£80,000 awarded for Harrogate district road safety schemes


Mar 15, 2021
Traffic calming measures are amongst those being funded.

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan has awarded £80,000 to road safety schemes in the Harrogate district.

The projects have been part-funded by the sale of the force’s historic AJ1 number plate.

Communities, parish and town councils were invited to put forward projects that improved road safety for children and young people, cyclists, motorcyclists and older road users.

Applications exceeded by four-times the amount available.

In total, £350,000 was awarded to 81 schemes across North Yorkshire, with the following projects in the Harrogate district amongst them:

  • £20,000 to make it safer to walk to Woodfield Community Primary School in Bilton.
  • £13,000 to improve lighting on the River Ure bridge in Boroughbridge.
  • £3,000 for an LED speed light sign in Spofforth.
  • £4,000 for traffic calming measures in North Rigton.
  • £2,750 for traffic calming measures in Follifoot.
  • £19,000 to help reduce speeding in Scotton.
  • £2,000 for a chicane in Sicklinghall.
  • £3,000 for a pedestrian island on the A61 in Pannal.
  • £1,000 for an LED speed light sign in Boroughbridge.
  • £2,000 for a speed sign in Minskip.
  • £2,000 for speed control measures in Burton Leonard.
  • £1,000 for improving road safety in Dacre.
  • £500 to improve road safety in Flaxby.
  • £3,500 for a speed limit reminder in Masham.
  • £500 to improve a pavement in Masham.
  • £900 for a mobile speed sign in Pateley Bridge.
  • £1,300 for a considerate driving campaign in Kirkby Malzeard.

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The majority of funding came from the sale of the AJ1 number plate, which was the first registered number plate in North Yorkshire and had been used by every chief constable since 1907.  It sold at auction in 2019 for £243,000.

A total of £190,000 of this was earmarked for the road safety scheme, as well as £165,000 from community funds held by Ms Mulligan’s office.

Ms Mulligan said:

““Although the AJ1 numberplate will always have a historical connection to North Yorkshire Police, the impact these schemes will have confirms why it was right to use the value of the registration mark to make a real impact on people’s lives.

“These projects will improve lives – and I am sure they will also save lives – by making our roads and the communities they pass through safer for people however they use them.”

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