Don’t miss the chance to have your say on the future of local councils in North Yorkshire and York

District and borough councils are reminding people that they have until April 19 to have their say in a Government consultation on the future of local government in North Yorkshire and York.

The Government has said local government in North Yorkshire and York must be reorganised to form one-tier, unitary authorities – and is currently holding a consultation on two separate proposals that have been put forward.

  • The East & West model, proposed by the six district and borough councils of Craven, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby. This would create two unitary authorities - Selby, City of York, Ryedale and Scarborough in the East, with a population of 465,000, and Craven, Harrogate Richmondshire and Hambleton in the West, with a population of 363,000.
  • North Yorkshire County Council’s proposal for a unitary authority to cover the whole of North Yorkshire, representing 600,000 people and 3,000 square miles.

To find out more about the proposals, and to take part in the consultation, go to