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The petition of the residents of the United Kingdom,

Declares that York’s residents and businesses are best served by having an independent council, on its current boundaries, that is focused solely on their needs and provides the basis for economic opportunity, high quality public services and a stronger community; further declares concern that if York is merged into a new council stretching 65 miles north to south there could be an increase in council tax by £117 per year; further that this would inevitably mean that resources could be diverted from York and residents would pay more money for poorer services; further that this would lead to the end of the 800-year connection between the city and its council; further that the role of Lord Mayor might be scrapped; further that the disruption to key service delivery across York would cost millions of pounds to implement; and further that it would be disastrous to do this during a public health crisis.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to listen closely to York’s residents and businesses, the City of York Council’s submission to its consultation on local government devolution and to work with all local politicians, including MPs, city councillors and parish and town councillors, on any decisions to do with York’s council.

And the petitioners remain, etc.