Yorkshire Party Deputy Leader and prospective candidate in the upcoming Doncaster Council elections, Chris Whitwood, has announced a new initiative to encourage residents to give their street a voice.
Doncaster Street Makers will go out and listen to the views and concerns of local residents. They will then work with neighbours, fellow Street Makers and members of the Yorkshire Party to tackle issues on their street.
Chris Whitwood, who will be standing for the Yorkshire Party in Town Ward in May, said;
“If you watch the news, read the papers, look at what’s happening in the world at the moment, it’s very easy to believe that we’re powerless to make a difference. But actually, big changes start with small action and we each take up the challenge of trying to improve our own street – a small area that we – we will, little by little, build a better future for Doncaster.”
“They one man cannot change the world, but we can change our little corner of it, our street, our community. But we need your support, so get off your sofa, out there and become a Doncaster Street Maker and make a difference!”
Their aim is to empower people to work together to tackle the street level issues that are most important to their area, from littering to helping the elderly, providing better green spaces to improving integration and bringing the community together.
When asked about why the Yorkshire Party is launching Doncaster Street Makers, Chris explained;
“Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with a group of residents on Manor Drive who are concerned about the speed of some traffic on their road. They’ve been asking the council to take action for over 25 years and I find that unbelievable!
“The overwhelmingly positive response to the tent city shows that ordinary people can have a positive impact. People in Doncaster care and are proud of where they come from. They want their voice to be heard and it seems increasingly clear that if we want better for our town its up to us to make it happen!”
The first meeting of Doncaster Street Makers will be at the Goose, 54 Hall Gate, Doncaster at 11:30am on Saturday 25th February. To find out more or to volunteer sign up now.