Current consultations

Precept consultation - closes 20 January 2019 at midnight
Housing STAR survey for all council tenants and leaseholders - closes 15 February 2019
Proposed changes to Ripon Customer Services - closes 22 February 2019
Proposed amendments to the non-domestic discretionary rates relief policy - closes 22 February 2019
Community Infrastructure Levy : Draft charging schedule consultation - six week consultation on the draft charging schedule runs until 22 February 2019.


Government consultation on proposals to ease some of the restrictions on the use of the Stray in order to host the UCI Road World Championships in 2019

Yorkshire will host the prestigious UCI Road World Championships in September next year and Harrogate will be the finish hub. The event is a significant part of the international cycling calendar and is the 'world cup' of cycling.

Like the Tour de France and the Tour de Yorkshire, there will be a requirement to use sections of the Stray for the race finish at the iconic finish line on West Park.

Sections of the Stray are likely to be required to provide facilities for visitors and spectators and will include catering, a VIP lounge, toilets, a fan park, large screens, viewing areas and merchandising together with a medal presentation stage.

In summary we anticipate the area of the West Park Stray bordering the A61 will be used in a similar way as to the Tour de France. It is also anticipated that there may be a small area for technical and media vehicle parking on the corner of Oatlands Drive and Knaresborough Road where the annual fun fairs are usually situated.

The UCI championships are not the first major sporting festival we have hosted. We now have a considerable amount of experience in making use of the Stray, protecting it and restoring it back to its usual state after the event. It is also important to note that even during the championships the majority of the Stray will remain available for the access and recreation as usual.

Earlier this year, we applied to government for parts of the Stray Act to be temporarily suspended for 26 days to accommodate the championships. We made it clear that this would be the last time we would ask Parliament for a temporary lifting of the Stray Act restrictions and that there are no plans for permanent change to the Stray Act.

As part of the parliamentary process, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is now consulting on our application and we welcome your feedback/views as part of our commitment to supplement and support the consultation.

The MHLG online consultation can be found online at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uci-road-world-championships-2019-in-harrogate-general-power-of-competence.

Comments can be sent to stray2019@communities.gov.uk or to Siohban Smyth, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF.

We are excited by the chance to host such a prestigious sporting event and raise the national and international profile of Harrogate. We believe it will make a significant contribution to the local economy of many residents and businesses.

The consultation closes on the 17 January 2019 and we would like to thank you in advance for sharing your views.


Precept consultation

How much are you willing to invest in your local police and fire and rescue service? Commissioner asks for your view.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan is asking North Yorkshire residents how much they are willing to pay in their council tax bill for North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Please visit www.northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk/how-can-we-help/your-say/consultations/precept-consultation for more information and to complete the survey.

The survey closes on 20 January 2019 at midnight


Housing STAR survey

Look out for a special survey we are posting to all council tenants and leaseholders to find out how satisfied you are with your home and the services you receive from us. Please return the survey by 15 February or complete an online version by going to www.surveyreplies.org/harrogate. You will need your own password to complete the survey online. You will find this in the covering letter which we are sending along with the paper copy of the questionnaire. There is a chance to win £100 in shopping vouchers and all your answers will be used to help improve our services.

The survey closes on 15 February 2019.


Proposed changes to Ripon Customer Services Centre

To join up with partners locally, to ensure customers are able to access and receive a wider range of support and services under one roof, we are considering moving the Customer Centre from Ripon Town Hall to Ripon Community House based at Sharow View, Allhallowsgate. This would deliver our services in the same location as North Yorkshire County Council services, local charities and events so allowing all partners to benefit from a shared location and create a more 'joined up' customer experience.

To complete the survey please visit www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=154564893296.

The closing date for responses is 22 February 2019.


Proposed amendments to the non-domestic discretionary rates relief policy

Since April 2018, the discretionary business rates relief policy has resulted in over £320,000 of relief being awarded to businesses across the district with positive feedback on our relief schemes both locally and nationally. To ensure the policy remains relevant and up to date, we are proposing additions and amendments to the current policy and would like your feedback on these.

To complete the survey please visit www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=154564579748.

The closing date for responses is 22 February 2019.


Community Infrastructure Levy : Draft charging schedule consultation
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows councils to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in the district. The money can be used to fund infrastructure projects such as schools, open space, flood defences and transport improvements that are needed to support development. Charging authorities set out the CIL rates in a charging schedule. CIL rates are expressed in pounds per square metre and will be levied against most new development. The council must set CIL rates based on evidence of the viability of different types of development and produce a charging schedule that is subject to an independent examination.

The documents and responses received for this consultation are available to read on the Community Infrastructure Levy web page or the consultation portal at consult.harrogate.gov.uk/portal.

A six week consultation on the draft charging schedule runs until 22 February 2019.

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