MP’s statement on Sue Gray report.

Commenting on the release of the Sue Gray report into Downing Street gatherings local MP Andrew Jones has commented: “I was disappointed not to receive the full report into gatherings in Downing Street during lockdowns.  I was also disappointed that the Prime Minister appeared unable to commit to releasing the full Gray report once theContinue reading “MP’s statement on Sue Gray report.”

New hedgehog signs on the way for Forest Moor?

Constituents contacted local MP Andrew Jones concerned about the number of hedgehogs being killed on Forest Lane and Forest Moor Road. Hedgehogs are included in the list of animals vulnerable to extinction. Following discussions between Andrew, constituents and North Yorkshire County Council an application has been made to the Department for Transport (DfT) to installContinue reading “New hedgehog signs on the way for Forest Moor?”

Free sustainability skills course for North Yorkshire adults.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency, working with the European Social Fund, are funding an online course for adults in North Yorkshire to develop their skills in the field of sustainability. The course, which covers themes such as product design, recycling and the circular economy, is open to adults in North Yorkshire who are currentlyContinue reading “Free sustainability skills course for North Yorkshire adults.”

Local businesses can apply for new COVID grants.

Harrogate Business Improvement District (BID) has contacted businesses in Harrogate town centre urging them to apply for new COVID-19 grants. The grants are available to businesses across the Harrogate district including Knaresborough (pictured) and Boroughbridge businesses. Businesses can apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) through the Business section of Harrogate Borough Council. The grants supportContinue reading “Local businesses can apply for new COVID grants.”

Appleby play area reopens following £60k refurbishment

The new Appleby Play Area in Knaresborough was formally opened at the weekend by the Mayor of Knaresborough, Councillor Christine Willoughby and Councillor Ed Darling. The play area was formally the Scotton Banks Play Area and, was very tired and in need of modernization Appleyby Play Area is located in the Appleby Area of Knaresborough,Continue reading “Appleby play area reopens following £60k refurbishment”

Final call for police and fire budget survey.

Residents across North Yorkshire and the City of York are being urged to tell Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe how much they are willing to pay for policing and fire and rescue services before her online consultation ends on 13 January. The online survey runs until Thursday 13 January at One of Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe’s roles,Continue reading “Final call for police and fire budget survey.”

COVID likely to impact local public services warning.

With businesses told to plan for up to 25 per cent absence rates due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Harrogate Council’s Leader, Richard Cooper, has warned that the authority is not immune to the pressures the new variant is causing. Staff shortages have been reported across the public sector and also in the privateContinue reading “COVID likely to impact local public services warning.”

Public access Wi-Fi goes live in Knaresborough.

Knaresborough is the latest town centre to see the introduction of free public access Wi-Fi aimed at increasing footfall as more people are encouraged to work from home. North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Council, in partnership with NYnet, are delivering the scheme in the Harrogate district. It has already been rolled-out in Ripon,Continue reading “Public access Wi-Fi goes live in Knaresborough.”

Views wanted on carbon reduction strategy.

Harrogate Borough Council is seeking people’s views on a revised carbon reduction strategy which will replace the current version. The new draft version reflects recent changes in national and regional policies and shows how the borough council will use its place-shaping influence to encourage the Harrogate district as a whole to decarbonise and achieve theContinue reading “Views wanted on carbon reduction strategy.”

VIDEO: Knaresborough to have new banking facility

A new year will bring a new banking facility to Knaresborough.  Following successful banking hub trials in Essex and Lanarkshire, Knaresborough has been identified as a key area to benefit from a new banking hub. Over the years many banks have closed branches in Knaresborough, most recently with the Halifax closing in 2021.  Residents haveContinue reading “VIDEO: Knaresborough to have new banking facility”