The entire length of the Beryl Burton cycleway is set to be resurfaced, despite North Yorkshire County Council’s earlier protests that it would be too costly.
As the Harrogate Advertiser previously reported, North Yorkshire County Council had said they could only afford resurface 500 metres of the track, despite earlier promises to re-do the whole route, leading to accusations they had ‘moved the goal posts’.
However the county council are now making good on their original promise and the whole route will be resurfaced.
Cycling enthusiast Dave Prince of Cycle Harrogate said: “I am absolutely delighted, it is really good news.
“It is really nice to see councillors taking an interestand getting what people want.”
County Coun Anne Jones (Knaresborough Scriven Park ward) raised the issue to the council earlier in the year.
She said: “As we prepare for the largest sporting event in Europe coming to our roads and streets with the Tour de France, there has never been a more appropriate time to make the cycleways of the district ‘fit for purpose’. I am delighted with the decision.”
Harrogate Borough Council have contributed £10,000 towards the estimated £80,000 cost of the resurfacing of the busy route which connects Knaresborough and Starbeck.
MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones said: “The cycleway is well-used and named after one of our area’s most famous cyclists and sportspeople.
“It deserves the full works – not the half measure proposed. I was delighted to see Harrogate Council and North Yorkshire County Council coming together to work out a solution. It is this kind of working that shows local government working at its best.”
Mr Prince said he was impressed by local politicians interest in cycling.
He said: “The thing I am most pleased about is that this is now something local politicians are taking a real interest in.
“That is something I will be looking into more ahead of any elections.”
He added: “Lots of people said the route isn’t suitable as it is and needs doing the whole way. If it isn’t suitable for non-mountain bikes or children and in my opinion a cycleway not suitable for younger children isn’t a cycleway at all.
“If we are going to build a cycling legacy then it needs to be able to be used by all and now it can be. I am now looking forward to an exciting summer of cycling.”