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Harrogate bus station to close temporarily at nights after 7pm

Alternative bus stops have been announced as Harrogate bus station prepares to close temporarily. The Harrogate Bus Company, which is owned by Transdev, shared the news on social media last night. It said the bus station, on Station Parade, will close after 7pm, from Sunday to Thursday between April...

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Bilton independent candidate leans on business experience in mayor campaign

Bilton resident Paul Haslam believes his extensive business experience stands him in good stead to be Mayor of York and North Yorkshire. The Bilton and Nidd Gorge councillor was the last of six candidates to throw their hat into the ring to be the inaugural mayor. Standing as an independent, Mr Hasl...

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The Harrogate Vet to open 24-hour animal hospital

The Harrogate Vet is set to open a new 24-hour hospital. The practice, which opened on Leeds Road in 2019, shared the news on social media this afternoon. It said building work on its new “state-of-the art veterinary hospital” on Ripon Way had begun and it was due to open this summer. Veterinary...

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North Yorkshire Council issues ‘call for sites’ for new planning blueprint

North Yorkshire Council has begun the process of developing a new planning blueprint for the county. The local authority is now accepting call for sites submissions as part of its plans to draw up Local Plan. The Local Plan will set out where development can take place across North Yorkshire over th...

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Harrogate businessman denies stalking allegation

A Harrogate businessman is to face trial by jury after denying allegations of stalking and breaching a restraining order. Jason Shaw, 55, of Rutland Drive, appeared at York Crown Court via video link today when he pleaded not guilty to the two allegations. The prosecution alleges that Mr Shaw – wh...

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Nidd Gorge footpaths get £165,000 upgrade

Major upgrades to footpaths are getting underway at Nidd Gorge and Bilton Beck to make the woodlands more easily accessible. The gorge and beck, which are close to Knaresborough and Harrogate, attract many visitors but the woodland suffers from wet and muddy paths for much of year, especially in win...

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Otley Road cycleway in Harrogate to be extended

The Otley Road cycleway in Harrogate is to be extended, a meeting heard last night (April 17). The cycleway was conceived as part of wider plans to form a safe off road cycling route from Harrogate town centre to Cardale Park. The first phase from Cold Bath Road to Harlow Moor Road, was constructed ...

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Plans approved for new tattoo studio in Harrogate

A planning application for a new tattoo studio in Harrogate has been approved. Applicant Marco Giusti submitted a change of use plan to North Yorkshire Council last month. It was approved on Tuesday, April 16. It proposed to convert the unit currently occupied by the Chihuahua Lounge café, on Knare...

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Closed primary school near Boroughbridge could reopen as nursery

A school between Boroughbridge and Ripon that closed last year could reopen as a nursery. Skelton Newby Hall Church of England Primary School in Skelton-on-Ure struggled with falling numbers of pupils and was eventually forced to close after having just one student enrolled. It has been vacant...

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Preloved clothing shop to open in Harrogate today

A clothes shop selling preloved, designer and high-street womenswear is due to launch in Harrogate today (April 18). Preloved Chic Harrogate will be located in Windsor House on Cornwall Road. The business is co-owned by Harrogate women Cat Stanford, 52, and Kate Watts, 49 who said they aim to offer ...

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Green party candidate pledges not to ‘overpromise’ in mayoral campaign

The Green Party’s Kevin Foster says he does not see himself as a politician, more of an “ordinary person done good”. Mr Foster’s background includes serving in the British Army reserves for 30 years before moving into politics. He successfully stood for election on RIchmondshire District Cou...

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Petition aims to stop Harrogate animal testing firm felling trees

A petition has been launched to stop an animal testing company from felling two semi-mature trees in Harrogate. American healthcare firm Labcorp Drug Development, which was previously known as Covance and has a site on Otley Road, conducts tests on animals, including dogs and mice. It is frequently ...

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New headteacher appointed at Harrogate primary school

Western Primary School in Harrogate has appointed a new headteacher to take over at the end of the academic year. Johanna Slack will take over from current headteacher Tim Broad, who is to retire. Ms Slack is currently headteacher at Tang Hall Primary School in York and has over 20 years teaching ex...

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Campaigner launches crowdfunder to battle Harrogate Spring Water

The woman behind a campaign to stop Harrogate Spring Water’s expansion into Rotary Wood has launched a crowdfunder to raise money for site surveys, monitoring equipment and printing flyers. The Danone-owned water company has lodged plans with North Yorkshire Council to expand its bottling plant on...

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Business Q&A: Gemma Aykroyd, The Cheeseboard

This is the latest in a regular series of Business Q&A features published weekly.      This week we spoke to Gemma Aykroyd, owner of The Cheeseboard in Harrogate. Tell us in fewer than 30 words what your firm does.  The Cheeseboard sells more than 200 different types of cheese from around ...

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Council asked to reconsider Fountains Earth school closure

Senior Conservative councillors could be asked to reconsider the decision to close Fountains Earth primary school in Nidderdale. North Yorkshire Council’s executive met last month in Northallerton to approve the closure following a consultation. The school in Lofthouse, near Pateley Bridge, faced ...

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The third Brian Chester Tractor Road Run raised more than £1100 for the Sir Robert Ogden MacMillan Centre at Harrogate Hospital

The third Brian Chester Tractor Road Run on Saturday 13 April raised more than £1100 for the Sir Robert Ogden MacMillan Centre at Harrogate Hospital. More than 70 vintage tractors took part in the run held in memory of popular National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club (NVTEC) chairman and founding T...

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Developer appeals decision to refuse 53 homes in Harrogate

A property developer has launched an appeal after its bid to build 53 homes in Harrogate was refused. Councillors on North Yorkshire Council’s Harrogate and Knaresborough planning committee rejected plans for the homes off Knox Lane in the Bilton area in September last year. Now Teesside developer...

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Mayoral candidate makes compensation pledge regarding A59 Kex Gill closure

Independent candidate Keith Tordoff has said he will aim to pay compensation to businesses affected by the A59 closure if he becomes mayor of York and North Yorkshire. The main route between Skipton and Harrogate has been shut since February due to a landslip. It’s led to a lengthy diversion throu...

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E-cigarette shop opens in Knaresborough

An e-cigarette shop has opened on Knaresborough High Street. Kings Lites is based in the former Yorkshire Building Society unit that has been vacant since 2018. The e-cigarette specialist already has two stores in York and is looking at opening a fourth site, with Harrogate on its radar. Former prof...