Traffic will be the key focus for the new Harrogate & Knaresborough Area Constituency Committee over the next 12 months.
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Meeting for the first time (June 14), the body, which comes under the auspices of North Yorkshire County Council, decided that one of its top priorities should be to examine the whole issue of congestion and the damaging impact it is having on the twin towns.
With the ACC only meeting four times a year, its chairman Coun John Mann (Con, Harrogate Central) suggested November was the most likely date to focus on the issue which will comprise presentations followed by an extended discussion among councillors; culminating in a series of action points.
The November meeting will also benefit from having received a series of reports from a congestion study engagement group set up to consider advice from a range of interested parties as to the best options for tackling road congestion in and around Harrogate.
The group’s membership comprises environmentalists, transport operators, residents’ groups and business organisations.
NYCC’s executive member for transport, Coun Don Mackenzie (Con, Harrogate Saltergate) told the area committee: “I don’t want anyone to get the impression that we are hiding anything. We want to be as open as possible with residents.”
NYCC has also indicated that it is planning to undertake a public consultation into the conclusions of the congestion study engagement group during January and February next year.
The other traffic-related topics the ACC plans to discuss in more detail are residential parking zones and Harrogate Borough Council’s Air Quality Action Plan.
The fourth topic proposed for an in-depth discussion is housing.