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HALT

Campaigning Against
The Nidd Gorge Bypass

Halt Is A Group Of Volunteers Campaigning Against The Building Of A Bypass Through Ancient Woodland, The Nidd Gorge.
You Can Find Out How To Help Stop The Building Of The Bypass On This Website.

Relief Road Through Nidd Gorge? No Thanks!

If you want to stop the proposed ‘relief’ road through the Nidd Gorge area,  complete the NYCC Harrogate Congestion Consultation survey and:  

  • ‘Strongly disagree’ with Question 15:  How strongly do you feel that we should construct a relief road between Harrogate and Knaresborough including a Killinghall Bypass to reduce congestion in Harrogate and Knaresborough?
  • Use the comments section at the end of the survey to propose better solutions, using your local knowledge. It is also possible to ask for a Park and Ride that is not linked to the relief road option.

Your voice matters, and you can make a difference. 

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The proposed ‘relief’ road will cross the Nidderdale Greenway (the buggy- and wheel-chair friendly path from Harrogate to Ripley) in two places. It will destroy the beauty and tranquillity of this popular route, used daily by joggers, walkers, dog owners, cyclists, families and new parents. 

If you want to stop the road, complete the NYCC Harrogate congestion survey. We advise that you:

  1. ‘Strongly disagree’ with Question 15:  How strongly to you feel that we should construct a relief road between Harrogate and Knaresborough, including a Killinghall Bypass, to reduce congestion in Harrogate and Knaresborough?
  2. Use the comments section at the end of the survey to ask for better public transport measures, including a park and ride that is not linked to the relief road option.

Why Should We All Say ‘No’ To This Road

The ‘relief’ road has been put forward as a solution to Harrogate’s congestion problems, but it is more likely to make things worse

The so-called ‘indicative route’ also shows that the Harrogate bypass would cross both the Nidd Gorge conservation area (part of the Woodland Trust) and the Nidderdale Greenway, and that the Killinghall bypass would cut across the Greenway a second time, destroying everything that makes this an oasis of tranquillity for wildlife and the thousands of walkers and cyclists who visit every week.

Harrogate area county councillors voted to drop the roads by 14-2, but key figures at North Yorkshire County Council ignored them and insisted on including them in the consultation. Harrogate and Knaresborough MP and Transport Minister Andrew Jones, said the road would attract more traffic and create ‘the north’s biggest rat-run’. See his full statement below.

More Homes, More Traffic

The road would potentially open up the area adjoining the route for the development of hundreds of new homes, on green belt land that is currently inaccessible. More homes will further add to local congestion. 

A new road through in this peaceful haven for Harrogate residents will damage Bilton Fields and beyond, including parts of the Nidd Gorge conservation area – particularly the area upstream from where Bilton Beck joins the Nidd. The noise, and lack proper access to the Nidd Gorge, will be a huge loss to Harrogate residents and visitors. 

The historic Nidd Gorge – once part of the royal hunting grounds – provides a habitat for a wonderful variety of trees, flowers and wildlife – including otters, deer, badgers and 80 bird species.

“Complete NYCC congestion Survey,” Urges Local MP

Last week, Harrogate & Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones urged Harrogate and Knaresborough residents to complete the NYCC congestion survey and oppose the ‘relief’ road. 

“The County Council has targeted motorists on the main roads in Harrogate with adverts and are advertising the questionnaire heavily online.  Some people fear that this means local people will be under-represented,” he wrote in a letter to constituents. “The relief road is not needed.  Ninety-three per cent of traffic starts, ends or is within Harrogate.  Little of this traffic would be using the relief road.” 

“It won’t work anyway,” he continued. “This road proposal will attract traffic going East-West across northern England, meaning more pollution, more cars and more lorries. We would be building the North’s biggest rat-run.”

To stop the relief road, complete the NYCC Harrogate congestion survey and ‘Strongly disagree’ with question 15, which asks your opinion about the relief road.  

Here is the full text of the letter, including references.

Dear fellow local resident,

We see on programmes like Blue Planet the damage human beings are doing to our environment.  What makes it worse is that we can choose environmentally-friendlier options.

This month, North Yorkshire County Council has put forward a range of measures to combat traffic congestion.  These include a relief road cutting through some of the most beautiful parts of the Nidd Gorge and neighbouring countryside (1).  Like many other local politicians I am opposing the plans. (2)

The Nidd Gorge is a beautiful area home to 80 species of birds and 30 kinds of reptiles, mammals and amphibians.  It is made up of five areas of ancient woodland where there are many plants, fungi and flowers unique to ancient woodlands. (3)

Will you take a few minutes of your day to have a look at North Yorkshire County Council’s consultation now, read the background documentation and complete the questionnaire?

There are many reasons to object to the relief road and support sustainable transport measures:

The relief road is not needed.  Ninety-three per cent of traffic starts, ends or is within Harrogate.  Little of this traffic would be using the relief road.

It won’t work anyway.  This road proposal will attract traffic going East-West across northern England meaning more pollution, more cars and more lorries.  We would be building the north’s biggest rat-run.

We are leading the country with sustainable transport.  There are ambitions plans for electric vehicle charging points (4), we have a low-emission bus fleet (5) and there are ambitious plans for carbon reduction across our district (6).  We should not be going backwards by building a road through the countryside to attract more cars.

Over a thousand people have already completed the survey.  The County Council has targeted motorists on the main roads in Harrogate with adverts and are advertising the questionnaire heavily online.  Some people fear that this means local people will be under-represented.  Will you take a few minutes now to ensure that local people are fully represented in the responses?

Thanks for being involved.

Andrew

Andrew Jones MP

P.S.  We all know that new houses get built where there are new roads meaning we lose more of our green spaces and bring even more cars to our area.  Please help stop this today.

(1)      https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/major-infrastructure-improvement-package-e
(2)      https://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/news/mp-andrew-jones-column-nidd-gorge-relief-road-proposal-should-be-dropped-1-9446240
(3)      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nidd_Gorge
(4)      https://www.harrogate.gov.uk/downloads/file/4993/ultra-low_emission_vehicle_strategy
(5)      http://harrogatebus.co.uk/news.jsp?newsID=2406
(6)      https://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/news/harrogate-council-approves-most-radical-environmental-manifesto-ever-in-bid-to-tackle-climate-change-1-9713107

Complete The Congestion Survey:

‘Strongly disagree’ with any questions related to the ‘relief’ road.

The Nidd Gorge is home to a family of otters, who returned to the area after 2014. Use the comments section at the end of the survey to ask for better public transport measures, including a park and ride that is not linked to the relief road option.

The deadline is 8 July.

About Us

HALT (Harrogate and Knaresborough Alliance for Less Traffic) is an alliance of local people and groups who oppose the proposed ‘relief’ road between Harrogate & Knaresborough. HALT is campaigning for more effective, greener, cheaper and quicker solutions to congestion that will also improve our quality of life, preserve the historic character of our towns and protect the natural world for ourselves, wildlife and future generations. Volunteers are welcome!

Email: [email protected]

Read More

HALT: Harrogate and Knaresborough Alliance for Less Traffic
http://bit.ly/2UYDRTj

Nidd Gorge Community Action  
www.niddgorgeca.org 
www.facebook.com/niddgorge/ 

Keep Nidd Gorge Gorgeous
www.facebook.com/niddgorgeous/

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