We face two initial challenges from this project
Firstly, we don’t yet know the exact route options for road or rail. EastWest Rail Limited (EWR) is responsible for the rail section. They have refused to share information on the proposed routes with us unless we sign a non-disclosure agreement. This despite asking for the public’s view!
3,300 of you joined us in telling them that this was not acceptable. We all need to be properly informed in order to respond.
The other issue is that we don’t know where all the ancient woods and trees are. There could be hundreds of ancient and veteran trees unmapped in this area. We can’t protect the trees if we don’t know where they are.
We’re now waiting for more details of the project, but you can still help. Record any ancient and veteran trees between Oxford and Cambridge on the ancient tree inventory. The more that we know about, the stronger our case will be when the next phase of consultation begins.
Yorkshire town stands up for trees
In a bid to ease Harrogate’s traffic issues, North Yorks County Council ran a congestion consultation, which included a relief road option. But the road would cut through the middle of our much loved site, Bilton Beck and Rudding Bottoms, which forms part of the wider Nidd Gorge valley.