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Solving Malham’s ‘gridlock’ – have your say

Bainbridge, 9 October, 2018

Kirkby Malhamdale Parish Council has created three online questionnaires – for residents, local businesses and visitors – as part of its project to develop a Visitor Traffic Management Plan for Malham.

The questionnaires aim to gather information on travel patterns and needs, as well as views on possible options to address traffic and parking issues in the village.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is supporting the Parish Council by providing it with information; spreading the word about the surveys; and granting £7,481 towards the project from the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

The need for a fresh look at traffic management and parking in Malham was highlighted earlier this year during the Easter holidays, when people posted photos on social media showing the village to be gridlocked because of inconsiderate parking.  Malham – in the heart of limestone country – has long been popular with visitors, with Malham Cove, Janet’s Foss, Malham Tarn and Gordale Scar nearby.

Kirkby Malhamdale Parish Council has said it is looking to close the surveys on 22nd October.  It has commissioned the consultancy company, Atkins, to undertake the study.

Julie Barker, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Head of Visitor Services, said:   “Traffic and parking problems in Malham have been the subject of intense discussion over many years, involving a number of different bodies.  It is very important to obtain a wide range of views to help find solutions. If people who visit Malham could spare a few minutes to complete the questionnaire, it would be much appreciated.”

For more details go to the Parish Council’s website:   http://www.malhamdale.com/kmpc.htm

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