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Boundary shake-up unveiled
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At the moment there is a county council and district councils
Proposals for the biggest shake-up of local government in North Yorkshire in nearly 30 years have been unveiled by the Boundary Committee.

Four options were announced on Monday to create a single tier of local government in the county, following a six-month review.

They are a single unitary authority for the whole of North Yorkshire, three unitary authorities - with existing districts in the county pairing up to form "super districts" - and two options with two unitary authorities.

The plans will see the eventual abolition of either the county council or district councils, but only if the public vote in favour of a regional assembly next year.

Public Consultation

For the three unitary authorities, Craven would be paired with Harrogate, Hambleton with Richmondshire, and Ryedale with Scarborough.

In the first of the two unitary authority options, Craven and Harrogate would join together, and Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale and Scarborough would integrate to form the North Riding of Yorkshire.

The second option would see Craven, Harrogate and Richmondshire form the Yorkshire Dales and Hambleton, Ryedale and Scarborough become the North York Moors.

Selby would become part of East Riding of Yorkshire in all three proposals.

The City of York will not be affected by any of the plans.

A 12-week public consultation about the options will end on 23 February.

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