A single new council for North Yorkshire will create simpler and stronger relationships with other organisations that deliver services in the county.

This will help streamline decision-making and improve how we respond to emergencies.

A new single unitary council would build on existing countywide partnerships, most closely mirroring the existing areas covered by the Local Resilience Forum, NHS and health organisations, the police, the fire service, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and key community and voluntary groups in North Yorkshire.

By working across the same area, it would support better joint working, directly benefiting the people and businesses of North Yorkshire and not risk disrupting well-established working relationships. 

Building on firm foundations

We already work extremely closely with our partners on nationally recognised projects and responding to emergencies like the current pandemic. 

We work with the police on our No Wrong Door project supporting vulnerable young people. We work with the NHS to deliver integrated health and social care services

We have an extremely strong working relationship with North Yorkshire’s voluntary and community organisations. This meant our Stronger Communities team were able to act quickly to mobilise a countywide network of 23 Community Support Organisations in just 4 working days during the early days of the pandemic. As a result people were supported to help others, tackle social isolation and ensure that their neighbours could access food and essential services.

Any changes to the existing boundaries in North Yorkshire would mean unpicking the working arrangements that enable us to deliver to these high standards.

Strengthen our national voice

In partnership with City of York Council – who do not support the proposal to split our county in half - the new council would become a significant voice for The North. 

There is a joint agreement between ourselves and York that the devolution deal is best achieved by establishing a new unitary council for North Yorkshire with the City of York Council retaining its existing footprint, alongside a commitment to broaden the scope of collaboration between us both to maximise the strength of both councils.

A York and North Yorkshire strategic partnership would build on the existing collaboration between services such as health and safety, trading standards, audit and fraud management, waste management, coroners, social care, responding to emergencies such as flooding and Covid-19, tackling environment and climate change. It would be a partnership that also celebrates diversity and the current councils’ different identities and strengths.

See City of York Council's submission to government

Best for arts, culture, sport and quality of life

A single unitary council for North Yorkshire would improve everyone’s quality of life by championing and supporting arts, culture, heritage, sport and the great outdoors.

North Yorkshire is home to thousands of people who create, make and take part – world class professionals and all of us who listen, watch or join in for fun, as well as a wealth of local history in the traditions, collections, built environment and landscapes of North Yorkshire.

A new single North Yorkshire council would create a platform to work alongside and invest in all that makes our county one of the best places to live, work and visit. It would bring together our creative and sporting sectors alongside communities, schools, health experts, planners, housing, care services and more to build even further on what has already been achieved. 

A new unitary council for North Yorkshire would be able to put the county’s great heritage at the heart of its aspirations. By safeguarding and building on the historic identity of North Yorkshire, a new council can develop its market towns, maintain historic landscapes and promote its cultures and traditions as an integral part of delivering for local communities.

As well as being a commissioner of works large and small, a new council will work alongside the thousands of creative individuals and organisations that make North Yorkshire special.

Whether it is big events such as Harrogate International Festivals or the Tour de Yorkshire, or what writer and director Stella Duffy calls “tiny revolutions of connection”, a single North Yorkshire council will be able to work effectively alongside individuals and organisations to bring fun, joy and happy memories and to back the creative economy.

A new strong single council can take a leadership role in creating places in our villages, countryside and towns that are well-designed and that bring people together. The new council would have the critical mass and influence to engage with national and regional partners, including neighbouring local authorities, the Local Enterprise Partnership and central government.

As we deal with the challenges created by the Covid-19 crisis, a new, single council will be big enough to bring together funding, ideas and talents from all quarters and to take risks in order to build upon the massive contribution they make to social and economic wellbeing.

C: the difference

A single North Yorkshire council would:

  • Be a catalyst for bringing together the arts, heritage, culture, sports, outdoors organisations and volunteers, together with audiences, funders, decision-makers and those people who make decisions around health, the economy and planning.
  • Celebrate the cultural heritage of North Yorkshire, bringing more world-class sporting and cultural events to the whole county on a regular basis. Building on our historic identity, sense of place, belonging and civic pride in the county of North Yorkshire.
  • Champion the artisans and makers and the creative industries that will make a significant contribution to economic growth, providing bespoke business advice and the digital infrastructure required to work and create within the county.
  • Collaborate with individuals, communities and partner organisations to plan and fund new work; to improve the design and accessibility of our towns, villages and countryside; to attract new funding; and to support more people to be physically active. A new council can establish art and design expertise within planning and regeneration services to ensure that our towns, villages and rural areas are places with vibrant sustainable communities which continue to thrive.
  • Connect individuals and communities to what makes life interesting and fun for them, including building on existing work to make culture, sport and the outdoors inclusive for all.
  • Create the conditions for the long-term sustainability of culture, sports and the outdoors, bringing together organisations, funders and sponsors, attracting private sector investment, philanthropy and crowdfunding. By involving partners in urban and rural design, supporting incubator initiatives for small creative businesses; and continuing to stage national and international competitions to highlight the county of North Yorkshire.
  • Commit to putting culture and sport at the heart of service delivery and the aspirations of communities. Ensuring that culture and sport are not perceived as a ‘nice to have’ or a luxury addition, but are an essential part of delivering health, well-being and prosperity. And by establishing a dedicated Culture, Sport and Outdoors senior team to work with the sectors and to influence business, health and education and by learning from other cities and counties that have led the way on culture, sport and creativity.

Best for local

Read more about how our proposal is best for local by empowering our partners in town and parish councils across North Yorkshire