Take part in our 'Sustainable Transport Survey' and have your say on Harrogate's green ambitions
Such is the depth of feeling about the introduction of ‘greener’ traffic measures, that you could ask ten people in a Harrogate waiting room and still get six or seven answers on how best to deliver sustainable transport measures across the district.
Not surprisingly, there is great debate on the subject as planners and highways officials attempt to come up with a set of plans which will not only reduce traffic and cut emmisions, but will also help to attract people back to a town centre which was already struggling for trade even before the troubles caused by Covid resulted in costly lockdowns for retail and hospitality.
The old saying of ‘you can’t please all of the people, all of the time’ has never been so apt amid a juggling act that sees campaigners on all sides of the argument - and there are many sides to this discussion - insisting they are right, and everyone else is wrong.
Are cycle lanes the answer? Will paving over town centre roads attract more people to the area? Would people really give up their cars if the infrastructure and public transport were vastly improved? Would the closure of roads really affect business?
There are so many questions that the Harrogate Advertiser has this week decided to launch its own ‘Sustainable Transport Survey’ so that we can gauge the opinion of our readers and report back for all of you, and all of the authorities concerned, to see.
The survey is a simple multiple-choice form which can be found on our website at www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk and should only take about 15 minutes to complete. We will keep it open for the next two weeks and report back on the findings.
A split opinion is expected, but just how split remains to be seen.