Local residents have only this week to have their say on the future of local government in York and North Yorkshire. The Government’s consultation on local government restructure will close on the 19th April, and the outcome could have far-reaching effects for York and its residents.
Evidence, submitted by the Council earlier last year, demonstrates the significant detrimental impacts of any local authority merger which includes York. Such impacts include the eroding local decision making in York, increasing council tax, breaking the 800-year historical connection between the Lord Mayor, council and the city, and disrupting key services at a time when they are needed the most.
Resident and stakeholder consultation, alongside the analysis undertaken by the Council, show strong support for decisions made for York to remain in York. More than 3,000 residents have backed York by signing the cross party petition. Business, health and education leaders have already written to the Government against the district proposals, supporting York’s existing strengths and opportunities as a unitary authority.
The Government’s consultation gives local residents, businesses and organisations a chance to express their views direct to Government via https://consult.communities.gov.uk/governance-reform-and-democracy/northyorkshire/consultation/ or by emailing [email protected] .
Local Councillors have also produced a short film to highlight why York is the right size to remain an effective unitary council - https://youtu.be/1PvPMaER3VE
Councillor Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of the City of York Council, commented:
“It is vital that York continues to lead its own recovery, by putting residents and local businesses at the heart of our efforts to build back better. By avoiding the unnecessary disruption and cost caused by boundary changes, we can quicker access the investment unlocked by devolution. This will benefit our communities and businesses and to help facilitate a strong recovery in the city.
“Given the significance and potential consequences of local government reorganisation in our region, I would urge York residents to take the time to send a clear message to the Government – York must remain York.”