WE are informed that the leaders of district councils in North Yorkshire are against the plans for brand spanking new unitary authorities in North Yorkshire.
But we see them working with this failed Conservative Authorities to ship simply that.
The one distinction between the place of the district council leaders and county council is the scale and form of the proposed unitary authorities.
The Conservative county council need two unitary authorities based mostly on the prevailing boundaries of North Yorkshire and the Metropolis of York.
The primarily Conservative district leaders need two unitary authorities extra equal in dimension of about 400,000 folks overlaying each North Yorkshire and the town of York.
Neither would work successfully if the Authorities’s plan for a single dictator, sorry, “mayor” for North Yorkshire and York mixed is enacted.
As members of Richmondshire District Council, we got only one week to evaluate a 180 web page want listing drawn up by North Yorkshire district leaders earlier than being requested to vote for it. This was higher than the 24 hours we got to evaluate a Governance doc for the area.
These devolution plans is not going to ship the “billions” in further revenue for the area that council leaders declare.
If, and that’s a giant if, this Tory Authorities sticks to its promise of additional cash for North Yorkshire and York, it’s going to nonetheless solely be about £25m a yr. That’s solely about £30 a yr per head of inhabitants. Evaluate that to your council tax invoice per head and you will notice that it’s peanuts.
Proposals for distant unitary authorities for North Yorkshire are undemocratic and can take native authorities even additional away from the folks they purport to signify.
The collaboration of the district and county council leaders on this rushed and ailing thought out scheme is a shame.
Provided that the UK has one of many worst mortality charges from Covid-19 on the earth, you’d assume that they and this failed Conservative Authorities would have extra essential issues to do?
So let’s simply inform Dominic Cummings what to do along with his newest crafty plan and deal with retaining folks (and democracy) secure.
Cllr Leslie Rowe, Brompton on Swale.
Golly gross sales
HOW disappointing to learn the article about Goathland Village Stores (D&S Times, Aug 21).
We’ve got retailed the Golly merchandise beforehand and it is a superb product and in style with folks from all backgrounds, together with black folks.
Clearly Colette Cambridge has an issue and is on a private campaign so as to add to the abolition of Baa Black Sheep, the Black Board and all issues that had been a part of our harmless youth.
Racism is an acquired attribute, nobody is born a racist.
The continued suppression and senseless campaigns is not going to change the mindset of those that are racist, it’s going to solely gasoline the issue with resentment.
As with our clients, folks purchased the products as a result of they cherished the objects, not as a result of they had been racist nor as a result of the merchandise promoted racism.
Earlier than everybody goes on the rant concerning the historical past of the Golly, I like many, and my youngsters, performed with these as a toy and at no time had been we moulded right into a racist as a consequence, precisely the identical method I wasn’t was a gun toting thug by taking part in cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians.
Good parenting, tolerance and understanding will prevail, not folks like Colette Cambridge who thinks she is a few eminent authority on the topic. Maybe Goathland can be a happier place if she stayed at house in York?
A Waites, Leyburn.
Derek Whiting, of Stokesley, took this serene view of Saltburn final Friday, though he provides: ‘It appears to be like very peaceable, till you descend the steps and see the crowds alongside the pier and the promenade’
Well being hub
I WAS puzzled however not utterly stunned by Patricia Kassell’s suggestion (D&S Occasions letters, Aug 21) that as a result of right here in Catterick Garrison we’re to get pleasure from a brand new well being centre/hub on the location of the outdated Duchess of Kent Navy Hospital, it signifies that Richmond is to lose GP companies.
I imagine that what our MP Rishi Sunak was saying in his column within the D&S was that the brand new well being hub would home the Garrison GPs and a lot of different well being companies, which may very well be utilized by sufferers all through Richmondshire not simply the Garrison.
I am informed these will embody some psychological well being companies which is excellent information for the entire space.
Ms Kassell’s angle is, I am afraid, fairly typical of some people in Richmond who see the event of much-needed companies within the Garrison with its rapidly-growing inhabitants as some kind of menace to Richmond.
Ms Kassell ought to pay much less consideration to the Richmond rumour-mill and its conspiracy theorists. Having learn up a bit concerning the Catterick growth, I can discover completely no reference to Richmond residents having to journey to the Garrison to see a GP as a result of it’s being constructed.
Edward Harden, Catterick Garrison.
Public service tax
SEEMINGLY Mark Wade (D&S Occasions letters, Aug 21) believes I missed some extent relating to BBC bashing in my letter (D&S Occasions letters, Aug 7).
I do agree that I didn’t deal with his level, particularly that the TV licence mustn’t exist as a result of it’s irrelevant to him and his household.
The place I imagine we differ is that I contemplate the BBC to be a public service as supposed on its inception.
I regard the TV licence as simply one other tax. As with akin to libraries and buses it’s one’s prerogative to make use of it or not. If one doesn’t use them one doesn’t anticipate tax reduction.
Concerning the well-worn accusation that BBC information is “too unfavourable, partisan and anti-government”, I don’t assume the Tories on the BBC Board of Administrators would enable it.
It’s the responsibility of journalists to problem the federal government of the day.
The truth that the vast majority of the governments have been Tory all through my 70 years understandably means they’ve their insurance policies and actions challenged greater than some other authorities.
On the identical time Blair, Campbell, Abbott, Corbyn et al have been given a tough time when questioned on the BBC. Would a professional broadcaster as in Russia, China and Korea be preferable?
Mark Wake prefers Sky which is overseen by a single household. James Murdoch has even stepped down from Information Corps citing “disagreements over sure editorial content material”. And Fox Information …..
Ian Wilson, Guisborough.
Beneath the bridge in Arkengarthdale, by Heather Middleton
IGNORING the wholesale opposition of the villagers and the parish council, Hambleton planning has simply accredited the development of two estate-type homes in prime agricultural land, exterior our village boundary, on a slim, busy single-track nation lane and in full view of the Nationwide Park.
Would I be cynical in suggesting that our regionally elected councillors at the moment are working for the federal government fairly than serving the pursuits of those that elected them?
What worth native democracy?
Dr John Davies, Kirkby in Cleveland.
BY opposing the demolition of the Dorman Lengthy Tower, on our former steelworks website, Jacob Younger MP is, rightly, representing the views of most Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough folks.
I’ve normally resisted makes an attempt to protect each final vestige of our industrial previous, like rusting, derelict blast furnaces and ugly shale heaps.
However, I imagine the tower to be distinctive because it’s, each actually and metaphorically, an impressive, image of our industrial glory days. And, the simply seen, historic phrases Dorman Lengthy on its aspect are the icing on the icon.
Constructed within the 1950s, deliberately or by chance, within the brutalist type, this stupendous concrete construction have to be retained. And, I agree with the suggestion of Teesside historian, Tosh Warwick, that the tower can, finally, be used for arts and sporting functions.
For as soon as, let’s communicate with one voice and resist the temptation of turning our much-loved Dorman Lengthy Tower right into a discordant Tower of Babel.
Steve Kay, Redcar & Cleveland councillor.
AS members of Stokesley and Ayton Fairtrade Group, we urge readers to signal the petition to Nestlé, as a way to assist farmers who’re producing cocoa for our KitKat bars.
Readers might or might not know that Nestlé are to finish their relationship with truthful commerce.
For a few years Nestlé’s Equipment Kat bars have carried the Fairtrade mark, giving British shoppers assurance that the farmers producing the cocoa for the bars (in Cote d’Ivoire, on the African continent) are receiving the Fairtrade Premium cost (on high of the market worth of their crop).
This premium cost has allowed the farmers and their co-operatives to pay for well being and schooling provision of their communities and, throughout occasions of explicit hardship when yield is poor and/or the marketplace for cocoa is low, they’ve been capable of climate that storm.
Nestlé plan to proceed to assist the cocoa farmers however differently and one that won’t give them the identical safety that has hitherto sustained their communities.
Withdrawing the premium cost assist, notably within the midst of a world pandemic, is ready to have a devastating impression on one of the susceptible communities on the earth.
Truthful commerce representatives and MPs have met with Nestlé to induce them to rethink their place and a web based petition has attracted hundreds of signatures. Up to now this has been to no avail. Conservative MP Jason McCartney has urged Nestlé “to be way more clear concerning the element of their [….] proposals [to mitigate the impact of their decision on cocoa farmers]”.
As the good nice granddaughter of Henry Isaac Rowntree (who created Equipment Kat) has acknowledged: “Rowntree was a Quaker agency based mostly on Quaker rules of equity and honesty. Fairtrade matches these rules. The farmers who produce the cocoa for Nestlé are as a lot their staff as these immediately employed and are owed an obligation of care”.
For extra info go to the Ivorian Fairtrade Community; the Fairtrade web site; All-Social gathering Parliamentary Group (APPG) Fairtrade Assertion: KitKat.
Readers can signal the petition on the change.org web site and we urge them to decide on merchandise with the Fairtrade mark.
From the Fairtrade teams of Stokesley and Nice Ayton.
AFTER such a very long time with out having the ability to do strange issues, we needed to say how good it’s to get again to having fun with among the delights of residing in Richmond – the Station Cinema, the swimming pool and the library are outdated favourites we’re completely satisfied to have the ability to go to once more.
In all three we really feel secure, persons are masked the place applicable and very security acutely aware.
Thanks to all who’ve made this doable, the district council for his or her grant and the library volunteers notably.
Helen and Mike Harper, Richmond.
WITH reference to your lead article “Police HQ sale delays cost taxpayers £750,000” (D&S Times, Aug 21), I discover it nearly past perception that Newby Wiske Motion Group have had the nerve to criticise the price of sustaining the previous police HQ when they’re the primary reason behind the delay in its sale.
Robert Carter, Brompton, Northallerton.