Thornaby plans vote to leave Stockton council

Steve Walmsley, a Thornaby Independent councillor on both Stockton Borough and Thornaby Town Councils

Steve Walmsley, a Thornaby Independent councillor on both Stockton Borough and Thornaby Town Councils

First published in News

THORNABY has become the second town to decide on an official poll to determine if residents want to leave Stockton Borough Council.

Yarm for Yorkshire campaigners will hold their referendum on Tuesday (MAY 27). Meanwhile, a group of about 15 dissatisfied residents asked Thornaby Town Council on Tuesday to consider doing the same.

But in Thornaby the town council took a more long-term approach, with a steering group being set up to consider all the issues and decide on a question for the referendum by post, which would be held within 12 months.

Neither poll would be legally binding but campaigners hope they will ensure Stockton Borough Council and the government see the strength of feeling in the south of the borough.

The Thornaby steering group will look at all options, whether it is becoming part of North Yorkshire, joining Middlesbrough or forming a new authority south of the river.

Terry Chapman, one of the campaigners behind the Thornaby for Yorkshire poll, said after the meeting: "Residents are angry that they are overlooked, that the council agreed more gypsy sites in Thornaby than anywhere else in the borough, and that the town council had to pay £100,000 to the council to buy Thornaby Town Hall when it should have just been given to the town.

"Thornaby has a lot to offer economically - we have Teesside Park, and all the jobs and office developments in Teesdale, and Teesside Industrial Estate. We are certainly not going to be a drain on any authority we join."

Steve Walmsley, a Thornaby Independent councillor on both Thornaby town and Stockton borough councils, said a long-term, more inclusive poll was needed as Stockton Council would be able to ignore a poll with a poor turnout.

He said he was personally against joining Hambleton as its centre, in Northallerton, was too far away and he considered it had a “poor record.”

He added: “This is a consultation, referendum, call it what you want, but we want to take our time and make sure no-one is excluded. If we have it near to next year’s council elections it may have more impact on Stockton council.”

In Yarm, Tuesday's poll will cost about £4,000 to the town council. No postal votes will be accepted and polling cards will not be issued in the election, which has been organised by Stockton Borough Council and will see polling stations open for just four hours.

Stockton Borough Council declined to comment.

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9:47am Sat 24 May 14

Ingleby Barwick Resident says...

Why illustrate this story with a picture of the derelict, but now redeveloped, old car garage? The new town centre is only yards away, and there are many other areas of Thornaby to be proud of. The Echo is as guilty as national media and it's portrayal of the north east in general, and the picture lends a bias to the story, feeding into a neglect claim which doesn't bear scrutiny.
Why illustrate this story with a picture of the derelict, but now redeveloped, old car garage? The new town centre is only yards away, and there are many other areas of Thornaby to be proud of. The Echo is as guilty as national media and it's portrayal of the north east in general, and the picture lends a bias to the story, feeding into a neglect claim which doesn't bear scrutiny. Ingleby Barwick Resident
  • Score: 10

8:56pm Sat 24 May 14

spragger says...

You cannot blame people for wanting to escape the despotic & wasteful SBC.
Billingham, Ingleby Yarm, Hartburn et al would all wish to leave this socialist enclave
You cannot blame people for wanting to escape the despotic & wasteful SBC. Billingham, Ingleby Yarm, Hartburn et al would all wish to leave this socialist enclave spragger
  • Score: 10

1:46pm Wed 28 May 14

Solivagant says...

Ingleby Barwick Resident wrote:
Why illustrate this story with a picture of the derelict, but now redeveloped, old car garage? The new town centre is only yards away, and there are many other areas of Thornaby to be proud of. The Echo is as guilty as national media and it's portrayal of the north east in general, and the picture lends a bias to the story, feeding into a neglect claim which doesn't bear scrutiny.
Yes really SHODDY reporting Northern Echo.
Whoever the editorial staff member was who decided on THAT out of date photo really should be hauled over the coals. There is NO excuse for it.

What do you say Mr Editor or are you going hide behind your office door!!
[quote][p][bold]Ingleby Barwick Resident[/bold] wrote: Why illustrate this story with a picture of the derelict, but now redeveloped, old car garage? The new town centre is only yards away, and there are many other areas of Thornaby to be proud of. The Echo is as guilty as national media and it's portrayal of the north east in general, and the picture lends a bias to the story, feeding into a neglect claim which doesn't bear scrutiny.[/p][/quote]Yes really SHODDY reporting Northern Echo. Whoever the editorial staff member was who decided on THAT out of date photo really should be hauled over the coals. There is NO excuse for it. What do you say Mr Editor or are you going hide behind your office door!! Solivagant
  • Score: 5

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