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Yarm into Yorkshire campaign

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I have today issued a series of questions that I feel should be put – and answered – before Yarm residents are asked to vote in a poll about the town transferring into North Yorkshire and Hambleton District Council.

I was brought up in Yarm and I know this issue has been raised many times over the 40 years since the Conservative Government created Cleveland County Council. There are residents who do feel that North Yorkshire is their natural home and would like to return to it. However there is a wealth of difference between what you write on the end of your address and who provides vital services.

I am concerned that Yarm residents are being asked to vote in a poll as early as next week without being given important information to help them make an informed decision.

There are a wide range of questions for which residents should be seeking answers that could have an impact on the choice they make.

Some of the areas where clarification is needed are around access to services such as:

  • Would wheelie bins be emptied fortnightly in future as they are in Hambleton?

  • Would street lights be turned off during the night as they are in parts of Hambleton?

  • Would parking fees on Yarm High Street rise to match those in Northallerton?

  • Where is the depot from which gritters would set off in the winter? Which council would be responsible for gritting Leven Bank given it would be on the border of two authorities? This is a vital road which needs to be accessible.

  • What would this mean for vulnerable residents being supported with home care? Who would provide the service and from where? Would people need to travel to Northallerton to discuss aids and adaptations for their homes?

  • Yarm residents would have to pay to use the tip at Haverton Hill, where would their nearest free alternative be?

  • Would children from Yarm be able to attend Egglescliffe Comprehensive School or other schools within Stockton Borough should they wish? And would children from Ingleby Barwick still be able to go to Conyers?

  • Would the responsibility for the police and fire service need to transfer to North Yorkshire? Would that have any implications for coverage of appliances or officers?

I am also puzzled that Yarm residents are voting but Kirklevington residents are not; their voices should be heard too. Surely Yarm could not move into another borough leaving Kirklevington stranded like an island.

Residents don’t know the answers to these questions – and I expect there will be others too. I worry this is being rushed through with unseemly haste before people have had any opportunity to really think about what they want or the implications of any change.

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commented 2015-07-19 04:18:55 +0100
This problem would go away somewhat though Louise if only your Labour controlled Council would erect some signs stating that it’s North Yorkshire. You can now do so, and please don’t quote costs. Enough money has been spent on Stockton High St to sink a battleship so a few signs for areas south of the Tees are a pittance. And not ones that say historical county either, signs that simply state North Riding of Yorkshire as all governments still state it is geographically. I can’t understand why you can’t do this. It would clearly defuse the issue to a large extent solving all your problems / worries as mentioned.

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