Residents and businesses in the Harrogate area have a further chance to give feedback on the details of a £10.9m scheme to transform the area around the town’s railway and bus stations.
The project is part of a £42m Transforming Cities Fund investment within North Yorkshire which will also see the station gateways in Selby and Skipton enhanced.
Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are working together on the Harrogate scheme to deliver improvements to walking, cycling and public transport links to benefit residents, businesses and visitors.
Proposals consist of improved railway and bus station frontages with improved and more accessible facilities for walking and cycling in the town centre. The intention is to increase access to jobs, education, healthcare and leisure facilities while improving health and wellbeing with easier walking and cycling facilities and making the town more welcoming to residents, visitors and businesses.
In consultations last year members of the public were invited to give views on whether to progress with the proposals then on more detailed designs. Following feedback from those consultations, the designs have been developed further. The latest consultation does not revisit previous questions, instead inviting people to comment on the further detail of elements of the scheme.
The county council’s executive member for highways and transportation, Cllr Keane Duncan, pictured left with Cllr Phil Ireland who leads on sustainable transport for Harrogate Borough Council, said: “The county council is keen to hear views on ambitious plans to help make Harrogate town centre more accessible to residents and visitors.
“As part of the latest consultation we will be sharing updated designs and seeking views on key elements of the Gateway project, particularly around traffic and transport. Your responses will be vital to ensuring we deliver the very best scheme for residents and businesses.”
The consultation launches July 20 and will be open until August 23, 2022.
People can take part online at www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/harrogate. Paper copies of the consultation information and survey will be available from Harrogate and Starbeck libraries, the Victoria Shopping Centre, Harrogate Borough Council offices, or on request from firstname.lastname@example.org or 01609 780780.
The public will be able to hear more about the proposals and ask questions at an online event or drop-in session before completing the consultation survey. Drop-in sessions will be held at the Victoria Shopping Centre on Thursday, August 4; Friday, August 5; and Saturday, August 6, from 9am to 5pm each day.
An online event will be held on Wednesday, August 10, at 6pm. Visit www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/harrogate for details of how to join.
All consultation responses will be fully considered by the county council’s executive before it makes its decision. You can view the outcome of the previous consultations at www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/harrogateround1 and www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/harrogateround2