Proposals for a unitary authority rejected by county council

The Northern Echo: ANNUAL MEETING: North Yorkshire County Council met at County Hall, Northallerton, today ANNUAL MEETING: North Yorkshire County Council met at County Hall, Northallerton, today

PROPOSALS to create a unitary authority in North Yorkshire have been dismissed by the county council – despite being told it could save millions.

Ukip councillor David Simister earlier this month asked North Yorkshire County Council’s executive to consider the move to create one authority instead of maintaining the current seven districts - Richmondshire, Hambleton, Craven, Scarborough, Selby, Ryedale and Harrogate.

Although the executive rejected the plan, Cllr Simister raised the motion again at the authority’s annual meeting at Northallerton’s County Hall today (May 21).

He said: “The motion was a look at the creation of one unitary authority or maybe two authorities for North Yorkshire, with the A1 as the split between the two areas.

“We believe it should be looked at properly because we are facing austerity cuts with the council having to save millions of pounds.

“There is not just a potential to save money – there are real savings to be made.”

Cllr Sam Cross, who seconded the initial motion, added: “In North Yorkshire we have a county council, seven district councils, 700 parish councils and eight chief executives.

“Now is the time to consider this – we are going through difficult times financially and the council taxpayers will benefit.”

Council leader John Weighell said: “This is such a huge issue.

“To create a unitary authority would save about half the £74m of cuts. But while 30 years ago I would have gone for two or three authorities, now I’m concerned that a unitary authority of 600,000 people is not cost-effective enough.

“This is completely the wrong time to push for a unitary authority. I hate wasting money and time on something that will not yield any benefits because it will be rejected all the way through.

“After the election next year might be the time to think again.”

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10:02pm Wed 21 May 14

behonest says...

Reducing council jobs, eliminating waste, making efficiency savings, reducing the burden on the council tax payer? The councils won't be having any of that now, will they?
It seems only UKIP will make challenges like this - which is probably why the Establishment has been constantly attacking them in recent weeks.
Reducing council jobs, eliminating waste, making efficiency savings, reducing the burden on the council tax payer? The councils won't be having any of that now, will they? It seems only UKIP will make challenges like this - which is probably why the Establishment has been constantly attacking them in recent weeks. behonest
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4:11pm Thu 22 May 14

spragger says...

The way the taxpayer is abused nowadays is atrocious

If you live in Richmond you have four levels of Government to sustain.
National, NYCC, Richmondshire & Richmond Town Council. One level could go tomorrow & no taxpayer would miss it
The way the taxpayer is abused nowadays is atrocious If you live in Richmond you have four levels of Government to sustain. National, NYCC, Richmondshire & Richmond Town Council. One level could go tomorrow & no taxpayer would miss it spragger
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