The New Unitary Authority for North Yorkshire – Have Your Say in the Let’s Talk programme

This is a forwarded message from North Yorkshire County Council

From 1 April 2023, North Yorkshire Council will replace the eight councils in North Yorkshire to deliver all the public services your local council currently provides. Having one new council will save money by joining up services to end duplication, helping to support services so they are stronger and fit for the future, as well as fund local decision-making.

The new council is being built with local at the heart of everything it will do. There will be a main office in each district, supported by customer access points across North Yorkshire so you can still access help and advice face-to-face. There will also be a single website, a single telephone number, and a single local councillor serving your area.

Community Networks will bring together residents, councillors, businesses, town and parish councils, MPs, community groups, and partners like the NHS and police and fire services. Area committees will oversee decisions on matters like licensing and planning at a local level. There will also be a single website, a single telephone number, and a single local councillor serving your area.

Over the next few months, the new council will be asking you what local services are most important to you, how you’d like to work with them, and what you think they should focus on as part of ‘Let’s Talk’, the biggest countywide conversation that North Yorkshire has ever seen.

How can I take part?

The first topic of conversation is ‘Let’s Talk Local’, focussing on what’s important to you in your local area, as well as asking for your views on the proposed Community Networks. This will be followed by conversations about the budget and proposed devolution deal for York and North Yorkshire later in the autumn. You’ll hear more about ’Let’s Talk’ in the paper, on the radio, online and on social media, and the conversation will run from early September right through to December.

Teams from the council will be holding these conversations in person across North Yorkshire at the places you visit and socialise at, like libraries and street markets, and talking to members of local community groups.

You can also share your views online or, if you’d prefer, on paper. Surveys are available in accessible formats including large print and easy read, plus selected alternative languages – simply call 01609 780780 to request your copy.

 Join the conversation

Here are a few of the events taking place where you can have your say, with many more planned: [A summary of the nearest events is shown at the end of this post – including Middleham at 6.30pm on Wednesday 26 October]

Visit to share your views online, and find out where your local conversations are taking place. [Paper copies are available from the Key Centre]



Date Event Location Postcode Time
03/10/2022 Hawes Community Café Hawes Community Café   10am-2pm
26/10/2022 Middleham Town Council Middleham Key Centre, Park Lane, Middleham, Leyburn DL8 4RA 6:30pm
28/10/2022 Richmond Bowls Club 37 Quakers Lane, Richmond DL10 4BB 7pm-8pm
17/11/2022 Hudswell & District Parish Council Hudswell Village Hall, Hudswell DL11 6BL 8pm

HAMBLETON (events nearest to Middleham only)


Date Event Location Postcode Time
28/09/2022 Northallerton Market High Street, Northallerton DL7 8QR 9.30am-1.30pm
04/10/2022 Bedale Market Market Place, Bedale DL8 1EQ 9.30am-1.30pm
10/10/2022 Thirsk Market Market Place, Thirsk YO7 1EY 9.30am-1.30pm
05/11/2022 Northallerton Market High Street, Northallerton DL7 8QR 9.30am-1.30pm
07/11/2022 Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre Chapel Street, Thirsk YO7 1LU 10am-12pm
08/11/2022 Bedale Leisure Centre Firby Road, Bedale DL8 2AT 11am-1pm
09/11/2022 Northallerton Leisure Centre Rotary Way, Northallerton DL6 2UZ 1pm-3pm