Time for action on traffic using North Rigton as a Harrogate bypass

The quiet enjoyment of rural life and the safety of residents of North Rigton is compromised on a daily basis by high volumes of traffic seeking a fast short-cut to avoid congestion in Harrogate. The issue is particularly severe in the morning and early evening rush hours.

Your Parish Council believe that traffic is the biggest single issue facing our community and is calling on North Yorkshire County Council (who are responsible for all roads) and North Yorkshire Police to take actions to introduce safety factors that will improve the environment of the village and the risks posed by speeding vehicles.

Click here to see a letter setting out our concerns to the Road Safety Lead on North Yorkshire County Council, Don Mackenzie. Copies have also been sent to Police Chief Constable, Dave Jones, the North Yorkshire Crime Commissioner, Julia Mullins, the Harrogate BC Councillor responsible for North Rigton, Stanley Lumley and our MP, Julian Smith.

Harrogate BC’s Plan for New Homes will make matters worseThe thousands of new homes that Harrogate BC is planning to the south and west of the town will inevitably come with thousands more cars, vans and commercial vehicles. North Rigton will become a rural motorway for through traffic rather than a rural village.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP?

On Traffic:
If you feel strongly about the traffic issues affecting North Rigton then please do send a short e-mail expressing your concerns and supporting the parish councils call for action to the following:

North Yorkshire County Council Road Safety Lead: cllr.don.mackenzie@northyorks.gov.uk
Harrogate BC Councillor for North Rigton: Stanley.lumley@harrogate.gov.uk
North Yorkshire Police Chief Constable:  dave.jones@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk
Our member of Parliament: julian.smith.mp@parliament.uk

On the Harrogate BC Local Plan:
Make your views known about the high number or sites and houses planned to the west and south west of Harrogate that will add to the traffic issues we face on a daily basis by telling Harrogate BC your concerns by letter or by using the consultation service on their web site. You can view the plan and comment on:http://consult.harrogate.gov.uk/

Please forward this e-mail to others in the village:
The more individual residents of North Rigton make their voices heard the more likely North Yorkshire County Council, the police and HBC are to take notice and take action. Please help us to prevent speeding traffic blighting our village community and the safety of all who live here.

Steve Young
North Rigton Parish Council

Be Aware of the Harrogate Council’s Draft Local Plan

North Rigton Parish Council

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – ALL RESIDENTS OF NORTH RIGTON

We need to ensure that you are aware of the contents of Harrogate Borough Council’s Draft Local Plan, to enable you to have your say on the proposals.
On an initial look at the plan, you might not worry, as North Rigton is in the Green Belt and there is only one site allocated for development, and that was refused because of the Green Belt by the appeal inspector.
However, there are urgent concerns that WILL affect you.

The HBC plan proposes in excess of an additional 2,600 houses off the Otley Road, in addition to a major extension for the Business Park at Cardale. These will be in addition to the 583 houses to the West of Harrogate which already have approval.

These numbers do not include the other developments in the communities to the West of Harrogate.
We question, with the location of these developments to the west of Harrogate, where will the residents travel to work? If they wish to travel to Leeds or Bradford, will they travel through Harrogate? NO they will head south on the unofficial Western by-pass through North Rigton or Burn Bridge!

This despite the Draft Local Plan stating:
“The council’s Local Plan is based on a growth strategy that is centred around the key public transport corridors. Therefore the need for new homes and jobs will be met as far as possible in those settlements that are well related to the key public transport corridor.”

Statement by HBC Member for Planning & Sustainable Transport (Rebecca Burnett)

We encourage you to gather as much information as possible about the proposed plan, register and make your opposition clear by logging in and registering on the HBC consultation web site at http://consult.harrogate.gov.uk/portal
Once the formal response of the Parish Council is finalised, we will publish it for everyone to see the points we have submitted. Your comments can add weight to the representation by the Parish Council.
We need factual evidence of the problems caused by the increases in traffic through the village. If you would like to add to the information we have gathered please send your comments and information to the Parish Clerk at: northrigtonparishcouncil@gmail.com
There is still the opportunity for you to view the plans at the following venues:

  • Tuesday 29 November, 2-7pm: Green Hammerton Village Hall, Harrogate Road, Green Hammerton, YO26 8AE
  • Wednesday 30 November 2-7pm: Harrogate Baptist Church, Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 5RD

In addition:
Representatives of your Parish Council have met with the Harlow and Pannal Ash Residents Association who are leading a vigorous campaign against these developments.
Their Interactive map shows the sites and can be viewed at:

http://www.hapara.org/index.php/our-neighbourhood

Wine and Cheese Evening – Friday 11 November

Wine & Cheese Evening

Friday 11 November, 7.30 – 9.30pm

Everyone is invited to join us at St John’s Church for a social evening and to
share the plans which are being proposed for the church to create a community space.
Get involved. View the initial plans.
Comment on our ideas.
We value your thoughts and ideas.
Help us to complete the plans for the church which were abandoned at the outbreak of the First World War
This is a joint project with St John’s Church, North Rigton PC, Almscliffe Villages Community Assocation and North Rigton CoE School

News about Broadband

Superfast North Yorkshire Broadband programme.

This is a really exciting time for us, as April 2015 marked our completion of the first Phase of the programme.

So much has been achieved in that time. There are now over 150,000 more homes and businesses across North Yorkshire that can benefit from high speed fibre broadband, which is transforming the way we all live work and play.

Even better news, your village, North Rigton* has been fibre enabled as part of Phase 2!

Just contact your service provider and check out the latest offers, or another provider of your choice.

Fibre broadband gives users the ability to run multiple bandwidth-hungry applications at the same time such as sending and receiving large amounts of data much more quickly and efficiently. At home, fibre broadband enables a family to simultaneously download a movie, watch a TV replay service, surf the internet and play games online all at the same time. A whole album can be downloaded in less than 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in less than 10 minutes, whilst high-resolution photos can be uploaded to Facebook in seconds.

See if you can get it yet by checking our interactive map, www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com  and going to the where and when page.

*Premises that will not benefit from fibre deployment will be reached with variety of alternative technologies such as wireless or satellite.

If you can please forward this information to the people in the area and add an update to your parish magazine/ website it would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@superfastnorthyorkshire.com

Parish Open Meeting – Community Defibrillator

A date for your 2015 diary – January 7th at 7.00pm in the Village School

The Parish Council has been considering funding the installation of a “community use” defibrillator, at a suitable location in the village. To this end, a representative from Yorkshire Ambulance Service will be attending the next Parish Council meeting on January 7th 2015, to give a short presentation, followed by a Q&A session. All parishioners are invited to attend the presentation which will be at 7.00pm in the village school.

Details of the Parish Council meeting are here.