Harrogate Borough Council
There has been a boundary change in Harrogate and there are 14 fewer seats than before.
To work out change, our experts have analysed previous results to say what the seats would have been in other elections.
Election 2018 Results
|Party||Elected in 2018||Total councillors||Change|
|Elected in 2018 31||Total councillors 31||Change+5|
|Elected in 2018 7||Total councillors 7||Change-5|
|Elected in 2018 2||Total councillors 2||ChangeNo results|
|Councillors change compared with 2016|
Harrogate’s high coronavirus infection rate has finally begun to fall as the number of patients needing hospital treatment for the virus remains steady.Copyright: BBC
After reaching record levels of 740 cases per 100,000 people earlier this month, the district’s weekly rate has now fallen to 612, saysthe Local Democracy Reporting Service.
That figure is still high and above the England average of 483. The seven day average of total case numbers for England and Wales is pictured above.
It was announced last week that schools in the Harrogate district were being encouraged to reintroduce face masks and postpone some activities after the high case rate was linked to young people.
See the latest case rates in your area here.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Harrogate will take in "more than our quota" of Afghan refugees fleeing the country following the Taliban takeover, the leader of the borough council has pledged.
Conservative councillor Richard Cooper said the refugees were “in need of and deserve our assistance” and pledged his support for the government's plans to resettle up to 20,000 Afghan refugees in the UK.
Earlier this year, the council offered to resettle 19 Afghans under a similar scheme, which targeted former translators and others who worked for the UK military.
Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Cooper said: “Back in June, Harrogate Borough Council pledged to take its fair share of the quota of Afghan interpreters who were seeking relocation to this country.
“We not only did that – we pledged to take more than our quota and we have done so.
“The government will now be coming forward with a new scheme for relocating Afghan refugees and on behalf of the council I want to make that pledge again: that we will not only take our quota that the government suggests, but we will take more.
“Harrogate is a welcoming, tolerant and diverse place and these people are in need of our assistance and deserve our assistance.”
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Tributes have been paid to a "principled" North Yorkshire county councillor who died on Thursday.Copyright: North Yorkshire County Council
Geoff Webber led the Liberal Democrat group on North Yorkshire County Council and was a former leader of Harrogate Borough Council.
He was first elected to the county council in 1993 and was also a former mayor of Harrogate and had served on Harrogate Borough Council until 2011.
Conservative leader of the county council, Carl Les, said: "I am very saddened to hear of Geoff's death and my thoughts are with his wife and family at this time.
"Geoff and I served on the county council for a similar length of time and I enjoyed many discussions and debates with him, and when he spoke I listened.
"He was a very principled man and was passionate about the community that elected him. He is a very sad loss to his community and the county council."
Mr Webber served on a number of county council committees and fellow Liberal Democrat councillor Philip Broadbank described him as a "sincere, devoted family man" who would be missed by many.
"He was always working to be constructive when faced with challenging issues and was a strong believer in the important role local government had in people's daily lives," he added.
A Harrogate councillor has praised staff at the town's NHS Nightingale Hospital, but says it was located in the wrong place.Copyright: Geograph/Gordon Hatton
It was confirmed yesterday that the Yorkshire and Humber Nightingale hospital in the town will close next month, having not treated any Covid patients.
The hospital opened at the town's convention centre in April to create extra capacity for Covid patients.
But the NHS said on Monday it was no longer needed because so much had been learned about how to treat coronavirus.
Harrogate councillor Jim Clark, who is also chairman of North Yorkshire County Council and is on the authority's health scrutiny committee, says the 500-bed field hospital was built in "record time" but it was located in the wrong place.
He says: "It was set up originally as an emergency hospital. Well, you don't build an emergency hospital in the middle of the most congested town in Yorkshire."
A Harrogate pub stripped of its licence for breaking lockdown rules could reopen under the control of a new landlord.Copyright: Google
The Coach and Horses, on West Park, had its licence revoked in July after setting up tables and chairs for customers buying takeaway drinks when lockdown restrictions were much tighter.
Samantha Nelson, the daughter of the previous landlord John Nelson, has now applied to take over the pub that has been in the family for over 30 years, said the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
Her application will be heard by Harrogate Borough Council on October 29.