Results and reports from consultations

Ripon Crèche

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.

Full consultation results

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.


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 localdemocracy.harrogate.gov.uk/submissiondocuments.asp?submissionid=33186.


Swimming sessions

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.

Wheelchair accessible vehicles feedback from users
Wheelchair accessible vehicles feedback from operators


Welfare Strategy

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 localdemocracy.harrogate.gov.uk/submissiondocuments.asp?submissionid=33117.


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.

Climate Change Strategy


Budget report

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:

localdemocracy.harrogate.gov.uk/submissiondocuments.asp?submissionid=31492


Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

Following the boundary review it has been necessary to review polling districts, places and stations to take account of the new ward boundaries. A number of draft proposals for future polling arrangements throughout the Harrogate district have been put forward and we sought views on those proposals through a public consultation process which will ran between 21 August and 18 September 2017.

Response to Harrogate


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
  • logistics
  • scientific research and development

Full results

Council response to consultation results

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 business@harrogate.gov.uk


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. A further consultation relating to the design of the facility will be undertaken at a later date and will placed on the Have Your Say page of the councils website.

Consultation update


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

Stray Act consultation 2017
Stray Act appendices A-G
Stray Act appendix H
Stray Act appendix I
Stray Act appendix J
Stray Act appendix K
Stray Act appendix L


Draft Harrogate District Local Plan

The council has been consulting on a draft of the new Local Plan for the district, which will set out where land should be provided to accommodate the new homes and jobs the district needs. Responses to the consultation will now be considered before recommendations are made to Members regarding any changes required to the plan before we consult on it again later in the year.

Comments made to the consultation are available to view on the consultation portal.

consult.harrogate.gov.uk/portal/pp/lp/dlp


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:

localdemocracy.harrogate.gov.uk/submissiondocuments.asp?submissionid=30264


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
localdemocracy.harrogate.gov.uk/agenda.asp?meetingid=4832


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

Final decision report


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:
localdemocracy.harrogate.gov.uk/submissiondocuments.asp?submissionid=28555


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:

localdemocracy.harrogate.gov.uk/submissiondocuments.asp?submissionid=28538

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 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 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.

Page last updated 23/10/2018