The SHAPE Group formally came into existence in 2012, but had been functioning in its present form since 2008, when it was known as the Parish Group of the Withernsea and South Holderness Regeneration Partnership. The Parishes supported include: Easington, Halsham, Hollym, Holmpton, Keyingham, Ottringham, Patrington, Rimswell, Roos, Skefflling, Sunk Island, Welwick & Weeton and Withernsea.
Most Parishes in South East Holderness had completed a Parish Plan and the Group was formed to look at issues of common interest, that could be better solved by the Parishes working together and speaking with one voice.
The Group has tackled a number of issues in that time. The first to be looked at was the issue of speeding traffic on the road from Easington to Patrington, although it was an issue all through the parishes. Safer Roads Humber came out and talked to the Group and some parishes were the first groups to use Police assistance with speed boards to try and tackle the problem.
After the 2010 winter the Group was concerned about that gritting was not available from ERYC, on the more minor roads in the area and also on parish pavements. They came up with a solution, helped by having a member of the Group who was a contracter to ERYC for the Gritting. By buying salt and grit in bulk and placing it in the parishes who wanted help, the contracter used his machinery to spread the salt/grit as requested. The Parishes paid the contracter for the work and also for their portion of the salt & grit. Although this worked well initially, with warmer and milder winters, not much gritting has been needed, but the idea worked very well.
Flooding has always been an issue due to the geography of the area and the Group and various members spent a lot of time and effort to put the case of better drainage in the area, which has been achieved in some areas.
Health has been an issue, most recently with the changes to the hospital at Withernsea. The East Yorkshire CCG came to a meeting to hear the views of the Group to issues which had been identified with the 8 to 8 service at the hospital and a variety of other concerns related to health matters. This was a very useful exercise, as it allowed all points of view to be heard.
The Group continues to meet and our next meeting is on 24th June 2021 and will be held virtually on Zoom starting at 7pm. Any Parish Councillor from the 13 can attend and we always welcome newcomers. To receive an invite to join the Zoom meeting, please email Peter Hirschfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org