North Yorkshire Council Elections 5 May 2022
Elections for North Yorkshire’s new unitary authority (North Yorkshire Council) will be held on 5 May 2022. This new council will replace the current county and the seven district and borough councils from 1 April 2023. There will be 90 new councillors, each serving for a five-year term, representing 89 divisions across the county. Click here to see an interactive map showing the new council divisions and here for an alphabetical list of electoral divisions for the new council and details of the candidates contesting those seats (when available).
Once elected, our new councillors will have to address urgent environmental (and of course other) challenges during their term of office. Crucially, that includes responsibility for steering the county’s decarbonisation plans. As the latest report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes clear, climate breakdown is accelerating rapidly, many of the impacts will be more severe than predicted and we must take urgent action now to switch away from fossil fuels towards a clean, green economy powered by renewables, such as solar and wind.
Opinion polls show that more and more people see climate change and the damage being caused to our natural world – here in North Yorkshire, nationally and globally – as key concerns that will influence the way they vote. That goes for young people in particular. A YouGov poll published on 1 November 2021 showed that 43% of 18 to 24-year-olds in the UK believe “The Environment” is the most important issue facing the country.
As local environmental groups, we are keen to ensure that voters are well informed about candidates’ views on a wide range of environmental issues before they decide whom to support. Of course, we have no intention of pointing people towards a particular candidate or party, but we would encourage support for candidates who – whether through their previous actions or statements or manifesto pledges – demonstrate a clear understanding of the environmental challenges that lie ahead and a genuine commitment to protecting and enhancing our beautiful but rapidly degrading planet.
Against this background we have written to all candidates inviting them to complete a survey so that we have an idea where they stand on these important issues and can be confident that – if we vote for them – they will help to drive the urgent and ambitious actions needed.
While we encourage candidates to take part, the survey is of course entirely voluntary. We'll upload all the responses we receive as soon as possible.
Click here to select your voting division, here for the blank survey and here for a completed survey, kindly provided by Councillor Theresa Norton (Scarborough Borough Council), who is not standing as a candidate in May.