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To: Carl Les - Leader of North Yorkshire County Council and David Bowe - Corporate Director of Business and Environmental Services

Save Nidd Gorge and The Nidderdale Greenway

Save Nidd Gorge and The Nidderdale Greenway

Listen to the Harrogate Area County Councillors and remove the inner relief road package (E) from the Harrogate Congestion Study.

Why is this important?

On December 7th 2017 the Harrogate Area County Councillors decided - by 14 votes to 2 - to remove the inner relief road option (package E) from the public consultation into traffic congestion in Harrogate.

The Harrogate Area Committee took this informed decision following widespread concerns about:
1) The environmental harm a relief road would do to Nidd Gorge and The Nidderdale Greenway.
2) The unacceptable increase in traffic through the community of Bilton.
3) The ineffectiveness of relief roads as a solution for congestion relief.

The councillors are our democratically elected representatives in Harrogate & Knaresborough. Their overwhelming opposition to the inner relief road must be respected by the Business and Environmental Services Executive and the North Yorkshire County Council Executive.

The democratic will of the committee should have been be upheld by North Yorkshire County Council on December 15th 2017, but this didn't happen...

Instead, after a year delay, - and after failing in their promise to gather more information about the environmental impact of the road, particularly on Nidd Gorge and The Nidderdale Greenway - NYCC are bringing the inner relief road package (E) forward for public consultation in 2019.

The road continues to threaten Nidd Gorge, the Greenway and the communities along its route. This petition will continue until the road threat is lifted - as a register of opposition to the road - please continue to sign and share.

Harrogate and Knaresborough

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Reasons for signing

  • As chairman of the Thorne Ramblers we [60members] would hate to see the Nidd Gorge and surrounding countryside spoilt by a Motorway.
  • we should oppose this on the grounds that the Council hides their real agenda behind one that they feel will gain the support of the public. The real agenda is 'east/west connectivity', the congestion relief is a sop to public opinion. This proposal does nothing to ease congestion in Harrogate, - but then that would be a really difficult one to tackle and would not attract the funding from government that a new road would. It is all about money not the environment or the residents
  • It is vital that as far as possible NYCC can be shown that their underhand attempt to railroad an unpopular East/West route under the guise of relieving congestion in Harrogate has been comprehensively exposed. If nothing is done to resist this it will yet another example of the failure of democracy at the "local" level.


2019-03-07 20:59:24 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2017-12-11 22:54:41 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2017-12-10 21:54:30 +0000

500 signatures reached

2017-12-10 10:08:17 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-12-10 08:33:44 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-12-10 07:41:15 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-12-10 03:49:55 +0000

10 signatures reached