Results and reports from consultations
Residents and business surveys - Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition (HDCCC)
Working in partnership with the HDCCC we have been asking residents and businesses about their concerns and awareness of climate change in the district and further afield. The findings from this research will be used to help develop our carbon reduction strategy and help the HDCCC shape their communications strategy.
The HDCCC is a fairly recent group of businesses, public sector organisations and voluntary groups, which promotes and implements carbon reduction activities throughout the Harrogate district. To find out more about the HDCCC please visit their website at www.hdccc.info
Knaresborough and Harrogate Hydro leisure sites
We're investing £26.5 million in our sport and leisure facilities.
This will consist of a new combined leisure centre for the east of the district in Knaresborough and the remodelling, and complete refurbishment, of the Hydro in Harrogate.
In the summer of 2020, we asked residents, current guests and those who do not currently use our facilities for their for their input to shape these exciting developments.
Turkish Baths consultation
When you take part in one of our consultations, we want you to have complete confidence that any personal information you provide, and the responses you give, are kept secure at all times.
Not only is this because of our obligations under the Data Protection Act, we owe you a duty of care to treat your responses as private and confidential.
However, at the same time, we are committed to being an open and transparent council.
There has been a lot of interest in the consultation concerning a proposal for single-sex sessions at the Turkish Baths, and we received a large number of responses.
Many respondents have been very open and honest with their thoughts and provided some highly sensitive information.
In recognition of the interest in this matter, we have published a redacted version of the responses.
All personal data, identifying or confidential information has been removed to maintain yours and all respondents' anonymity.
Stray exchange land and byelaw amendments
Last year we carried out a consultation on proposals to exchange Stray land and to amend Stray byelaws to permit cycling on the Otley Road cycle route. Thank you if you contributed. Your input is much appreciated. The job of analysing the responses has now been finished. We presented a report to a meeting of our General Purposes Committee in January. The report, and the responses can be read on this website. The consultation results and proposals have been submitted to the Duchy of Lancaster and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for approval.
Allocations policy consultation
In July 2020, we held a public consultation on several proposed changes the social housing allocations policy. We received a good number of responses and some very detailed and thoughtful comments on our proposals, for which we would like to thank everyone who participated. Details of what we consulted on and a full record of all the responses we received is now available. We are now carefully considering all the opinions expressed and the many suggestions made before we put our revised allocations policy to the elected members so they can decide whether to adopt it.
Horticultural nursery customer survey
Between November 2019 and February 2020 we undertook a survey to get a better understanding of who our customers are and what they value about our horticultural nursery. We received 279 responses, both electronic and paper-based, and would like to thank everyone who took part. The results of this survey will help us further improve how we serve our customers.
Harrogate district horticultural future consultation
Many of you took part in this consultation online and/or by participating in our workshops between November 2019 and February 2020. We would like to thank all of you for your input. We have received 333 responses to our online questionnaire in addition to over 100 people attending our face-to-face sessions. The results of this consultation will help inform the future parks and open spaces strategy for the Harrogate district.
Draft housing strategy 2019-2024
During Summer 2019 housing and property consulted on their draft housing strategy 2019-2024 and their draft homelessness and rough sleeping reduction strategy 2019-2024. The results from the consultation can be found in the consultation analysis summary report.
THE LOCAL FUND and THE LOCAL LOTTO
During Spring 2019 we informed residents about our partnership work to generate funds for the local voluntary and community sector. THE LOCAL FUND and THE LOCAL LOTTO look to provide fundraising and grant fund opportunities locally across the Harrogate district. We asked whether you had heard of our work, if you give support to community groups and charities and in what form this takes place. The results will help develop our communication and marketing plans for the two projects.
During June 2019 we launched a public consultation regarding the proposed plans for the Follifoot Underpass bridleway being upgraded. Eventually the bridleway will be incorporated into the National Cycle Network. We have now received responses and these are noted in the consultation summary.
Tenant and Leaseholder Satisfaction Survey 2019
Between January and February 2019 many of you took part in an important survey - a big 'thank you' to everyone who returned their forms and let us know what you thought about our housing services and how we maintain your home. The survey was anonymous and carried out by an independent market research company - Acuity Research and Practice.
More than 1,800 residents replied and the results are now in!
In November 2018 the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government consulted with residents and stakeholders about removing the restrictions of the Stray for the land to be used during the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. All of the received comments have now been processed and can be found by visiting www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uci-road-world-championships-2019-in-harrogate-general-power-of-competence.
Ultra-low vehicle emission strategy
In Autumn 2018 we consulted with residents and interested parties on the ultra-low vehicle emission strategy. The final decision and consultation report is now available and can be viewed by visiting democracy.harrogate.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=137&MId=257.
Non-domestic discretionary rates relief policy
Following changes to national legislation and requested support for local infrastructure we consulted with residents and local businesses regarding the non-domestic discretionary rates relief policy. The decision and consultation report is now available and can be viewed by visiting democracy.harrogate.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=137&MId=257.
We have consulted with local residents and businesses regarding the Budget 2019/2020. 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 by visiting democracy.harrogate.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=150&MId=279.
Waste satisfaction survey
In late 2018 we consulted for three months on the satisfaction with the waste service that we provide to our residents. A report detailing the outcomes of the survey is now available.
Sport and leisure strategy
During the summer of 2018, we consulted with partners, sports groups and residents regarding the sport and leisure strategy for the next four years. The feedback received has now been analysed and the strategy has been approved:
In June and July 2018, we ran a six week public consultation about the crèche at Ripon Leisure Centre. We wanted to hear your views about this facility with the intention of using all the feedback to help take decisions about the future of the crèche.
The crèche operates Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 11.30am. It is professionally supervised and looks after children aged from 12 weeks to 5 years while their parents/carers use the leisure centre's facilities.
The number of children using the crèche has reduced over recent years, with an average of 3.7 attendees per session during the 12 months to June 2018.
The crèche has been costing the council about £20,000 per year to operate, despite charging for use.
The consultation feedback identified some changes which have the potential to reduce the net cost of operation:
You said: The main reason for not using the crèche was that you did not know it existed. Action taken: A budget has been made available for advertising and promotion.
You said: 75% of you would start to use the crèche, or use it more often, if you could leave the leisure centre during the 2 hour sessions. Action taken: From the start of September 2018, parents or carers have been allowed to leave the leisure centre site during crèche sessions.
You said: 59% of users would be prepared to pay between £6 and £10 per crèche session. Action taken: From the start of September 2018 fees have been increased from £4.20 to £6.30 per session in an effort to reduce the cost of operation.
To allow time to see whether these changes can increase attendances and income, a decision regarding the future of the crèche has been deferred.
Attendance levels will be monitored for four months until the end of December 2018 with a decision regarding the future of the crèche to be taken in January 2019.
The report regarding the proposed changes can be found by visiting democracy.harrogate.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=137&MId=234&Ver=4.
Pre-planning application consultation for proposed temporary accommodation for single homeless persons at Spa Lane, Starbeck
In March 2018 Housing and Property consulted on pre-planning application to re-develop an existing temporary car park and former veterans hut on Spa Lane, Starbeck. The building would temporary accommodate single homeless persons and part of the building would ensure the continued provision of emergency accommodation for homeless persons during periods of extreme cold weather.
Following the pre-planning consultation a decision has now been made by the councils Planning Committee and the papers can be found by visiting pre-planning consultation.
To assist sport and leisure with the future programming of the swimming pools by current users, for a two week period in June 2018 everyone who used the five council run pools during this time were asked about the sessions they attended. The results have now been analysed and the change in programmes across the pools will come into effect in Autumn 2018. The feedback from the survey can be found by visiting www.harrogate.gov.uk/downloads/file/4170/swimming_pool_sessions_consultation.
Wheelchair accessible vehicles, hackney carriage and private hire vehicles - users and operators
In June 2018 for two weeks, the licensing team asked the experience and views of users and operators of wheelchair accessible vehicles. The council is keen to ensure that there is an adequate supply of licensed wheelchair accessible vehicles and further work will be done with users and operators.
In June 2018 the welfare team consulted on their draft welfare strategy which planned to give opportunities to review what the council has achieved and what is to be achieved in the future with regards to changes to welfare reforms in the past few years. The draft was presented to cabinet and the link to the papers can be found by visiting Draft Welfare Strategy.
Climate Change Strategy consultation
Following the consultation of the Climate Change Strategy in January 2018 please find attached the report that was approved by cabinet in April.
Harrogate Borough Council has consulted with local residents and businesses regarding the Budget 2018/2019.
Please see the results report following on from the consultation which has been used for setting the Budget for the new financial year.
Community Governance Review - Ripon and Knaresborough
Following an electoral review of Harrogate Borough Council carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England it was necessary to conduct a Community Governance Review of Ripon City Council and Knaresborough Town Council.
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.
Air Quality consultation
Environmental Protection consulted on the declaration of new air quality management areas at York Place, Knaresborough and Wetherby Road, Harrogate. A consultation was carried out to seek public opinion on the proposed extent of the AQMA at York Place Knaresborough and to seek views on the proposed AQMA at the Woodlands junction.
Three options for the extent of the proposed AQMA at York Place were given, and the majority of responses were in favour of the larger area to be declared.
The Cabinet Member report and full comments can be viewed using the following link:
Economic Growth Strategy consultation
The council invited views on its proposed approach to securing a sustainable and resilient local economy, in which good growth benefits everyone. The consultation has now closed.
The Draft Economic Growth Strategy supports the council's vision for the Harrogate district as the best place to live, work and visit and the primary corporate priority of A Strong Local Economy. At the heart of the strategy is 'Good Growth': a sustainable and resilient economy by 2035, delivering new high-value jobs, an increase in GVA and an increase in average workplace wages to, at a minimum, the Leeds City Region average.
The draft strategy provides the context for and marks the start of a change in approach to supporting a strong local economy focusing on the proposed key sectors of:
- creative and digital
- financial and professional services
- scientific research and development
The Final report will be taken to Harrogate Borough Council Cabinet on 26 July and the final report to the Full Council meeting on 4 October.
If you have any comments please email email@example.com.
Ripon Swimming Pool
Following the first stage of consultation, Harrogate Borough Council have asked existing and future customers what they would like to be see delivered at the new facility and results can be found below.
Stray Act consultation
Following consultation of the Stray Act during winter 2016/2017 where Harrogate Borough Council sought the views of the public on the principle of amending the Stray Act. The final results and supporting documentation can be found below
Budget 2017/2018 consultation results
Harrogate Borough Council has consulted with local residents and businesses regarding the Budget 2017/2018. 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:
The Friends of Valley Gardens and Harrogate Borough Council have been seeking opinions regarding the initial plans for the Japanese Gardens in the Valley Gardens to improve various aspects of the gardens.
Following on from the consultation a decision has now been made and the documents relating to this can be found by using the following link
Friends of Valley Gardens consultation results
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
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.
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:
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 17 December. To view the report please visit Review of public toilet consultation.
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.
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.