Here are some news items featuring some of the campaigns and other work that I have been involved in locally and nationally:

 Council office move consultation showed 0.25% of district-wide popuation supported

Harrogate Borough Council Lib Dems have said they were disappointed at the very low response to the public consultation on the proposed changes to office accommodation.  More

 Election candidates to face grilling from business community

Helen will be at the first hustings of the election at Rudding Park on 15th September at 6pm, hosted by Harrogate Chamber of Commerce.  More

 Council steps in after bus firm collapses

Bus services across Harrogate and North Yorkshire will continue popular local operator going bust.  More

 Council Leader “misleading” public over “saved” lampposts

There are calls from all sides for greater transparency on how Harrogate’s traditional lamp posts are being replaced.  More

 More roadwork chaos for Harrogate

Harrogate motorists face yet another six weeks of chaos and delays when work begins on Woodlands junction.  More

 Council spent £250,000 on Harrogate planning blueprint then tore it up

Taxpayers have footed a bill of almost £250,000 for a planning blueprint for one of Yorkshire’s property hotspots that has since been withdrawn after an inspector raised concerns thousands more homes were needed in future.  More

 County Council rush through plans to develop Woodlands traffic lights

North Yorkshire County Council push through plans for the Wetherby Road/Hookstone Drive junction without public consultation after sitting on the money for three years.  More

 “Free for all” fear on U-turn in Harrogate planning 

Councillors in one of Yorkshire’s property hotspots are set to make a dramatic U-turn and withdraw a planning blueprint that has been years in the making after a warning that thousands of more homes will be needed to cope with demand.  More

 Opponents to Costcutter plans  say approval would be “killer blow” to Patley Bridge 

Pateley Bridge residents have expressed anger and disappointment after the decision was taken to approve the Costcutter store’s extension.  More

 Harrogate councillor seeks £15k crowdsourcing for Sustrans report after council declines to pay 

A local councillor is urging people and companies in and around Harrogate to help pay for a Sustrans feasibility study into making it better for cycling – believed to be the first time the funding for such a study has been crowdsourced.  More

 Cyclists need YOU to make cycletown 

Cycling campaigners are calling on the town’s businesses and residents to ‘crowdfund’ a feasability survey on how Harrogate could become a cycle friendly town.  More

 Harrogate Liberal Democrats clarify position on support for Clegg  

The Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Helen Flynn, has clarified her views on the future of Nick Clegg leading the party.  More

 Does district need a whole new town? 

Councillors voted to challenge a government planning inspector over his proposals on the district’s housing need at a fraught meeting last week.  More

 SPECIAL FEATURE: Harrogate at risk of planning free-for-all 

At an extraordinary meeting of the council on Wednesday night councillors ignored officers recommendations to withdraw the local plan.  More

 Harrogate goes to war over planning inspector’s housing ruling  

Members of a council in one of Yorkshire’s property hotspots are to challenge a planning inspector over his warning thousands more homes than currently planned for will be needed in Harrogate over the coming years.  More

 Harrogate Lib Dems seeking to develop better cycling links in Harrogate  

Harrogate Liberal Democrats are taking the initiative on bike travel within the town.  More

 How Tour de France could turn congested Harrogate into a cycling town   

A bid to turn Harrogate into a cycling town to ease congestion and provide a legacy to the Tour de France has been launched with an appeal for the spa town’s firms to help pay for a feasibility study.  More

 Withdrawal of local development plan could lead to “free-for-all”   

Following comment from the Secretary of State’s Planning Inspector, Planning Officers will be recommending to a full meeting of Harrogate Borough Council that the Sites and Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) should be withdrawn.  More

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Fears have been raised that one of Yorkshire’s property hotspots could become a “free-for-all” for developers after a planning inspector warned thousands more homes need to be built in the coming years.  More

 Nidderdale councillor supports campaign to tackle elderly loneliness  

Coun Helen Flynn (Nidd Valley) of the Harrogate Borough Council Lib Dem Group has spoken out in support of the Harrogate Advertiser series campaign to tackle elderly loneliness and isolation.  More

 Talks proposed on new offices for council  

The news that public talks are set to begin on a council’s controversial multi-million pound proposal to build new offices has been welcomed by opposition councillors but branded “a bit late.”  More

 “Democracy eroded” as £9 million office move plan divides the parties  

Relationships between Harrogate’s two biggest political parties hit a new low last week as councillors rowed over a proposed £9million council office move.  More

 DEBATE: Is town cycle-friendly   

Harrogate Borough councillors debated the issue of Harrogate becoming a more cycle-friendly town after the authority’s Lib Dems called for a £50,000 feasibility study on how to make Harrogate a cycling town.  More

 Lib Dems criticise plan for new offices as council tightens belt

A ROW has broken out over a council’s multi-million-pound plans to build new offices amid claims existing offices should be revamped to save vital funds.  More

 Council set to debate £9m new building

Controversial multi-million pound plans to build new offices are to be put before Harrogate Council tonight (Thursday July 18).  More

 Huge increase in residents parking permit costs

Proposals to increase various parking charges across Harrogate, which could leave some Pateley Bridge and Knaresborough residents facing an increase of more that 1000%, have been put forward…  More

 Parents’ fears over icy danger road

A Nidderdale primary school is spending hundreds of pounds paying private contractors to grit roads outside their site after North Yorkshire County Council repeatedly turned down requests to treat the roads for the sake of the school childrens’ safety.  More

 High hopes to save Dales bus service

A public transport crisis in Nidderdale has been avoided after the county council and local transport organisations stepped in to fund “stop gap” bus services in the Dale…  More

 One pound fares for Dales youngsters

Dales transport providers have launched £1 fares for young people on local buses…  More

 Joy for local farm business

A family farming business has been allowed to continue to keep gritting machinery on site after being granted planning permission for a storage building…  More

 Dales Integrated Transport Alliance reveals bus survey findings

Buses to get around the Dales are important to residents and visitors alike, says a new study…  More

 Milestone ahead for transport hubs revolution in the Dales

THE biggest transport revolution in the Yorkshire Dales in living memory takes a major step forward next month, with two pilot schemes launched in North Yorkshire… More

 Sunday teas to be forced to end

A GROUP of residents in Fewston are organising a community campaign this week to try and thwart plans to close the Sunday Charity Teas at Fewston Parochial Hall…  More

 Lib-Dem activists give party chiefs a bloody nose over education reforms

Liberal Democrat activists inflicted an embarrassing defeat on Nick Clegg today by voting overwhelmingly against the Coalition’s plans for “free schools”…  More

 Conservatives’ covert privatisation of NHS must be halted


 Organisers delighted by transport debate turnout

More than 40 members of the public turned out to share their views of public and shared transport in Upper Wharfedale…  More

 Ripon could become Dales transport hub

Ripon groups are being urged to get involved in a project that could see the city become a transport hub for the Dales…  More

 Emergency plan needed to help cope with climate change effects

WHETHER people believe in the effects of climate change or not, it would seem sensible for the county council to develop a well publicised emergency plan to provide a better response to cope with extreme weather…  More

 State schools being run for profit

Continuing our summer series, two policy experts take issue with one another over the proposal that companies should be allowed to manage maintained sector schools to make money…  More

 Darley gearing up to stage It’s a Knockout

IT’S a Knockout comes to Darley on Sunday September 16, just as National Children’s Hospice Week gets underway…  More