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North Yorkshire Local Government Reorganisation

North Yorkshire Local Government Reorganisation

On March 29th we welcome North Yorkshire County Councillor David Goode to tell us more about the 2023 Local Government Reorganisation (double devolution).


He’ll be speaking to us ahead of the local (Knaresborough Town Council) elections in May 2022 which will coincide with elections for the first set of councillors for the brand new North Yorkshire Unitary Authority.

Existing HBC councillors will remain in place until May 2023.


In 2021 the UK Government announced that there is to be a new devolved authority for North Yorkshire which will will come into being in May 2023

North Yorkshire County Council has been designated by Government to be the organisation responsible for implementing the new North Yorkshire Unitary Authority, and has as such already highlighted a willingness to devolve some service delivery responsibilities down to town and parish councils.

There is therefore, a possibility that Knaresborough might be given an opportunity to take responsibility for delivering some of the services or taking on the custodianship of local assets, that would otherwise remain in the domain of the new authority.

Delivering these aims will involve Knaresborough having a far stronger relationship with the new unitary authority than has been the case historically with HBC and NYCC.

Our collective voice needs to be heard in the decision-making process where the resulting solution affects us all, so come along to find out

  • what it all means,
  • what’s in store and
  • where we can benefit.


Join us at 7.30pm in COGS (Centre on Gracious Street)  on March 29th to find out more.

Donations welcome.

Location: Centre on Gracious Street, Chapel Street, Knaresborough HG5 8AN