Previous consultations

View the results of previous consultations and details of next steps.

This consultation closed on 23 June 2017.


We plan to publish a new carers strategy in the summer which focuses on the health and wellbeing of carers. It will be an all-ages strategy, aimed at supporting carers to both continue caring and to have a life of their own.

The strategy will last from 2017 to 2022 and has been produced by the health and wellbeing board for North Yorkshire, working on behalf of local residents.

Three in five of us will be a carer at some point and almost everyone will know a family member, friend or colleague who is currently a carer.

With the help of carers and other organisations we've been finding out what's working, what needs to change and how we can do that in partnership.

As a result of this engagement with carers and partners over the last 12 months we have proposed a number of themes for the draft strategy. These are:

  • improving identification of carers;
  • improving information and advice;
  • enabling carers to take a break;
  • improving carers health and wellbeing;
  • enhancing financial wellbeing; and
  • involving carers as experts.

Consultation documents

Supporting documents

If you need further information about the strategy or have any questions please email HASconsultation@northyorks.gov.uk.

This consultation closed on 23 June 2017.


We are entering into a period of consultation and we need your help. Your views and experiences are important to our development of the dementia strategy and action plan.

It is essential we gather the opinions of:

  • people living with dementia;
  • families, friends and carers of people living with dementia;
  • health and social care professionals working with people living with dementia; and
  • the wider community.

Consultation documents

Please consider any of the following versions of the dementia strategy when completing the short survey, which should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

This consultation closed on 20 June 2017.


We have a contractual commitment to review fee levels with our social care providers on an annual basis. In previous years, we have approached this in different ways, ranging from a flat rate percentage increase to a fixed-rate uplift subject to financial review and on occasion no uplift has been agreed. We always have an obligation to take account of the market pressures and to consult with providers on fee levels. From April 2015 we have had new statutory responsibilities under the Care Act 2014 to shape and sustain our markets.

The position for 2017-18 is further complicated as some relevant provider lists are in the process of being renewed.

We are therefore consulting with social care providers to agree increases for the financial year 2017-18 and to agree a formula for increases up to 2020.

Organisations who have a contract following a procurement exercise are excluded from the consultation as their contract will have agreed expectations in respect of annual uplifts.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 9 June 2017.


A consultation on a proposal to close Ingleby Arncliffe primary school.

The governing body of Ingleby Arncliffe Church of England voluntary aided primary school has decided to consult on a proposal to close the school with effect from 31 December 2017.

The Governors have worked closely with officers from the Diocese of York and North Yorkshire County Council. They consider the closure is necessary to secure the interests of current and future pupils from the school.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 9 June 2017.


A consultation on a proposal to close Swainby and Potto primary school

The governing body of Swainby and Potto Church of England voluntary aided primary school has decided to consult on a proposal to close the school with effect from 31 December 2017.

The Governors have worked closely with officers from the Diocese of York and North Yorkshire County Council. They consider the closure is necessary to secure the interests of current and future pupils from the school.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 4 June 2017.


A consultation on proposed partnership with Scarborough and Ryedale CCG.

North Yorkshire County Council and NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group wish to enter into a partnership agreement to encourage greater integration and planning. We have an agreed vision to provide a timely transformation towards an integrated approach to the provision of health care, public health and social care services in Ryedale and Scarborough. The parties believe that by both coordinating and integrating their planning and commissioning activities will help facilitate the best use of resources to support the local resident and patient population. This approach will be developed through the joint arrangements with an agreed work plan including the joint commissioning strategy.

The partnership arrangements seeks to provide for shared planning, oversight and commissioning arrangements for the people in Scarborough and Ryedale so more joint up decisions can be made by each organisation. The arrangements will include the ability to pool budgets between the council and the clinical commissioning group but will mainly concentrate on how both organisations can plan future decisions together that are centred around the individual.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 24 March 2017.


The Governing Body of Rathmell Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School agreed on 3 April 2017 to publish statutory proposals and notices on 11 May 2017 proposing that Rathmell Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School should close with effect from 31 August 2017.

On 13 June 2017, North Yorkshire County Council’s executive member for schools approved proposals:

  • To close Rathmell CE VA Primary School from 31 August 2017; and
  • To extend the catchment area of Long Preston Endowed Church of England Primary School from 1 September 2017 to serve the area currently served by Rathmell.

Statutory notice

The statutory notice on the proposal to close the school has now been published.

Within four weeks from 11 May 2017, any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by sending them to Corporate Director - Children and Young People's Service, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton DL7 8AE, by 5pm on 8 June 2017.

It is proposed that the school should close with effect from 31 August 2017 and that the catchment area of another local school will be extended to include the current Rathmell School catchment area.

This change would take place from 31 August 2017.

The governing body has not reached the decision to initiate consultation lightly, but rather it follows much deliberation and exploring of the range of possibilities.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 19 March 2017.


We are consulting on a proposal to change the way we prioritise management and maintenance of public rights of way within North Yorkshire, excluding those managed on our behalf by The North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

Public rights of way are footpaths, bridleways and other routes that everyone can use without needing permission from landowners.

At over 6,000 km, our public rights of way network is one of the longest in the country. One of our key objectives is to make sure this important asset is safe and usable for both residents and visitors. A detailed map and other information about the public rights of way network in North Yorkshire can be found here.

In an average year, customers will report 3,000 defects, such as a broken stile or a fallen tree. Maintenance of the network is arranged by a small team of officers with support from landowners, contractors and a dedicated group of countryside volunteers.

We have had to reduce our spending by around 35 per cent over recent years and this has affected all council services, including public rights of way. As a consequence we are now looking at ways to continue managing the public rights of way network with less money.

Network categorisation

The purpose of this consultation is to ask people for their views on a new approach to categorising the public rights of way network. Doing so will allow us to focus routine maintenance in areas where paths are agreed as being more important or better used. The category of a route will also help us to plan how we respond to defects that we find or are reported to us.

We will manage the network based on sections of the paths or 'links'. We will then assign a route category as follows.

  • Each link will have a score for the key characteristic of the path. Example characteristics are safe routes to schools and paths in areas of outstanding natural beauty.
  • Each link will also have a score based on an assessment of the value placed on the link by the local community.
  • We will categorise each link based on the combination of characteristic and community value scores.
  • We will map the category banding of all routes and publish this on our website.

We have taken this approach because we think that:

  1. It is a transparent approach to assessing the entire network; and
  2. The inclusion of community value will help focus attention and resource onto parts of the network that will provide greatest benefit and value to local communities.

Measuring the value that different communities place on different routes is intended to make sure that we focus resources and effort onto paths that benefit users and local communities the most. However, it is difficult to define and measure community value, so we intend to implement our approach initially based on path characteristics alone. An important part of this consultation is to gather views over how best to measure community value in future.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 16 March 2017.


Elected members of the county council's executive met on 31 January 2017 and considered the outcomes of the public consultation. Following careful consideration, they agreed to publish statutory proposals to close the school from 31 August 2017.

The statutory proposals were published on 16 February 2017 to run to 16 March 2017, with a final decision being made by the executive on 28 March 2017.

The statutory proposals provide four weeks for representations to be made to the council, by 16 March 2017. The final decision was taken by the executive at their meeting on 28 March 2017.

Proposal documents

This consultation closed on 20 February 2017.


The governing body of Swainby and Potto Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School is consulting on a proposal for the creation of a single Church of England voluntary aided primary school to serve the Ingleby Arncliffe and Swainby and Potto areas.

It is proposed that a single Voluntary Aided Church of England primary school, serving children aged 4-11, would be created by the retention of Ingleby Arncliffe Church of England VA Primary School and the associated technical closure of Swainby and Potto Church of England VA Primary School. The single primary school would operate on the existing Ingleby Arncliffe school site and serve the two catchment areas currently served by both Swainby and Potto and Ingleby Arncliffe Primary Schools.

In order to maintain the historical link between the schools and the Diocese of York, the single school would retain its status as a Voluntary Aided Church of England school. This would allow the Church to continue to appoint foundation governors to the governing body and the governing body to employ staff.

The proposed name for the single school is the "Mount Grace Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School".

This change would take place from 31 August 2017 when Swainby and Potto would close as a separate school.

The amalgamated school would have a single governing body, head teacher and staff group. It would be subject to a single Ofsted inspection and would receive a single budget.

The Governing Body has not reached the decision to initiate consultation lightly and has already considered a number of alternatives. They have reached the conclusion that bringing together the two schools would be the best way to secure the interests of current and future pupils from the schools because pupil numbers.

Consultation documents

You can view the proposal in the consultation document below.

This consultation closed on 10 February 2017.


Bond End was declared an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in 2013. Since then North Yorkshire County Council and its partners have been pressing ahead with plans to improve the situation. We have been working with Harrogate Borough Council towards achievable solutions and used specialist consultants Mouchel to undertake detailed traffic and environmental modelling work.

The Bond End steering group consisting of representatives of the county, district and town councils was set up and the borough council has already secured a successful £237,000 bid to the Government's Clean Bus Technology Fund in partnership with local bus company Transdev, for buses operating between Harrogate and Knaresborough which go through the Bond End junction. The fund will pay for modifications on buses to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide by at least 50 per cent.

A traffic signal improvement is one of a number of measures proposed by Harrogate Borough Council's Bond End action plan. Other measures involving directional signs, planning policy, reducing emissions of the borough council fleet, improving cycle routes and implementing methods for smarter travel choices.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed in Feburary 2017.


We gathered your feedback on the strategy through engagement sessions around the county with our customers, visitors and partner organisations.

We have reviewed all the feedback and have tried to apply the common themes that we received, including what the strategy aims to achieve, how it looks and feels, and the way it is written.

As a result, we have created a newer version of the customer strategy and would, once more, appreciate it if you could look at this version and give us some feedback using the survey below. This will mean we can finalise the strategy and keep you informed on how we are improving the ways we provide our services to North Yorkshire.

Customer strategy survey

We would like to thank you, once again, for the time and effort you have given in helping to shape our vision. It has been a pleasure being able to engage with our customers and confirm we are on the right path.

This consultation closed in January 2017. 


We have accepted the government's four-year financial settlement. The settlement is very challenging given that it represents the phased removal of the government's revenue support grant by 2020.

However, it also offers a degree of certainty and the opportunity for contingency planning during a period of extreme uncertainty. Given the national and global economic environment including the impact of Brexit, the offer will form part of the council's prudent financial management and plan to maintain sensible levels of reserves as a buffer against unforeseen events.

We are consulting on our budget for 2017-18 and as part of that consultation would like to hear from you.

Our long-term plan is to increase council tax by 3.99 per cent for each of the next three years. Two per cent of this will go towards adult social care. Most of this increase will be required to cover the government's announced increase in the national living wage, the rest will be used to fund the increasing demand. In 2015-16 we supported 7,297 older people in North Yorkshire who need long-term help with their care and support (e.g. support in dressing and eating). Currently over 40 per cent of our budget, some £136m, goes on adult social care.

The 1.99 per cent increase in council tax is more than offset by the further reduction in government grants from £59m to zero by 2020. Without this increase there will therefore be a further £5m of savings required in 2017-18 alone.

More information on our budget and how we spend it is available on our spending pages.

This consultation closed on 21 October 2016.


The county council’s executive agreed to publish statutory proposals and notices on 5 January 2017 proposing that Horton-in-Ribblesdale Primary School should close.

Decision

On 21 February, the county council's executive considered a report containing the responses to the statutory proposals. They approved proposals:

  • To close Horton-in-Ribblesdale Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School from 31 August 2017.
  • To extend the catchment area of Austwick Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School from 1 September 2017 to serve the area currently served by Horton-in-Ribblesdale Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School.

Update - appeal and decision

An appeal against the decision to cease to maintain Horton-in-Ribblesdale CE (VA) Primary School was referred to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator.

On 28 June 2017 the Schools Adjudicator approved the proposal that Horton-in-Ribblesdale Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School should close from 31 August 2017.

The schools adjudicator's decision is available to read here.

See information about the Office of the Schools Adjudicator.

Original statutory proposals

The original statutory proposals published by North Yorkshire County Council's executive are:

Original consultation details

The governing body of Horton-in-Ribblesdale Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School has consulted on a proposal to close the school.

Consultation document

Q and A document

Background papers

This consultation closed on 26 August 2016.


We are developing a healthy weight, healthy lives strategy to address the rise in childhood and adult obesity in North Yorkshire and would like your views.

The most recent North Yorkshire joint strategic needs assessment has highlighted the worrying rise in childhood and adult obesity as an increasing problem across the county, particularly among the adult population, with North Yorkshire now being ranked 24 out of 27 shire counties for this indicator.

To address this problem, the North Yorkshire health and wellbeing board has agreed that a healthy weight, healthy lives strategy should be developed. Following a period of engagement with key stakeholders, North Yorkshire County Council's public health team has written a draft strategy you can find below.

The draft strategy presents the complexities and impact on excess weight; the opportunities for change; the patterns and trends of obesity nationally and locally; and the proposed vision, aims and priorities for tackling excess weight in North Yorkshire.

Consultation documents