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Proposal to enable Harrogate Borough Council to use the general power of competence to host a stage of the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 - closes 19th May 2016

Proposed improvements to the Japanese Garden in Valley Gardens - closes 24 June 2016


Proposal to enable Harrogate Borough Council to use the general power of competence to host a stage of the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 - closes 19th May 2016

This consultation seeks views on the proposal to enable Harrogate Borough Council to use the general power of competence to host a stage of the Tour de Yorkshire 2017, by making secondary legislation that temporarily disapplies and amends provisions of the Harrogate Stray Act 1985 from Sunday 23 April 2017 to Wednesday 3 May 2017 for particular areas of the Stray. The areas affected can be found by viewing the map.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are seeking views of all parties with an interest in the proposal, so that relevant views and evidence can be taken into account in deciding the way forward. For more information please go to https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/tour-de-yorkshire-2017-in-harrogate-general-power-of-competence.

Harrogate Borough Council intends to participate in the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 cycle race by hosting a stage of the race. This will utilise the Council's expertise from hosting the stage one finish of the 2014 Tour de France. As before the Council considers that certain provisions of the Harrogate Stray Act 1985 ("the 1985 Act") prevent or restrict areas of the Stray being enclosed and necessary infrastructure from being sited on the Stray. Consequently, and following the method used to host the Tour de France, the Council have submitted an application to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to enable them to use the general power of competence to host this event by temporarily disapplying or amending the relevant sections and byelaws of the 1985 Act for particular areas of the Stray.

This consultation will last for 8 weeks from 24 March and will end on 19 May 2016.

All responses are to be submitted to DCLG at TDY2017@communities.gsi.gov.uk. All enquiries about the consultation are to be made to Ruth Miller DCLG on the above email address or 030 344 42547.


Proposed improvements to the Japanese Garden in Valley Gardens - closes 24 June 2016

The Friends of Valley Gardens are working in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council to improve various aspects of the gardens. The latest project is focusing on the Japanese Garden area, please see location plan.

Our garden was initially developed during the early to mid 20th Century at a similar time to other Japanese Gardens in the UK. We have archive photos from 1930’s showing the Harrogate interpretation of a Japanese Garden with wandering stepping stone paths, a small ponded stream running through with rocks, planting, stone lanterns and stone bridges crossing the stream.

We are aiming to reflect the original heritage of this site and restore aspects of the Japanese Garden whilst bringing the garden 'up-to-date' to enable the public to experience a Japanese garden in an English setting. This could include arched entrances, the careful arrangement of stones to provide energy and meaning in the landscape and creating a more Japanese feel to the planting. 'Hidden' views will be created and 'revealed' to the visitor as they walk around the garden.

Having consulted with the Vice Chairman of the Japanese Garden Society and Japanese garden designer, Graham Hardman we are now seeking the opinion of visitors to Valley Gardens in relation to some initial plans.

Please complete the survey so we can make sure we are going to improve the Japanese Garden for the enjoyment of the entire community. The information you provide will be added to all other comments to support funding applications and shape the design of the area.

https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=145709161603

The survey will close on the 24 June 2016

Results and reports from the consultations

Harrogate Borough Council has been consulting on the Strategy for Success with local residents, voluntary groups, businesses and staff. The results of the consultation will be used for building a strategy and action plan which the council will implement in the years 2016 to 2020.

Our Strategy for Success Consultation results

The final decision report is also available on the Council and Democracy section of the council website.

Discretionary Business Rates Relief consultation

The council has been consulting in a new Discretionary Business Rate Relief policy that drives economic growth and supports our communities.

Views and comments have been received regarding the draft ambitions. The ambitions will form the criteria and policy against which organisations will be assessed against to determine a level of rate relief. The responses have now been analysed and now will be presented to decision makers.

Discretionary Business Rate Relief - Consultation Analysis

Future collection of green waste

Harrogate Borough Council has been consulting on the future collection of green waste across the district. Please find the recommendation report based on the feedback received:
http://localdemocracy.harrogate.gov.uk/submissiondocuments.asp?submissionid=28555

Budget consultation results

Harrogate Borough Council has consulted with local residents and businesses regarding the Budget 2016/2017. Please see the recommendation report following on from the consultation which has been used for setting the Budget for the new financial year. The final decision report is now available and can be viewed using the following link:

https://localdemocracy.harrogate.gov.uk/submissiondocuments.asp?submissionid=28538

Review of Public Toilet consultation

Harrogate Borough Council has been consulting on the future of public toilets in the district. Please find the recommendation report based on the feedback received.

The final decision will be made by Cabinet Members on the 17th December. To view the report please visit https://localdemocracy.harrogate.gov.uk/ViewSelectedDocument.asp?DocumentID=35822.

Electoral Cycle consultation

Harrogate Borough Council has been consulting on how often we should vote for our councillors. Your views on whether we should change to 'whole' council elections every four years starting in May 2018 or retain the existing system of election 'by thirds' will be considered in the final decision.

Electoral Cycle Survey: Summary

This is the final report delivered to council on the 18th November https://localdemocracy.harrogate.gov.uk/submissiondocuments.asp?submissionid=28146

Consultation on the proposal to create a Parish Council for Pannal and Burn Bridge

In July 2014 Pannal Village Society submitted a petition to the council requesting that the council undertake a Community Governance Review to consider the creation of a parish council for Pannal and Burn Bridge. As part of the review the council consulted with electors within the proposed area of the parish council, local businesses and groups and other interested parties. The consultation has now ended and a copy of the results are available on the Community Governance Review page. Harrogate Borough Council will consider the consultation responses and will make recommendations on whether to form a new parish council and how it will work.

More information including the Terms of Reference of the review, a map of the proposed area and a copy of the consultation results are available on the Community Governance Review page.

District Panel

Do you have opinions on issues affecting quality of life in the Harrogate district? If so, join the District Panel. The District Panel is made up of 850 Harrogate district residents from all backgrounds and age groups. The Panel is consulted by questionnaire (e-mail or paper) on a wide variety of topics. Your views will be heard by local decision makers and you will be kept up to date on the results of every consultation.

If you are interested in becoming a member, are 18 years old or over and live in the Harrogate district please contact us.

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