Me Tarzan you Jane .... is anyone actually sticking up for Scarborough? Scarborough Town is coming under attack from Whitby Town and Filey Town. Whexit & Flexit - Neighbours eh? Perish the Parish. Scarborough does not have a Parish thou is due some boundary changes.
OK. Thats the Tarzan bit ;-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiH7F9oopco
The Rules. 2010 "Scarborough Borough Council has resolved to undertake a Community Governance Review of Scarborough town which consists of the wards of Castle, Central, Falsgrave Park, North Bay, Northstead, Ramshill, Stepney, Weaponness and Woodlands. This is to look at the area which is currently not part of a parish. A parished area has a parish council. This is not connected to any church, but is the first tier of government for an area. Parish councils can also be called Community Councils and this will be the term used in this document although the term parish will also be used where appropriate...." Ref: http://democracy.scarborough.gov.uk/documents/s19906/10604%20Appendix%20...
Where is Scarborough Town Parish? Oh, so .. Scarborough Town does not have one. Perish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXXRHpVed3M
Meanwhile (thank goodness for the coast an' tis a North South thing) : The SNooze delights in Filey & Whitby's attack on Scarborough, erm perish the parish, pearls... http://crystalamber.com/home & http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/whexit-calls-after-town-council-no-c...
Oh, do excuse me wot about Scarborough. Ya know a democratic place with an electorate of .... erm many tens of thousands ... I will do the math later. Does Wykeham have a Parish? East field does. Left of Field ... pearls.
Flexit "Filey Town Council is set to discuss proposals of a motion of no confidence in Scarborough Borough Council.
It will be discussed at a town council meeting on Monday 13 February. It's thought reasons such as ignoring Filey for the Tour de Yorkshire, a lack of playground facilities for children and less funding for the town have led to unhappiness from the town council at the borough council
Earlier this week, Whitby Town Council passed a vote of no confidence in the Borough Council.
It's thought a delay on repairs to the Whitby Piers and more funding going into Scarborough rather than Whitby is the cause of the unrest in the town." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Obi4iELWJ3Y
Peers. Oh, just a minute !!!!
"It's been three years since £4.8 million of funding was granted by the Environment Agency, which itself took five years to get...." Yep, and orriginally it was via the EU and now via the Coastal Communites Fund (hence the hesitation). These same people campaigned to leave the EU. Oh well ... in for a penny
Meanwhile Filey gets a whopping £4mil for its 'flood defences' ... Oooh nope its been barbed, £5mil : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-35777234
Filey... part of the Borough but not the County. Mind they still get their 'precept' : http://www.fileytowncouncil.co.uk/precept_budget.html
And, the biggest 'precept' of awl goes to https://www.whitbytowncouncil.gov.uk/files/External_Audit_Report_Notice_... Mind Whitby can't even agree with itself https://www.whitbytowncouncil.gov.uk/ v http://www.fight4whitby.com/
Ne'er bite the hand that feeds ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zbi0XmGtMw
Free Whitby? Free Filey ? Yep ... off ya go. Ta Ra.
Meanwhile, some rather serious business (it may have got missed) The Boundary Review
1st May 2017 "The first part of the review will determine the total number of councillors to be elected to the Council in the future. We call this ‘council size’. We will not consider ward boundaries until we have completed this phase....
"Making an effective representation - When you put forward a council size, we will assess your number (or range of numbers) against your 15 ‘nearest neighbour’ authorities as set out by CIPFA: http://www.cipfastats.net/resources/nearestneighbours/profile.asp?view=s... - If your proposal means that your council size would be well above or below the average of your statistical neighbours, you need to ensure your case for that council size is particularly strong. In some cases, your current council size could put you outside the range of your neighbours so we would need a strong case to retain the status quo."
Stage One - public consultation on new ward boundaries: 23 May – 31 July 2017
Draft recommendations - public consultation 17 October – 11 December 2017
Delivering electoral equality for local voters - "Once the Commission has taken a view on council size, it gives us, and anyone interested in submitting proposals to the review, a clear idea of the target for achieving electoral equality for future patterns of wards...."
"The Commission has an obligation, set out in law, to consider electorate forecasts five years after the completion of the review. The purpose of the forecasts is to try and ensure that the review delivers electoral equality for voters in the longer term. We will work with council officers to draw up realistic forecasts for your authority. Further guidance on how we calculate projected electorates are available on our website at:
Exhibit 1, over the page, shows how the Commission calculates and presents electoral variances in its reports.... You can read the full report, which includes the complete table of wards at:
"Interests and identities of local communities
Unlike electoral equality, it isn’t possible to measure levels of community identity so we will be looking for evidence on a range of issues to support your reasoning. The best evidence for community identity is normally a combination of factual information such as the existence of communication links, facilities and organisations along with an explanation of how local people use those facilities.
Below are some issues that we often use to assess community interests and identity. You may wish to use some of these examples to tell us why you are putting forward your view.
Transport links – Are there good communication links within the proposed ward? Is there any form of public transport? If you are proposing that two areas (e.g. streets, estates or parishes) should be included in the same ward together, how easily can you travel between them?
Shared interests – Are there particular issues that affect your community which aren’t necessarily relevant to neighbouring areas that might help us determine where a ward boundary should be drawn? For example, many local authorities contain areas which have urban, suburban and rural characteristics. Each of those areas may have different needs and interests though they could be located next to each other. One area might be more affected by urban issues such as the local economy while an adjacent area might be more concerned with local transport matters. We would like to hear evidence about what those issues are and how they mean boundaries should combine or separate the areas in question.
Community groups – Is there a residents’ group or any other local organisation that represents the area? What area does that group cover? What kind of activities do they undertake and are there any joint-working relationships between organisations that could indicate shared community interests between different geographical areas?
Facilities – Where do local people in your area go for shopping, medical services, leisure facilities etc? The location of public facilities can represent the centre or focal point of a community as do some service arrangements such as NHS commissioning groups. We would like to hear evidence from local people about how they interact with those facilities so that we can understand the shape of local communities and the movement and behaviours of their residents.
Identifiable boundaries – Natural features such as rivers can often provide strong and recognisable boundaries. Similarly, constructions such as major roads, railway lines or commercial developments can also form well known and effective barriers between communities.
Parishes - In areas where parishes exist, the parish boundaries often represent the extent of a community. In fact, the Commission often uses parishes as the building blocks of wards. Parishes which share a secretariat or other arrangements often fit together well in the same ward.
These are issues you may wish to consider when proposing a pattern of wards or if you are commenting on the Commission’s proposals. It is not – and is not intended to be – an exhaustive list of matters the Commission will consider when coming to a conclusion on wards and their boundaries. Similarly, the Commission attaches no specific weighting to any of the issues above when taking decisions. This guide simply intends to provide some prompts for you to be able to have your say.
There are also a number of things the Commission does not consider to be strong evidence when it takes decisions. For example, an area’s history and tradition may be the basis of a sense of community identity. However, communities change over time and perceptions can vary between individuals as to the nature of those ties. The Commission would need to hear how and why those traditional arrangements reflect communities now."
Electoral reviews look at whether the boundaries of wards or divisions within a local authority need to be altered. We might conduct these reviews either to ensure fairer representation at local government elections after any significant changes in the distribution of electors, or at the request of a local authority for other reasons.
Scarborough Borough Council requested a review following a resolution by the Council on 9 May 2016. The Council envisages a reduction in council size.
How to have your say - An electoral review is a consultative process. You, and your community, can influence the outcome. We have an open mind about adopting proposals from groups or individuals that are supported by evidence and complement the statutory criteria.
In addition to the preliminary phase of the review, when we gather information about the council and assess your views on council size, we will hold at least two phases of public consultation.
We encourage councillors to take part in each phase of consultation, as individuals or as groups, and we hope that elected members can also encourage communities to take part in consultation.
We are only able to consider evidence that is made to us in writing as all decisions are taken by formal meetings of the whole Commission. The best evidence includes the reasons why you agree with our proposals or why you disagree with them. If you do not think our proposals are right for your area, we would welcome alternative suggestions for boundaries that meet our criteria.
There are several ways in which you can keep up to date with the progress of the review and to have your say: Website: you can keep track of the electoral review for your area through our website at www.lgbce.org.uk. We set up a dedicated web page for each review where you will find details of its timetable, our reports, maps, proposals and guidance. You can comment on our proposals directly through our website or by emailing: email@example.com. And you can write to us at the address shown on the contacts page (see page 25). We also publish all the submissions we receive so you can see what kind of evidence we relied on to make our decisions.
Interactive consultation portal: the portal allows you to view and interact with our maps as well as comment on our proposals directly. By logging on to consultation.lgbce.org.uk you will be able to view our proposals down to street level, draw your own pattern of wards or annotate the maps to tell us about the nature of community interests and identities in your area. Over the page, you can see what the site looks like and how you might be able to put forward your views."
"Parishes and/or residents groups: if your area has parish councils, we will offer to hold a briefing meeting locally at the start of an electoral review with representatives of the parishes. Alternatively, we will consider offering a briefing meeting for residents associations at the start of a review to brief them on the process."
"Will parishes be affected?
We have no powers to alter the external boundaries of local parishes. However, if our recommendations propose to divide parishes between wards, we will alter the electoral arrangements of that parish to create parish wards. We can also make changes to the years in which parish council elections take place so that they do so in the same years as borough elections in their associated wards.
More information about possible implications for parishes are set out in our technical guidance: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/10410/technical-guid... ...
"Can the council veto your recommendations?
No. We will work consultatively with you throughout the review and seek to build consensus. However, the final recommendations of the review are those of the Commission. After we publish our final recommendations, we will lay a draft order – the legal document that seeks to implement the recommendations – in both Houses of Parliament. It is up to Parliament to approve or reject that draft order before it is implemented."
Oh, What a shame ...
The Slide Show can be found somewhere.
The key contacts at the Commission for the electoral review of Scarborough Borough Council are:
Alex Hinds – Review Officer
Tel: 0330 500 1274
Richard Buck – Review Manager
Tel: 0330 500 1271
If you want to send in a submission on the review:
Review Officer (Scarborough)
Best not mention the Shard ... Shed.
Fit innit ;-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jql7ghuw7eQ