Posted by Chris:
I have it on good authority that the controlling Labour Group (majority 1) have submitted a motion to delete Yorkshire from Redcar & Cleveland Council's postal address, at the meeting of Full Council to be held on Thursday 6th September.
I will probably not get details of this spiteful action until the agenda is published on Friday but we know it is coming.
We have just had our most successful Yorkshire Day raising £667 for Redcar lifeboat. More and more people have started to use Yorkshire as part of their postal address and the Council had only last spring accepted an invitation to host the county-wide Yorkshire Day Parade on 1st August 2008.
This is purely a petty political stunt by a spiteful bunch of Labour activists who can't bear anything that was not their idea. They think being associated with our real county of Yorkshire is about political control and fear anything that is connected to the south of the borough. When Loftus held a referendum to transfer to North Yorkshire they went round campaigning that a "vote for Yorkshire is a vote for Thatcher."
They cannot grasp the idea that real counties are not about political control. They are about geography and retaining our history and heritage. They can exist quite happily alongside local government areas which need to change from time to time for economic development and demographic reasons. Areas for local government administration should not determine which County you live in. Our counties existed for more than 1000 years before local government, as we know it, came into existence.