Gung Ho

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A Consultation Hub : "Residents and businesses in North Yorkshire are currently served by a two-tier system of local government."

"Q5 & Q11

Democracy needs to be kept local to keep people & business engaged, participate and interested in the decision making process.  A too large Unitary Authority would dis-enfranchise people from becoming involved  in 'local government' by creating a top down authority that would be less transparent and accountable to local needs & communities.  Communities need to have local representation that distinguishes and identifies with their neighborhoods and improves their quality of life by way of economic, social and environmental issues.   A Unitary Authority would ironically become divisive in setting goals and aspirations reducing social mobility for diversity and the younger generation.  Either of the Unitary Authority proposals would restrict, disengage  and disassociate itself politically from the real time, here and now, root issues of  health, housing , education, employment and a free market economy for business and enterprise growth.

A Unitary Authority that is strategically remote would be unsustainable in the long term.

Q6 & Q12

Local services are provided by local people who live and work in their geographic area.  This boots on the ground approach encourages pride and incentive in their local social & ecological environment.   Services under a Unitary Authority  'joint arrangement' would increase 'jobs worth's' hierarchy systems and reduce 'bottom up' incentive and intervention skills that are needed in a modern and fair society.  The services listed above whilst technology enhanced  require social & human dynamics & intervention in order for them to work both efficiently and effectively to have any impact at the heart of local communities.   The core services and skilled service providers  under a Unitary Authority would be much at risk by a system created that is flying under the banner of financial savings and financial boosts and benefits. This does not reflect the demographics, equality and diversity that North Yorkshire and its many rural and urban communities values.

Both of the Unitary proposals seek to cut costs at the expense of worthy service skilled employment.

Q7 & Q13

The police, fire and rescue, health services aka emergency services or Uniform dot Com would be become more integrated and open to abuse of privacy under data protection, civil rights and disclosure notices at a time when public perception and confidence in the identity of these vital services needs to be  improved.  Should they become further merged under one force or  given individual service identities I don't know.   Ask them.

Q8 & Q14

The District Councils already share services, skills and values where needed and a Unitary Authority would not improve local peoples access to vital services.

Transport, roads, buses, trams, rail, airports, shipping , ports and infrastructure needs to be backed by  a central government body that has the long term levity and financial means to meet  social and business needs and future economic growth.

Both of the proposals are fixated on the short term, based on a principle of  who gets what, when public confidence in the political arena is quite volatile.  

In my view a long term strategy needs to be more fully explored.

Q9 & 15

It is not about the geography it is about the people, communities, business and acceptance that the Unitary Authority proposals do not distinguish between the motivations of politics, people and enterprise.

The Goldilocks effect.   Too big, too small,  too hot, too cold.   It is very tempting to confuse Unitary Authority as a form of Devolution for North Yorkshire,  or Yorkshire or the North of England via The Northern Power house.

On a plus point should  Devolution of the North, in any geographical shape or form be tabled and a Mayoral representation be successful  then I see no need for local  MP's and nor a Houses of Parliament."



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The Locomotion

"Councils have a duty to manage taxpayers’ money responsibly and should be held to account where they are found to have failed to do so.”

"The idea of Robert Jenrick exercising moral authority is obscene."

“It was a new process with really loose legislation and it is very, very difficult because we need to be seen as whiter than white."

"The Treasury is being ransacked"


"...the irony meter has just blown up."

"YORK NRM is an arm of the Science Museum, South Kensington and is not run by York City Council."

Oh Dear...

"the Science Museum seems determined to tar and feather itself"

"The Secretary of State is consulting on these proposals before he has made any assessment of the merits of the proposals. He will consider all of these proposals carefully, the responses he receives to this consultation, all representations he receives and all other relevant information, assessing the proposals against the criteria below before reaching a balanced judgement on which proposals, if any, to implement."

"the critical investment in capacity to undertake feasibility work in order to submit the strongest possible businesses cases to Government for Town Deal projects worth a total of £37m"

“It’s a circus run by clowns,” added retired engineer Will, who didn’t want to give his full name. “But he’s no buffoon. He’s not silly, Boris. He’s been training for this job his whole life – how to avoid answering questions and how to pick the right words – you don’t get as far as he does by being stupid.”


"Maajid pointed to the origin of the phrase, which is thought to be from Shakespeare’s poem Venus and Adonis which was published in 1593."



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The Outer Edge

"However this core stage is now also in orbit and is likely to make an uncontrolled reentry over the next days or week as growing interaction with the atmosphere drags it to Earth. If so, it will be one of the largest instances of uncontrolled reentry of a spacecraft and could potentially land on an inhabited area.

Most expendable rocket first stages do not reach orbital velocity and reenter the atmosphere and land in a pre-defined reentry zone. Some other larger, second stages perform deorbit burns to lower altitude to reduce time in orbit and lower chances of collisions with other spacecraft or to immediately reenter the atmosphere."

"Courtiers have been told to plan events for the eight senior members, unofficially dubbed the 'New Firm'."

"The Queen has often said they 'need to be seen to be believed' - this is coming from the very top."


May the Fourth be With you


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'Super Sparse'

"Supporting community transport, as well as other provision in the communities such as libraries, is high on the agenda."

"A total of 85 per cent of North Yorkshire is classed as “super-sparse”, with 13 per cent of its geography classed as “sparse” and just two per cent as urban. Just over a third of the county’s population live in super sparse or sparse areas, which presents particular challenges in delivering services.

The county also has an ageing population, with residents aged 65 and older making up approximately a quarter of the population (24.7 per cent) compared to the national average of 18.4 per cent. Many younger people leave the county following secondary and further education. Affordable housing is also an issue as costs are relatively high when compared to wages.

The council says it aims to ensure North Yorkshire’s economy enjoys sustainable growth over the next four years by ensuring housing provision – especially affordable housing - and high quality employment sites are increased, alongside the necessary infrastructure."

"Kielder Forest and Water, in Hexham, recently began allowing campervans to park overnight for a cost, which goes back into running the facilities.

A spokesperson from Forestry England, who has led the changes at Kielder, said: “We currently allow motorhomes to stay overnight in our car parks at Elf Kirk, Kielder Castle, Skyspace and also at Northumbria Water’s Tower Knowe for £10 per vehicle."

“The pilot has been very successful in formalising overnight stays by reducing antisocial camping in other areas of the forest and also ensuring motorhomes park responsibly, toilet facilities are provided overnight. We don’t currently have plans to roll this out more widely at this time."

"Motorhomes are not getting out an awning or BBQ, they are just sleeping.”

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Reorganisation Elsewhere

"Following the Government’s decision to ban fracking, Third Energy was sold to York Energy, and Knapton power station and Knapton Energy One Limited are now run by Third Energy Trading Limited.

The gas sites which generated electricity have since laid dormant for 17 months while the company’s repurposing was considered, and the power station has been mothballed.

Work has now begun to dismantle the old generating house at the Knapton generating site to make room for green energy projects."

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Exceedingly Elsewhere

"Eden district council told Highways England (HE) this week that it needs to apply for retrospective planning permission for a scheme that involved pouring an estimated 1,000 tonnes of concrete and aggregate under the bridge at Great Musgrave, Cumbria, at the start of nationwide programme to infill scores of historic structures.

If planning is refused, the agency will be obliged to restore the bridge to its state before the infill began at the end of May."

"The east of the county will have one authority for Barrow, Eden and South Lakeland, while the west will encompass Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland.

"It was "utterly absurd" that Alston was being grouped with Barrow, which is nearly 90 miles away and on the other side of Cumbria, and not Carlisle, which is 30 miles away, she said.  "It might as well be on another planet."

"Carlisle City Council's Conservative leader John Mallinson said two unitary councils was "the optimum balance between local government being close to the communities it serves, but also having the resources and influence to drive positive change"."

"“I would strongly encourage everyone to have their say on these plans by going on the Boundary Commission’s website.”"


"Those wishing to voice their opinions can do so online at"

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Super Somerset

"The Conservative-led county council that proposed the single unitary authority has welcomed the decision.

The four district councils that proposed an alternative of two unitary authorities have said the plan ignores residents' wishes."

""Of course you need to run services locally, you can't run them all from Taunton [the county town]."

"You can't run planning from Taunton, we've got no idea on planning in Frome so we don't need to run planning locally.""

"To receive further information or to get involved in one of the consultative groups, email or write to: One Somerset, County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY"

"The sand stops and it becomes the mud, and people want to get into the water and so they go down and think nothing of the mud.

"Then they start squelching through it and think it's all a bit of fun but quite quickly it becomes quite dangerous," he added."

"There is still chance for Parliament to see sense and force a rethink. We just cannot understand why the wishes of the people of Somerset are being ignored.”

I think we found Dom's Cat ;-0


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Empty Chalets

"It was important to strike the right balance as well as protect the area’s rural character. He said: “I think we are in danger of over-supply and it could detract from what attracts people into the county."

"Novel developments for members of the self-professed "freedom-loving" party.

The question being asked in Westminster is whether this is genuine policy - or just a PR stunt."

"The surge in applications was being market-driven, as where people used to be happy with a touring caravan or a tent, they now wanted a glamping pod or a holiday lodge."

"The committee, which runs the leaderless council, voted to not even debate the motion, ending Cllr Andrews’ hopes of a judicial review."

"What is critical is to show people that the authorities are of the community and acting for the community,"


Baldrick !!!

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Hibernation Mode

A Mars A Day ...

"Divers are being called in to help remove an obstruction from the mouth of Scarborough Harbour."


Release the Kraken ...

"It's not yet known when the divers will be able to carry out the work but the the council says the issue is being dealt with urgently."

"When performing aerially, the ability to stay horizontal is vital. “You don’t see a lot of people flying upright, so we have to do a lot of work to get it right,” says Hales."

"We ask our fellow Pescosolido citizens to be careful … and we hope those in charge will ensure that the bear returns to its natural habitat without being harmed.”"


“If she was going to knock somebody out, it was better that she was wearing pants and a jacket.”

Grrr ...