Harrogate Borough Council

Temporary gym for Ripon this autumn

Harrogate Borough Council has submitted a planning application to install a temporary gym at the Jack Laugher Leisure and Wellness Centre in Ripon It is a temporary measure while ground stabilisation work is undertaken, and the existing gym is temporarily closed. The new gym will include the high-quality, state-of-the-art Technogym equipment currently available in the existing leisure and wellness centre. As well as the expert advice and guidance from the Brimhams Active team. Customers will still be able to use the changing and shower facilities in the new pool area – as well as the sauna and steam suite – Harrogate Informer…


Sensory garden in Harrogate officially opened

A sensory garden in Harrogate was officially opened today (Thursday 7 July) by Harrogate Borough Mayor Councillor Victoria Oldham and Deputy Lord-Lieutenant Simon Mackness. The sensory garden at Spenceley Gardens on Station Parade in Harrogate has been refurbished following a joint initiative between Harrogate Borough Council, RHS Garden Harlow Carr and Vision Support Harrogate. The gardens, which were originally created in 1973 following the land being gifted to the borough council by Alderman George Spenceley, has been planted with grasses and herbs to create a sensory area. And the original braille plaques have been installed to help visually impaired people Harrogate Informer…


Richard Hall MD of Harrogate Spring Water on why they are returning to business expansion plans

Harrogate Spring Water have said that they now intend to pursue plans for the extension of their bottling plant on Harlow Moor. The development has history going back to 2017, when outline planning permission was granted. The plans were subsequently expanded by in increase of footprint of around 18%, but then declined by the HBC Planning Committee. Harrogate Spring Water took the decision to not appeal the decision. The business now has the majority shareholder of Danone, with Richard Hall recently taking over as Managing Director of the business from James Cain. The strategy now is to return to the Harrogate Informer…


Harrogate Spring Water to previous plans to expand footprint and bottling capability in Harrogate

Harrogate Spring Water (Danone) has said that it will return to their 2017 plans, that already have outline planning permission, to expand bottling capacity by building into the Pinewoods. The proposal would see the development footprint reduce from 0.94HA to 0.77HA (just under 2 acres) –  this is a 18% smaller footprint. Since 2017, Harrogate Spring Water has had outline planning permission to expand its production facilities into an area of the Pinewoods. The company is now putting together a “Reserved Matters” application, which will detail how the new building will look and how the surrounding area will be landscaped. 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…


Harrogate and District Soroptomists hold their AGM

The 89th Annual General Meeting of Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District took place at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate last week. The Club was delighted to welcome SI Yorkshire President, Lindsay Green, who presented 25 year Long Service Awards to Irene Kerr and Christabel England. Christine Pyatt Anderson was elected Vice President and will also be the Club Programme Action Officer with Paula Newson Smith. Val Hills is continuing as Club President and Pat Shore is President Elect. President Val congratulated the Club on all it has achieved over the last 12 months including raising over £11,000 for Just Harrogate Informer…


One week left for community groups to apply for Platinum Jubilee community grant

With one week left, Harrogate Borough Council is urging community groups to apply for a Platinum Jubilee community grant to help Harrogate district residents celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. An extended bank holiday – from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June – will provide an opportunity for communities throughout the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and the world to come together to celebrate this historic milestone. To help Harrogate district residents do so, the borough council is inviting community groups Harrogate Informer…


Celebration of modern British abstract painting at the Mercer Art Gallery

Artworks – many never seen before – by some of the biggest names in Modern British Abstract art, including John Hoyland, Patrick Heron, Gillian Ayres and Albert Irvin are to be shown at Harrogate’s Mercer Art Gallery. 2 April – 4 September 2022 The middle years of the 20th Century saw a sea change in the British art scene, triggered by the first UK exhibitions of the theatrical, visceral abstract art by American artists like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Celebration is stunning collection of 60 paintings – several on a heroic scale – from 12 leading British Abstract artists, Harrogate Informer…


People urged to bring empty homes back into use as part of National Empty Homes Week

Harrogate Borough Council is urging residents and properties owners to bring empty homes back into use as part of National Empty Homes Week. National Empty Homes Week, taking place from Monday 28 February Sunday 6 March, aims to bring empty homes back in to use by highlighting the options available to property owners. There are currently around 200 empty private properties across the Harrogate district that have been empty for more than two years. The borough council are keen to work with owners to bring them back into use so they can provide homes for residents. Last year, the council Harrogate Informer…


Number of events at Harrogate Convention Centre remains broadly level over the last 5-years

As the Harrogate Convention Centre is looking for further public money to redevelop its facilities, we have taken a look at the number of events held each year. We have found that the Harrogate Convention Centre is difficult to work with on news items, so we resorted to using the Freedom of Information (FOI) system. This was not ideal, and not the preferred way of working with an organisation. Information was returned by Harrogate Borough Council on the new events per year, total events held and the name of the new events. They have refused to give the total events Harrogate Informer…