|YOU ARE INVITED|
TO THE FIRST OPEN MEETING
OF INDEPENDENT HARROGATE
5.30pm for 6.00pm – 7.30pm
(meeting begins at 6.00pm sharp)
Monday 14th October
Ogdens of Harrogate, James Street
THE STATE OF HARROGATE
RSVP by 11th October: firstname.lastname@example.org
Drink and nibbles
The UCI Championships are over and while their effects will be widely discussed by both residents and businesses, it is emphatically the case that our beautiful town was already exhibiting major warning signals before they arrived. Witness the increasing vacant shop units, the state of our roads and streets and diminishing footfall. Did you know that, according to a BBC reporter, Harrogate has the highest level of CVAs (Company Voluntary Arrangements) by number in the UK, and sharing the top spot are the large cities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Reading? Not what we are used to! Harrogate’s high streets are in a critical state!
Independent Harrogate came together originally around NYCC’s threat to increase parking charges and our response is that this is ridiculous. This is still the situation and the last thing we need. We want a new regime with more free parking to help reverse the current trend of ever reducing footfall.
NYCC were able to fund a reduction in their parking revenue during the UCI, and we think that the least they can do now is compensate businesses in town for the harm they have done. We think that they should at least offer a period of substantially more free parking, perhaps, in the run up to Christmas. We are meeting them in the near future.
We have just witnessed a very expensive experiment as to what happens if traffic is excluded from the town centre while access by foot, bike and public transport is increased. Even with more visitors than usual, the streets were almost empty and there have been some dire consequences for many businesses. We believe that our future should be based around quality not quantity.
Despite meetings with HBC and BID, our requests for representation on the BID board are still being knocked back. It is vital that all of us, the lifeblood of the town, have a voice on its future. We want as many of you as possible who are levy payers to become members of BID so that we can influence how our money is spent. We don’t think that Transformers will transform Harrogate! (if you don’t understand this, we can explain it when we see you at the meeting).
We need your input and support.
Please make every effort to come to this meeting