Action to improve local health services, road safety on the A64, and to combat future flooding in Ryedale, are seen as being among the big issues for Ryedale in the coming year, says MP Anne McIntosh.
In a New Year message this week, Ms McIntosh, MP for Thirsk and Malton said she wanted to see “fairer funding” for the hospitals in her constituency, at Malton, Easingwold and Thirsk.
She added that she had had talks with staff in the hospitals over Christmas and thanked them for their work and as a result she would be pressing for more funding for the NHS generally in North Yorkshire.
On the A64 which has a high accident record, Ms McIntosh said it remained “a challenge” but there was a need to carry out improvement work on safety and congestion.
“While there are funds for transport infrastructure, there is just the challenge of accessing them,” she said. “Even vehicle speed activation signs along the route through the villages on the A64 might alter driver behaviour.”
On 2013, Ms McIntosh, said “The highs and lows of the past year include the floods and the fantastic response from the Environment Agency, Fire and Rescue, Police and other emergency services as well as Ryedale District Council and North Yorkshire County Council highways department.
“The community spirit was of the finest, bringing people together in the face of adversity.”
But she added: “Economic and financial challenges remain both for national and local government.
“While the economy is starting to turn, this is still a time of adversity for some. The welfare state is there to help the most vulnerable. By encouraging those who can to go into work, that should enable us to focus on those most deserving.”
The Government’s new Water Bill currently going through Parliament would benefit Ryedale, she said.
The legislation will permit retail competition for business users and create a new framework for affordable flood insurance.
“We must not waste the opportunity to improve resilience to future floods,” said Ms McIntosh.
“As we face the challenges of the New Year, may I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.”