Tyke Us out of Here; Nunthorpe Majority Want to Leave Middlesbrough and Join North Yorkshire

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), May 9, 2013 | Go to article overview

Tyke Us out of Here; Nunthorpe Majority Want to Leave Middlesbrough and Join North Yorkshire


Byline: LAURA WOODCOCK laura.woodcock@eveninggazette.co.uk

NUNTHORPE residents have expressed a wish to break away from Middlesbrough and become a part of North Yorkshire.

Following an informal referendum, 76 per cent of Nunthorpe residents who completed the parish council's survey say they want the village join the district of Hambleton.

In total 793 votes were cast - representing 19 per cent of those eligible to vote.

Of these 604 were in favour of the move, 149, 18 per cent, were against it and 49, 6 per cent undecided.

The referendum was held in order to determine the support of the Nunthorpe community for a possible future return to the county of North Yorkshire.

A parish council spokeswoman said: "Being an informal vote it has determined nothing more than that there is a cross section of consent for making such a move. It has also served as a very important fact finding exercise."

As reported by the Gazette, feelings that Nunthorpe is at the "very bottom" of Middlesbrough Council's list of priorities have spurred the parish council to make a bid to return to North Yorkshire. Concerns have also been raised by the parish council and some residents about the housing development proposals which would "gradually eroding the semi-rural character of Nunthorpe." The parish council has contacted Middlesbrough Council, Hambleton District Council and North Yorkshire County Council, asking each to sanction a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission to return Nunthorpe to the North Yorkshire County Council area. …

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