On 1 April – in just five weeks’ time - the county council and seven district and borough councils in North Yorkshire will become one – North Yorkshire Council.

All eight councils have been working together to establish how best services can be provided, while ensuring business continues as usual.

This means you will see minimal change as we bring services and staff together in the background. For example, your bins will be collected, you will be able to access your local library, take part in activities at your local leisure centre, and contact your local planning department for advice. 

Access to support and services will be easier, with one telephone number and one website. The new council will retain a main office in each former district area, supported by around 30 additional local customer access points in the places people go.

One set of councillors will be accountable for all services, so it will be clear to see who represents your local area and who to contact. 

Replacing eight councils with one also gives us the best possible chance of protecting our valued services at a time of exceptional financial pressures and high demand. 

By joining up services and maximising our spending power, the new council will save between £30 million and £70 million in the first few years which will then become annual savings. This money can be used to protect some of our most important local services. 

North Yorkshire Council is being built with local at its heart and aims to be the most local, large council in England.  

Staff will continue to live and work in the communities they serve, listening to the needs of individual places and supporting local priorities and action.  

We will work closely with town and parish councils, wider partners and communities to ensure that local priorities drive locally led decision-making and local action.

Keep up to date on our website and our social media channels and find out more about the new council here.