Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

The Scarborough Evening News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - Ed Asquith, Ed­i­tor Twit­ter @Ed.Asquith

Dear Reader

Metro may­ors, the new re­gional lead­ers now in charge of re­gions such as Greater Manch­ester and the West Mid­lands, must be the way for­ward for lo­cal author­i­ties, en­abling them to move from a sys­tem that is rooted in Vic­to­rian pa­tron­age and mod­erni­sa­tion in the 1970s.

A think tank is re-run­ning the sug­ges­tion from the 1990s that district coun­cils should be sub­sumed into larger uni­tary author­i­ties but that would just stir the same por­ridge. The idea of an en­light­ened, en­gag­ing dy­namic mayor light years ahead of the civic may­oralty con­cept, could of­fer a more val­ued fu­ture for lo­cal gov­ern­ment whose ears have be­come se­lec­tively deaf and said by many to be dis­mis­sive than in­clu­sive. The idea of a York­shire Mayor might get more things done bet­ter and quicker al­though ri­val­ries among the big­ger coun­cils have slowed progress – and when peo­ple just want lead­er­ship they can trust and re­spect.

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