Minister praises cycling on Stray

HISTORIC bylaws preventing cycling on Harrogate’s Stray are to be reversed next month, according to Local Government Minister Grant Shapps.

Once permission from Whitehall is secured, all that will remain is for the council to create new dual-use paths on the Stray, and then cyclists will be able to use the area.

Mr Shapps has held Harrogate Council up as a national example of Government plans to remove red tape in local authority decision making.

He says the example set by the council, which controversially moved to overturn century-old bylaws to allow cycling on the 200-acre stretch of land last year, is one he now hopes will be followed by scores of other local authorities.

“I want to make sure budding Chris Hoys and Victoria Pendletons can cycle in safety and where appropriate use the local parks, promenades and public spaces, but all too often unnecessary, unwanted and outdated bylaws instead force them onto nearby busy roads,” he said.

“This Government has already been taking the stabilisers off councils and trusting them to do what’s right for their area – and now, I am giving them the freedom to revoke whatever bylaws they need to in order to crank up their efforts and make their local areas safer for cyclists.”