Move towards carbon-neutral council housing.

Ambitious plans for zero carbon council housing have been announced by Harrogate council. The council is committed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2038 and retro-fitting its 4000 council houses is a key part of the plan. Council leader Richard Cooper commented: “The scheme involves fitting energy efficient heating systems, better insulation, glazing andContinue reading “Move towards carbon-neutral council housing.”

Work underway on violence against women and girls strategy for North Yorkshire and York.

North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Zoë Metcalfe, has the ambition to establish an overarching strategy to tackle all issues involved with Violence Against Women and Girls across North Yorkshire and York. Commissioner Zoë has the issue as one of her main priorities and is currently working with survivors, victims and partner organisations acrossContinue reading “Work underway on violence against women and girls strategy for North Yorkshire and York.”

MP writes to Prime Minister over Ukrainian refugees.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, has issued a statement calling for as much support as possible for Ukrainian refugees. The full statement from Mr Jones reads: “The situation in Ukraine is extremely grave. “The loss of life is already appalling – military and civilian.  Whatever the eventual outcome it is clear that more livesContinue reading “MP writes to Prime Minister over Ukrainian refugees.”

Wheelie bins for recycling set to be trialled in the Harrogate district

Later in the year (date to be confirmed) Harrogate Borough Council will be launching a trial scheme to replace black recycling boxes with wheelie bins. Councillor Andy Paraskos, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment, waste reduction and recycling, said: “For some time we’ve been looking at how we could improve our kerbside scheme asContinue reading “Wheelie bins for recycling set to be trialled in the Harrogate district”

VIDEO: Jones questions PM on COVID support.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones questioned Prime Minister Boris Johnson today about support for the immunosuppressed as COVID restrictions are finally eased. Mr Jones asked: “Will he ensure the NHS reviews the system for identifying the most vulnerable, as some at risk people may be missed, for example those with blood cancer? And willContinue reading “VIDEO: Jones questions PM on COVID support.”

Lovely jubilee! MP welcomes council’s street party support.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones was contacted by constituents in Knaresborough wanting to hold a street party to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.  The residents were concerned because the county council fees for road closures are between £300 and £800 making the event unaffordable. Andrew wrote to the county council to highlight the caseContinue reading “Lovely jubilee! MP welcomes council’s street party support.”

Andrew Jones’s View from Westminster

There’s a paradox sometimes in MP’s mailboxes that is surprising – particularly to the newly-elected. While hundreds and hundreds of people email MPs about ‘partygate’ over the same period a negligible number have contacted us asking what the United Kingdom is doing to prevent war breaking out in Eastern Europe.  That isn’t to say thatContinue reading “Andrew Jones’s View from Westminster”

Have your say in Commissioner’s Public Accountability Meeting

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe will host her monthly Public Accountability Meeting on Tuesday 22 February and is encouraging people across North Yorkshire and York to get involved. As well as receiving the latest updates from North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, there will be a focusContinue reading “Have your say in Commissioner’s Public Accountability Meeting”

Council leader gives Convention Centre update.

Councillor Richard Cooper, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council and Chair of the Harrogate Convention Centre board, updated councillors on the centre’s performance at a council meeting yesterday (Wednesday 10 February). Councillor Cooper reported to colleagues: “The purpose and vision of the Convention Centre is to deliver high quality conferences, exhibitions and events that bring maximumContinue reading “Council leader gives Convention Centre update.”

New education initiative for North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire is to be designated a new ‘Education Investment Area’ or EIA as part of the government’s levelling up programme. In these new ‘Education Investment Areas’, the Department for Education will offer retention payments to help schools keep the best teachers in the highest priority subjects. These areas will be prioritised as the location forContinue reading “New education initiative for North Yorkshire.”