North Yorkshire County Council

Election 2017 Results

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Seats 20138 Seats 201710 Change+2


Seats 20137 Seats 20174 Change−3

PartyLiberal Democrat

Seats 20138 Seats 20173 Change−5


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  1. Repairs begin on 'vital' Scarborough footpath link

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A "vital" footpath in Scarborough is closed for repairs for three weeks from today.

    Footpath needing repairs in Scalby near Scarborough

    The major repairs to the footpath between the ford on Barmoor Lane to outside Wrea Head Cottages in Scalby village "will be sure to benefit the community for years to come,” councillor Derek Bastiman said.

    Mr Bastiman added that the path is a "vital link for local residents to facilities in Scalby" and has been increasingly used over the last few years.

    The path is to be resurfaced, repaired and widened for the next three weeks, and the road will be closed - except to residents and emergency services - on weekdays from 07:30 to 17:00.

  2. Tributes to 'principled' North Yorkshire councillor

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Tributes have been paid to a "principled" North Yorkshire county councillor who died on Thursday.

    Geoff Webber

    Geoff Webber led the Liberal Democrat group on North Yorkshire County Council and was a former leader of Harrogate Borough Council.

    He was first elected to the county council in 1993 and was also a former mayor of Harrogate and had served on Harrogate Borough Council until 2011.

    Conservative leader of the county council, Carl Les, said: "I am very saddened to hear of Geoff's death and my thoughts are with his wife and family at this time.

    "Geoff and I served on the county council for a similar length of time and I enjoyed many discussions and debates with him, and when he spoke I listened.

    "He was a very principled man and was passionate about the community that elected him. He is a very sad loss to his community and the county council."

    Mr Webber served on a number of county council committees and fellow Liberal Democrat councillor Philip Broadbank described him as a "sincere, devoted family man" who would be missed by many.

    "He was always working to be constructive when faced with challenging issues and was a strong believer in the important role local government had in people's daily lives," he added.

  3. Harrogate Nightingale hospital built 'in wrong place'

    A Harrogate councillor has praised staff at the town's NHS Nightingale Hospital, but says it was located in the wrong place.

    Harrogate's Nightingale Hospital

    It was confirmed yesterday that the Yorkshire and Humber Nightingale hospital in the town will close next month, having not treated any Covid patients.

    The hospital opened at the town's convention centre in April to create extra capacity for Covid patients.

    But the NHS said on Monday it was no longer needed because so much had been learned about how to treat coronavirus.

    Harrogate councillor Jim Clark, who is also chairman of North Yorkshire County Council and is on the authority's health scrutiny committee, says the 500-bed field hospital was built in "record time" but it was located in the wrong place.

    He says: "It was set up originally as an emergency hospital. Well, you don't build an emergency hospital in the middle of the most congested town in Yorkshire."

  4. North Yorkshire move to tier 3 'real blow' - Health boss

    York and North Yorkshire moving to tier three coronavirus restrictions is a "real blow" for the county, the council's health boss has said.

    Tier 3 alert sign

    The county and city moved to very high alert virus restrictions earlier today, meaning pubs and bars must close and people can't mix with other households or in private gardens.

    Richard Webb, director for health and adult services at North Yorkshire County Council, says: "We've seen this surge of cases not only in the city of York but also in Hambleton and Richmondshire recently.

    "So we had to see a toughening of the restrictions, but the change is a real blow for hospitality and it's a big issue for the county."

    Mr Webb added: "We're working hard to keep the situation in tier three. We can do it, but we'll have to work really hard."

  5. Charities to get council cash boost for children's meals

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Charities in Scarborough will be given money by the borough council so they can help to provide children with meals this week, the leader of the authority has said.

    Plate of food

    The announcement comes after the government voted not to extend the free school meal vouchers over the half-term holidays.

    Many local businesses and charities across Scarborough have already stepped up to provide meals to children who would normally qualify for free school meals during the holiday.

    Now, Steve Siddons, leader of Scarborough Council, has said: “[North Yorkshire] County Council is responsible for education and free school meals provision and it is for them to communicate what action they deem necessary.

    “However, what does concern me is the additional pressure this is placing on our local voluntary agencies.

    “These community organisations do a fantastic job in delivering services and support to the most vulnerable across the borough on a daily basis. We cannot expect them to take on these additional costs alone."

    The funding amount will be known once discussions have taken place with charities as the council wishes to cover the excess costs they'll incur by providing meals this week.

    Families in need can also apply for help through the Local Assistance Fund, according to North Yorkshire County Council.

  6. Street lights to be removed for £20k council saving

    More than 200 lights are being removed from the A63 in North Yorkshire as part of the council's plan to save money.

    The lights on the A63

    North Yorkshire County Council turned off more than half of the 400 lights on the A63 Selby bypass last year.

    Since then, it said there had been no reported night-time crashes and suggested the street lighting had little or no bearing on drivers' behaviour.

    The switch-off has saved the council almost £20,000 in the past year in electricity costs.

    The lighting columns are now to be taken down, it added.

    Councillor Don Mackenzie, from North Yorkshire County Council, said: “Switching lights off along the bypass has brought a significant saving and brings this stretch into line with the rest of the A63.

    "Our traffic monitoring indicates the action has not changed drivers’ behaviour, so we will now take down the columns, which will also remove a potential traffic hazard.

    “The reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is to be welcomed as it helps to support the County Council’s commitment to aspire to achieve net carbon neutrality by as close as possible to 2030.”

  7. Harrogate libraries to reopen - but borrowers stay outside

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Libraries across the Harrogate district will begin a phased reopening next week as coronavirus restrictions are eased – but visitors won’t be allowed inside just yet.

    Harrogate Library

    North Yorkshire County Council has announced it is rebooting its library services in Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon from Monday 6 July.

    However, customers will only be allowed to collect and return books from the library entrance as part of a free "select and collect" online service.

    Visits will be by appointment only and books will also be quarantined when they are returned.

    Only when restrictions are eased sufficiently, will libraries reopen their public toilets, cafe areas, desks and tables for public use, the council said.

    Councillor Greg White said: "Our staff and volunteers are eager to welcome people back, but the safety of our customers must always come first. This is why we are taking things gradually."

    Meanwhile, anyone who borrowed books before the lockdown is being asked not to hurry to return them, with the loan period extended to 1 September and no fines payable.

    There are currently about 105,000 books items out on loan, the council added.

  8. Second care home due to close in Scarborough

    A second care home in Scarborough will close within days after officials expressed concerns about the standard of care being offered to residents.

    Elsinor Residential Home, Scarborough

    Elsinor Residential Home is run by the same company which ran Grosvenor House, also in Scarborough.

    The owner closed that home on 18 June over concerns about the quality of care offered.

    At the time, North Yorkshire County Council and the Care Quality Commission health watchdog said they were also carrying out a review of the Elsinor home.

    That review has resulted in the decision to close the home this week.

    Richard Webb, North Yorkshire's director for health and adult services, said the coronavirus pandemic had presented a challenge to the entire care sector.

    "Some homes have coped amazingly well, some have needed support and some just haven't been able to deliver - and that's why we have had to intervene here."

    The council's social services team says it will work with residents and their families to find alternative care.

    The home's owners declined to comment.