‘Unauthorised’ roadworks cause flower show furore
The start of Harrogate Spring Flower show was marred by traffic and huge delays, caused by ‘unauthorised’ roadworks on Wetherby Road.
The hugely popular annual event always brings with it large numbers of visitors, and this was initially perceived as the reason for the extra congestion on Wetherby Road. However, it has been discovered that unauthorised roadworks on Wetherby Road and Rudbeck Close added to the woes of Harrogate travellers as the Flower Show opened on Thursday 23 April.
According to the Harrogate Advertiser an investigation has been launched to see why contractors began their work ahead of schedule, which is why they were not expected to clash with flower show traffic.
North Yorkshire County Council has also apologised for the delays, ‘sincerely’ according to the aforementioned newspaper. North Yorkshire’s Corporate Director for Business and Environmental Services, David Bower, stated that the roadworks that caused the problems were postponed to avoid such issues:
“We are more than aware of congestion issues in Harrogate and would not dream of planning works of this nature on a major route being used for a key event for the town such as the Spring Flower Show.
“Our contractors started this work without a street works notice which they are required to submit. The contractor had been advised that the show was taking place and other planned work had been specifically cancelled.
“We have deliberately delayed some major works from our highways improvement programme in order to provide some respite for the town after completing a number of major projects from a multi-million pound investment in Harrogate’s transport network.”
Were you stuck in the flower show traffic? Do you think there should be an investigation to get to the bottom of this, or perhaps that there are better ways for the council to use its resources? Let us know in the comments.