Local residents back Lib Dem call for decisions affecting York to be made in York


In just three weeks, over 1000 local residents have backed York Liberal Democrat campaign against proposals to merge York into a remote and unaccountable 'super-council, stretching from the outskirts of Doncaster to Redcar and Cleveland, along the east coast. To the surprise of local residents, these proposals to diminish York’s self-governance are supported by Conservative councillors in York.

There is still time to have your say by filling in our survey at http://tiny.cc/YorkLDsurvey

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The survey was launched at the end of July, following comments from the Government on plans to force through a local authority reorganisation regardless of whether councils, residents and businesses agree or not. Since then more than a thousand residents have added their voice to opposition to these plans, with over 95% of respondents to the survey stating that they believe decisions affecting York should be made in York, and that they do not want to see York's council tax levels potentially rise 10% to match the rates of surrounding North Yorkshire.

Cllr Anne Hook, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, commented:

“I’d like to thank all those who have taken the time to back our campaign and send a clear message that York’s residents do not wish to have decisions affecting their communities made by unaccountable, remote and unrepresentative ‘super-council’ in Scarborough, for example.

“For this Government to be forcing a rushed top-down reorganisation on social care, the planning system and council structure demonstrates their lack of understanding of the scale of the current challenge facing our communities. Our top priority remains the health and wellbeing of our residents along with gradual recovery efforts to rescue York’s economy and begin to build back better.

“It’s a shame to see that instead of supporting local councils in our recovery efforts, this Government seems to be preoccupied with centralising decision-making, removing local accountability and weakening local community engagement.

“I am proud to represent a rural part of our wonderful city, which prides itself on local engagement, and having campaigned for a fair deal for my residents and the city, I would be deeply concerned about any prospect of decisions that affect them being taken by people that know little about our community.”

There is still time to have your say by filling in our survey at http://tiny.cc/YorkLDsurvey

 


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