Council follows Scots in calling for more power

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond meets with Scots and other European citizens to celebrate European citizenship and "Scotland's continued EU membership with a Yes vote" at  Parliament Square in Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 9, 2014. See PA story REFERENDUM Main. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond meets with Scots and other European citizens to celebrate European citizenship and "Scotland's continued EU membership with a Yes vote" at Parliament Square in Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 9, 2014. See PA story REFERENDUM Main. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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Scarborough Council’s leader is to ask the authority to push for devolution for the town in the wake of the recent Scottish independence bid.

Cllr Tom Fox will present the motion at Monday’s Full Council meeting, which will also ask for the council to lend its voice to more devolved powers for England.

He is supported in the motion by his deputy, Cllr Derek Bastiman, and will have enough support within the ruling Conservative party to succeed with the call, barring an unlikely rebellion.

His motion states that: “The council mandates the Leader and Chief Executive to work with colleagues in Yorkshire and the Humber to negotiate with central Government to deliver a meaningful devolutionary deal for the Borough of Scarborough and the wider region for the benefit of its residents and businesses.”

He also calls upon the Government to give more housing powers to the council to allow it to better manage its own affairs.

He writes in his motion: “Housing and Communities Agency responsibilities and resources should be devolved to Local Authorities.

“This approach would enable councils to deliver coherently on their ambitions and enable Scarborough Borough Council to deliver on it ambitions to deliver 10,000 new homes and 8,000 new jobs plus 4,000 to 4,500 in the construction industry.”

The move follows the Scottish independence vote in September, in which Scots were polled on whether they wanted to devolve from the Union.

In the end 55 per cent of those who turned out voted to keep the status quo, but promises of more powers made to the Scottish electorate during the campaign lead to calls for England and English councils to get more devolved powers.

The Scarborough News contacted Labour leader Cllr Colin Challen for a comment on whether his party would support the proposals, but he had not responded at the time of going to press.