We Did It! She’s a Community Asset!

photo 2I’m so over the blinkin’ moon to announce that last week Harrogate Borough Council approved the application to formally register The Yorkshire Lass as an ‘Asset of Community Value’.

To find out more about what this actually means, see here.

When I heard the news, I screamed. Loudly. A lot! I’d hoped and hoped and hoped they would do this. I so hoped someone at HBC would see what I see, and blood, sweat and tears went into the nomination form. I had lots of doubts and the criteria was a bit of a worry, but I believed it was important to try.

Here’s what it says on the HBC website:

The definition of Community Value

A building or land in a local authority’s area will be listed as an asset of community value if, in the opinion of Harrogate Borough Council:

  • current primary use of the building/land or use of the building/land in the recent past furthers the social well-being or social interests (cultural, recreational, or sporting interests) of the local community
  • it is realistic to think that now or in the next five years there could continue to be primary use of the building/land which will further the social well-being or social interests of the local community (whether or not in the same way as before)

This is an amazing achievement. Yes, it’s a small step on an undoubtedly challenging journey, but it feels like a giant leap to kick-start the whole process. The best thing about all this is that some people were quick to rubbish this vision to save the former pub. It’s just an old pub. It looks a right state. It’s not worth saving it. Really?

I’ve always believed this place still has a beating heart and so much more to give. I see oodles of community value, potential and opportunity. And now I know that, not only am I not alone, but there’s a whole local army and even some ‘powers that be’ that see it too. Incredible.

This decision by HBC is like a big ‘high five’ to everyone that has given a damn. If you’ve posted a comment, signed the petition, contacted me, told your friends, or even just followed the story so far… You really did help make this happen. Thank you so much to all of you.

So, let’s crack on and see where this road takes us from here… There are a number of other things in the pipeline at the moment – I’ll keep you all posted.

And here’s a big, overexcited *high five* from me! 🙂

Rachel x


I’d like to say a special thanks to:

  • David Kaye & Knaresborough Civic Society
  • Andrew Jones MP
  • And my fellow Yorkshire Lass Project Team lovelies, Jane Beasley & Phil Harvey, who have believed in me and wholeheartedly supported all this craziness since I first told them over a beer.


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