How our proposal would bring the best benefits for businesses in North Yorkshire.

Simpler for businesses

Businesses operating across North Yorkshire would only ever need to deal with one council. It would be business-friendly and streamlined, with strong local services and systems. The same for businesses in Skipton as for those in Scarborough. A single organisation responsible for economic development, housing, planning, highways, trading standards, environmental health, waste collection and disposal and all other services essential for good businesses to thrive.

More investment in infrastructure for transport, communications, education and housing

We have invested tens of millions of pounds to provide fibre broadband across the county, ensuring that many rural homes and communities have access to essential services. We are now doing the same for mobile communications as well as supporting wi-fi networks in towns and business parks. These infrastructure programmes, alongside transport, are best delivered at a countywide scale reflecting the needs and challenges of a large rural county which are very different from those of the historic walled city of York.

Protecting and building on the identity of North Yorkshire

It would promote the historic identity of North Yorkshire to support inward investment, business promotion, the development of the cultural sector and the visitor economy. North Yorkshire’s identity is historically resonant, geographically identifiable and distinct from other parts of the North of England. It is a valuable asset in supporting inward investment, cultural activity and the visitor economy. Many businesses, festivals and attractions use the identity of North Yorkshire to express values of tradition, integrity, natural beauty and adventure.

A strong voice for business

It would provide a strong voice at Westminster on behalf of our rural businesses and communities, coastal businesses and communities, our market towns. There would be great strength and influence in being the country’s third largest local authority and a great opportunity to be at the forefront of leading and representing the rural North of England with the UK government and beyond.

Reducing carbon emissions and creating a new low carbon economy

North Yorkshire’s rural geography provides a unique opportunity to grow the nations low carbon economy and to develop and exploit natural assets to deliver carbon capture and removal, improved habitat diversity, zero carbon energy generation and the opportunities created by a new circular economy. Delivering electric vehicle charging infrastructure, active travel programmes and decarbonising council services would be most efficiently delivered by a single new North Yorkshire council.

Deliver a £2.4bn devolution deal quickly and effectively

A single new council would be a strong partner for the City of York, creating a combined authority with vision and aspiration to deliver economic growth for all of our communities. The governance structures of a new combined authority would give equal representation to the historic city of York and the rural and coastal communities of North Yorkshire so that everyone can benefit from the devolution opportunity.

Maintain high quality services

We already provide nationally recognised services in the care of adults and children. Our Highways and Transport service provides a comprehensive strategic development function alongside maintenance and improvement programmes delivered through local area offices. The strength of these services is in large part due to our existing capacity to deliver at scale. Disrupting these services to divide them across two completely new councils would be costly, detrimental to the communities they serve and provide a poorer standard of care and service for the medium to long term.

Decisions which matter to residents and businesses made at a local level

Concerns that a new single council for everyone in North Yorkshire would be remote from it’s communities are unfounded. We would create and work with six areas committees, based on the parliamentary constituencies, which would deal with vital local issues such as:

  • planning applications
  • licensing  
  • local highway schemes
  • local environmental issues

Issues that really matter to business and residents.

Teams would be based locally, know their area and work with local members, the local community and local agencies to make the best decisions for that area. We already manage the country’s largest highway network and do so with seven locally based teams working with local members and Town and Parish Councils. This combines the strategic approach of dealing with the whole network with locally based teams dealing with local issues.    

We would act as the umbrella, under which local teams and committees would sit. A consistent strategic approach tailored to meet local need.