Current consultations

Proposed council tax empty property charges - closes 6 January 2019
Waste satisfaction survey - closes 7 January 2019
Sport and leisure facilities survey - closes 7 January 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 - closes 17 January 2019


Proposed council tax empty property charges

Harrogate Borough Council are considering how to respond to changes in legislation which give additional powers to increase council tax premiums on habitable residential properties that have been empty for two years or more.

We would like to hear your views on the subject prior to recommending changes to the current levels of premium charged.

To complete the survey please visit www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=154322654451.

The closing date is 6 January 2019.


Waste satisfaction survey

We are always looking for ways ensure to ensure customers are satisfied with the services we deliver. We are keen to receive feedback from residents on the current waste and recycling provision and the information you provide in this survey will enable us to consider any improvements or future developments for the service.

To complete the survey please visit www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=153908985489.

The closing date is 7 January 2019.


Sport and leisure facilities survey

The council has appointed Strategic Leisure Limited to undertake an indoor sports facility needs assessment on its behalf. Part of the project includes consultation with residents and other users to understand their needs in relation to the council's sports and leisure facilities.

To complete the survey please visit www.harrogate.gov.uk/leisure.

The closing date is 7 January 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.

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