Economy and local policing to come under the spotlight

24 September 2013

The Chair of Harrogate Borough Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Commission is issuing a personal invitation to residents and businesses to attend its next two meetings.

The new Chief Constable for North Yorkshire, Dave Jones, will be attending the Commission’s meeting on Thursday, 10 October to discuss his policing priorities for the district and on 14 October the Commission will be looking at what might be preventing economic growth in the district.

Cllr John Fox is urging people to attend these important meetings.

Cllr John Fox said:

North Yorkshire continues to have a low crime rate and in this district we have weathered the economic downturn better than many other areas.

But we can’t be complacent. The police, like all public sector organisations, are facing funding cuts and other challenges including the introduction of Police Crime Commissioners. We will look forward to an update on how these two factors are being tackled. We will also be interested to hear from Mr Jones about his future plans for policing in our district and the wider county area.

The council is about to consider its local economic action plan for next year so this is an excellent time for this review. A strong local economy remains as the council’s top priority. We want people to let us know if they consider there are any barriers to economic growth and we are actively seeking contributions to this public meeting.

The meeting with the Chief Constable will take place on Thursday 10 October 2013, at 5.30pm in the Council Offices, Crescent Gardens, Harrogate. Questions to the Chief Constable should be submitted by no later than Monday, 30 September and sent to Mark Codman, Scrutiny Officer or telephone 01423 556153.

The Economic Growth meeting will take place on Monday, 14 October 2013, at 5.30 pm in the Council Offices, Crescent Gardens, Harrogate. If you would like to attend to give your views directly to the Commission, please contact Mark Codman, Scrutiny Officer or 01423 556153 before Tuesday 1 October 2013.

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