On 13 September 2016 the Boundary Commission for England published its initial proposals for new parliamentary constituency boundaries. This marks the start of 12 weeks of consultation on those proposals, during which the Commission is inviting people to view and comment on the new boundaries. The Commission is an independent public body, and must make its recommendations for new Parliamentary boundaries to Parliament in September 2018. This is the first of three rounds of consultation which will be undertaken before that date.
The plans showing the proposals for North Yorkshire constituencies, and for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency in particular, are now on display in the reception area at the Council Offices, Crescent Gardens in Harrogate.
For the 2018 Review the Commission is promoting use of a consultation website as the primary tool for displaying proposals and receiving comments on them. This is available at www.bce2018.org.uk. The proposals and maps for the whole of the district – and the rest of England – are published on the website.
The council is inviting views on its proposed approach to securing a sustainable and resilient local economy, in which good growth benefits everyone.
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
Securing the support and collaboration of local businesses and partner organisations by continued engagement and communication is central to the successful delivery of the strategy's aims and the future sustainable health of the district's economy. Views and suggestions on the draft strategy are therefore welcomed and you are invited to respond to the engagement survey to submit your comments.
Deadline for comments is 16:00 on Friday 5 May 2017.
Draft strategy consultation - 20 March - 5 May
Final report to Harrogate Borough Council Cabinet - 21 June
Page last updated 27/03/2017