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  • Pat & Clare (Cllr Clare Skardon)
    Article: Oct 21, 2017
    By Pat Marsh

    Dear Editor,

    As a lot of people are aware there is severe pressure on roads in the Saints estate with regards to parking either from the 2 Secondary Schools or the Hospital.

    Over the last 3 years I have been arranging meetings with NYCC, the Schools and the Hospital to try and address this serious issue. There has been a small success which does need celebrating and promoting. A large number of staff from both schools have signed up for the car share scheme run by Harrogate Borough Council. The result is that now most staff car parking occurs on the schools site and not on the local roads. The School, Staff and HBC Officers have to be congratulated on being proactive in taking part in this scheme, it is a win win for everyone, less cars on the road and a financial benefit as people share the cost of travel. Maybe this scheme could now be promoted to parents.

  • North Yorkshire Police
    Article: Oct 19, 2017
    By Pat Marsh

    The Police and Crime Commissioner should NOT take control of the Fire and Rescue Service

    Dear Editor,

    Harrogate Borough Council Conservatives showed at the last Council Meeting that they are not fit to be in charge of the Council.

    There has been a consultation on whether the Police and Crime Commissioner should take control of the Fire and Rescue Service, as well as the Police. Every Local Authority in North Yorkshire and North Yorkshire County Council have decided on the Representation Model which means that rather than giving control to one person the PCC should be given a voting seat on the Fire and Rescue Authority, thus bringing together a closer working relationship with the blue light services. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond HBC's control there was little time to give an official response so an informal meeting was held, before a Cabinet meeting, with the PCC and the Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, those informal discussions were submitted as the HBC response. There was a second opportunity at the recent Council meeting to make sure a proper voted upon resolution was made.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017
    By Pat Marsh

    Harrogate & Knaresborough Needs more Social and Affordable Housing

    A Liberal Democrat motion put to Harrogate Council calls for the council to "set up a cross party working group to develop a Housing Trust to enable Harrogate Borough Council to build much needed Social Housing". Cllr Pat Marsh, who proposed the motion, said, "A recent Chartered Institute of Housing report shows the Government is spending four times as much - some £32bn - subsidising private housing as it is building affordable homes for low income families. This is both disgraceful and unsustainable - we must ensure that adequate housing for rent is available to those on low incomes and with limited savings. The Government must change its funding formula to give local authorities the ability to build houses again."