The executive of North Yorkshire County Council is to discuss a move to create a unitary authority.
It follows a motion put to the council recently by the two UKIP members of the authority, Cllrs Sam Cross and David Simister, that the council initiates talks with North Yorkshire’s borough and district councils, including Ryedale, to form one “super council.”
They said in a statement: “In these austere times this is the only way we can make true savings for the electorate in the future and maintain frontline services.”
A similar plan, instigated by the county council some years ago, was unsuccessful following opposition that one council covering the whole of North Yorkshire would be too large.
Now the Executive is to decide what action to take on the latest move at its meeting next Tuesday.
But Cllr Linda Cowling, Leader of Ryedale District Council, is opposed to the plan. “Ryedale has an excellent record of delivering its services efficiently and also has a good financial record.”