You'll be able to vote for 90 new councillors who will represent 89 new divisions across North Yorkshire later this spring.
The announcement follows confirmation that the legal process necessary to support the formation of a single council to replace the eight current authorities providing public services here is under way. A draft Structural Changes Order is now before Parliament and paves the way for elections on May 5 this year. It also states the new council will be called North Yorkshire Council. Subject to MPs’ approval, the order is expected to be enacted in March.
Cllr Carl Les is the leader of North Yorkshire County Council and chair of the senior councillor group, which includes all eight councils, overseeing the planning for the new ‘unitary’ authority. Speaking about the news, Cllr Les said: “This is an exciting moment for North Yorkshire and one which I hope people will look back on in the future as a game-changer for the county’s economic fortunes. The new single council will give our county a much stronger voice regionally and nationally and allows us to bring together the very best of all eight councils to build the best possible new one.
“These are very important elections, because the councillors voted in this May will serve the final year of the county council and then they will be the voice of the people for the first four years of the new single council. This continuity is important and means that decisions on what public services will look like in the future and matters like council tax can start being made ahead of North Yorkshire Council’s first day on 1 April 2023. They will make decisions on services that affect you, your families and communities, so make sure you have a vote. If you are 18 or over and are not registered to vote I would appeal to you to register now.”
Existing district and borough councillors will remain in place until April 2023. At that point, those positions will cease to exist.
Read more at https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/.../may-elections-north...
If you're not already, make sure you register to vote ahead of the elections at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote