North Rigton Parish Council is aware of residents’ concern over the possibility of the 5 HBC owned garages on Brackenwell Lane, being demolished to permit the building of a terrace of three dwellings. Indeed the matter was discussed in detail at the Annual Parish Meeting on 1 May, at which 22 residents were present, along with the Parish Council, HBC Councillor Victoria Oldham and NYCC Cllr Stanley Lumley.
At the meeting, Cllr Oldham confirmed that no decision had been taken to proceed with the development,  it was merely that this site, along with others, had been identified as a possibility for housing development. She also confirmed that there were no plans to demolish the adjacent bungalow, even if the development went ahead. Residents expressed their concerns over several issues, but particularly at what they see as an inevitable increase in car parking congestion on a street which is currently overcrowded, with access for emergency vehicles a particular worry. 
The Parish Council is well aware of all these concerns and will respond to HBC, with the resident’s concerns in mind, via the normal consultation process. The Parish Council urged the residents also to respond, as individuals, should a formal planning application be submitted by HBC. Until such time as a planning application is made, commenting on, or objecting to, a potential future scenario is unlikely to have any effect.



You may be aware that the play equipment in the village garden is showing signs of wear. The wooden equipment will soon have to be removed as it does not appear to be cost-effective to repair.
The cost of repair & replacement cannot be met with grants, although we will be attempting to get funding, so the Parish Council will need to find the money to carry out this work.
Hopefully some funding will come from the Gala in June (15th) but we need to find additional sums.

Almscliffe Villages Community Association have agreed to help with the fund raising, and have been accepted and have joined The Local Lotto for this purpose, but we need your help with you taking part in the lotto.

You can support us for as little as £1 per week!

You buy tickets on a weekly basis, with the opportunity to win up to £25,000, and we benefit from the proceeds which will be put back into our community.

All you have to do to support us is go to:
* Buy tickets
* Support a specific cause
* Almscliffe Villages Community Association
* Go to cause page
* Buy your tickets

We can’t do this without you!
Encourage your friends and family to join in.

“The Guns Fell Silent” & “The Bells Rang” – 11th November 2018 – NOW SOLD OUT

An opportunity for everyone to join in with music and stories from the war years at a Community Event to commemorate and reflect upon 100 years since the end of World War 1

11th November 2018

6.00 pm to 7.30 pm 


St John’s Church, North Rigton.

Tickets:- NOW SOLD OUT!!


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The plan to upgrade the rural road through North Rigton to Beckwithshaw will make it more efficient at relieving traffic congestion caused by housing developments in the Harlow and Otley Road areas to the west of Harrogate. This is happening without notification by North Yorkshire Highways or consultation with your parish council. Increased traffic will impact the safety and environment of North Rigton. Please join us in objecting to these plans.

See the following flyer:

Download (PDF, 2.19MB)

The easiest way to respond is by downloading the Response Form, printing out, completing and sending to Harrogate Borough Council. Responses need to be received by Friday 9 March 2018. You can also respond through the Harrogate Borough Council website, but you might find using the forms easier.

Click here for the Response Form (Word format)

Click here for the Response Form (PDF format))


Your views sought on funding the police precept in North Yorkshire

See message below from Julie Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, sent to our local councillor:-

Dear Councillor

I would like to make you aware of a consultation that I am launching today, requesting the public’s views on the amount they want to pay towards the police precept in North Yorkshire, proposing options to either increase or freeze the amount set for 2018/19.
You may already be aware that it is my responsibility as Commissioner to set the police precept, however, before doing this I think it’s vitally important to find out what residents of North Yorkshire think. Therefore, I would be very grateful for your help in promoting this survey in order to gain as many responses as possible so we can understand the views of our communities.
More information and the survey is available online at www.telljulia.com, or alternatively paper copies will be on display at police stations, libraries and council offices across North Yorkshire.
Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime commissioner for North Yorkshire


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.


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


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: