Otley Road Stray verges
Otley Road Stray verges

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.

Slingsby Walk, Wetherby Road crossing
Slingsby Walk, Wetherby Road crossing

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.

Otley Road verges consultation

5 thoughts on “Otley Road verges consultation

  • August 21, 2020 at 8:02 am

    I strongly support the Otley Road Cycleway and would support the option of the Wetherby road amenity grass area. Sarah Craven

  • August 21, 2020 at 9:12 am

    I support the use of the land adjacent to the hospital as the replacement grass for that lost on Otley Road.

    Joe Smith

  • August 25, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Lets get Otley Road Cycleway started and sorted, NYCC just continue to talk about it. I support the use of the land adjacent to the hospital as the replacement grass for that lost on Otley Road.

  • September 28, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Does anyone know whether the trees on the Otley Road verges will be affected by the construction of the cycle way?

    • September 28, 2020 at 9:13 am

      Hi Andrea,

      The main loss of trees is nothing to do with the cycleway. Trees have already been felled in advance of widening Otley Road to make it 2 lanes for vehicles, near the junction with Harlow Moor Road.

      I believe a single tree may be removed (and replaced by 3 trees elsewhere) to enable the cycleway to be built.

      There has been a lot of misinformation about the trees, but all but one being lost are due to widening the road for cars.


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