Public Consultations

There are often a number of consultations and surveys relevant to our local area.  On this page you will find a number of links to current consultations run by various different organisations that may be of interest to local residents and businesses.






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County Hall, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8AD                                                                               


Active travel consultation moves to the second phase

Harrogate and Whitby residents are being urged to take part in the second round of consultation on proposals to enhance facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

North Yorkshire County Council has received £1,011,750 from the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund to improve the infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians.

The grant, which must be spent during the 2021/22 financial year, is earmarked to fund work along four corridors to improve access to the town centres for cyclists and pedestrians, allowing for more space for social distancing.

During the second phase of consultation the public are being asked to comment on draft designs for each of the four corridors. The results of the consultation will be used to develop the draft designs further and a decision will be made on which schemes will progress.

In Whitby, the proposal is for a corridor to connect the Whitby Park and Ride site at Victoria Farm with Whitby town centre. The route would be along Guisborough Road and Mayfield Road. At Prospect Hill, it is anticipated users would continue to the town centre along local routes.

In the Harrogate area, three cycle improvement corridors are proposed:

  • A59 (Harrogate Road, Knaresborough) between Badger Mount and Maple Close;
  • Oatlands Drive between Hookstone Road and Knaresborough Road;
  • Victoria Avenue near the County Court, between the A61 (West Park) and Station Parade.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: "We thank all those residents who took part in the first round of consultation on the outline proposals for these four schemes.

“We have listened to that and are trying to reach a broad consensus about the measures we put in place, given that these directly affect people’s movements and their property. We think we can come up with something that addresses most of the concerns raised, but that still provides significant benefits for people who are cycling and walking.

"We encourage residents to take part in this latest consultation. Your views are important to us and they will help shape the final designs of these four schemes.”

People are invited to give their comments by completing an online survey, which will run until Monday, April 12. To take part please visit

Paper copies of the survey are available on request by emailing

Two public meetings are also being held this month to discuss the proposals. The meeting to discuss the Harrogate corridors will be held on March 29 from 3-5pm, and the meeting to discuss the Whitby corridors on March 31 from 3-4pm.

They will be held online due to Government restrictions around Covid-19 and can be accessed at the specified times at

Covid-19 lockdown restrictions mean it is not possible to hold public consultation events.

The County Council bid for the funding last summer, after assessing 300 schemes across the county, including some received from the public, interest groups and county councillors.

The Active Travel Fund allocation is the second phase of funding from the Department for Transport following the Covid-19 lockdown last March. The first phase supported temporary infrastructure to aid social distancing. The Active Travel Fund is part of a £2bn five-year sustainable travel package from the Government.


Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government - Announcement and Consultation

Yesterday MHCLG have announced they have commenced the consultation on proposals for locally-led reorganisation in North Yorkshire (as well as for Cumbria and Somerset).

Please find attached the below link which explains the consultation.  Closing date 19th April 2021:

Consultation on proposals for locally-led reorganisation of local government in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset - GOV.UK (

The County Council and District Councils have published details of their proposals and can be viewed at:

Stronger Together | North Yorkshire County Council

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 Harrogate District Climate Change Survey

In partnership with Harrogate Borough Council (HBC), the Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition (HDCCC) have recently developed two climate change surveys  - one for residents, one for businesses/employees. The results of each survey will inform our HDCCC comms strategy, to ensure we provide the best possible help and information to people in Harrogate District. HBC will use the results to develop their Carbon Reduction Plan. Local businesses and community groups may also find some of the results useful.

Both surveys are available from the HBC Have Your Say page

Information and links to the surveys are available from our new HDCCC blog:

· Residents

· Businesses/employees:

· Those who live and work in Harrogate District are invited to complete both surveys.

The residents survey is open until 28th March 2021. The business/employee survey is open until 4th April 2021.