Driffield renaissance partnership

Explains about the renaissance partnerships and how to get involved in Driffield. 

What is Driffield Renaissance Partnership?

Driffield Partnership is one of several renaissance and regeneration partnerships in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It brings together people from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors to work together to ensure that Driffield and the surrounding areas remain a great place to live, learn, work, visit and invest in.

What is the aim of Driffield Renaissance Partnership?

Driffield Partnership is working to strengthen links within the community, helping to deliver a long term plan to ensure the future prosperity of the Driffield area.

Who is involved in Driffield Renaissance Partnership? 

Driffield Renaissance Partnership is a collaboration of people whose aim is to see the town thrive.

Partnership members are mainly unpaid individuals, business people and representatives of local organisations and community groups although some attend to provide support as part of their employment such as the Executive Officer and Renaissance Coordinator who are employed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 

Driffield Partnership Board - Public Sector (4)
Member organisation Representative
East Riding of Yorkshire Council Councillor Symon Fraser (Driffield & Rural) Email: symon.fraser@farmline.com
Driffield Town Council Driffield Town Council (external website)  Councillor Paul Rounding - Vice Chair (Deputy - Joyce Fletcher)
Parish Councils Councillor Steve Richardson – Hutton Cranswick Parish Council
Driffield School Driffield School (external website)  Elaine Collinson – Community Liaison


Driffield Partnership Board - Private Sector (2)
Member organisation Representative
Driffield and District Business Club Driffield Business (external website) Jim Ezard
Driffield Agricultural Society Driffield Show (external website) David Tite


Driffield Partnership Board - Community Sector (4)
Member organisation Representative
U3A Margaret Killin
Driffield Navigation Trust David Hamilton
Driffield in Bloom Barbara Hall
Driffield Churches Together Richard Mole


Driffield Partnership Board - Co-opted (3)
Member organisation Representative
Resident Janet Whipps - chair of Partnership and Town Centre Group
Resident John Wardle
Resident Helena Moss

Driffield Partnership Board - Non-voting
Member organisation Representative
Executive Officer Liz Philpot, renaissance programme manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council Email: liz.philpot@eastriding.gov.uk

How are renaissance activities prioritised in Driffield?

Driffield Partnership worked closely with local people to produce the Driffield Renaissance Plan, a long term plan to guide change and development in the area over the next nine years.  The overall aim of this plan is to help secure the future prosperity of Driffield and the surrounding area by ensuring it's a great place to live, work, visit and invest in.

Driffield Partnership Plan (pdf 6mb)

In January 2013 the Partnership commissioned a retail consultant to work with the Town Centre Group to produce a short term report to help prioritise their activity and how any funding could be spent.

Driffield High Street Action Planning April 2013 (pdf 8mb)

Driffield Renaissance plan identified the area to the south of Driffield Town Centre including the Railway Station and Riverhead, as an important gateway to the town, providing visitors with their first impression of Driffield. It is an area that has been associated with the arrival and departure of goods and peoples over many centuries and represents one of the town's key heritage assets.

The main purpose of the Concept Statement is to provide a vision for the development and use of the Riverhead area in order to demonstrate how this asset is intended to be developed and improved to provide economic catalysts for the town.

Driffield Riverhead Concept Statement (pdf 5mb)

Driffield Renaissance Partnership priorities

  • Driffield Public Art - Creation and installation of a piece of public art in Driffield Town Centre.
  • Digital Driffield - Produce a web-based guide to promote Driffield businesses and organisations; to improve their profile, and raise awareness in the local community of what is available locally.  
  • Walkers are welcome - Driffield has potential to be a base for visitors to the Wolds and surrounding area; product development will allow Driffield as a walking location, and for use of local services, shops, cafes, restaurants.
  • Driffield Methodist Church - Support the re-development of Driffield Methodist Church. The overall development will support Driffield Renaissance Plan through, Improved Streetscene (primarily main building replacement), generate linked visits to the town centre with Digital Driffield Providing a vital community rental space.

These projects have been funded through East Riding of Yorkshire Council High Street Fund. The partnership is working with Driffield Town Council, Driffield and District Business Club and Visit Hull and East Yorkshire to develop these projects.

How is Driffield Partnership managed and its performance measured?

The partnership’s governing document is the partnership agreement.  It details how the partnership should function in terms of structure, roles, meeting management and the partnerships relationship with its partners and other organisations.

When are the meetings of the Driffield Renaissance Partnership?

Driffield Partnership has a board which meets on a regular basis. There are a limited number of places on the board and new member organisations can be voted on annually at the Annual General Meeting. 

Meeting dates
Date and time  Location  
Monday 11 January 2016, 6:00pm Town Council Offices, Market Walk, Driffield
Monday 14 March 2016, 6:00pm Town Council Offices, Market Walk, Driffield
Monday 9 May 2016, 6:00pm Town Council Offices, Market Walk, Driffield
Monday 11 July 2016, 6:00pm Town Council Offices, Market Walk, Driffield
Monday 12 September 2016, 6:00pm Town Council Offices, Market Walk, Driffield
Monday 14 November 2016, 6:00pm Town Council Offices, Market Walk, Driffield

Can I view agendas and minutes of the Partnership Meetings?

Please view the agendas and minutes of the partnership meetings below:

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

How do I get involved?

The Partnership will bring together local partners to steer and coordinate the delivery of the Driffield Renaissance Plan. This will often involve East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Driffield Town Council taking a lead on specific projects or issues, but other partners will also contribute resources where they are able and/or willing to do so.

Town Centre Group

This group will actively develop an application to East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s High Street Fund, in conjunction with Driffield Town Council; it will then coordinate delivery if the application is successful.

Meetings will be held as and when required.

Tourism, Culture and Heritage Group

Is a task group that will meet to deliver specific projects, with the most recent achievement the launch in Spring 2014 of the Mortimer Trail. Further walking trails are planned, and also the Partnership is seeking “Walkers are Welcome” accreditation.

Driffield Environment Committee

Is led by Driffield Town Council. Please contact the Town Council for further information.

If you are interested in the work of the Partnership, or are part of an organisation, group or business that would like to be involved, please check the other sections on this page for more information, or contact the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Renaissance Programme Manager whose contact details are at the bottom of this page.

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