Harrogate and Knaresborough are thriving towns with aspirations for continued economic growth. They also attract thousands of visitors, with many businesses benefiting from the tourism, leisure and conference economy.
North Yorkshire County Council is now reminding the business community to take part in the online survey and let them know if congestion is having an impact on existing businesses and their opportunities for growth.
David Bowe, Corporate Director Business and Environmental Services said:
It was the business community which prompted us to revisit the issue of congestion around Harrogate.
We received a number of communications from businesses actually saying that the amount of congestion in Harrogate was having an adverse effect on their ability to trade, access customers and indeed access staff.
We really need input from businesses themselves. We want to know their views so we would ask businesses in the Harrogate and Knaresborough area to fill in the survey and give us this information because it is vital to us.
Sandy Needham, Chief Executive of the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce added:
Transporting people and goods about are really important issues for businesses. But we don’t know what issues businesses have which are particular to them; it might depend on whether they are in the town centre, in Knaresborough, or in one of the business parks.
The issues are different – and it does depend whether you’re manufacturing goods and moving them around or whether you’re more concerned about your people getting to work – so we’re very much in listening mode and want to feed into this consultation.
The Chamber aims to support continued economic growth, so we would encourage people to give their views on whether they think measures are needed to relieve congestion in Harrogate and Knaresborough.
The more people fill in the survey, the more information the council will have to help shape future plans for travel in the towns.
Mr Bowe urged everyone – businesses, residents and other interested parties – to ensure they had contributed their views before the consultation ended on 8 July.
Mr Bowe said:
I would like to emphasise that this is an open study, we are not trying to influence any outcome.
We genuinely want to know people’s views about the different options and opportunities that exist in trying to reduce congestion.
This isn’t a one-agenda issue for the Authority, we just want to know people’s views.
Please fill in the survey at northyorks.gov.uk/harrogatecongestion before 8 July.