Tesco in traffic plans wrangle

Tesco Harrogate artist's impression.
Tesco Harrogate artist's impression.

Tesco has admitted it is still embroiled in a planning wrangle with the county council over its traffic scheme for a new superstore in Harrogate.

As revealed by the Harrogate Advertiser last September, the supermarket giant had planned a hugely controversial overhaul of the roads system to accommodate its coming New Park

We are disappointed that it has taken so long to get to this stage, but we are confident that we will be able to share our proposals and NYCC’s proposals with Harrogate residents as soon as we can

Tesco spokesman

store.

The plans sparked a furious row as it emerged they included making Skipton Road one way in part for up to 10 months, to allow for a new bridge to be built at Oak Beck.

But the entire scheme was brought to a halt in January as North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) intervened, calling on Tesco to rewrite its ideas and host a full public debate.

This week a Tesco spokesman, when approached by the Harrogate Advertiser, has said the group is still working on a revised plan, adding that he was “disappointed” that it has taken so long.

“We are still talking to the county council about the best options,” he said. “We are still committed and are really enthusiastic about pushing the county council to a public information event about traffic management. We are disappointed that it has taken so long to get to this stage, but we are confident that we will be able to share our proposals and NYCC’s proposals with Harrogate residents as soon as we can.”

Last September, the Advertiser revealed the full scale of change proposed by Tesco to the town’s transport network to accommodate the store.

This would see a new roundabout built on Skipton Road and west-bound traffic diverted though Killinghall for this time.

NYCC, teaming up with the Advertiser at the start of this year, said no plans will be passed until residents have had their say and invited Tesco to revise its plans.

The authority has said it is now waiting for Tesco to come back with its revisions.

“We understand that people are really keen to see the plans,” added the Tesco spokesman this week.

“We are still plotting out a traffic management plan at the moment. We are still in discussion with the county council on that revised plan.

“We are still very conscious that it’s a matter of concern for people locally and it’s something that we take very seriously.”