Council leader to stand down

Council leader to stand down

Published at 7:18am 12th May 2015. (Updated at 5:14pm 12th May 2015)

The leader of North Yorkshire County Council is to step down after 14 years in charge.

Councillor John Weighell will resign with effect from the quarterly meeting of the authority on 20 May.
 
He won't be resigning his seat and has pledged to "stay and support the new leader and Executive in any way I am able".

Ahead of his departure, Councillor Weighell has called for a fresh look at merging councils to save money, as he warned the budget was set to become "more challenging".

He said: "As money for all councils becomes even scarcer, I hope we carry on looking for efficiencies, including merging the county council and district councils to form a single council.

"That would save money for the council tax payer and help to protect services."

The Conservative group will elect his successor at its annual meeting tomorrow.