Richmondshire District Council

North Yorkshire’s biggest conversation, ‘Let’s Talk’, is coming 

From 1 April 2023, North Yorkshire Council will replace the eight county, district and borough councils in North Yorkshire to deliver all the public services your local council currently provides. Having one new council will save money by joining up services to end duplication, helping to support services so they are stronger and fit for the future, as well as fund local decision-making. 

The new council is being built with local at the heart of everything it will do. There will be a main office in each district, supported by customer access points across North Yorkshire so you can still access help and advice face-to-face. There will also be a single website, a single telephone number, and a single local councillor serving your area. 

Community Networks will bring together residents, councillors, businesses, town and parish councils, MPs, community groups, and partners like the NHS and police and fire services. Area committees will oversee decisions on matters like licensing and planning at a local level. 

Over the next few months, we’ll be asking you what local services are most important to you, how you’d like to work with the new council, and what you think the new council should focus on.  

How can I take part? 

We’re launching ‘Let’s Talk’, the biggest countywide conversation that North Yorkshire has ever seen about the issues that we think matter to all of us.

The first topic of conversation is ‘Let’s Talk Local’, focusing on what’s important to you in your local area - whether that’s education, affordable housing, climate change or public transport. We will also be asking for your views on the proposed Community Networks. 

Talk to us in the community

We will be holding these conversations in person in your communities at the places you visit and socialise, like libraries and street markets, and talking to members of local groups.


You can also share your views online or, if you’d prefer, on paper. Surveys are available in accessible formats including large print and easy read, plus selected alternative languages. Call 01609 780780 to request your copy.  

Local events  

You can have your say at the following events, with many more planned:

  • 26 October 2022 - Middleham Town Council, Middleham Key Centre, Park Lane, Middleham, DL8 4RA, 6.30pm
  • 17 November 2022 - Hudswell and District Parish Council, Hudswell Village Hall, Hudswell, DL11 6BL, 8pm

Visit the Let's Talk Commonplace website to share your views online and for further details.

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