NYCC drop proposals to make Oatlands Drive a one-way road

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At the North Yorkshire County Council Area Committee this morning (18 March 2021), Cllr Don Mackenzie, executive member for access, has confirmed that plans to make Oatlands Drive a one-way road have now been dropped.

The meeting voiced their commitment to measures to reduce the number of cars on roads of Harrogate, but Cllr said that due to the volume of objections to making Oatlands Drive, one-way, it will no longer be taken forward as a developing option.

Proposal will now include a 20mph zone for the length of the road.

Cllr Boradbent questioned why the traffic decisions for Harrogate, such as Oatlands Drive and Beech Grove,  are not being signed off by elected members (the councillors) rather than council officers. NYCC said that decisions were made as they are the Highways Authority.

Cllr John Ennis welcomed the change and said he hoped that a consultation could move forward for a solution that worked for all, the environment and the local residents.


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  1. Glad to hear that local residents have been listened too. Hopefully some of the suggestions that have been put forward will be implemented. This will then help to improve safety for all.

  2. Still very worried about the implications for through traffic through the staints. St Winifreds ave is too narrow to take any more rat run traffic. Just stepping out onto the pavement with all the extra parking and cars mounting pavements or going too fast to get through gaps is very frightening especially when children want to walk to the stray unaccompanied.

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