A committee in Northallerton met last Thursday to discuss a statement from Harrogate cycling campaigner Gia Margolis regarding the council’s track record in delivering active travel schemes. North Yorkshire Council has received millions in funding for projects like the Otley Road cycle path and the Station Gateway. The council is currently working on 10 transport improvements in the Pannal Ash and Oatlands area. However, there is frustration about the focus on Harrogate, with concerns that other areas are being neglected. In November, the council hired a full-time staff member to work on active travel projects in the Harrogate district, which has raised questions about unequal allocation of resources. Senior transport officers explained that the team’s workload in Harrogate is stretched and under significant pressure due to funding cuts. Councillors expressed concern about the impact of government cuts on local communities.
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