Author Archives: David Adams

Silsden Golf Club Loses Clubhouse

The Clubhouse that was built with substantial grant aid is to be developed as a residence . The club has had debt problems for some time . It currently has only a five year lease on it’s course.

End of the Road for Stalwart Bus Company

Locally based Pennine Motors who run services in and around Skipton will run it’s final services today (Friday) after it announced back in April that it was no longer financially viable to run it’s services, due to a cut in public funding. The bus company has been running for over 80 years serving Skipton and the Dales. The company was founded in 1925 by The Simpson family and since then has been an iconic public transport in our area running the orange buses in the area. In a statement on their website the company said: “It is with regret that as from close of business on the 16th May, 2014 Pennine Motors will no longer trade as a bus company….

Crosshills Surgery continues to use 0844 phone number.

The 0844 number makes extra profits for the practice and has been outlawed by the operating contract of the surgery. They are one of only 11% of surgeries in the country that continue to benefit. Local patients complain about having to hang on the phone for 4 to 8 minutes when ringing the 0844 number which is quoted as the main number on the surgery website. The practise administrator Belinda Smith is quoted as saying that moves are in hand to stop this practice but still intends to keep the excess profits which have been made over the last three years when every other surgery in the area has honoured their contract and used only less expensive landlines.    

Struggling to pay tax? Contact the Council

Craven District Council are urging business owners and residents to contact the Council if they are struggling to pay council tax bills. Payment arrangements can be made for anyone struggling to pay the bills. Significant changes in the way debts can be enforced and collected come into effect from April 2014 under new legislation known as The Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014. The Council has a legal obligation to collect council tax and business rates. From 6th April 2014 councils can instruct an Enforcement Agent (a bailiff) to collect outstanding council tax or business rates debt if a liability order has been issued. This might happen if there is no information about the circumstances surrounding a debt, a…