Published — 16 January, 2019

UCI Stray consultation update

Local MP Andrew Jones has pledged to keep the public up-to-date with the outcome of a consultation into plans to relax the laws that protect the Stray for the period of the prestigious UCI Road World Championships in September where Harrogate is the finish hub. The event is a significant part of the international cycling calendar and is the ‘world cup’ of cycling.

Like the Tour de France and the Tour de Yorkshire, there will be a requirement to use sections of the Stray for the race finish at the iconic finish line on West Park.  This means that sections of the Stray are required for a fan park, large TV screens and toilets among other features associated with the race.

Last year, Harrogate Council applied to government for parts of the Stray Act to be temporarily suspended for 26 days to accommodate the championships.   The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) launched a consultation to assess public opinion.  The consultation closes tomorrow (17 January).

“I live within sight of the Stray so I understand why it is so valued.  It must be protected and events that are run on the Stray must be run in such a way that it is not damaged or compromised.  That is why this consultation is so important.  I look forward to seeing the results and will share these with constituents when they are published.”

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate & Knaresborough

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