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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.


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:

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:


Cabinet - Agenda on 6 January 2016

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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