Richmondshire residents back East/West unitary plan, researchers find

The district council has proposed two North Yorkshire authorities should be created.

More than 90 per cent of Richmondshire residents would prefer an East/West model of local government for the North Yorkshire and York region, researchers commissioned by the councils behind the proposal has found.

The study asked residents across the county if they would prefer for the county to be split in two with a unitary for the east and another for the west, or if they wanted a unitary authority covering the whole of North Yorkshire, while preserving the existing City of York unitary authority

It was commissioned by council leaders from richmondshire, Craven, Harrogate, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby,who submitted an outline bid to Government on November 9, proposing an East/West model, which they say would be the best way to reorganise local government in the region.

The model would see Craven, Harrogate, Richmondshire and Hambleton join together to form a unitary council in the West, and Selby, City of York, Ryedale and Scarborough join together to form a unitary council in the East.

The pattern of preference for the East & West model was similar across all districts and boroughs, ranging from Richmondshire, where 92 per cent were in favour to Selby, where the figure was 62 per cent.

In York, residents were split, with 46 per cent in favour of the East & West model, and 54 per cent preferring the North Yorkshire and York model.

Councillor Angie Dale, leader of Richmondshire District Council, speaking on behalf of the leaders, said: “This research clearly shows that a large majority of people across North Yorkshire would prefer our East & West model of local government reorganisation.

“We believe it is by far the best option for our communities, keeping services local and effective, giving people a strong voice and fair representation, while delivering necessary and realistic efficiencies.

“We know from speaking to residents, businesses and other organisations that people have huge misgivings about North Yorkshire County Council’s model. Our model also has the greatest support from local authorities.

“However, we still want to hear the views of more residents and businesses. You can take part in a similar online survey at www.get-change-right/consultations and you can email us at feedback@get-change-right to tell us your thoughts. We are still gathering evidence to support our model and your views are a key part of this process.”

The research was conducted by respected independent market research company, The Buzzz, using an online consumer panel, and surveyed 560 people across the county and the City of York.

The final sample for analysis was weighted by age and gender within each council area and by socioeconomic group.

Results by district:

In favour of East & West model (%) In favour of North Yorkshire & York model (%) East & West ratings (0-10) NYCC & York ratings (0-10)
Craven 63 37 6.0 5.0
Hambleton 67 33 5.9 5.0
Harrogate 75 25 6.0 4.9
Richmondshire 92 8 5.5 3.7
Ryedale 74 26 5.9 5.2
Scarborough 78 22 6.7 5.1
Selby 62 38 6.2 5.2
York 46 54 6.2 5.2


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  1. Did I read that correctly a survey of 560 people ??
    90% of 560 is approximately 500 who decide the future of local government and our council leaders consider this acceptable ?

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