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Fracking. Why I voted NO on 23 May

by billhoult on 6 June, 2016

  On the 23 May 2016 a decision was made by the County Council Planning Department to approve an application by Third Energy to carry out vertical Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) to an existing well near Kirby Misperton to extract gas. The hearing over two days featured representations by over a hundred people and the decision […]

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Faith Schools-Transport Cuts

by billhoult on 15 December, 2015

  Nobody likes cuts to services but with George Osborne playing Mr Gradgrind to Local Authorities what chance have we got? Firstly to put the whole issue of cuts to services into context I can tell you that since 2011/12 the cumulative reductions in funding from Central Government to North Yorkshire County Council is £121million […]

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Application to Frack for Gas

by billhoult on 17 October, 2015

As a member of the North Yorkshire County Council’s Planning and Regulatory Committee I have had many communications of concern (both for and aginst)regarding the proposal to carry out hydraulic fracturing to extract gas from shale deposits (Fracking) near Kirby Misperton. As a member of the Planning Committee I must be constrained about committing myself […]

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Denial of Fundamental Rights of Appeal

by billhoult on 14 May, 2015

Liberal Democrats at North Yorkshire County Council are opposing a proposal by the Tory led administration to remove a key right of appeal for staff members who are being dismissed. The proposal is revealed following the release of the County Council Agenda for next Wednesdays (20 May 2015) meeting. The main reasons given for adopting […]

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Tories and Labour Vote to Push Incinerator Through

by billhoult on 24 September, 2014

At an Extraordinary meeting of the County Council on 24 September Tories and Labour joined forces and voted to push through contentious £1.4B Allerton Incinerator project. Ten objectors to the proposal pleaded from the public gallery for either deferral or rejection of the project on the grounds of unviability and unproven need. Cllr Bill Hoult […]

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Allerton Incinerator -Approval Likely

by billhoult on 17 September, 2014

D day looms for a decision by all 72 Councillors in North Yorkshire County County Council on whether to “approve” the building of a huge waste incinerator at Allerton Park. The planning of this project has now lasted for years but do not hold your breath, unlike the Scottish referendum it will not be a […]

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Demise of Public Services

by billhoult on 17 September, 2014

The referendum in Scotland seemed to have been going on for ever but it did highlight the understandable dislike by the Scottish people of always being ruled by a Westminster parliament they did not vote for. Added to that is the worry over the increasing privatisation of public services which they value highly. Should We […]

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Boroughbridge Road Housing Approved

by billhoult on 20 July, 2014

The decision by the Government appointed Inspector to approve the building of 170 houses on land next to Piccadiliy Motors on Boroughbridge Road Knaresborough comes as no surprise. The fact that Harrogate Borough Council which originally refused the application decided not to defend its decision at the appeal hearing, leaving residents to fight their own […]

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Honorary Alderman Award for Bill

by billhoult on 20 July, 2014

Readers of my blogs will know that I stood down from  Harrogate District Council last May after 20 years service. A nice surprise for me was when I was called tom attend a Council meeting to be made an Honorary Alderman of the Borough in recognition of my long service as a Councillor. At the […]

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Lib Dems Storm to Hookstone Victory

by billhoult on 20 July, 2014

In a byelection in the Hookstone ward of Harrogate caused by the untimely death of the sitting Liberal Democrat councillor Reg Marsh, Clare Skardon the new Liberal Democrat Candidate held the seat with an increased majority. The win was more impressive in that not only did the Tory and UKIP vote decline but the their […]

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