A Community Project

Sharing with the Town

Wednesday 14th November from 1.30 – 4 pm at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre


Access around Knaresborough is not easy for a lot of people and the Crag is both a thing of beauty but also divides the town into two. Visitors to Waterside rarely venture up the steep uneven steps to the Castle, marketplace and High Street – and vice versa. In effect, this 
means the town has two separate economies – and many visitors and local people alike have problems getting to all areas of the town easily.

A “Cliff Lift” may provide a solution to the problem and in order to overcome concerns about the character and heritage of Waterside being spoilt much careful thought will be needed to introduce a new structure in such a sensitive location.

In order to help resolve the issue of poor access in and around Knaresborough, consultations are taking place with various groups who are most likely to gain from any access improvements: i.e. seniors with age-related mobility problems, people with a range of disabilities, families with young children, tourists and local businesses. A workshop for seniors has already taken place and many ideas to tackle access problems were discussed including the Cliff Lift.

A second workshop for disabled people is to take place on Wednesday 14th November from 1.30 – 4 pm at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre. It will be an opportunity to find out more about the Cliff Lift project and discuss problems people face getting around town as well as looking at the various options
available to tackle them. Refreshments will be provided. People will be asked to complete a simple questionnaire and for those who need it, help will be at hand if required.

A general questionnaire for local people to complete will be available in the near future on the website too.
Early in 2019 consultations with parents of young children will start followed by consultations with local businesses and tourists. Finally, Kathy Allday with the help of other Renaissance Knaresborough volunteers will collate and write up the findings and present these to Council and various town groups as well as publicise them on our website and in the media.

If anyone wants to attend the next workshop or find out more information about the consultation process they can contact Kathy by email