Plans have reached the next stage in the process for Local Government Reorganisation.
In October, two proposals were submitted to the Secretary of State for the reorganisation of the local authority areas in preparation for devolution. You can read more detailed information on them and the perspectives of two different representatives in our past article.
Proposals in brief
Six of the seven districts within North Yorkshire (all bar Hambleton) have proposed two unitary councils (East and West) – the East comprising of Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby districts and the current unitary of York, and the West comprising Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate and Richmondshire districts.
North Yorkshire County Council has proposed a single unitary combining all seven districts operating alongside the existing unitary City of York Council.
Responding to the consultation
The consultation on the two proposals has now been launched. Consultation will last for eight weeks closing at 23:59 on 19 April 2021.
Local voluntary and community groups, businesses, residents and all interested parties are encouraged to have their say by filling in an online survey or sending a written response. Views can also be submitted through a named consultee.
There are named consultees – official bodies giving a collective response on behalf of who they represent, which include councils, health bodies and voluntary sector partners, including Community First Yorkshire and York CVS. Read the full list of consultees.
As a result of the consultation launch, the district and county council elections due to be held in May this year in North Yorkshire are rescheduled to May 2022. The elections for local Police and Crime Commissioners, as well as elections to any town or parish councils, will continue to take place in May 2021.
Subject to Parliamentary approval, we would expect any new unitary council to be fully operational from April 2023 with transitional arrangements expected to be in place from 2022, including elections in May 2022 to the shadow or continuing councils.