‘Scrap plan to revamp town’ - protestors

PROTESTORS gathered in the town centre on Wednesday in a bid to see off controversial plans to reroute the roads.

More than 20 traders, residents and politicians gathered outside Harrogate Library as the county council held an exhibition about its proposals.

The £750,000 scheme would see Station Parade “semi-pedestrianised”, traffic re-routed along East Parade and up to 69 parking spaces lost from James Street and Princes Street.

Organiser Sue Kramer said there had been an optimistic mood amongst the protestors. “We’ve had so much support from so many people,” she said.

“The momentum has been phenomenal and we can only hope that the county council has taken on board the overwhelming public feeling that we don’t want these plans.”

A drive-through protest along the potential route is scheduled for today.

The county council has said the plans are designed to improve the town’s economic viability.

Its consultation on the proposals ends on Monday.