The new council will bring benefits for businesses across North Yorkshire.
Simpler for businesses
Businesses operating across North Yorkshire will only need to deal with one council. It will 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. The new council will continue to deliver these infrastructure programmes, alongside transport, at a countywide scale, reflecting the needs and challenges of our large and rural county.
Protecting and building on the identity of North Yorkshire
The new council will 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 will provide a strong voice at Westminster on behalf of our rural businesses and communities, coastal businesses and communities, our market towns. There will 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 for the new council to grow the nations low carbon economy. 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. The new council will also continue to deliver electric vehicle charging infrastructure, active travel programmes and decarbonising council services in a more efficient way than previously possible.
Deliver a £2.4bn devolution deal quickly and effectively
The new council will 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 will 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 at a countywide level. 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 which the new council will inherit.
Decisions which matter to residents and businesses made at a local level
The new council will create and work with six areas committees, based on the parliamentary constituencies, which will deal with vital local issues such as:
- planning applications
- local highway schemes
- local environmental issues
Issues that really matter to business and residents.
Teams will 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. The new council will continue to manage the country’s largest highway network and will 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.
The new council will act as the umbrella, under which local teams and committees would sit. A consistent strategic approach tailored to meet local need.