Harrogate Borough Council has now begun a consultation about the Otley Road grass verges.
Some of the Otley Road grass verges (pictured above) are technically part of the Stray. To build the Otley Road Cycleway, some grass will have to be lost. Grassland elsewhere has to become part of the Stray in exchange.
HBC’s preferred option is to add to the Stray an area of grass and trees by Wetherby Road, at the rear of Harrogate Hospital. It will be of greater amenity value than the Otley Road verges.
The new proposed Stray land is shown in the photo below, at the top left of the image.
It’s also shown on the first of three maps in this document.
If there were too many negative responses to the consultation and not enough positive ones, the Otley Road Cycleway might never be built – so please respond.