Current consultations
Let's Talk North Yorkshire
A new council tax reduction scheme for North Yorkshire Council
Trial dog free area at Jacob Smith Park - closes on Tuesday 27 September 2022
Community Governance Review for Harrogate - closes on Friday 14 October 2022
Wheelie bin trial for recycling 2022 - closes on Monday 31 October 2022
Electric vehicle charging point survey
Rapid charging points
My Health, My Tech survey

Let's Talk…

Over the next few months, the council will be holding the biggest county-wide conversation North Yorkshire has ever seen to find out which issues are most important to you, and how they can best support you and your community.

The conversation will start with Let's Talk… Local, looking at what's important to you in your local area, and what you think about the proposed community networks. Teams from the council will be visiting your communities at the places you visit and socialise, like libraries and street markets, to find out which local issues are most important to you.

Later in the autumn, they will be asking for your views to help shape the budget for the council, as well as the proposed devolution deal for York and North Yorkshire.

Visit Let's Talk North Yorkshire to share your views online, and find out where your local conversations are taking place.

A new council tax reduction scheme for North Yorkshire Council

From 1 April next year, there will be a new single council in North Yorkshire, replacing the seven district and borough councils and the county council. Currently, the seven district and borough councils all have slightly different schemes for council tax reduction, and by law, there has to be a single scheme covering the whole of the North Yorkshire area. All eight councils have been working together on proposals for a scheme that is more supportive, with the maximum level of reduction for the people most in need. The aim is that the single scheme will make claiming easy and provide up to 100 per cent support for households on the lowest incomes.

The council tax reduction scheme consultation closed at midnight on 25 September. The new North Yorkshire Council executive will consider all comments and feedback in October, before making a final decision in November.

Trial dog free area at Jacob Smith Park

We have been made aware of a number of issues involving dogs being off lead, causing worry or injury to children, park users and/or other dogs.

Following discussions with the trustees of Jacob Smith Park, Friends of Jacob Smith Park, local councillors and users of the park, we have erected a small area of cut grass and temporary fencing to the left of the park entrance to create a dog free space for children to play, and people to have picnics, etc.

We are asking dog walkers not to take dogs within the fenced area.

The area is small, taking up less than three per cent of the park's area so will not make an appreciable difference to the space available for dog walkers and others using the park.

We understand that the orange plastic fencing is not in keeping with the ambience of the park, but it will only be used for the duration of the trial. We have also re-used some temporary plastic fencing which has been previously used elsewhere, which means there will be no cost and no environmental impact of buying new fencing.

Trial dog free area at Jacob Smith Park survey

The trial and survey will run until Tuesday 27 September.

Community Governance Review for Harrogate

Parts of Harrogate, as well as Scarborough, are the only major towns in North Yorkshire not to have a parish or town council.

To ensure Harrogate residents have a strong say in decision-making at the most local level, they are being asked their views on the creation of a town council, known as a community governance review. Everyone in the unparished area will receive a letter explaining the consultation and inviting them to take part.

People can complete the consultation online or printed copies can be found in:

  • Harrogate Library, Victoria Avenue, HG1 1EG
  • Bilton and Woodfield Community Library, Woodfield Road, HG1 4HZ
  • Civic Centre, St Lukes Avenue, HG1 2AE

Please have your say, the survey is open until Friday 14 October.

Wheelie bin trial for recycling 2022

In May 2022 we started a trial to replace black boxes for recycling with a new blue-lidded wheelie bin. The amount we recycle is increasing each year and to improve the way we collect it, we want to see if a wheelie bin is more efficient, allowing residents to recycle more and making collections less physically demanding for our collection crews. The areas chosen for this trial are those areas where the amount and quality of the recycling presented by the community each fortnight is excellent.

Please only complete this survey if you are part of the trial and have a blue-lidded bin for recycling.

The closing date is Monday 31 October 2022.

Electric vehicle charging point survey

We are exploring the demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging points within the district. We would like feedback from residents, businesses and visitors to gauge the level of need to inform our decision-making process for the next stages of our rollout of EV charging points. We are unable to provide on-street charging points we will share the feedback with our colleagues at North Yorkshire County Council and explore alternative arrangements if possible. We are also supporting a University of Leeds student with their degree course and would appreciate you taking the time to complete this short survey questionnaire.

Rapid charging points

We have been operating rapid charging points at the civic centre since December 2017. We are seeking user feedback so that we can improve the service and provide better value for the customer and the council.

We would appreciate your feedback to help us to make these improvements.

My Health, My Tech

Let the North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Board know your ideas for future digital health services

They would like you to share your ideas about how digital technology can be developed to provide better, more joined-up health and wellbeing services in the future.

For further information and to complete the survey please visit