Driffield’s new councillor can’t wait to get started

Driffield Town Council’s newest member has told the Wolds Weekly he is looking forward to helping the Capital of the Wolds ‘thrive’ after he was co-opted to the West Ward just nine months after moving to the area.

Cllr Fred Smith was co-opted at the meeting of the town council held in the council chambers at Driffield Community Centre on 1st March.

Cllr Smith, 75, is no stranger to local politics having served on Willerby Parish Council for 15 years, including a spell as chairman, and as an East Riding of Yorkshire councillor in the Willerby and Kirkella ward for several years.

A resident of Willerby for around two decades, Cllr Smith, who is married and has two children and three grandchildren, decided to relocate to Driffield in 2021 to be closer to his son, who lives in North Frodingham.

The town centre is always busy with people shopping, it’s never deserted, and I like to see places that thrive.

Councillor Fred smith

Before he moved to the area, Cllr Smith had been impressed with Driffield’s vibrancy and energy which he had witnessed on regular visits.

“I enjoyed my time as a parish and ward councillor, especially the interaction with people and, wherever I have lived, I’ve tried to join in with everything that is going on in the community,” said the former Defence School of Transport employee.

“One of the outside interests I had as a councillor in Willerby was at the snooker club and I slowly worked my way up from being a committee member and cleaning the balls to become chairman.

“Although I have only lived in Driffield for nine months, my wife and I have visited the town on a regular basis.

“When we came to our son’s house in North Frodingham, we always came to Driffield to do our shopping.

“I started to realise that Driffield is a good place to live and I’ve always had a good vibe.

“My wife and I had been thinking about moving to Driffield and the opportunity came to buy a house on one of the new estates, which we took.

“The town centre is always busy with people shopping, it’s never deserted, and I like to see places that thrive.”

The position on the West Ward has been vacant since October and Cllr Smith decided to take the plunge for co-option after seeing an advert in the Wolds Weekly.

And he’s looking forward to getting stuck in and do his best for his adopted hometown.

“I saw the notice for the vacancy in the paper and, as I haven’t been here for very long, thought I had no chance of being co-opted,” said Cllr Smith.

“However, I have and I’m looking forward to it. I’m ready to offer my time and do anything I can to help the council’s various committees and the town to thrive.

“A lot of people complain, but when you ask them to join something like the council, they aren’t interested.

“However, you can’t complain unless you are trying to do something about it. And often when you try and do something, you realise why you can’t.

“I can’t wait to get started and do my utmost for a town, in which I feel as though we have just fitted in.”

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