Overwhelming desire to return Yarm to Yorkshire as 89 per cent of voters back move

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN OR OUT: Large numbers of Yarm residents turn up at a polling station at Levendale Primary School to have their say in the Yarm for Yorkshire vote. Picture: TOM BANKS. IN OR OUT: Large numbers of Yarm residents turn up at a polling station at Levendale Primary School to have their say in the Yarm for Yorkshire vote. Picture: TOM BANKS.

AN overwhelming number of people who voted in a ballot over the future of Yarm want the town to return to its Yorkshire roots.

Huge queues formed as polling stations opened for people to decide if they wanted to leave Stockton and join Hambleton District and North Yorkshire councils.

The result was reported around 11pm on Tuesday night and although 89 per cent of those backed such a move it is not legally binding.

The campaign was organised by the group Yarm 4 Yorkshire. A total of 1,644 people voted and turnout was 24 per cent.

Heather Fowler, who was one of the first people to cast her vote at Levendale Primary School, said: "I certainly voted to rejoin Yorkshire because that is where we belong."

Residents of the town have become disgruntled with decisions being made by Stockton council which they feel are not in the best interests of Yarm.

Neil Snowdon, who also voted in support of the campaign, said: "It was most definitely a yes from me, there really is no other option as far as I'm concerned."

Polling stations were at Levendale Primary School, Challoner House, Yarm Primary School, Yarm Library, Layfield Primary School. No polling cards have been issued and no postal votes taken.

 

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11:58pm Tue 27 May 14

Davy Crocket says...

Look how Stockton Council has ruined Stockton High Street a once great place ... Now they want to"improve" Yarm !!
Look how Stockton Council has ruined Stockton High Street a once great place ... Now they want to"improve" Yarm !! Davy Crocket
  • Score: 22

6:25am Wed 28 May 14

Mr A says...

The people have spoken but will anyone listen?
The people have spoken but will anyone listen? Mr A
  • Score: 19

6:51am Wed 28 May 14

peelers says...

I like how they say the turn out was only 24% and therefore not a true reflection of the wider views. Let's not forget that the elections for the PCCs was below 15% and they still got voted in!!
I like how they say the turn out was only 24% and therefore not a true reflection of the wider views. Let's not forget that the elections for the PCCs was below 15% and they still got voted in!! peelers
  • Score: 22

8:34am Wed 28 May 14

Jackaranda says...

If you don't vote you don't have a view, wider or not!
If you don't vote you don't have a view, wider or not! Jackaranda
  • Score: 10

8:59am Wed 28 May 14

Dean Tavalouris says...

The Cynic in me says this is all about house prices.
The Cynic in me says this is all about house prices. Dean Tavalouris
  • Score: -8

9:26am Wed 28 May 14

studio says...

So, Large numbers of Yarm residents turn out to vote for a move that is NOT legally binding? That wasnt a waste of time was it. Best get back to the stables / golf club.

Yarm #Cleveland.
So, Large numbers of Yarm residents turn out to vote for a move that is NOT legally binding? That wasnt a waste of time was it. Best get back to the stables / golf club. Yarm #Cleveland. studio
  • Score: -17

9:52am Wed 28 May 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

I can understand this perfectly well and I don't even live in Yarm. Who would choose to be under the Stockton banner when you can have Yorkshire? It's a no-brainer!
I can understand this perfectly well and I don't even live in Yarm. Who would choose to be under the Stockton banner when you can have Yorkshire? It's a no-brainer! thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 15

11:36am Wed 28 May 14

David Lacey says...

Good luck to them. If they can throw off the socialist shackles and get better services at a lower cost from Hambleton, they should be allowed to do so.
Good luck to them. If they can throw off the socialist shackles and get better services at a lower cost from Hambleton, they should be allowed to do so. David Lacey
  • Score: 6

8:31pm Wed 28 May 14

studio says...

studio wrote:
So, Large numbers of Yarm residents turn out to vote for a move that is NOT legally binding? That wasnt a waste of time was it. Best get back to the stables / golf club.

Yarm #Cleveland.
Down thumbs but no comments?

Says it all really, Wannabe Yorkies.
[quote][p][bold]studio[/bold] wrote: So, Large numbers of Yarm residents turn out to vote for a move that is NOT legally binding? That wasnt a waste of time was it. Best get back to the stables / golf club. Yarm #Cleveland.[/p][/quote]Down thumbs but no comments? Says it all really, Wannabe Yorkies. studio
  • Score: -16

8:34pm Wed 28 May 14

studio says...

PS. Yarm #Cleveland

Its trending!

Yarmies wont understand.
PS. Yarm #Cleveland Its trending! Yarmies wont understand. studio
  • Score: -11

8:02am Thu 29 May 14

JetMorgan says...

Will this split Stockton South and THEIR MP's duties ???
Will this split Stockton South and THEIR MP's duties ??? JetMorgan
  • Score: 3

9:27am Thu 29 May 14

359282 says...

The predictable leftie response to the people having a say :

1 say that the vote isn't "representative"

2 say the vote can be ignored

3 if items 1 and 2 fail, simply describe all the voters of being ; posh, wealthy, insular, selfish, ignorant of the needs of others ( in this case the " poorer" parts of Stockton),etc etc..... I'm surprised that no one has found a way to call the voters racists yet , but I suppose that'll come soon enough.

4 whatever happens do not admit that the voters may have been motivated by an ignorant , arrogant, incompetent Borough Council
The predictable leftie response to the people having a say : 1 say that the vote isn't "representative" 2 say the vote can be ignored 3 if items 1 and 2 fail, simply describe all the voters of being ; posh, wealthy, insular, selfish, ignorant of the needs of others ( in this case the " poorer" parts of Stockton),etc etc..... I'm surprised that no one has found a way to call the voters racists yet , but I suppose that'll come soon enough. 4 whatever happens do not admit that the voters may have been motivated by an ignorant , arrogant, incompetent Borough Council 359282
  • Score: 7

11:41am Thu 29 May 14

John Durham says...

359282 wrote:
The predictable leftie response to the people having a say :

1 say that the vote isn't "representative
"

2 say the vote can be ignored

3 if items 1 and 2 fail, simply describe all the voters of being ; posh, wealthy, insular, selfish, ignorant of the needs of others ( in this case the " poorer" parts of Stockton),etc etc..... I'm surprised that no one has found a way to call the voters racists yet , but I suppose that'll come soon enough.

4 whatever happens do not admit that the voters may have been motivated by an ignorant , arrogant, incompetent Borough Council
What counts is how the Boundary Commission would view this vote and it is by no means conclusive. This election was one set up to measure the depth of feeling in Yarm for leaving Stockton. As such it can be assumed that those who feel strongly in favour would go and vote.
The fact that almost 80% of Yarm electors either voted no or, like most, did not vote at all shows that the local feeling in the main is either against or not bothered.
In those circumstances it is unlikely the Boundary Commission will be convinced enough that there are sufficient grounds to change its own recommendations and rules.
[quote][p][bold]359282[/bold] wrote: The predictable leftie response to the people having a say : 1 say that the vote isn't "representative " 2 say the vote can be ignored 3 if items 1 and 2 fail, simply describe all the voters of being ; posh, wealthy, insular, selfish, ignorant of the needs of others ( in this case the " poorer" parts of Stockton),etc etc..... I'm surprised that no one has found a way to call the voters racists yet , but I suppose that'll come soon enough. 4 whatever happens do not admit that the voters may have been motivated by an ignorant , arrogant, incompetent Borough Council[/p][/quote]What counts is how the Boundary Commission would view this vote and it is by no means conclusive. This election was one set up to measure the depth of feeling in Yarm for leaving Stockton. As such it can be assumed that those who feel strongly in favour would go and vote. The fact that almost 80% of Yarm electors either voted no or, like most, did not vote at all shows that the local feeling in the main is either against or not bothered. In those circumstances it is unlikely the Boundary Commission will be convinced enough that there are sufficient grounds to change its own recommendations and rules. John Durham
  • Score: 3

12:29pm Thu 29 May 14

359282 says...

As you say, this vote was to gauge the feeling of the local voters.
The percentage of voters that wished to rid themselves of Stockton was overwhelming.
Given the short period of notice, and the restricted hours of voting , the voter turnout was large, particularly compared with other local elections.

Finally, the summary that all non voters should be classed as against the proposal is patently inaccurate
As you say, this vote was to gauge the feeling of the local voters. The percentage of voters that wished to rid themselves of Stockton was overwhelming. Given the short period of notice, and the restricted hours of voting , the voter turnout was large, particularly compared with other local elections. Finally, the summary that all non voters should be classed as against the proposal is patently inaccurate 359282
  • Score: 4

9:03pm Thu 29 May 14

John Durham says...

359282 wrote:
As you say, this vote was to gauge the feeling of the local voters.
The percentage of voters that wished to rid themselves of Stockton was overwhelming.
Given the short period of notice, and the restricted hours of voting , the voter turnout was large, particularly compared with other local elections.

Finally, the summary that all non voters should be classed as against the proposal is patently inaccurate
I didn't say non-voters were against - I said there failure to vote indicated they were probably not bothered.
Unlike any other survey one where the idea is to gauge the strength of feeling about leaving requires that to be shown clearly - that almost 80% of a community vote no or do not vote at all shows that the idea does not have such a massive support around Yarm.
[quote][p][bold]359282[/bold] wrote: As you say, this vote was to gauge the feeling of the local voters. The percentage of voters that wished to rid themselves of Stockton was overwhelming. Given the short period of notice, and the restricted hours of voting , the voter turnout was large, particularly compared with other local elections. Finally, the summary that all non voters should be classed as against the proposal is patently inaccurate[/p][/quote]I didn't say non-voters were against - I said there failure to vote indicated they were probably not bothered. Unlike any other survey one where the idea is to gauge the strength of feeling about leaving requires that to be shown clearly - that almost 80% of a community vote no or do not vote at all shows that the idea does not have such a massive support around Yarm. John Durham
  • Score: -2

8:25am Fri 30 May 14

JetMorgan says...

89% of those who Voted equates to HOW MANY Voters ? Also, is there any way of telling how many were UK Pensioners, and how many were the Youth of Yarm ? Youth I would put at under 26 years old.
89% of those who Voted equates to HOW MANY Voters ? Also, is there any way of telling how many were UK Pensioners, and how many were the Youth of Yarm ? Youth I would put at under 26 years old. JetMorgan
  • Score: 0

1:05pm Fri 30 May 14

spragger says...

They are trying to escape from that Labour nutter Alex Cunningham
They are trying to escape from that Labour nutter Alex Cunningham spragger
  • Score: 1

11:17am Wed 4 Jun 14

oxbridge says...

Hang on a minute 89% said yes but only 24% bothered to vote.
Hang on a minute 89% said yes but only 24% bothered to vote. oxbridge
  • Score: 0

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