Yorkshire

Borough Councils attempt to halt Devolution plans for North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire District and Borough Council leaders have written to the Prime Minister urging him to stop local government reorganisation for North Yorkshire, to allow the region to focus on measures related to COVID-19. The seven district and borough council leaders have been working together to oppose the North Yorkshire’s County Council’s proposal of a single North Yorkshire council. The Borough Council have put together an alternate proposal of a two council model. There would also be an overarching Mayor for North Yorkshire. That shouldn’t be confused with the ceremonial roles of the Mayors currently in post, and it will
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NHS launch COVID-19 APP

The app launches today and will be used as a new tool to work alongside traditional contact tracing to help reduce the spread of the virus. It will be available to those aged 16 and over in multiple languages. It forms a central part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme – identifying contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus. As part of a major campaign to encourage downloads of the app a new advertisement will launch on primetime TV tonight with the strapline “Protect your loved ones.
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Win a Cartier watch for just £10 with Martin House

You could win a Cartier watch worth £3,500 for just £10 thanks to Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People. The watch is the star prize of the hospice’s Online Glitter Ball, which takes place on Friday 2nd October, and you can enter the draw to win it now. The ladies’ quartz watch is from Cartier’s Tank Solo collection, and features blue-steeled arms, stainless steel case and bracelet, and a sapphire crystal glass front. Sara Cracknell, events fundraiser at Martin House, said: This is an incredible chance to win a watch by one of the world’s top names
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Voluntary organisations would put ‘power of local’ at heart of new council

Voluntary and community organisations in North Yorkshire have heard how they would be given a stronger voice at the heart of a new single council for the county. Organisations from across the county joined an online seminar held by North Yorkshire County Council to share its developing proposal for a strong single unitary council for North Yorkshire working in a stronger partnership with local organisations. The Government requires an end to the current two-tier government in North Yorkshire as a pre-requisite to securing a devolution deal for a York and North Yorkshire combined mayoral authority. County Council Leader Cllr Carl
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Hundreds of vehicles to be checked in road safety operation as MOT extension comes to end

Motorists are being reminded to check their vehicle is roadworthy ahead of a large-scale roads policing operation across North Yorkshire’s busiest routes. Officers will also be on the lookout for other hazards such as speeding and tailgating, driving while tired, the use of handheld mobile phones and uninsured drivers. Owners of cars, vans and motorcycles were granted a six-month MOT suspension in spring. However, they still had to keep their vehicles in roadworthy condition and have all the other necessary documents such as tax and insurance. Drivers who fail to do so risk being fined or having their vehicle seized.
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North Yorkshire’s home library service resumes

Avid readers across North Yorkshire have praised the home library service for its continued support as lockdown restrictions are relaxed. Its hardworking volunteers deliver books free of charge to people who are unable to visit their local library due to disability, illness, or because they are caring for someone. Although most of the county’s libraries have safely reopened, many people are still choosing to limit their contact. Edith Beckley, 96, lives in Harrogate and praises the service for giving her access to audio books. She said: I don’t get out very much and can’t really see well enough to watch
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Appeal for information to locate 14-year-old Kaide Sykes-Ward

Police are appealing for information to assist them in locating 14-year-old Kaide Sykes-Ward from Calderdale, who was last seen on Friday 4 September 2020. Police enquiries have found that Kaide has since travelled to Easingwold and is believed to still be in the area. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded top, grey tracksuit bottoms and trainers. Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare and anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and pass on the information to the Force Control Room. Please quote incident number 12200156384. Anyone with
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Operation Thunderstorm strikes as police stamp down on illegal activity in Scarborough

Operation Thunderstorm – a multi-agency response to stamp out drug dealing and anti-social behaviour – struck the Barrowcliff area of Scarborough this morning (Monday 7 September 2020.) Coordinated police raids were carried out on four properties in the Colescliffe Road area and searches were conducted by officers under the misuse of drugs act. A number of cannabis plants were located at one property and a 46-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the production of cannabis. Three others, a 30-year-old man, a 47-year-old woman and a 27-year-old woman were all given cannabis warnings. A 16-year-old boy was
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Empowering local communities – County Council devolution plans move forward as they continue to work with towns and parishes

A working group of town and parish council representatives will meet for the first time next week (Wed, 2 September 2020) to explore and develop new sets of powers for towns and parishes as part of a future unitary government structure for North Yorkshire. The group of 23 councillors and clerks from towns and parishes across North Yorkshire has been set up after over 250 town and parish council representatives recently attended a seminar held by North Yorkshire County Council to learn how they could take on new powers to boost grass-root decision-making and empower local communities. The county council
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Trade Secretary outlines Government’s agricultural exports vision at Yorkshire farm

Farmers across Yorkshire are set to benefit from future Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, which will open up new opportunities to sell local produce overseas. International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, visited Oak House Farm, near York, where the owner has also helped to lift a 24-year ban on US beef being exported to the US. On her visit, she outlined how new trade agreements with nations all over the world will open up markets that local farmers would not have been able to access previously. Such agreements will allow overseas buyers to access UK produce, which is
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