– Councillor Tony Hall represents the Northallerton division of North Yorkshire County Council
"This is a sad day for the town and a sad day for the 350 employees.
"Northallerton depends on public service jobs. When decisions are made beyond our centre there will be impacts on the town.
"The distance people have to travel may have implications. It would take a lot of small businesses to replace 350 jobs."
A government agency office in Northallerton is to close with the loss of 350 jobs. Workers at the Rural Payments Agency in the Yorkshire town were told today, August 12.