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Editor's letter: How your Harrogate Advertiser website is changing

Dear readers, I’m writing to let you know about some changes we’re making to the Harrogate Advertiser website.

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Letter: Local plan - It would be refreshing if the council stood firm

Letter: Local plan - It would be refreshing if the council stood firm

I have just tried my best to take part in the consultation on the Local Plan as I feel I should be an active citizen but it really is full of barriers to participation - the language, the sheer size of it, and my feeling that I don’t know enough but wanting to say that I’m extremely worried that the plans aren’t catering for the future in terms of an ageing population whose requirements are going to overwhelm us so soon.

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The entrance to Hampsthwaite  from Birstwith.  1709036a.

Letter: Local plan - Housing crisis will continue

I’m sure that Rebecca Burnett’s letter in the Advertiser last week will have stirred up a storm of replies. I will be brief, unlike the local plan which, due to its size and techinicality, is incomprehensible to the majority of us and therefore, most would call into question whether, in its present form, it is fit for purpose. What is particularly galling in Rebecca’s letter is her late dash for the highest moral ground re affordable housing. We should see this for what it is, a politician’s platitude, promising something she can’t define, quantify or dewliver.

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Potholes on Fulwith Mill Lane

Letter: Highways - Have roadworks made it better?

I read today, Thursday, March 8 in the Advertiser that it is ‘National Pothole Day’ and the need for more support for North Yorkshire County Council for funding to repair the potholes! This is the same council who have wasted many thousands of pounds on the numerous junction “improvements” in Harrogate:- Leeds Road/Hookstone Road, Woodlands Junction, New Park Roundabout,the many attempts at the “improved” junction at the bus station.

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Pothole on the A59 entering Harrogate

Letter: Problem of potholes will get even worse

The never ending tales of pot holes in the highways.

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Watching the Tour de Yorkshire Ripon.( 1704291AM11)

Letter: This must be the start of permanent cycling provision

Councillor Richard Willis is to be congratulated on his initiative, along with Moonglu Cycling Club, in organising Ripon Cycle Races on June 24.

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Station Parade jam.(1505141AM1)

Letter: Traffic

It is ironic that you are running a series of features about traffic congestion in Harrogate at a time when Harrogate Council is conducting a public. consultation on proposals to allocate large areas of open countryside around Harrogate for new housing and industry.

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The Stray

Letter: Beware of any more ‘nibbling’ of the Stray

As PR Officer of the Stray Defence Association, Syd Bell urges convincingly that we find common ground for the Stray’s future (Advertiser, February 15). As Stray Stewards, this would involve Harrogate Borough Council.

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The Stray

Letter: The Stray - Cars, not bikes, are the threat

I refer to The Stray Defence Association’s letter in last week’s Advertiser. The belief that we can protect the Stray by not having cycle lanes is based on a false vision of the Stray as acres of land uninterrupted by traffic.

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A new cycling route plan is worrying the Stray Defence Association.

Letter: Positive discussion is best for Stray’s future

I am writing regarding the letter and article in last week’s Advertiser regarding the ‘threat’ to the Stray from the proposal for a separated cycle lane from Cardale Park to the Prince of Wales roundabout. The Stray Defence Association have taken this approach on several occasions before (Empress Roundabout and Stray Cycle Paths) but their ‘doomsday’ scenarios have never materialised due to all those involved being very aware of the fact that the Stray is not only cherished by the SDA but by all residents.

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Letter: Fundraising - Cash will support two charities

Letter: Fundraising - Cash will support two charities

I just wanted to thank everyone for their support of the Christmas carol singing by the members of the charity Mind in both Harrogate and Ripon over the festive period.

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Harrogate Train Station.

Letter: Weather

A snowbound Thursday morning and I was heading to Manchester by train, when a kind helping hand from a railway employee called James made all the difference to my day.

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The Prince of Wales roundabout could be connected to Cardale Park by a cycle route separate from motor vehicles.

Letter: Highways - Where will off road cycle track be placed?

Recently it has been announced, by our local councillors and MP, that £4.8m of funding has been acquired for transport improvements on the West side of Harrogate. It is stated that this is to include an “off road cycle track” from Cardale Park to Prince of Wales roundabout along Otley Road. As a cyclist I welcome cycle tracks. However as a resident of Otley Road I am intrigued as to how this is to be implemented.

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Happygate. Members of the singing group Altogether Now with their leader Chris Kemp and DJ Trev.  (1707233AM9)

Letter: Free rental of Valley Gardens to continue

I read the article in the newspaper last week where a member of the public berated the council for banning local charity and community events in the Valley Gardens during the summer months. I am pleased to say that this is not the case. The situation remains as it has been for many years and there has not been any proposal to change it or any discussion about doing so.

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Menwith Hill  near Harrogate

Letter: Buildings to be demolished at Menwith Hill

NSA/NRO Menwith Hill is certainly shrinking (Alexander Beard, Demolition at ‘RAF’ Menwith Hill, January 11). It is good news that 13 buildings, with more to follow, are to be demolished. The base does not need so many people to operate the sophisticated technology. What they do is of deep concern.

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Knaresborough Castle

Letter: Put historic site at heart of new forest

Further to the article (January 11) on the new Northern Forest promotion and planting of 50 million much needed trees across the north of England. Historically might the Royal Forest of Knaresborough (RFK) be promoted as the jewel in the crown of the White Rose Community Forest and as a central attraction of the Northern Forest from Liverpool to Hull?

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Letter: Ice rink

Letter: Ice rink

An ice rink - what a splendid idea. My husband and I thought that that would have been far more beneficial than the Everyman cinema. If not an ice rink, then a bowling alley. Something active for all ages; families, teenagers and even older people!

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Commuters wait to board the train to Leeds at Harrogate Train Station.

Letter: Rail fares

With our famous heritage of railway history it is sad to say “We have come off the rails”.

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Letter: Economy

Letter: Economy

The continued financial strain on North Yorkshire County Council is a matter of regret. It must be recognised that responsibility for this state of affairs lies almost exclusively with central Government as they are the providers of most of the council’s cash. All county councils are under great financial pressure as the Government makes vain attempts to balance the country’s books.

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Letter: Roadworks - A wake-up call for the council

Letter: Roadworks - A wake-up call for the council

After the short-notice arrival of signs on the Burnbridge Road pre-Christmas, announcing the three-month closure of the stretch between the Leeds Road and the Black Swan pub, I now find that the Otley Road between the Pine Marten pub and Beckwithshaw is set to close ( listed from Monday, January 8).

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