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Parishes set to be consulted on charter to guide vision for future...

7th January, 2023.

A new charter is being drawn up to strongly support grassroots democracy across North Yorkshire and ensure communities are best served with the launch of a new council covering England’s largest county.

The draft charter, which will define the relationship between North Yorkshire Council and parishes and establish how they work together for the benefit of communities, has been drawn up with the help of a working group including representatives from parishes.

North Yorkshire County Council’s executive will be asked next Tuesday, to endorse the draft charter and to give the go-ahead for a 12-week consultation on the proposal with all 731 parishes across the county, to ensure they all have the opportunity to comment on its contents.

The county council’s leader, Cllr Carl Les, who will lead North Yorkshire Council, said: “Parish and town councils are an important link in the chain of local government and have a vital role in acting on behalf of their communities.

“The new North Yorkshire Council is eager to work with parish and town councils across the county as a key aspect of its commitment to connect with local communities, understand their needs and respond to their priorities.........

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