Craven Councillors reject Fire Authority takeover

Craven District Council

11:04am 19th September 2017

Craven District Council has backed the Fire Authority amid questions about its future.

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, wants to take on responsibility for the county's Fire and Rescue Service.

It is currently lead by the Fire Authority, a group of 16 elected Councillors.

But they favour a ‘representation model’ where the Police and Crime Commissioner is represented on the Fire Authority and its committees.

Having heard both sides of the case, Craven District Council’s Select Committee have agreed to support the representation model.

Full response:

“There is some merit in the case and aspirations expressed within the proposed business case for the future governance of the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services, however, with no time pressures referenced within the 2017 Policing and Crime Act, the Council’s preference for the future governance of the service, in the first instance is the representation model; the expectation being that the representation model will lead to greater collaboration between services.

“In reaching this conclusion, the Select Committee has reflected on what it considered were a number of grey areas within the business case, and the point that adoption of the representation model enables its operation for a period of time and allows progress made on collaboration to be reviewed within a reasonable timescale, with options for change considered at that point should satisfactory progress not be made. This approach enables a progressive stepping up of arrangements, if necessary, informed by experience.

“Amongst stakeholders there is a desire for collaboration between the three blue light services and the Council would also wish to see active investigation of the opportunities for collaboration with the ambulance service under the preferred option.”

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