What next for York on devolution plan?

How the map could be redrawn

Councillors will be asked to reject plans for City of York Council to merge with Scarborough, Selby and Ryedale at a meeting tomorrow (Thursday).

Government devolution plans for North Yorkshire – which include extra cash for the region – are linked to local government restructure proposals.

The council needs to submit a response to plans for the merger to Government by November 9 – and is asking businesses and residents in the city to support the reply in further consultations.

Government will then launch another consultation about the options in the new year, with a decision due to be made by summer 2021.

A council spokesperson says that if the government decides City of York Council should stay as it is, it will progress to devolution and help to establish a mayoral combined authority – which means two or more independent councils teaming up to create a body – by April 2022.

But if Government decides York should merge, a shadow authority will be rolled out to work towards creating the new local authority.

The could take about two years – meaning it would be complete by April 2023, the council says.

It adds that scrapping a council and creating a new one is subject to legislation under a process mapped out by Parliament.

The meeting takes place from 6pm tomorrow. You can watch it live on the City of York Council YouTube page.