Town vote a waste of money, says chairman

The Northern Echo: Yarm Town Hall. Yarm Town Hall.

THE chairman of YarmTown Council has said he believes a referendum to take the town into Yorkshire is 'a waste of money'.

Chairman Peter Monck was asked at a council meeting this week what his personal views were on the referendum and whether Yarm Town Council could publicise the fact it was happening.

He said: "This has been called by a group of individuals.The town council doesn't have a view on it."

But when pressed for his personal opinion, he said: "I think it is a waste of money. Personally I think that, but when I am speaking to the press as chairman of Yarm Town Council I have to take the view of the residents and what they want."

"Yarm for Yorkshire" campaigners have pushed for an official poll which will now take place on Tuesday, May 27 and which will cost about £4,000, which is funded by Yarm Town Council and organised by democratic officers at Stockton Borough Council.

The result is not legally binding and, if Yarm were to become part of Hambleton district and North Yorkshire county, it would need Government consent.

The question to be asked in the poll is: "Do you, the electors of Yarm, wish Yarm to be removed from the control and administration of Stockton Borough Council and beome the responsibility of North Yorkshire County Council and Hambleton District Council?"

At the meeting of the town council on Tuesday, residents and some councillors asked if the town council could publicise the fact the poll was going ahead on its website, and with a press release.

Coun Monck agreed to publicise the details on the town council website.

Yarm residents have felt aggrieved by the amount of housing planning applications approved for greenfield land around the town by Stockton Borough Council in recent years, plus the controversial parking charges which are now in operation in the High Street.

Stockton Council has arranged for the poll to be held between 4pm and 9pm on the 27th although no polling cards will be issued and no postal votes taken.

Hambleton Council has so far offered no comment on the poll but John Weighell, the leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said he was "very interested' to know the wishes of Yarm residents.

Campaigners hope being part of Hambleton would reduce their council tax, as it has one of the lowest tax rates in the country.

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7:24am Sat 17 May 14

Mr A says...

It is called Democracy in action and it's what the people want!
It is called Democracy in action and it's what the people want! Mr A
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9:31am Sat 17 May 14

greenfinger says...

Cheaper council tax, less planning applications granted and the removal of parking charges? Mr Monck says its a waste of money lol, what a whopper. I bet the planners are watching their brown paper envelopes sail down the Tees.

Hambleton here we come, yeeeee haaaaaaaa
Cheaper council tax, less planning applications granted and the removal of parking charges? Mr Monck says its a waste of money lol, what a whopper. I bet the planners are watching their brown paper envelopes sail down the Tees. Hambleton here we come, yeeeee haaaaaaaa greenfinger
  • Score: 0

11:36am Sat 17 May 14

PJ Chingford says...

greenfinger what a prat, dare you to print your name and address, then openly accuse the planners of taking bribes and see how long before a white envelope arrives with a civil action in it, people like you are yellow through and through and hide behind your keyboards!
greenfinger what a prat, dare you to print your name and address, then openly accuse the planners of taking bribes and see how long before a white envelope arrives with a civil action in it, people like you are yellow through and through and hide behind your keyboards! PJ Chingford
  • Score: -3

10:57pm Sat 17 May 14

bambara says...

Bunch of NIMBYs and tax dodgers, vote away and waste your money, it will not get you moved into another council area because everybody could start doing that if it did and you would end up with 1 council for the entirity of the UK.
Bunch of NIMBYs and tax dodgers, vote away and waste your money, it will not get you moved into another council area because everybody could start doing that if it did and you would end up with 1 council for the entirity of the UK. bambara
  • Score: -4

11:16pm Sat 17 May 14

spragger says...

You cannot blame them trying to escape the corrupt socialists across the Tees. They have already ruined Stockton, Billingham, et al.
Now they wish to give Yarm Socialist equality of outcome
You cannot blame them trying to escape the corrupt socialists across the Tees. They have already ruined Stockton, Billingham, et al. Now they wish to give Yarm Socialist equality of outcome spragger
  • Score: 5

10:31pm Sun 18 May 14

laboursfoe says...

bambara wrote:
Bunch of NIMBYs and tax dodgers, vote away and waste your money, it will not get you moved into another council area because everybody could start doing that if it did and you would end up with 1 council for the entirity of the UK.
Tax dodgers?? Are you for real??
[quote][p][bold]bambara[/bold] wrote: Bunch of NIMBYs and tax dodgers, vote away and waste your money, it will not get you moved into another council area because everybody could start doing that if it did and you would end up with 1 council for the entirity of the UK.[/p][/quote]Tax dodgers?? Are you for real?? laboursfoe
  • Score: 1

8:40am Mon 19 May 14

davideclark says...

Interesting to pick a day in half term when lots of people will be away on holiday!! If the poll is not representative then it will be a waste of effort which would be a shame. It should have a postal vote
Interesting to pick a day in half term when lots of people will be away on holiday!! If the poll is not representative then it will be a waste of effort which would be a shame. It should have a postal vote davideclark
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