Reviews and reforms

Brafferton and Helperby Community Governance Review

The purpose of a Community Governance Review is to ensure that local governance reflects the interests and identities of the local community. Find out more here:

The Community Governance Review for Brafferton and Helperby was carried out in response to a petition which proposed that the parish of Brafferton and the parish of Helperby should merge to form a new parish with a new parish council.

Under the Review the District Council sought the views of local residents and stakeholders on whether the parishes should merge and on the specific details for such an arrangement, such as the name of the parish, the style of the parish, the number of parish councillors and warding arrangements.

Timetable for the Review

  • First consultation stage: 15 May – 29 June 2018
  • Draft recommendations published: 18 September 2018
  • Second consultation stage: 18 September – 21 October 2018
  • Full Council approval of final recommendations: 11 December 2018
  • Reorganisation Order made to formalise arrangements: 8 February 2019
  • Elections to new parish council: 2 May 2019

Background to the Review

We published the Terms of Reference for the Review on 15 May 2018. The Terms of Reference gave full details about the Review, the area affected and the procedure that would be followed.

First consultation Stage

The first consultation stage ran from 15 May to 29 June 2018 and asked residents and stakeholders to give their views on whether they wanted the parishes of Brafferton and Helperby to merge to form a new parish with a new parish council. The consultation also asked for comments on the name of the parish, the number of parish councillors and warding arrangements.

Second Consultation Stage

Draft recommendations were made following the outcome of the first consultation stage. Residents and stakeholders were asked to comment on the draft recommendations during the second consultation stage which ran from 18 September to 21 October 2018.

Final Recommendations

Results of the second consultation stage were considered by Full Council on 11 December 2018 and final recommendations were made setting out the future arrangements for Brafferton and Helperby parishes and their respective parish councils.  

Reorganisation Order

A Reorganisation Order, formalising the final recommendations, was made on 8 February 2019. 

Below is a summary of the changes that will take effect from 1 April 2019: 

  • Brafferton Parish and Helperby Parish will merge to form a new parish ‘Brafferton and Helperby Parish’ (interactive map available below)
  • Brafferton Parish Council and Helperby Parish Council will be abolished and a new parish council will be formed ‘Brafferton and Helperby Parish Council’.
  • Brafferton and Helperby Parish Council will have seven elected parish councillors.
  • The election of the new parish councillors for Brafferton and Helperby Parish Council will take place on 2 May 2019. 
  • From 1 April 2019 until 7 May 2019 (when the new parish councillors take office) the Parish Council will be represented by the District Council’s Ward members for Raskelf and White Horse Ward and Easingwold Ward.

A copy of the Reorganisation Order and detailed map is available for inspection below or by visiting Hambleton District Council at the Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton DL6 2UU or Easingwold Area Office at The Police Station, Church Hill, Easingwold YO61 3JX.

Interactive map

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