Election countdown: Independent vows more speed camera signs if elected by Bilton residents

An independent candidate has vowed to do everything he can to bring more speed camera warning signs to North Yorkshire if he is elected as the new Bilton and Nidd Gorge county councillor.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 3:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 3:54 pm
Independent candidate Harvey Alexander.

Harvey Alexander said he is standing in Thursday's by-election because he has become "incensed" with the "lack of" warning signs in the county as he also pledged to push for the creation of more high-tech jobs in Harrogate to support the economic recovery from Covid-19.

He said: "Every other local authority in the Yorkshire area puts up speed camera signs but in North Yorkshire there are none.

"The point of these signs is to slow traffic, not catch people speeding. Some areas have signs up 24/7 even when there are no cameras there and they do their job to make the roads safer.

"If you vote for me I will do everything I can to bring more speed camera signs to the area and also address concerns about unemployment."

Mr Alexander is a former UKIP member and retired electronics engineer who first became involved in politics when he stood for Leeds City Council at 21-years-old.

He most recently represented UKIP at a Leeds election in 2016 and is one of six candidates competing to take the Bilton and Nidd Gorge seat on North Yorkshire County Council.

He said: "There is an awful lot of housebuilding going on but there is no industry being brought in to give jobs to local people.

"There is also a hell of a lot of commuters who travel outside Harrogate and this is a problem which is only going to get worse.

"What I find so annoying is all these big companies taking their business down south. We need to be doing a lot more to encourage big businesses to come here in Harrogate, especially these companies in high-tech industries."

Mr Alexander, who also served as a parish councillor in North Rigton and Pannal, said he could not support any of the options on the table for local government reorganisation in North Yorkshire and instead believes Harrogate should reclaim its historic links with the west of the county.

He said: "I do feel Harrogate should go back to its connections with West Yorkshire. A huge number of people have links with Bradford and Leeds - that's where people work and travel to the most."

The by-election is being held following the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Geoff Webber in March.

The other candidates include Matt Scott (Conservative), Andrew Kempston-Parkes (Liberal Democrat), Tyler Reeton (Labour), John Hall (Yorkshire Party) and Arnold Warneken (Green Party).

Voting will take place on 6 May - the same day that voters will choose a new North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner with the winners set to be announced the following day.

Voters will be required to bring their own pen or pencil to polling stations, wear a face covering, wash their hands when entering and leaving, and keep a safe distance from others.

People should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of Covid-19 or if they have been asked to self-isolate. Anyone who cannot because of these reasons has up to 5pm on polling day to apply for an emergency proxy vote.

For more information go to www.harrogate.gov.uk/voting-elections

Meanwhile, there are no full elections being held for all seats on Harrogate Borough Council or North Yorkshire County Council.

This article is part of a series of profile pieces about the by-election candidates. Each profile will be published online in the run-up to polling day.

By Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporter