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Letter: Shelter

Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) are now in the planning stages of building a temporary homeless shelter for 19 single people on Spa Lane. To date the consultation process has totalled one drop-in session where no notes were taken and we left feeling that our views had not been registered properly and the whole process was a sham. CCTV cameras are going to be erected all over the area, so they are obviously expecting upset and issues, I don’t want to live in an area where CCTV is deemed necessary. Providing the support for the homeless is a complex issue and needs a lot of input, where will the funding be when there is a change of government or a change of government policy? Have they forgotten the disaster of the homeless shelter built in the early 90s in Jennyfields! It has been widely viewed that an important and sensitive build like this should be in central Harrogate close to amenities vital to the people needing this support, not dumped on Starbeck in a quiet residential area populated by a large elderly community. Come on HBC, wake up and smell the coffee.

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Letter: Mental health

Letter: Mental health

Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service welcomes the move to establish a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Network, as reported on the front page of your paper last week and covered in the special report as well.

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The pleasant public space at the Victoria Centre, Harrogate

Letter: Don’t let dust gather on development plan

The Advertiser’s page one article in the edition of May 24 referred to calls to improve the town centre, including the suggestion that an entertainments space be created outside the Victoria Centre. There is little use in creating such amenities if a few years after, the council authorises their destruction.

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The Stray

Letter: Flowers

Whatever has happened to the floral town of Harrogate? The Stray - once the crown of the floral town - is tatty and unkept. Public areas, roundabouts are all scruffy and a public disgrace. Knaresborough, on what is their biggest day (Bed Race day), has no plants and flowers in the public flowerbeds. With all the shops and restaurants closing, surely we need something to attract visitors.

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Letter: Volunteers

Letter: Volunteers

Every day, across our community, a dedicated team of superstars are quietly making a huge difference to the lives of local families living with terminal illness and bereavement. Offering their valuable free time, more than 600 individuals regularly share their skills and experiences with Saint Michael’s and without them we simply couldn’t continue our vital work. Volunteers have been part of the fabric of Saint Michael’s since the very beginning; three decades later, as the charity marks its 30th anniversary, this remarkable community of support continues to be at the heart of local hospice care. Our volunteers outnumber paid staff six to one, so their contribution to our vital work – supporting more than 2,000 families each year living with terminal illness and bereavement – is incredible. Volunteers are involved in almost every aspect of this work; they spend hours listening and talking to patients with sensitivity and care, offering people extra support when it is needed most. They visit patients in their own homes, helping reduce isolation, and supporting them to feel connected with their community. Our volunteers help keep our 11 community shops running smoothly, ensuring our customers have a great experience. This year, our very special retail volunteer team has been instrumental in helping raise a record breaking £1m – a significant contribution to the £5m the charity needs to raise annually in order to continue providing services. We have volunteers who help at our events, serve teas, bake cakes, sell raffle tickets and hold collection tins on streets and in stores. Volunteers are a friendly face welcoming visitors, they make calls, answer phones and help spread the word about our services district-wide. We are truly fortunate to have so many selfless individuals with such a generosity of spirit. On behalf of Saint Michael’s, as part of Volunteer’s Week 2018, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to every single one of our volunteers for the remarkable difference they make right here in our community.

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The large stone Japanese style monument in Valley Gardens

Letter: Vandalism

Walking through Valley Gardens this morning (Thursday, June 1) we entered the new beautiful Japanese Gardens, which we do whenever there, only to find that overnight some senseless vandals had forced over a large stone Japanese style monument and ruined the area.

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Potholes in North Yorkshire

Letter: Highways - More cash for pavement repairs

It is good news that the Strong and Steady Project has been launched by NYCC with the aim to prevent older people to be more active to prevent falls. I have no doubt that the project will try to help the 42 per cent of local people who fall in their own homes, through providing advice on trip hazards in the home.

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Harrogate Town supporters. (1805132AM5)

Letter: Football - Don’t forget Alan’s key role

Congratulations to Harrogate Town on reaching the top league of the non league pyramid but I feel we should not forget the contribution of Alan Smith who took over as manager when Town were at possibly their lowest ebb, in the lower divisions of the old Yorkshire league and the ground was just a field with a railing round it, a ramshackle wooden stand by the hospital end and a small clubhouse and dressing room block in the south-west corner and a man sat at a table to collect the admission money. From then on a slow but steady improvement took place and Alan’s successions had a solid base to build on which we are now seeing the fruits of. On a sadder note I am sorry to see Railway relegated but perhaps they may be able to regroup and rise up again.

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Roadworks on Otley Road.

Letter: Roadworks

I note that the planners have allowed ‘supposedly’ essential gas works to take place on Skipton Road, in parallel with the equally ‘essential’ water works on Otley Road - thus obstructing both roads into the town from the west and north west simultaneously. Firstly, what fool thought that was a good idea, rather than staggering the works so that diverted traffic actually had somewhere to divert to? Secondly, these works are only deemed to be ‘essential’ because of the huge new housing developments which they are being put in to serve; if the developers were told that they could not lay a brick until the necessary and essential infrastructure had been installed, these developments would be staggered instead of being released simultaneously across the town in several places together (which will, of course, create a temporary glut of new housing which the developers will struggle to sell unless they create ‘small affordable boxes’ that no one really wants to live in, as they’d all rather live in proper houses with some room in them and a decent sized garden, But thirdly we come to the matter of ‘by what God given right’ do these service providers feel that they can dictate to society when and for how long their works are going to take place? In the case of Yorkshire Water, we have seen and experienced the delays of them, digging up Otley Road over the course of months, their works ‘starting at one end and progressing by degrees to the other’ meanwhile holding up the traffic - for months, why is it not demanded of them that ‘they open the road from one end to the other as fast as possible - putting several gangs on the job and having ‘starts’ at several places along the length - and ditto have several gangs laying the pipes and installing the valves and junctions simultaneously? We do not build motorways, railways, pipelines, nor even ‘tunnels’ by starting at one end - all these projects have several ‘simultaneous starting points’ along the length of the job and they are got over with as quickly as possible. Just why do the general public have to put up with the inconvenience and cost of Yorkshire Water taking months to do a job which could be done in a fraction of the time if they put enough plant and men onto it? These ‘service providers’ should be charged millions per day for every hour of traffic disruption (as they are on motorway build - then they’d get the job over with in a timely fashion instead of being nothing but a damned nuisance! Are there any competent people left running our public services?

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Tour de Yorkshire. Pateley Bridge.  (1805061AM33)

Letter: Tour de Yorkshire

Unable to go in person (plus several other people unable to attend) to Pateley Bridge to watch the Tour de Yorkshire bike race through the High Street. I watched most of the days on ITV4 and was looking forward to seeing the bikes going down the High Street. After all the hard work decorating the High Street, this was not shown (only adverts), I feel for all the people who had worked so hard. I have spoken to several people and they all say how disappointed they were not to see the High Street, after all it was voted the best British High Street. I know the ITV were responsible for the timings, but it was still very disappointing. PS The same thing happened last year.

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Letter: Evironment

Letter: Evironment

Plastic Free Harrogate invites environmentally concerned members of the public to the first Plastic Free Open Meeting on Monday, May 21 from 7.30pm to 9pm at Starling coffee house, 47 Oxford Street.

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