Lidl in Norton, and a new TESCO express at Kirby Moorside.. They have readily accepted that the Morrisons extension and the new Lidl, developments comprising over 18,000 sq. ft net sales area will generate no more than 35 additional traffic movements at Butcher's Corner on Saturdays!

In 2010 they approved a new Aldi in Norton comprising 1,200 sq.m. net sales area. This has not been built.

They have also put Wentworth Street Car Park up for sale by tender. A tender by GMI Holbeck was accepted by the Council, following a Council meeting of 17th November 2010.

One might have thought they would have had some plan in mind for dealing with the new road traffic likely to be generated by the proposed new supermarket on Wentworth Street car park or the proposals for an alternative development of the Cattlemarket by the Malton Estate Company (See link below). The obvious solution would be to make the bridge of the Broughton Road over the A64 into a four way grade separated motorway intersection. Instead they have agreed the proposals of Malton School to lay out a multi use games area in a position which would effectively block one of the proposed slip roads.

On housing the position is even more of a disaster.

For years new housing has been controlled by restricting new houses within defined village or town development limits. The Council now wants to abandon this policy by restricting full market price new housesto the market towns and service villages. The intention is to impose at least a 50% share of this on Malton/Norton, when these towns have less than 28% of Ryedale's population - a policy which is far from fair on Malton/Norton.A document produced by the Council suggests that the actual figure they have in mind is 2,165 new houses for Malton/Norton (two thirds of all new housing in the district for the next 15 years)

Meanwhile, house builders will only be allowed to build houses within the village development limits of the non-service villages, if a condition is attached restricting occupation to people with a local connection to Ryedale only. This would reduce the value of new houses by at least 10%. This might work in the National Park, but will clearly discourage house builders from building in villages in the rest of Ryedale.For those of us who are interested in the continuing vitality of our villages and the viability of local pubs and the few village shops and other facilities that remain, this should be a cause forserious concern.

On highways, please give your fullest attention to this article. It will be seen that Ryedale has produced a "Strategic Transport Assessment" which is politically driven and fundamentally flawed.

 

Click HERE for articles about the above and the Cattle Market and the Malton Town Centre Strategy and how Ryedale has lost HALF A MILLION POUNDS in planning grant

LAND DRAINAGE AND FLOODING - What is behind the Yorkshire Derwent Catchment Flood Management Plan? See my correspondence with the Environment Agency

CLICK HERE for ARTICLES on LAND DRAINAGE and FLOODING and UPDATE. See also "News and Views" for my letter to the Environment Agency of 10th September 2008 and their reply of 25th September 2008

Click below for:

 

THE CAR PARK DEBATE - Click here to see the reports and charts which show how income from Malton car parks actually GREW during the trial period.

Click here to see the Action Group's report on the Wentworth Street trial (with graph)

ST. NICHOLAS ST. CAR PARK - CLICK here for the Action Group's representations

How about an evening out in a Country pub - fine food, good ale in a traditional and friendly hostelry. Click here for more about the Grapes of Great Habton and their website

 

 

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