Success in Richmondshire

February 20, 2012 9:41 AM

Despite torrential rain in other parts of the Yorkshire Dales, the sun shone brightly (and a cold wind blew very strongly) for TPA supporters in Richmond who were out collecting signatures for our petition calling on Richmondshire District Council to freeze council tax for the next financial year. The event was covered on BBC Radio York, and in the Northern Echo, and the Darlington & Stockton Times. The BBC was also there recording footage for television.

The Leader of the Council said in an interview on Radio York on Saturday morning that only two people had personally complained to him about the proposed 3% rise. Judging by the response we got from the public, the leader should get out more. When I told one lady what the leader had said, she replied that he was out of touch.

In a little over an hour, we gathered around 150 signatures, and could have easily got more. When we went into a nearby hotel for a coffee, three people saw me with the petition in my hand and asked to sign it there and then! Copies of the petition have been left with local supporters who will get more signatures ahead of the full council meeting on 28 February which will decide the budget for the forthcoming year.

Next Saturday, we will be in Redcar campaigning against the proposed rise there. If you can join us, please let me know.

Despite torrential rain in other parts of the Yorkshire Dales, the sun shone brightly (and a cold wind blew very strongly) for TPA supporters in Richmond who were out collecting signatures for our petition calling on Richmondshire District Council to freeze council tax for the next financial year. The event was covered on BBC Radio York, and in the Northern Echo, and the Darlington & Stockton Times. The BBC was also there recording footage for television.

The Leader of the Council said in an interview on Radio York on Saturday morning that only two people had personally complained to him about the proposed 3% rise. Judging by the response we got from the public, the leader should get out more. When I told one lady what the leader had said, she replied that he was out of touch.

In a little over an hour, we gathered around 150 signatures, and could have easily got more. When we went into a nearby hotel for a coffee, three people saw me with the petition in my hand and asked to sign it there and then! Copies of the petition have been left with local supporters who will get more signatures ahead of the full council meeting on 28 February which will decide the budget for the forthcoming year.

Next Saturday, we will be in Redcar campaigning against the proposed rise there. If you can join us, please let me know.

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