A buoyant year potentially lies ahead for Ryedale, says the leader of Ryedale District Council.
Cllr Linda Cowling spelled out the authority’s aspirations for 2014 and told her council colleagues how successes of the past year were already helping to boost its economy and job prospects.
Speaking at Thursday’s full council meeting, Cllr Cowling said she hoped bids by the council to the Local Enterprise Partnership would be successful.
“That will create more economic growth in the district,” she said, before adding: “This year should see our community infrastructure levy agreed, examined and in place. Through work with our partners we hope to put in place infrastructure which will make Ryedale an even more attractive place for employers to locate their businesses.”
The past year had seen big strides made in the authority’s aspirations, said Cllr Cowling, with the adoption of the Local Plan – the blueprint for development over the next 15 years – enabling householders and employers to have more certainty about their investment decisions.
In addition, the opening of the Brambling Fields junction and slip road on the A64 would open the way for future expansion of employment land in Norton as well as improving the quality of the area in Malton and Norton by reducing traffic queues.
“The roll out of super fast broadband will help existing businesses and help bring new businesses to our district,” said Cllr Cowling.
The council’s apprenticeship scheme had been a success and supported businesses over the next two years, creating 35 new apprenticeships for young people.
The New Homes Bonus money would provide the council with extra money in 2015-16 which councillors would be deciding how to use. “That could be for economic development or housing, but we mustn’t lose sight of the need to fund the delivery of Local Enterprise Partnership projects.”