LETTERS: Harrogate is a distinctly less inviting place than it used to be

FROM: Alfred Penderel Bright, Dacre Banks

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 4:18 pm

Having just read the leading letter from John Upex in last week's paper (May 6) I completely agree with the sentiments which he expresses about the systematic decline in the appeal of Harrogate as a town caused by out-of-touch council officials and the ‘oligarchs’ in NYCC who are seemingly only interested in short term political ambition.

Our once best town in which to live has become overcrowded and it is no wonder that the unsustainable number of new houses which he describes as “rabbit hutches” are a blight on the local environment.

This accounts for the increase in property prices for the original more elegant housing stock and the builders of the new depressing properties can afford to wait for those people desperate enough to settle for a roof over their heads.

Our once best town in which to live has become overcrowded

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Visitors to our ‘once best town’ will soon realise that many of the exclusive shops have gone and that Harrogate has become a distinctly less inviting place than it used to be. And at the end of the day it is us long suffering rate payers who pick up the bill.

Well written John Upex - your letter is absolutely brilliant.