Harrogate business owner warns roadworks will hit trade

Harrogate business owner warns roadworks will hit trade

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 1:32pm 29th July 2019.

A Harrogate business owner says roadworks which have started today will have a major negative impact on her takings.

  • The A61 Ripon Road up to Killinghall will be shut for resurfacing between 9.30 and 3.30 every weekday for the next three weeks.
  • Tanya Umpleby who owns The Cud Life holiday cottages and campsite say they got no warning of the closure.
  • She says they've already had two cancellations on the first day of the roadworks.

The owner of a Harrogate campsite and holiday cottages has hit out at the county council for not informing her of roadworks which she says will have a major impact on her business.

Tanya Umpleby from The Cud Life, which also features a cookshop and coffee shop, has told us she knew nothing about the resurfacing work on the A61 until she saw a post on Facebook on Friday afternoon.

The A61 Ripon Road up to Killinghall will be closed between 9.30am and 3.30pm every weekday from today for the next three weeks.

Tanya says this will make it difficult for her residents to access the campsite on arrival, as well as restricting them from getting out and about while they're there.

She's also concerned the closure will affect passing trade at the cookshop and coffee shop.

Tanya claims she's received no communication whatsoever from the county council about the work, despite her business being located on the stretch of road affected.

She told us the first she knew about it was when she saw a post on Facebook late on Friday afternoon.

Tanya Umpleby, owner of The Cud Life on the A61 in Harrogate, said:

"We contacted four of the arrivals who are coming today, and two of them have cancelled.

"They can't use the bus from the end of the lane, a lot of the motorhome couples who come to the campsite depend on the number 36 bus passing, so one cancelled for that reason.

"The others said they weren't sure if they'd be able to get in and out, they're here to explore for four days and you can't do much exploring if you're stranded and not able to get out!"

North Yorkshire County Council has responded to the concerns which Tanya raised.

Nigel Smith, Head of Highway Operations, said: 

“Local people will not be prevented from coming and going from their properties, and personnel will be on site to help to manage access to properties within the works. The nature of the work and the constraints of the site mean there may be short delays at some times.

“Anyone living or working outside the closure will have to follow the diversion via Skipton Road and Otley Road. Pedestrians and emergency vehicles will be permitted access at all times.

“Signs alerting people to the road closure were erected on Monday, 22 July. Most residents and businesses within the closure received letters on Thursday, 25 July, with the remainder delivered on Friday. The contractor also spoke personally to a number of businesses within the closure. People within the closure have been given a phone number on which they can contact the contractor with any queries.

“We apologise for any disruption caused by the work.”


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