Not combined please

York Press: Not combined please Not combined please

IT IS ironic that Coun James Alexander thanks The Press (Letters, December 11) for raising the issue of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, when that is something he and his Cabinet should have been doing.

He ignores the Conservatives’ substantive arguments against York joining five distant authorities because of the lack of influence and hence funding that York may receive as part of this proposed authority, and focuses only on one aside about “Labour cronies”.

We are well aware the proposed new authority is a Government flagship, but there will in due course be other combined authorities which will include county councils. So why is York being rushed into a permanent commitment with West Yorkshire?

Coun Alexander claims we will receive money to improve the ring road, yet in his letter even he admits this is only a possibility.

Contrary to Coun Alexander’s statement, York will be a non-constituent (partner) member without full voting rights when the authority is established. Why would anyone want to accept that?

Coun Alexander has not seen fit to consult those he purports to represent, and the Conservatives are the only party fighting for residents to be kept informed and to be given a choice.

Coun Ian Gillies, Conservative group leader, City of York Council.

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11:08am Fri 13 Dec 13

The Great Buda says...

Well who does Mr Gillies propose we go with then? Newcastle? Nottingham? Plymouth? Rio de Janeiro?

Yet more politicking for the sake of it.
Well who does Mr Gillies propose we go with then? Newcastle? Nottingham? Plymouth? Rio de Janeiro? Yet more politicking for the sake of it. The Great Buda

11:10am Fri 13 Dec 13

Micklegate says...

You really think a fully joined up 5 West Yorks authority will have a focus on York miles down the road with which it shares no borders? We don't have to join a scheme but there will probably be others coming forward that will work far better for York.
You really think a fully joined up 5 West Yorks authority will have a focus on York miles down the road with which it shares no borders? We don't have to join a scheme but there will probably be others coming forward that will work far better for York. Micklegate

2:56pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Rocking Horse says...

The Labour domination of the five West Yorkshire Councils is evident.

Total number of Councillors:
Labour : 171
Conservative : 76
Lib dem ; 32
Others : 27

Labour outnumber all the other parties put together with 171 compared with 135.

Alexander's reason for York joining the WYCA is political, not economical. We will be ruled by a largely Labour controlled consortium, and if Labour lose control in 2015 in York, we will be left out in the cold.

Alexander is selling York out for Labour, not for York.

Kick him and his party out, in 2015.
The Labour domination of the five West Yorkshire Councils is evident. Total number of Councillors: Labour : 171 Conservative : 76 Lib dem ; 32 Others : 27 Labour outnumber all the other parties put together with 171 compared with 135. Alexander's reason for York joining the WYCA is political, not economical. We will be ruled by a largely Labour controlled consortium, and if Labour lose control in 2015 in York, we will be left out in the cold. Alexander is selling York out for Labour, not for York. Kick him and his party out, in 2015. Rocking Horse

3:02pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Rocking Horse says...

The Great Buda wrote:
Well who does Mr Gillies propose we go with then? Newcastle? Nottingham? Plymouth? Rio de Janeiro? Yet more politicking for the sake of it.
North Yorkshire Councils; who we share boundaries with !
[quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: Well who does Mr Gillies propose we go with then? Newcastle? Nottingham? Plymouth? Rio de Janeiro? Yet more politicking for the sake of it.[/p][/quote]North Yorkshire Councils; who we share boundaries with ! Rocking Horse

11:18pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Jonthan says...

Total number of labour councillors does not suit you Horse? Those pesky electors can't be relied on. Democracy, doncha just hate it !
Total number of labour councillors does not suit you Horse? Those pesky electors can't be relied on. Democracy, doncha just hate it ! Jonthan

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