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

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