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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Yarm to stay in Stockton Borough

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stockton Council is not going to invite the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to carry out a principal area boundary review.

The decision was made by the full Council when they met last night.

Leader of Stockton Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “Whilst we do care about the issues which led to the request, particularly with regard to planning issues, we do not think that carrying out a Boundary Review would be in the best interests of the Borough or the people who live and work in Yarm.

“We don’t consider it to be a good use of tax payer’s money as we estimate the costs associated with carrying out an impact assessment and analysis would be at least £100,000 with the actual cost of implementing a boundary change being much greater still.”

At the meeting a number of concerns were raised about the consequences of a transfer to Hambleton District Council. These included:

  • The impact on the delivery of health and social care services
  • The impact on school catchment areas
  • The effect of changes to licensing on local businesses
  • Changes to other services such as waste collection which would take place fortnightly rather than weekly
  • The impact of the withdrawal of Yarm from the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Councillor Cook added: “The Council does listen to the views and concerns of all its residents and fully understands the strength of feeling people have about housing developments. However, the Council’s Planning Committee is duty bound to consider and take into account the Government’s national planning policy. That’s why we will continue to seek changes to the planning framework at a national level.

“We also understand the opposition to changes to the parking arrangements in Yarm, but we believe the pay and display system is working well and are delighted that work has begun on the long-stay car park behind Barclays Bank. What’s more we have received overwhelming positive feedback about our £500,000 investment in Yarm High Street which has significantly enhanced the area and made it easier for people to access the war memorial and disabled toilet.

“I would like to assure Yarm residents and businesses that we remain committed to making the best decisions we can, based on evidence and with the sole motivation of improving life and experiences for residents, businesses and visitors to Yarm.”

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