Lib Dems say 'loudest voices' must not dictate Harrogate's transport future

Harrogate’s future on travel and transport must not be dictated by the “loudest voices,” argue the town’s Lib Dems.

Friday, 12th February 2021, 3:47 pm
Harrogate and Knaresborough Lib Dem Coun Pat Marsh - "We need to balance the needs of retailers, visitors, local residents, cyclists and car users with those of the environment."

Their leader Coun Pat Marsh is calling for the whole community to be given a voice and come together to ensure a better town centre for all.

Coun Marsh said: “We need to be pulling everyone together to make sure plans are developed that make our town centre a place we can move around freely with an atmosphere to encourage people to stay and enjoy all that is on offer.

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“This has to be the whole community coming together, not just the loudest voices, and our councils should be guided by those community voices.”

The Lib Dems say the problem of congestion and carbon emissions could and should be tackled in a way which benefits all sections of the Harrogate community.

Coun Marsh said: “Life is always a balance and we do need to balance the needs of retailers, visitors, local residents, cyclists and car users with those of the environment and the ambience of the town centre.

“But we also need to improve areas in our town to allow safe walking and cycling and lobby for more funding for public transport.

“One thing is certain the existing cannot be sustained in any way. It is not about ad hoc solutions, it is about a community vision and informed solutions.”

One idea the local Lib Dems do support concerns a key part of the Station Parade area.

Coun Marsh said: “Princes Square could be turned into a green relaxing place with restaurants and more offering a lovely relaxing place to be, close to shops with a six- month trial to establish the impact on everyone.”

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