It’s Yorkshire Day and Paul reflects on the recently announced shake-up of local government that will see Harrogate Borough Council no longer exist. Not many will be sorry to see it go he argues.
Strayside Sunday is our monthly political opinion column. It is written by Paul Baverstock, former Director of Communications for the Conservative Party. August 1st is Yorkshire Day, the day we hang out the white rose flags, revel in the natural and sometimes bleak...
The abolition of both North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Council leaves questions for taxpayers and local services. But, how will council staff be affected by the seismic decision?
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Will North Yorkshire devolution benefit Knaresborough, Ripon and Pateley Bridge? Senior politicians in each location give us their views.
According to a government letter to council chief executives, Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Local Government, found that an east/west model for North Yorkshire would have been too risky and was not “credible” geographically.
This week was seismic for Harrogate and North Yorkshire as the county learned its fate as part of the government’s devolution agenda. The Stray Ferret looks back on Robert Jenrick’s landmark council shake-up decision.
Wallace Sampson, chief executive of Harrogate Borough Council, has said the authority will continue with its projects despite the council being set to be abolished in two years time.
After the government announced that a new council will be formed in North Yorkshire and Harrogate Borough Council will no long exist, it leaves questions over the future of the authority’s projects and assets.
Cllr Carl Les, leader of North Yorkshire County Council, spoke after the government backed a super council for the county yesterday as part of the biggest shake-up for authorities since the 1970s. It will mean the abolition of Harrogate Borough Council.
Cllr Richard Cooper, Conservative leader of the borough council, said that the government’s decision to create a super council for North Yorkshire “flies in the face” of its own criteria.
In the biggest shake-up of local councils since the 1970s, ministers have chosen a single authority to serve the entire of North Yorkshire. It means that both Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council will no longer exist.
The new North Yorkshire Council will cover 618,000 people and could cost up to £38 million to set up — what does it mean for tax payers? Will it mean the creation of a new Harrogate Town Council? We look at what changes lie ahead.
A commission set up two years to tackle issues such as low wages, digital connectivity and lack of affordable housing in rural North Yorkshire publishes its findings today.