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Councillor Michael Schofield meets with stakeholders for the Otley Road cycle way scheme

Councillor Michael Schofield met this morning (27 May 2022) with two of the stakeholders for the Otley Road cycleway scheme. Judy D’Arcy Thompson, chair of the Stray Defence Association committee and Chris Dicken from the Harlow and Pannal Ash Residents Association (HAPARA) discussed the history of the scheme, the recent NYCC stakeholder event, and their views towards it. The Cycle Scheme is in three phases: Phase 1 Otley Road, from the Harlow Moor Junction (reservoir) to Cold Bath Road/ Arthur’s Avenue. The work is widened pathways, shared for walkers and cyclist. Junctions have been changed, with the stop line set Harrogate Informer…


Proposals to reorganise the North Yorkshire Fire service would see less firefighters and less fire engines

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have launched a consultation over proposed changes to the operating structure of the fire service in the county. It is a three-month consultation to listen the public’s views on proposed changes to fire and rescue services ahead of the final decision by the PFCC. Why are they proposing the changes ? The PFCC/ NYFRS has said “that it is an opportunity to invest in vital areas identified by the public as priorities – such as improving the availability of on-call fire engines in our rural areas, and increasing prevention and protection work across the county” Harrogate Informer…


Financial safeguards put in place for move to new unitary council

A unified approach to ensuring major projects across North Yorkshire are employing taxpayers’ money effectively in the run-up to a wide-ranging overhaul of local democracy has been put in place. Senior councillors on North Yorkshire County Council have today given the go-ahead to work closely with colleagues at the county’s seven district authorities to monitor major financial decisions and ensure leading schemes become a reality. All eight councils will merge to create a new unitary authority from 1 April 2023 in the biggest shake-up of local government in North Yorkshire for nearly half-a-century. The decision by the county council’s executive Harrogate Informer…



Why you should vote on 5 May – Cllr Matthew Webber

Matthew Webber is currently a Harrogate Borough Councillor. Matthew Webbe said: I’m away  trip with friends to N Ireland – a trip long booked and reschedule twice due to COVID. For these elections after having chosen not to stand for a NYCC seat due to not being able to fit it around a full time job as it’s all daytime meetings in Northallerton. Being a Councillor can sometimes be a thankless task, and councillors are also residents and services users in our area – they choose to do it for a variety of reasons. We are representatives and not delegates Harrogate Informer…


Candidates for County Council elections announced

The nominations for the County Council elections on 5 May 2022 have been released. See Notice_of_election_agents_County_Council_elections Timeline Publication of notice of election by 28 March 2022 Receipt of nominations by 4 pm on Tuesday 5 April 2022 Withdrawal of candidate by 4 pm on Tuesday, 5 April 2022 Appointment of election agents by 4 pm on Tuesday, 5 April 2022 Publication of notice of election agents by 4 pm on Tuesday 5 April 2022 Publication of statements of persons nominated by 4 pm on Wednesday 6 April 2022 Last date for registration by Thursday 14 April 2022 Receipt of postal vote Harrogate Informer…


Sheep worrying incident near near Beaver Dyke Reservoirs

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information about an incident of livestock worrying which took place near Harrogate on Thursday 24 March 2022. At around 2.50pm witnesses reported seeing a dalmatian dog, believed to be called Mabel, chase after three ewes on land adjacent to a public footpath below the ruins of John of Gaunt’s castle near Beaver Dyke Reservoirs, in an area known as Haverah Park about 7km west of Harrogate. A second, medium sized, black dog, thought to be called Parker also joined in the chase. Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area Harrogate Informer…


Video: The Harrogate Town AFC mascot joins Willow Tree for Walk to School day

Some of the Children from Willow Tree School walked to school with Harry Gator, the Harrogate Town AFC mascot. (25 March 2022) They met with Harry outside the club grounds on Wetherby road, and then walked down to the school. They were greeted by the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate. Councillor Trevor Chapman, and Janet Chapman. The event is co-ordinated across the district by Zero Carbon Harrogate, and has a good uptake. The schools have worked with the children to take ownership of the event, and promote it amongst themselves.   School taking part this time Secondaries Ashville College Senior Harrogate Informer…


Train timetable changes coming will cut the early trains to London from Harrogate

On the 15 May 2022, the 06:07 and 06:33 services to London will be cut. The evening services will also be changed with a two-hourly gap. The withdrawal of a through return service between Leeds, Harrogate and York  in the mid-evening, after the half-hourly service finishes, leaves an appalling two hour gap for users of the line. We refer to the 1929 Leeds-York, 2110 York-Leeds and 2239 Leeds-Harrogate. So there are no trains from Leeds to Harrogate between 2129 and 2339.  The 2129 is now the last train to Knaresborough and beyond – formerly it was one hour later. There Harrogate Informer…


Penny Rudge Uglow is blind and has set a challenge of completing 100K to raise research funds for sight loss

In 1984, and at the age of 13, Penny Rudge Uglow was told that she was going blind, and that nothing could be done to stop it. She has now set a challenge of completing 100K of the Yorkshire Ultra Challenge to help raise research funds. Penny is undertaking the 100K challenge with James Winder, who will be her guide. Retinitis pigmentos is generally is diagnosed at around aged 13 and leads to the gradual deterioration of the cells on the retina of the eye Sight loss starts with the peripheral vision, with the central vision remaining the longest, due Harrogate Informer…