Ryedale District Council


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Council Priorities

The Council Plan 2017 - 2022 prioritises Sustainable Growth by promoting a strong economy with thriving businesses and supporting infrastructure for future generations capitalising on our culture, leisure and tourism opportunities. We will measure our performance in delivering economic growth, housing delivery and preventing homelessness.

Ryedale Economic Action Plan (REAP) 2016 - 2020

Creating jobs and supporting businesses are key issues to the Council's role in creating sustainable growth.

Following a consultation period the Economic Action Plan 2016 - 2020 was published. The REAP sets out 5 objectives to achieve this aim and a series of actions are outlined. The objectives mirror the priorities of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership with whom we work closely.

The 5 objectives are:

  1. Business Growth: Encouraging profitable and ambitious local businesses and supporting local employers to expand
  2. Connecting agriculture and food businesses to new opportunities: Connecting agriculture and food businesses to new opportunities
  3. Inspired People: A productive workforce for growing businesses, inspired people making the right job choices, empowered communities delivering support and inclusion
  4. Successful and distinctive places: Enabling sustainable rural economies through support for housing, employment and rural development
  5. A well connected economy: Fast, reliable journeys to key centres, transport that underpins growth, transport that connects employees and visitors to businesses. High speed broadband and mobile connectivity

The full report, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis and regular updates are available in our Web Library.


Ryedale suffers from poor quality broadband throughout the District and it is a high priority of the Council to improve internet speeds to residents and businesses.

There are two main ways to get high speed broadband; through BT telephone wires (improving fibre connections to green roadside cabinets) and by wireless; a line of sight transmission from transmitter to a receiver on your property.

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), through the Connecting North Yorkshire Partnership, are administering Central Government funding to bring high quality broadband (>25Mbps) to as much of North Yorkshire as possible.

The details of this scheme are on the Superfast North Yorkshire. (SFNY) website.  Log on to check if your postcode will get high speed fibre.  BT are contracted to provide high speed to 90% of properties in North Yorkshire by December 2014.

For the remaining 10%, wireless technology can be employed.

We have three current wireless schemes in Ryedale.

Accompanying the availability of high speed broadband is a business support package to enable businesses to maximise the opportunities it presents.  Visit SFNY for further information.

For further details on broadband issues, contact the Community Team or tel 01653 600666.

The Local Enterprise Partnership

The Council is working with the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to develop strategies, bid for funding, develop and implement a wide range of projects to grow businesses and remove barriers to economic development.  A range of research and statistical data is also available from the LEP.


Contact us

Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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