Decision details

Active Travel Fund Consultation - Recommendation and Next Steps

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Business and Environmental Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


• To proceed with the following schemes through the Active Travel Fund (ACT) as a result of the public consultation exercise:
– Guisborough Road, Whitby
– A59 (Maple Close, Harrogate to Knaresborough)
– Victoria Avenue, Harrogate
• Reallocate the remaining £59,400 of capital funding to investigate and deliver an extended Whitby scheme along Mayfield Road (any monies remaining after which expenditure will cover any overspend)
• Draft a brief for an Oatlands Constituency feasibility study funded from remaining ATF budgets as set out earlier in this report subject to agreement with the Department for Transport

Reasons for the decision:

There are three strong schemes with majority support. Removing the scheme elements from Oatlands Drive, which received majority opposition, leaves us with a scheme that no longer meets the funding criteria for the Active Travel Fund. Given the volume of suggestions to extend the Whitby scheme to deliver a more cohesive route that better links with the town centre/other cycle ways and education/employment facilities it makes sense to investigate if it can be delivered within the remaining budgets.

Alternative options considered:

Progression of three schemes as drafted and part delivering the Oatlands Scheme, taking some elements of the Oatlands Drive scheme that had overwhelming support namely; a reduction of speed from 30mph to 20mph from Hookstone Road to York Place and parking restrictions from Slingsby Walk to York Place. This was rejected as delivering these items in isolation would displace existing problems and also limit opportunities to deliver a wider package of improvements in the future.

Publication date: 26/05/2021

Date of decision: 21/05/2021

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