Stockton rejects Yarm's Yorkshire move

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Image caption Campaigners believe Yarm has more in common with Hambleton than Stockton

A town's move from Teesside to North Yorkshire has stalled after councillors decided not to support it.

Yarm Town Council is leading the campaign to have the town moved from Stockton into Hambleton District amid claims it would be better represented.

But Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's cabinet has now agreed to recommend the full council reject referring the request to the boundary commission for a review.

The full council will discuss it later.

About a quarter of Yarm's 6,745 residents responded to a poll in May, with 89% in favour of switching districts.

'Understand Yorkshire'

Lorraine Meakin from Yarm Resident's Association said she believed Hambleton would be more in tune with Yarm's needs, especially in relation to issues such as planning.

She said: "Hambleton is a district council which would be more sympathetic towards Yarm.

"They would protect the heritage and understand more about Yorkshire's heritage than Stockton Borough Council do."

Bob Cook, leader of Stockton Borough Council, said: "Cabinet recommended to full council that council do not invite a review and that no further action or work is carried out on this proposal.

"Council will consider this recommendation when they meet on 17 September."

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