Today, Rachael Maskell MP for York Central handed-in the petition to ‘Back York’ to the House of Commons.
The ‘Back York’ petition, with more than 3,000 local signatories, requests that the House of Commons urge the Government to listen closely to York’s residents and businesses, the City of York Council’s submission to its consultation on local government devolution and to work with all local politicians, including MPs, city councillors and parish and town councillors, on any decisions to do with York’s council.
The consultation on local government devolution will close on Monday 19 April.
Rachael Maskell MP says:
“I would like to thank all residents who have signed the petition. Any decision to determine the future of the City of York, should be taken with the expressed consent of the people of York and surrounding districts.
“It is my firm belief, that the future of York’s economy is best served through the focus that the city provides, and that public services best meet local need when they are provided and are accountable locally. York would provide the strong core to the rest of North Yorkshire that will benefit us all.
“I would prefer that the current local government re-organisation proposals were brought forward in a white paper or equivalent outlining the case for further restructuring and the basis for public consultation and debate, however, this clearly hasn’t happened and the Government seem intent on taking the decision for the communities in York and North Yorkshire rather than with them or with their consent.
“This petition is just one part of how residents in York have been raising their voice on this issue, and I intend to further pursue and highlight the disconnect between the Government and the people of York and North Yorkshire on this matter.”
The consultation website address is: https://consult.communities.gov.uk/governance-reform-and-democracy/northyorkshire/