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County Council Cuts on the Way

by billhoult on 27 July, 2013

  Introduction The cuts are prompted by a considerable reduction in the Council’s income from the Council Tax freeze and reductions in direct Government funding.The Full Council considered whether to put the following out to consultation on Wednesday 24 July 2013 1) Review of Fair Access to Care (FACS). This basically moves the entitlement to […]

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Robin Hood Tax-OK?

by billhoult on 29 June, 2013

Somebody asked me recently to think about whether I would support  a “Robin Hood Tax”. As a Nottingham boy I was intrigued. I was always conscious that there are many that say “Robin Hood robbed the rich to give to the poor” but some say that “he robbed the rich because the poor had no […]

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Welcome to my Website

by billhoult on 4 April, 2013

Thanks for logging on! Have a look at the blogs and let me know what you think. You can do that by making comments direct on the blogs or you can email or  telephone me direct.  

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Allerton Incinerator -Tories push it through

by billhoult on 1 November, 2012

After a 6 hour marathon planning meeting on the 30 October the vote on the Allerton Incinerator was pushed through by the Tories at County Hall  by a margin of 9 votes to 2, there was little surprise by yours truely who of course voted against together with my colleague Cllr Andrew Goss. I repeat my […]

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Incinerator Costs-County Keep Mum!

by billhoult on 14 September, 2012

At a recent meeting of North Yorkshire County Council I called upon the Director of Business and Environmental Services to undertake to give an update on the financial status of the Allerton Waste Recovery Site in view of the changes in legislation and falls in domestic rubbish collections. Predictably the Director refused on the grounds […]

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£12M scheme for Harrogate’s Cop Shop Scuppered

by billhoult on 14 September, 2012

The £12M scheme by the Tory led Harrogate Borough Council to build new offices on the police station site on North Park Road has been scuppered by English Heritage “listing” the building as a historic treasure which means it cannot be demolished. As the proposal was to demolish this part of Harrogate’s heritage and build a […]

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Incinerator Costs Don’t Add Up

by billhoult on 22 July, 2012

A recent calculation of the costs of the proposed Allerton Recycling plant and incinerator has revealed that contrary to previous claims it will cost more. Changes in legislation particularly the scrapping of  the controversial Landfill  Allowance Trading  Scheme have blown a hole in the costings by reducing a £324M saving into a £30M loss. The […]

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£12 Million White Elephant?

by billhoult on 27 February, 2012

LIberal Democrat councillors in Harrogate are opposing the proposal by the Conservative led Council to spend at least £12million on purchasing the old police station and consolidating the Councils operations into a new building on the site. Liberal Democrats do not object to the principle of rationalisation of the offices which are currently located at […]

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Day Care-Past it’s Sell By Date?

by billhoult on 25 September, 2011

Introduction A recent uproar over the Alzheimers Society’s decision to close a day centre in Stokesley raises all sorts of issues in North Yorkshire in regard to the future funding of Social Services. Fortunately the day centre has received emergency funding to stay open until the end of the financial year (April 2012) which is […]

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Youth Councils in North Yorkshire-Have Your Say

by billhoult on 25 September, 2011

Liberal Democrats in North Yorkshire support the County Council’s aims  to improve participation by young people. To encourage that  the Young People’s Scrutiny Committee is making contact with the 16 Youth Councils across North Yorkshire.  Each youth council is made up of young people from across their local area and there is a County Youth […]

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