About our bid

During the last year, the Leaders of Craven, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby councils have worked together, across party lines, to develop a new model of local government for York and North Yorkshire. 

​The result of this work is the East & West model of two balanced unitary councils.

​The East & West model developed out of a detailed research study and options appraisal, carried out by independent consultants at KPMG.  It has also been shaped by the feedback that citizens, businesses, Parish Councillors, voluntary and community groups and partners have provided in engagement sessions, in letters and emails, and through the feedback mechanism on this website.

On 9 December 2020, in line with the government's timetable, the councils submitted their full proposals for the East & West model.

​You can read the full proposal by clicking here or by clicking on the image below. 










​The proposal was supported by a number of detailed documents which you can download here:

​Implementation plan on a page

Implementation document

Delivery of people services under East & West

​On 9 November 2020, the councils of Craven, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby submitted an outline case for change to the government, based on an East & West model.

​You can read the outline case for change here.

The East/West model overview


Two brand-new councils across North Yorkshire and York:

• Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby and York in the east

• Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate and Richmondshire in the west

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