Future of local government – one council for the whole of North Yorkshire

The Government has announced that local councils in North Yorkshire will be reorganised to form one council across the whole of the county, covering a population of 618,000.

The announcement, made in Parliament today (July 21), leaves York as a separate, small unitary council with 211,000.

The Government decision follows a consultation held earlier this year on the future of local government in North Yorkshire and York.

Government ministers had told councils in July 2020 that they wished to see local government in the area reorganised into unitary councils, which would provide all services to residents.

Six of the seven district and borough councils – Craven, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby – had joined together to propose an East and West model of local government.

Craven, Harrogate, Richmondshire and Hambleton would have formed a unitary council in the West, with a population of 363,000. Selby, City of York, Ryedale and Scarborough would have formed a unitary council in the East, with a population of 465,000.

However, the Government has decided not to implement the East and West proposal, and instead has accepted North Yorkshire County Council’s bid to create one council across the whole of the county.

Councillor Angie Dale, Leader of Richmondshire District Council, said: “I am extremely disappointed that the Government has chosen to create one huge council across the whole of North Yorkshire.

“This is not the best option for our district or the county. The East and West model would have created two balanced unitary authorities, with similar population sizes and economic strengths. It would also have unlocked the potential of York, by including the city within the proposals for reorganisation.

“We will now have the most ‘un-local’ local government in the country. But we will work together to make sure this new system of local government works for the residents and businesses of Richmondshire and for North Yorkshire. There is a great deal of hard work ahead of us, to make sure that our excellent services continue as we prepare for the new council to take shape by 2023. I will make sure that our district has a voice during the transition, so that local places and the interests of our staff are represented.”

North Yorkshire County Council and the district and borough councils of Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby will continue to operate until March 2023.

After this, they will cease to exist and the new unitary authority will come into operation. Council staff will continue to be employed by their current council until March 2023, after which the vast majority will be transferred to the new authority.

Job Opportunities at Richmondshire District Council

Two posts within the Business and Team at Richmondshire District Council.  We have two exciting roles within the team which are summarised below.  Links will also take you directly to the job advert.

Jobs summary

Title: Community Grant Scheme Administrator

Salary: Grade 7, (SCP 21-24) £21,748 – £23,541 per annum pro rata

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: Part-time

Hours: 18.5 hours per week

Job Reference: BUS COM 05


Title: Business Funding Scheme Administrator

Salary: Grade 7, £21,748 to £23,541 (SCP 21-24) per annum pro rata

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: Part time

Hours: 18.5

Job Reference: BUS COM 04


The A6108 Middleham to Leyburn road will close for RESURFACING from Wednesday 19 May for three days between the hours of 08:00 and 18:00

North Yorkshire County Council will be undertaking resurfacing on the above road between Middleham Bridge and the 30mph speed limit in Middleham.

A diversion route shall be signposted and can be seen hereA6108 Middleham to Leyburn Road Diversion Route.

The work is part of an extensive programme and as a consequence it is possible that some adjustment to this start date or the duration of the works may be necessary should unforeseen circumstances, such as significant weather events or emergencies on the highway network arise.

Limited vehicular access will be permitted to properties along this route throughout the works and it would be appreciated that vehicles are removed from the highway before 08:00 throughout the period of the works. Please be advised there will be extended periods when access will just not be possible due to the nature of the works and physical constraints of the site. Pedestrian access will not be permitted.

Please contact the Customer Resolution Centre on 01609 780780 to identify any special access needs you may have during the work period.

Please co-operate and comply with any instructions issued by the traffic management operatives and take extra care whilst within the works area.

For further information, including diversion information and to sign up for alerts please go to;



RDC Announces Refurbishment of Richmond Swimming Pool



Major refurbishment work at Richmond swimming pool has received the go ahead from district councillors.

Members of the authority’s full council last night (April 20) gave the green light to £1.26m investment at the pool to fund a programme of external improvements to ‘future proof’ the facility.

They also agreed to a new five year funding agreement and a 20 year lease – Richmondshire District Council owns the pool but has leased it to the Richmondshire Leisure Trust since 2005.

The last major refurbishment work on the building had been in 1994 thanks to National Lottery and council money – since then it has only seen reactive and preventative maintenance work undertaken.  This scheme will see a new roof, ventilation system, pool glazing and curtain walling fitted and solar panels installed.

Members of the council’s corporate board had recommended the spend when they met last week (April 13) – full council also approved their recommendations for a £220,000 street lighting improvement project and a £400,000 play park grant scheme.


Central Government consultation on Local Government Reorganisation in North Yorkshire

This is a very important consultation as two different structures for local government are being proposed, either a larger single authority (put forward by North Yorkshire County Council) or an East-West model (advocated by some of the District Councils, including Richmondshire District Council).   Central government appears to be intent on making changes so retaining the current 2 tiers (County and District levels) does not appear to be an option.

A major driver for central government is to reduce running costs.  Your Town Councillors however are concerned that the unitary proposal, which would remove the intermediate tier of District Councils, will reduce democratic accountability as the number of councillors will be significantly reduced.  A large, single authority covering all of North Yorkshire will be remote from the residents it serves and the smaller parish and town councils and service levels may be reduced.  Some services may be delegated to parish and town councils which may not have the financial and operational resources to provide them.

Whatever your views on this, your Town Councillors urge residents to take part in the consultation which can be accessed here https://consult.communities.gov.uk/governance-reform-and-democracy/northyorkshire/.  Responses can be submitted online, be email or in the post.  If you don’t have access to a printer, please contact the Town Clerk.

A summary of NYCC’s proposal is available here  www.northyorks.gov.uk/strongertogether

A summary of RDC’s proposal is available here https://www.richmondshire.gov.uk/news/news-archive/december-2020/full-business-case-for-reorganisation-model-submitted/

Richmondshire District Council’s proposal for the east-west model for local government in North Yorkshire

This week Councillor Angie Dale, Leader of Richmondshire District Council has written as follows:

As you will be aware the six district and borough councils of Craven, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby, have submitted a full business case for local government reorganisation to Government.

Our proposal is for an ‘East & West’ model, which would see Craven, Harrogate, Richmondshire and Hambleton join together to form a unitary council in the West, and Selby, City of York, Ryedale and Scarborough join together to form a unitary council in the East.

The Government has indicated that it is intending to consult on these proposals for reorganisation – and a second proposal from North Yorkshire County Council. This consultation will begin this month (February).

Key stakeholder organisations and local authorities will be asked for their opinions on two models:

  • The East & West model, which would create two balanced unitary authorities, with a population of 465,000 in the East, and 363,000 in the West
  • A unitary authority to cover the whole of North Yorkshire, representing 600,000 people and 3,000 square miles, leaving the City of York as a small unitary authority representing around 200,000 people.

Any local organisation, business or member of the public will also be able to respond to the consultation.

Many organisations across North Yorkshire and York have been supportive of the East & West model and we would like to thank all those who have written letters giving their views on it. We believe it will be better for businesses, residents and communities – for business and economy because it:

  • Gives balanced populations, demography and economic power – creating councils that are the right size to retain links with businesses and give businesses a strong voice
  • Maximises growth opportunities building on existing economic footprints
  • Delivers a fair and balanced Combined Authority – crucial to the success of devolution
  • Supports Covid-19 recovery
  • Unlocks the potential of York
  • Attracts investment to build on our strengths
  • Understands the importance of local places and businesses

Our detailed proposal can be found on the Get Change Right website.

We hope that you will take part in this important consultation when it is launched by Government. Local government reorganisation will affect the lives of all our residents; it’s crucial that we get change right. Your views are vital.

What Sort of Policing do Residents Want in North Yorkshire?

The North Yorkshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner is asking North Yorkshire residents how much they are willing to pay in their council tax bill for North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.  The survey began on 16 December and is open until midnight on Wednesday 13 January 2021.

The survey can be completed online at www.telljulia.info.

It can also be downloaded Download – Print out – Complete the Precept Survey 2021-22 and mail back FREEPOST and completed on paper and returned to the Freepost address.

After the Christmas break, the Town Council will seek to make copies of the form available from the Key Centre.

Local Government Reorganisation and How it may Affect North Yorkshire

Central government is undertaking a consultation for reorganisation of local government in parts of England, including North Yorkshire, at a time when all levels of government are  focussed upon Covid19.  The outcome of this review may have significant consequences for the future provision of local services and democratic accountability in our area of North Yorkshire so residents may wish to follow developments and contribute their own views.

Your Town Council convened a community meeting on 23 September 2020 to hear residents’ views and received a presentation from NYCC (RDC was invited but did not take part).  The approach to future arrangements put forward by our District and County Councils are quite different.

The submissions to central government made by the Town Council, Richmondshire District County and North Yorkshire County Council can be accessed by clicking the links.

Middleham Town Council

RDC – East-West Public summary

NYCC response to central government