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Residents in North Yorkshire have one week left to give views on Local Government Review

17th February 2004

Residents in North Yorkshire have one week left to give views on Local Government Review

17th February 2004

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16 February 2004

There is just one week left for people in North Yorkshire to submit views on how they would like their local government to be restructured.

At the request of the Government, on 17 June 2003 The Boundary Committee for England began a major review of local government structure.  The three regions they have been looking at in great depth are the Yorkshire and the Humber, North East and North West regions. Provided with guidance by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Committee must recommend at least two options for a single tier of local government in areas where there are currently both district and county councils.

A referendum will be held in all three regions to decide whether the public want an elected regional assembly. People living in North Yorkshire will also be able to vote for their preferred option for unitary local government. These options will only be implemented in the event of a yes vote for elected regional assemblies. 

The review is divided into 4 stages, which includes 2 twelve-week public consultation periods.  The deadline of 23 February 2004 for the second consultation is swiftly approaching, after which the Committee will spend the final weeks of the review considering all submissions received. To date, over 700 submissions have been received about local government structure in North Yorkshire. More are arriving on a daily basis. The Committee must submit their final recommendations to the Deputy Prime Minister, no later than 25 May 2004. 

The Committee must ensure that its recommendations, amongst other key criteria, reflect local communities and community interests.

Since the start of the review, The Boundary Committee has been attending regular meetings in North Yorkshire with representatives of all 8 authorities which may be affected by the review, as well as other stakeholders and interested parties.  They welcome the cooperation they have received, with many councils working together to put proposals to the Committee. The Committee has also attended two briefings to MPs at the House of Commons. MPs representing all parties have had an opportunity to air their views on the patterns of unitary local government in North Yorkshire. 

Boundary Committee Director, Archie Gall said, We are now approaching the final stage of the review. We have seen well-constructed arguments from local government, stakeholders and the public, which will enable us to make informed decisions for changes to local authority structure in North Yorkshire. We look forward to receiving further submissions before the 23 February deadline.

The Committee is required to identify at least two options for unitary authorities in each area and recommend them to the Government.  These must provide the basis for high performing unitary local government in the two-tier areas of Yorkshire and the Humber, combining effective service delivery across all local authority services with responsiveness to local communities.

Submissions from local people, councils and other organisations can be made by writing to: The Local Government Review Team (North Yorkshire), The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW, or by logging on to www.boundarycommittee.org.uk. Proposals during this final stage of consultation must reach the Committee by 23 February.

 

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For further information contact:

Charmaine Colvin on 020 7271 0700 or Elise Cross on 020 7271 0530  

Out of Office hours 07887 626 774

ccolvin@boundarycommittee.org.uk

www.boundarycommittee.org.uk

Notes to editors:

 

  1. The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.
  2. The Regional Assemblies (Preparation) Act 2003, paving the way for referendums on elected regional assemblies, was introduced to Parliament in November 2002 and received Royal Assent in May 2003.
  3. The Boundary Committee is required to submit its recommendations to the Deputy Prime Minister by 25 May 2004. In the event of a no vote in a referendum on an elected regional assembly, the Government has said no local government restructuring will take place in that region.
  4. The options which The Boundary Committee are consulting on in the North Yorkshire area are:
  • Option One: North Yorkshire County authority: This would cover the whole of the existing county council area, with a population of 569,700.

Estimated Costs of Being In Business: Are predicted to be around £9.9 million per year (currently £19.6 million per year).

Note: The costs of being in business are those incurred by a local authority regardless of the

level of services required or delivered. They are only a small proportion of the total costs.

 

  • Option Two:

A. Craven & Harrogate authority: This would combine Craven and Harrogate districts, with a population of 205,000.

B. Hambleton & Richmondshire authority: This would combine Hambleton and Richmondshire districts, with a population of 131,100.

C. Ryedale & Scarborough authority: This would combine Ryedale & Scarborough districts, with a population of 157,100.

D. Selby & East Riding of Yorkshire authority: Selby district would merge with East Riding of Yorkshire, with a population of 390,600.

Estimated Costs of Being In Business: Are predicted to be around £15.6 million per year  (currently £19.6 million per year).

  • Option Three:

A. Craven & Harrogate authority: This would combine Craven and Harrogate districts, with a population of 205,000.

B. North Riding of Yorkshire authority: This would combine Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale and Scarborough districts, with a population of 288,200.

C. Selby & East Riding of Yorkshire authority: Selby district would merge with East Riding of Yorkshire, with a population of 390,600.

Estimated Costs of Being In Business: Are predicted to be around £13 million per year (currently £19.6 million per year).

  • Option Four:

A. North York Moors authority: This would combine Hambleton, Ryedale and Scarborough districts, with a population of 241,200.

B. Yorkshire Dales authority: This would combine Craven, Harrogate and Richmondshire districts, with a population of 252,000.

C. Selby & East Riding of Yorkshire authority: Selby district would merge with East Riding of Yorkshire, with a population of 390,600.

Estimated Costs of Being In Business: Are predicted to be around £13 million per year (currently £19.6 million per year).