Towns thanked for response to gateway consultations

People in Harrogate, Selby and Skipton have been thanked for their response to consultations about enhancing the gateways to the towns around their railway stations.

The consultations, which closed on 24 March, came after a partnership of local authorities secured a total of £31m for projects in the three town centres from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF).

The TCF aims to make it easier, safer and quicker for people to travel on foot, by bike and by public transport by funding improved transport connections. In each of the three towns, a major package of investment will improve opportunities for sustainable travel and link transport hubs with centres of education and employment.

These projects will be delivered in partnership by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, North Yorkshire County Council, Craven District Council, Harrogate Borough Council and Selby District Council and are scheduled to be completed by 2023.

The proposals include:

• In Selby, improved station frontage and links to the town centre, Abbey and nearby bus station; improved walking and cycling links to major redevelopment sites, including a new cycle and footbridge over the River Ouse to the Olympia Park site.

• In Harrogate, improved railway station frontage with better access for walking and cycling; improved facilities for walking and cycling in the town centre; and improvements to public spaces in the town.

• In Skipton, improved access for walking and cycling from the railway station to the bus station; improved railway station frontage and improved access to education and employment sites.

Cllr David Buckle, Lead Executive Member for Communities and Economic Development at Selby District Council, said: “I’d like to thank all those who get involved in this consultation, joined the online events and shared their views with us. These plans are a once in a generation chance to re-design this part of Selby town centre and the responses received will now be carefully considered.”

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “We are grateful to everyone who took the time to give their feedback. We will now analyse the responses with a view to presenting a detailed report on the consultation findings next month. These will inform our decision on which options to take forward to detailed design. We will then seek further opinions on those designs.”

Cllr Mackenzie, who is member for Harrogate Saltergate, added: “I’m particularly pleased that in Harrogate we received more than 1,000 responses from a wide cross-section of the public. These responses have provided views from a broad range of individuals across all age groups and from people with limited mobility.”

Councillor Phil Ireland, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for carbon reduction and sustainability, said: “Hundreds of people in the Harrogate district have responded to the consultation. I’d like to thank everyone who responded for sharing their views.

“This scheme has the potential to create many more walking and cycling opportunities while transforming the look and feel of the station gateway area in Harrogate. I look forward to seeing the analysis of the consultation so it can inform the next steps.”

David Smurthwaite, Strategic Manager for Planning and Regeneration at Craven District Council, said: “I would like to thank everyone in Craven who responded to the consultation to share their views. The scheme is an important investment for Skipton and it is essential we get this right for everyone, our residents, businesses and visitors.”

A report on the consultation response is expected to be presented to the County Council’s Business and Environmental Services corporate director and Executive members in April.