Introduction To Local Government

The services that affect residents daily lives – like Highways, Children Services, Adult Services, etc. – are all the responsibility of the Local Authority (LA). In addition, the setting of the major part of the Council Tax is also the responsibility of the LA.

I appreciate many do not have my extensive knowledge of the role of a Parish Council and a LA or, more importantly, how they operate.

In the case of Stamford Bridge, this is the Stamford Bridge Parish Council (SBPC) and East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC). Across the East Riding there are 168 Parish/Town Councils. ERYC is divided into 26 Wards. For each Ward, there are between one and three ERYC Ward Councillors. Stamford Bridge is in the Pocklington Provincial Ward and has three Ward Councillors to represent the electorate.

That which ERYC undertakes MUST reflect National Legislation, “Local Laws” and ERYC Policies. Due to ego, incompetence and Common Purpose, this does not always happen. In such circumstances, Ward Councillors should hold ERYC to account. That is a primary duty.

Sadly, if a situation arises whereby the majority of Councillors are of one party, as is the case at ERYC (Conservative), a dictatorship has been put in power via the ballot box. In these circumstances, those of the incumbent party support the Senior Officers and, in turn, the Senior Officers support the incumbent party. All very cosy.

A Conservative Councillor commits to putting the Conservative Party first before they are nominated to stand. Once elected, a party Whip will ensure compliance. Those who “disagree” will be excluded from the party, as was the case for the late Cllr Paul Lisseter, earlier this year.

There ends democracy. Often, a Ward elects three Conservatives, as is the case in Pocklington Provincial and many other Wards. Many residents have experienced this when they contact their Ward Councillor and receive no reply. Please be aware that many of the replies are written for your Councillor by those further up the chain – the Senior Officers and other Councillors.

Further Information

The link below exposes many current unaddressed failings of ERYC.

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