In the final report of our series on devolution and a potential Harrogate town council, we look at the impact on management of the Stray and local businesses.
One of the Harrogate's most prized assets is the Stray. The 200-acre grassland is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster, which manages the Queen’s estate. But its management and upkeep lies solely with Harrogate Borough Council — which will no longer exist in April 2023....
The move would pave the way for North Yorkshire getting a directly-elected mayor, such as Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester and Ben Houchen in Tees Valley.
In the second of our series on devolution and a potential Harrogate town council, we look at whether or not a town council could run the town’s major assets – including Harrogate Convention Centre.
In the first of a three-part series on devolution and the prospect of a Harrogate town council, we look at how parish councils taking on more assets has been done in Cornwall.
An alternative bid to change the councillor boundaries in North Yorkshire has been submitted to government. Liberal Democrat Cllr Philip Broadbank criticised the original plans as “unfair”.
Boundary plans for the new unitary authority for North Yorkshire would see the number of councillors for Harrogate and Knaresborough reduced to 13 with each representing an average of 6,194 residents. One councillor says it’s ‘unfair’ on local people.
A Harrogate councillor has criticised plans for the number of councillors elected to a new super authority. He says the plan will “short change” the district and leave it underrepresented.
Under proposals for a new unitary council in North Yorkshire, the number of councillors serving the Harrogate district as a whole could drop from 57 to 20. Some wards will be merged amid concerns about councillors’ workloads.
North Yorkshire County Council officials are to set aside £34 million to help cover transition costs to a new unitary authority after a decision to scrap the county’s eight authorities.
The Knaresborough travellers have provoked fury this week – but one reader argues they are part of our heritage and we should do more to accommodate them. Another reader says it’s time for new blood on our councils and a third brands Harrogate Christmas Market as tacky. Send your views to [email protected]
From the potential £47 million renovation of Harrogate Convention Centre to the £60 million realignment of the A59 at Kex Gill, both North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Council have major projects in the pipeline. But how will devolution affect them?
Writing in an open letter after the government announced it would grant control of all council services to a new unitary authority covering the whole of the county in 2023, North Yorkshire County Council’s leader says it will offer a “fairer future”.