Protesters’ last push as decision on reroute looms

NADV 1105134 Protest Drive. Liz Thompson .1105134AMc
NADV 1105134 Protest Drive. Liz Thompson .1105134AMc

A DECISION on whether to reroute Harrogate town centre is expected by mid-July, the county council has said.

More than 3,000 residents and traders have signed a petition rejecting plans to “semi-pedestrianise” Station Parade, sending traffic down East Parade.

A group formed to oppose the £750,000 proposals held its final protest last Friday, driving along the potential new route in a bid to show the scheme’s flaws.

Organiser Sue Kramer, of Crown Jewellers on Commercial Street, said: “There were 30 cars taking part. We didn’t do this to cause a disruption, but it brought East Parade to a standstill.

“That level of extra traffic made a massive detrimental difference.”

The county council is compiling a report on the proposals, to be heard by its Harrogate area committee on June 2. Its final decision is expected in mid-July.

Mrs Kramer added: “Thank you to everyone who has taken the time and effort to make their feelings heard.

“Whilst we embrace change and the development of Harrogate for the better, we don’t think that rerouting the A61 is the answer.

“We hope that North Yorkshire County Council listens to the people of Harrogate.”