Cyclist hits out after he “could have been killed”

Harrogate cyclist Duncan Mullier was competing in a time trial event on the A168 near Boroughbridge and had just crossed the finish line when he was struck from behind by a motor car which failed to stop. Mr Mullier, 48 and a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, suffered a broken collar bone, shoulder blade and six ribs and claimed “I could have been killed, and at the time the driver can’t have known that I hadn’t been, yet he still didn’t stop.”

Two people in court over Harrogate stabbing

A 17-year-old girl and a 24-year-old man were detained and appeared in court after a man was stabbed in the leg on Cambridge Road in the town on August 22nd. The pair were charged with wounding with intent at York Magistrates’ Court and will appear at Crown Court in September. The victim has since been released from hospital.

Education row over 210-home property development

A contentious housing development on the border of Wetherby and Harrogate has been put on hold while further “behind closed doors” talks take place. Planning discussions over the field on Harrogate Road centred on the development being an “extension of Wetherby” and that it would rob some Harrogate residents of access to an outstanding school near to them, and result in children being bussed across the town to an inferior school.

Harrogate woman attacked by intruder

In what was described as a “heinous crime” by police, an intruder broke into the home of a 60-year-old woman in Harrogate and assaulted her, leaving the woman with bruising to her face, before then stealing personal belongings including wallets and mobile phones.

£7million NHS unit opens in Harrogate

Harrogate District NHS Foundation Trust opened a new Endoscopy Department in August, a purpose-built facility which took a year to construct. The new department is a huge boost to the area and to the NHS, and is already seeing up to 300 patients per week.

Harrogate primary school targeted by arsonists

The headteacher of Saltergate Primary School in Jennyfields has been “overwhelmed” by the support of local residents after the school’s bandstand was burnt to the ground over the summer holidays. The wooden structure was set alight in the early hours of a Sunday morning and passers-by raised the alarm. But local residents have now set up a Just Giving page to help fund a replacement and have also grouped together to help clear the site.

Reprise for housing development on agricultural land

Plans for more than 100 homes to be built on agricultural land in Harrogate have been revisited after a similar development on the same land was refused in 2016. The 5.8 acre site on Kingsley Road is open paddocks used for grazing livestock, and will be constructed via a joint venture by Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes.

Vandals attack popular café for second year running

The award-winning Magnesia Well Café in the Valley Gardens has been plagued by vandals for the second consecutive summer. After being closed for several days to attend to repairs last August, reports of break-ins, broken windows and roof tiles being dislodged have signalled another summer of distress in 2018.

Transport review to look at parking in Harrogate

A study is to be undertaken by Harrogate County Council into parking in the town centre, as part of an ambitious Station Gateway Project. With the aim of driving business growth and residential and retail opportunities in the town, the study will look at current parking and future provisions, with a view to the scheme creating high quality transport links incorporating rail, buses, cycling, walking and private cars, via a five year plan.

Report highlights Harrogate housing shortfall

Just released data has revealed that new housing in the Harrogate district is at nowhere near the levels it should be and where it was prior to the 2008 banking crisis. Harrogate needs to return to the 400-500 new houses per year norm, according to a BBC Shared Data Unit report, despite several housing developments being currently ongoing and some causing a degree of controversy around the region.

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