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Harrogate Residents News

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March edition of Residents’ News we send Residents’ News once a month to bring you all the latest news from your borough council and the many services we provide. In this bumper edition, you’ll find out about:

In this edition, you’ll find out about:

  • Making sure your vote counts on 5 May
  • £150 council tax rebate for eligible households
  • A new council for North Yorkshire
  • Waste and recycling collections this Easter
  • Spring bedding plants for sale
  • Energy-efficient leisure facilities coming to Harrogate and Knaresborough

    Next month, work will start to provide modern and energy-efficient leisure facilities in both Harrogate and Knaresborough.

    The Hydro in Harrogate will receive an extension and refurbishment of the swimming pools area and changing facilities, a new diving structure, a 400sqm fitness suite, improved reception and café and an overhaul of the existing gym and leisure facilities.

    The existing gas boilers will be replaced with air source heat pumps, along with the installation of solar panels. These energy efficiency measures come following a successful bid through the government’s public sector decarbonisation scheme and will half the carbon footprint of the leisure centre.

    Outside, the building will be remodelled to complement the surrounding environment. Along with a reconfigured car park, landscaping, bicycle storage and electric vehicle charging points.

    The new facility in Knaresborough – which will replace the existing pool once complete – will provide a six-lane 25metre pool, activity pool with flume, sauna and steam room, fitness suite and studio, spin studio, café, electric car charging points, bicycle storage and large, modern play area.

    It will also include air-source heat pumps, solar panels and high-efficiency building materials to reduce the carbon footprint and achieve a BREEAM standard of ‘excellent’ as a minimum.

    We’ll have further news over the coming months as work progresses.

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  • Make your vote count On Thursday 5 May, residents will be able to vote for their local councillor who will form part of 89 new divisions, represented by 90 councillors across the county.The councillors elected will serve the final year of the county council and the first four years of the new single council. They will shape what public services will look like ahead of the new North Yorkshire Council. District and borough councils will remain until 1 April 2023, and the councillors serving them will continue in their roles until that date. Depending on where you live, you may also have the opportunity to vote for a local town or parish councillor.To vote in the elections on 5 May you must be on the electoral register. If you are not currently registered to vote, or you have moved to a new house recently and are not registered at your new address, it’s not too late. The deadline to register to vote is Thursday 14 April.If you know that you will not be able to get to your polling station on 5 May, you can apply to vote by post or proxy.To apply for a postal vote you need to complete an application form and return it to us by 5pm on Tuesday 19 April.To apply for a proxy vote (when someone votes on your behalf) you will need to complete an application form and return it to us by 5pm on Tuesday 26 April. If you apply for a proxy vote, the person voting on your behalf must be eligible to vote in the election themselves. You can see the new electoral divisions and find out more about the elections on the county council website.
  • £150 council tax rebate for eligible households

    Government has announced a package of support for residents known as the Energy Bills Rebate.As part of this support, council taxpayers who live in a band A to D property (or in band E and receives a disabled band reduction) will receive a one-off payment of £150 to help with rising energy costs. The quickest way to receive your payment is to set up a direct debit to pay your council tax as you will receive the payment automatically. If you do not pay your council tax by direct debit you will need to complete an application form on our website in due course. Please note, we will not contact you by telephone regarding this energy bills rebate.In the meantime, you should continue to pay your council tax bill as normal. If you are struggling to pay, please get in touch with us. For more information visit our council tax energy rebate page.

  • A new council for North Yorkshire You’ll probably remember from a previous edition of Residents’ News that the current county, district and borough councils in North Yorkshire are going to be replaced by a single council in April 2023.You shouldn’t notice any difference to the services in your community that we know you value and appreciate.However, if you have any questions about what’s happening, virtual ‘roadshows’ are taking place across the county in April.
    • The Skipton and Ripon roadshow (covering the parliamentary constituency of the same name) is on Monday 4 April from 6.30pm to 8pm.
    • The Selby and Ainsty parliamentary area (this is for you if you live in the south east of the Harrogate district) briefing takes place on Wednesday 6 April from 6.30pm to 8pm.
    • And the Harrogate and Knaresborough parliamentary area briefing takes place on Tuesday 12 April from 6.30pm to 8pm.

    Anyone wishing to attend a session or wanting to find out more can visit the

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  • Waste and recycling collections this Easter

    With Easter right around the corner – and all those chocolate eggs that you may or may not be eating – we wanted to let you know about waste and recycling collections.All garden waste, recycling and refuse collections will take place as normal the week commencing Monday 11 April.The following week (week commencing Monday 18 April) all collections will be a day later than usual. Therefore;

    • Monday 18 April will be Tuesday 19 April
    • Tuesday 19 April will be Wednesday 20 April
    • Wednesday 20 April will be Thursday 21 April
    • Thursday 21 April will be Friday 22 April
    • Friday 22 April will be Saturday 23 April

    Normal collections will resume on Monday 25 April.And don’t forget; Easter egg boxes can be flattened and put in your blue bag, while any foil can be scrunched up and put in your black box.If you’re unsure you can check your collection day on the In My Area section of our website.

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  • Community groups urged to apply for Platinum Jubilee grants scheme

    We’re urging community groups to apply for a community grant to help celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

    Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. An extended bank holiday – from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June – will provide an opportunity for communities to come together to celebrate this historic milestone.

    To help Harrogate district residents do so, we’re inviting community groups and organisations to apply for grants of between £200 and £1,000 for events and activities taking place over the Jubilee bank holiday.

    They can also apply for up to £2,000 for legacy projects that must be completed by 30 September.

    Guidance notes and an online application form can be found on our website.

    The closing date for all applications is noon on Friday 8 April.

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  • Healthy free school meals campaign

    Families across North Yorkshire are being encouraged to take up school meals as an affordable and healthy way to feed their children.

    As our budgets face ever more pressure from the rising cost of living, school meals offer a hot and nutritious dinner every day for children.

    The county’s school meals service provides millions of meals a year to pupils. As schools get back into full swing following the pandemic, the county council has come up with a series of initiatives to increase the take-up of school meals.

    The first is to break down the barriers faced by families eligible for free school meals but also includes:

    • giving children the chance to try new foods before they are served
    • street food options to attract older students
    • menus designed with children in mind
    • exciting themed promotion days for children

    The school meals service ensures food is as fresh as can be to support the local economy and contribute to reducing the county’s carbon footprint.

    The fresh meat and poultry used in school dinners is Red Tractor meat sourced from within the UK from animals reared to the highest standards.

    Fish is sustainably caught, fruit and vegetables are locally sourced where possible, all eggs are free range and come from Yorkshire and the majority of cheese is from Cheshire.

    The meals are free from additives, are nutritionally balanced and cooked from scratch in a school kitchen each day.

    There is more information about school meals on the North Yorkshire County Council website.

  • March edition of Residents’ News Celebration of modern British abstract paintings at the Mercer Gallery

    Painting – many never seen before – by some of the biggest names in modern British abstract art, including Yorkshire’s John Hoyland (left) and Patrick Heron, Gillian Ayres and Albert Irvin are to be shown at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate from this Saturday (2 April) until 4 September.

    The artwork has been provided by one outstanding private collection, with supporting works loaned from the artists themselves or their estates. The exhibition also features the work of Patrick Jones, Gary Wragg, John Edwards, John McLean, Douglas Abercrombie, along with acclaimed contemporary abstract painters Mali Morris and Fred Pollock.

    The paintings will be accompanied by short quotes from the artists, which will replace the usual biographies and curator-led interpretations. There will also be several armchairs placed throughout the gallery inviting people to sit, look and think about how a particular painting makes them feel.

    You can find out more about the exhibition on the Visit Harrogate website.

    Garden waste collections underway for 2022

    Spring has officially sprung and we suspect that you might be deciding when to cut the lawn or carry out some initial seasonal gardening, if you haven’t already!

    That’s all well and good, but you may be wondering what to do with the grass clippings and other prunings.

    We can help you avoid a trip to the tip with our garden waste service.

    With collection from the kerbside every fortnight through to mid-November, it’s not too late to renew or subscribe for the first time.

    You can sign-up via the garden waste collection page on our website or give our friendly team a call on 01423 500600.

    The cost for collections in 2022 is £41 which is for use with one bin or garden waste sacks if you don’t have room at home for a wheelie bin.

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  • Need a hand to help get Fit4Life?We have a fantastic team of experts at Brimhams Active who can help you feel better through their Fit4Life weight management programme.It’s free, easy to join and everyone is welcome.Over 12-weeks they teach you how to move more, eat well and lose weight. They’ll support you every step of the way with healthy eating advice and fitness classes. There’s also an option to use Brimhams Active pools and gyms while you are on your weight loss journey.You need to be aged 18 or over and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or above (if you are from an ethnic minority or you have hypertension, diabetes, cardiac or respiratory problems, your BMI can be 25 or above). You’ll also need to live, work or be registered with a GP in the Harrogate district to join the programme and commit to all 12-weeks.You can find out more on the Fit4Life website page
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  • Spring bedding plants grown by our expertsA variety of spring bedding plants are now blooming and ready to buy from our horticultural nursery.Including primroses, pansies, polyanthus, bellis daisies and violas, all in a variety of stunning colours.You can choose from individual plants or for those planting up a border, container tray packs are also available. There are also planted pots, do-it-yourself container kits, hanging baskets, and gift vouchers on sale.You’ll find the nursery nestled near the Pinewoods off Harlow Moor Road on Nursery Lane (use the postcode HG2 0FH) and the shop is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 3.30pm.For more information visit the nursery website page.The horticultural nursery team will also be selling home grown plants at the Little Bird Made market in Valley Gardens this Sunday (3 April) between 10am and 3pm.
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  • Last chance to nominate a STAR
  • Every year we celebrate the achievements of our employees as part of our Special Thanks and Recognition Scheme (STARS).Nominations are open for the People’s Choice Award and that’s where you come in.If one of our staff has made a real difference to you, your family or someone you know then please consider showing your appreciation by nominating them.Your nomination should include an example of how someone has gone out of their way to help you and make a difference to your life or someone around you, as well as acting as an ambassador for us.But be quick, you’ve only got until this Thursday (31 March) to submit your nomination.
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  • Play games in our parks

    Looking for something active to do with all of the family outdoors this Easter holidays? We have a variety of sports activities available for everyone to enjoy in our parks.At Valley Gardens in Harrogate you’ll find an 18-hole crazy golf course, nine-hole pitch and putt, nine-hole disc golf, table tennis and tennis courts.Next to Knaresborough Castle Museum there’s an 18-hole putting green and crown green bowls, and in Ripon Spa Gardens you can enjoy flat green bowling, a nine-hole crazy golf course and tennis courts.For opening times and prices visit our games in parks page.To book a tennis court in the Valley gardens or Ripon Spa Gardens visit the Lawn Tennis Association website.

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  • Support your community this spring

    Instead of buying chocolate eggs this Easter why not buy a LOCAL LOTTO ticket and give some eggxtra support to a local good cause?

    For the price of a chocolate egg you could support a local charity or community group which is working hard to provide a wide range of activities and services.

    In return, you could win prizes of £25,000, £2,000, £250, £25 or three free tickets each week. Tickets* cost £1 and 60p from every ticket sold goes back to good causes across the Harrogate district.

    There are over 100 good causes to choose from and if you can’t decide you could support THE LOCAL FUND who support numerous community groups and charities through its annual grant scheme.

    Visit THE LOCAL LOTTO website to find out more and sign-up. *Players must be 16 years or over

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  • Come and join team Harrogate

    We think Harrogate Borough Council is a fantastic place to work (but then we’re slightly biased).

    As well as amazing colleagues, we offer competitive salaries, flexi-time and a range of other benefits.

    We’re always looking for new people to join the team. We currently have the following vacancies:

    Turkish Baths Harrogate is also looking for therapists to provide treatments ranging from massages and manicures to reflexology and Reiki.

    If you are a reliable, friendly, fully qualified therapist who can provide high-quality calming contemporary spa treatments and therapies then get in touch.

    Visit our jobs page to find out more about working for us and all the latest opportunities.