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  • 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."