'Model with Enhancements'

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"Councils in the area have until September to submit their proposals for what the future unitary authority could look like.

Steve Siddons, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said: "We would support that. I would certainly support that and I think that makes far more sense than the complex system that we have in place. The services would still be provided locally. It would bring more money into the local economy, it means that we'll have more control over economic regeneration, transport and over infrastructure."


"The timetable is still to be set for York and North Yorkshire to make decisions about its own devolution, aiming to take place between 2020 and 2022.

The leaders from each of the local authorities are now at the stage where they are considering a set of “asks” which are laid out in the devolution proposal. 

At meetings taking place throughout July, each local authority is being asked to agree to begin the process of negotiating a devolution deal by agreeing the “asks”. 

If conversations between the Councils and Government progress well, a governance review will be required to take place, including a full consultation, which will provide residents, communities and businesses a full opportunity to share their views before decisions are made."

The Temple of Doom, moi?


There are actually three tiers of Local Democracy.

@ North Bay Parish.Inc

Darned Newts...

“Anything that leads to more openness and transparency should be welcomed but we really need to see the details of the plans and whether it is the best course of action for residents."

Ah, Well ....

Every area should have a 'parish' with each electing a member to sit on the Unitary.

The Complicated Version:

"The Leaders of the Councils of York andNorth Yorkshire have previously written on the 13th February 2020 to Government to open up a dialogue with Government to be able to negotiate a devolution deal for the region to increase funding and provide additional flexibilities for the benefit of the region. (copy of the letter is attached at Appendix 1)...


Enjoy ;-0



'Agreed Devolution Deal announced in Autumn around a ‘fiscal event’ - Nov 2020'

'Mayor Elections - May 2022'

As If...





"But I think, moving forward, people should know that freedom of speech is accepted, but the audience should know what they're getting into.

"I don't believe in censorship."

Stay Informed.


Obviously, I'll be voting for Britney Spears.



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Mind the Gaps

"Robert Goodwill says if North Yorkshire devolution happens and Scarborough Borough Council is scrapped, a Scarborough town council would be the way forward.

“My view is that we have to have that lower tier of local government that can respond to people’s concerns,” he said.

“We need to fill that gap by having a Scarborough town council..."

"Mr Goodwill said people in Newby and Seamer would have to be asked if they wanted to keep their parish councils or be included under a new town council.

He added he has raised the idea of a Scarborough town council with Mr Clarke."



"What we can't do is write blank cheques, in the end this is the difference between us and Labour, that we don't believe the state can just subsidise everything willy-nilly."



"If the devolution plan moves forward, the county council elections scheduled for next year would be cancelled, as likely would be the elections for the Police, Crime and Fire Commissioner as those responsibilities are presumed to rest with the new elected Mayor."


Simon 'Stilts' Clarke shouldn't be allowed to run a bath let alone a North Yorkshire devolution deal.

After much 'thought' ... the answer should ironically be No.

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The Rationale

How to quantify North Yorkshire as a sum of all its parts? 

"Affordable housing, wildlife crime, planning decisions, accessible wifi, the world’s largest polyhalite mine, the impact of leaving the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as the UK exits the EU, and, of course, the economic ravages caused by the coronavirus lockdown will be just some of the items on the agenda for the new chief executive of the North York Moors National Park. It almost makes you wonder why he’d want to throw his hat into the ring.

“The more I read about the role, the more it sort of spoke to me, that this was something that I really wanted to do,” he told The Yorkshire Post."





Assuming that our regional devolution is one of the last to be 'resolved' ... erm why should we?



So, the big Ask is that we dissolve our district councils in return for a fixed future sum from Whitehall... for apparatus that is already pledged.


Mebbe tis just 'Doris' throwing his weight around..


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The A Team

Positioning, Moi?

"the ultimate in Not My Job. My desk is cleared."

"Robert Goodwill says moving the House of Commons to York - as has been suggested by Boris Johnson - is impractical and could damage York's tourism industry.

"If it’s going to be in the North, it might as well be in Scarborough!” he said...

""I think it's important that Parliament is based in the capital of the country.

"I'm not sure it’s going to be a runner.”"



Sleep Tight.

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On the Back Burner...

"A 140-page document submitted to Ministers by political leaders in North Yorkshire sets out their demands in return for the election of a metro mayor and the likely replacement of its district councils with a single unitary authority.

As well as a 30-year gainshare funding pot worth £750m over 25 years, the submission contains proposals for government funding to be handed over to the county in areas including housing, transport, skills, regeneration and energy."


"The document, which has been agreed by all nine council leaders, says the vision is for "York and North Yorkshire to become England’s first carbon negative economy, where people with the skills and aspiration to reach their full potential, earn higher wages and live healthy lives in thriving communities".

It adds: "With two National Parks, the Yorkshire Coast and City of York, our world renowned historic and cultural assets shape our urban spaces, whilst the scenic beauty of our vast rural landscape and northern coastline define York and North Yorkshire as one of world’s most recognised regions.

"This is a place where the city, land and seascapes have shaped the people who live, work, research and create here."

But the document says the county retains some structural economic challenges "which must be addressed through devolution if we are to truly level up the UK economy"."


"A new Energy Accelerator � the only one of its kind in the UK � will launch in the New Year, providing technical expertise to bring forward and identify funding for low carbon energy projects.

Together, these measures plus the initiatives identified in the new Leeds City Region Energy Strategy will take the City Region two thirds of the way towards meeting the Paris Climate Agreement targets. Now, the Combined Authority and LEP have committed to work to identify what the region needs to do to complete the final third.

Initiatives set out in the new Energy Strategy include the development of hydrogen buses, delivery of the landmark H21 project to convert the existing natural gas network in Leeds to hydrogen, the recently announced installation of ultra-low-emission vehicle charging points across West Yorkshire, and carbon capture storage (CCS) schemes, building on the pilot bioenergy CCS project at Drax in Selby."


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"Okay, wait a minute. What!?"

"When a recession hits the UK, the government’s budget deficit rises automatically as benefits flow disproportionately towards the most affected regions. The beauty of such a proper fiscal union is that no politician can decide which region gets which transfer. Imagine the sheer awfulness if parliament had to debate how much would be transferred to Cumbria, to Norfolk or to north Wales from Surrey, Sussex and west London. Britain would be wrecked by divisions that make Brexit look like an amicable affair. And yet this divisiveness has been baked into the EU recovery fund, complete with country allocations drawn up even before we know the effects of the recession on each region. It is almost as if the whole thing were designed by a cunning Eurosceptic."


"Instead of the judicious muesli of ideas we used to get, we now have a solid brick of Weetabix: rough, ugly, easy to serve but hard to digest."


But now, in the wake of Brexit, Covid-19 and other issues, two real bogeymen have come to the table. Happily for the hapless newsrooms, we can now choose whether Revenue or Capital is the worse villain, yet both will be top of the menu until something tastier, more immediately frightening comes along."



“You never win anything on Twitter”

"Government ‘ultimately chose not to support the project’, telling the meeting “there is a very big difference between words and actions.”


"The Government has now sold its sole share in the interim company, a wholly owned subsidiary of BEIS."




"“It’s like dog owners,” he said. “The problem is usually at the top of the leash.”"

"North Yorkshire leaders have been told by a government Minister that they can submit their plans for a controversial shake-up of local government which could see at least one new unitary council created by April 2023."



"retrofitting ageing “zombie” power plants with carbon capture units was often pointless, with renewables waiting in the wings to replace fossil fuels"


Oh Dear ...


Along with most of SBC's Members (self isolating)

Should be an interesting week...




Northern Endurance Partnership


Via 'Twitter' :

Photo - see caption



"NZT and ZCH are at-scale decarbonization projects that will kick start decarbonization of industry and ‎power in two of the UK’s largest industrial clusters. Both projects aim to be commissioned by 2026 ‎with realistic pathways to achieve net zero as early as 2030 through a combination of carbon capture, ‎hydrogen and fuel-switching..."

Ding Dong


"“One or two people have argued that the moon might be a little outside our catchment area.

“And it’s that lack of creative thinking that explains why those people are not currently the CEO at Thames Water, and I am.

“We will be sending the moon a bill just as soon as we’ve determined their postcode, which we’re sure will be the next tidbit revealed by NASA."



'Time is of the Essence'

"The authority says the national government has "been clear that ending the two-tier structure of local government will pave the way for a mayoral-led combined authority and deliver the best available settlement for the region, without delay."

"The full proposals can be read here https://democracy.northyorks.gov.uk/committees.aspx?commid=18&meetid=4459 and will now go before the county council’s executive on November 3 and full council on November 4. It will be for Government to examine which bids meet their criteria and to consult the public on those that do.

The plan isn't being supported by the seven district and borough councils in North Yorkshire, who have proposed an alternative plan which would see the creation of two unitary authorities, one in the East and one in the West of North Yorkshire. The Eastern County would consist of the Scarborough Borough along with Ryedale, Selby and York."


"The District Councils remain of the view that this is not the time for reorganisation. However if the Districts do not submit a proposal there is a risk that the only model being considered by MHCLG will be the North Yorkshire County Council model. It is therefore proposed that the Case for Change is only submitted should North Yorkshire County Council resolve to submit its unitary proposal and/or in the event that MHCLG decides not to seek bids for local government reorganisation at this time."



The Case for Change.

"Officials said no dragons had been harmed and their safety was paramount."

Thou must not 'Glamp' Up Bear Creek...

"The national park as a whole is a Unesco World Heritage site"

York 'Pivotal'

"A council spokesperson says that if the Government decides City of York Council should stay as it is, it will progress to devolution and help to establish a mayoral combined authority - which means two or more independent councils teaming up to create a body - by April 2022.

But if Government decides York should merge, a shadow authority will be rolled out to work towards creating the new local authority.

The could take about two years - meaning it would be complete by April 2023, the council says.

It adds that scrapping a council and creating a new one is subject to legislation under a process mapped out by Parliament.

The meeting takes place from 6pm tomorrow. Watch at youtube.com/user/cityofyorkcouncil."


""Scarborough and Whitby Tory MP Robert Goodwill also voted against the extension and said the issue was a “distraction” to everything that the Government did to make sure children didn’t go hungry. 

He said the benefits system and Universal Credit allowed families to feed their children. A bigger challenge was helping families with deeper problems such as drug or alcohol addiction or debt.""

"Mr Hollinrake, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty, added: “These are exceptional times but it’s very dangerous when you start looking at various policies in isolation."



Anyone spotted a timeline in the SBC or NYCC devo proposals?

Are the NYCC elections 2021 taking place or not?


Keep Busy.


An Outpost on the Coast...


York Devo - Basics

""York said it had not been consulted on those proposals and a report to its executive said: "In no sense would York/Selby/Ryedale/Scarborough be considered a logical or functional economic geography, nor does it have any historical basis."

Simplifying council structures is considered essential by the government ahead of any devolution deal similar to those agreed by South and West Yorkshire."





""At present, the companies cannot be sued over what their users post online, or the decisions they make over what to leave up and take down.

Some politicians have raised concerns this "sweeping immunity" encourages bad behaviour.

But the chief executives say they need the law to be able to moderate content."

"And some industry watchers agree the legislation - known as Section 230 - needs to be revisited.

"[It] allows digital businesses to let users post things but then not be responsible for the consequences, even when they're amplifying or dampening that speech,"

"Who the hell elected you and who put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the (insert your own) people are allowed to hear?""


"To call on the Government to provide urgent and comprehensive support to residents and businesses in York, for example, by introducing an extended furlough scheme and a trial of Universal Basic Income."


Of absolutely no interest is (already a unitary authority) York City's 'calander' :


Just don't mention Crayons ;-)


Enjoy :-0








live :



Wasn't their Mayor lovely in a menacing kinda of fashion.. and weren't they all rather polite? 

York City voted to to take part in  "a trial of Universal Basic Income."