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Superfast Broadband Arrives In Settle

Residents and businesses in Settle are being reminded about a special event in the town tonight helping them to move to the forefront of modern technology. Telephone cabinets in and around Settle and Giggleswick have been upgraded with fibre-optic cable – which means much faster internet access to and from the area. The faster speeds will be a boon to users with no more hanging-around waiting for video-content to buffer, or photos and files to be uploaded and shared. Anyone wishing to find out more details about the changes can drop-in at the Royal Oak Hotel in Market Place between 6 and 8pm where representatives from ‘Superfast North Yorkshire’ will be on-hand to give advice and answer questions. Those unable…

Bradford Planners Throw Out Development Proposals In Bingley

Bradford planners have thrown out development proposals for an eyesore site in Bingley German supermarket chain Lidl had want to build a store on the now disused auction mart site on Keighley Road But the plans have been rejected, with increased traffic being cited as one of the chief reasons. While the site has been used for car boot sales, in the main it hasn’t been used since the marts closure more than 20 years ago The new store would have created around forty new jobs for the area

Fire Crews Called Out To Deal With Blaze On Ilkley Moor

Firecrews from across the area were called to deal with a major blaze on Ilkley Moor yesterday afternoon Residents in the area were contacted by police and fire service personnel and warned to shut their doors and windows, as smoke spread across a wide area It was the second such blaze in a matter of just a few days affecting the world famous beauty spot. Last Monday night around 25 firefighters were involved in tackling the first fire, which had begun near the White Wells building just after 10 o’clock. Again crews from Otley, Rawdon, Silsden and Keighley were called to deal with the grassland fire and remained on the scene until the early hours to stop it from spreading….

60,000 People Descended On Haworth For The Annual 1940s Weekend

And one local businesswoman estimated that up to 60,000 people descended on Haworth over the last three days for the annual 1940’s weekend. Diane Park of Wave of Nostalgia told local press that she thought visitors were probably a third up on last year. Diane, who recently moved her dressmaking business over to Haworth from West Craven, said the entire event had been very exciting. Drystone Radio saw more people than ever enter into the spirit of the weekend, dressing up either in wartime military uniform or fashion of the day. Organisers said they were delighted that the weather, although a little cooler than last week, held out for the event. And the next major event on a very busy…

Cutbacks To Youth Services Could Be Extremely Damaging To Our Communities

A young man from West Craven says he’s seriously concerned about cutbacks in Youth Services across the county. 16 year old Joshua Connor says youth services are particularly vulnerable while the county council faces massive cuts to their funding. Josh explained to Drystone Radio what the vulnerability is, over and above many other services provided by the county council. What he wants to do is to have the provision of Youth Services made a statutory requirement, something that would affect all county councils right across the land. So he’s gone right to the top and set up a petition, asking for the government to intervene and to enshrine youth services in law. It’s vital that any such petition gets as…

Pendle Mayor Nawaz Ahmed Completes Unique Fundraiser

The Mayor of Pendle, Councillor Nawaz Ahmed, has completed a unique fund-raising event for his Charity Appeal Fund. As promised, he stayed up for from sunset on Tuesday until sunrise on Wednesday. His eight hour vigil, outside Number One Market Street, opposite Nelson Town Hall, lasted from 8.45pm to 5.30am when the sun rose. Now he’d like to thank everyone who sponsored him for the Fundraiser. He revealed that, thanks to the generosity of Pendle people he was able to raise the staggering figure of over £2,400 for good causes! Plenty of people came over to see The Mayor during the vigil, including some who came at 3am to keep him company! And the Mayor of Pendle was also joined…

Dougie Lampkin Smashes Another Motorcycle Trials Record

Motorcycle trials ace Dougie Lampkin has come in for massive praise from both the trials fraternity and the people of Silsden, where he grew up after smashing yet another record. Dougie’s father, Martin Lampkin died last month following a year long battle with cancer – he had been the former World Champions mentor from the start of his career. It was a difficult decision for Dougie to make, but he decided he would take part in the internationally renowned Scottish Six Day Trial despite Martin’s recent death. Dougie already held the record for being the youngest ever winner of one of the world’s most gruelling motorsport events, when he claimed victory in 1994. The previous record holder for winning the…

Local Artist Terry Jorgensen Is Stunned After Posting One Of His Paintings On Social Media

A keen amateur artist has been left stunned after posting one of his pictures on a local Social Media page. Terry Jorgensen, who’s a retired design engineer, only took up painting four years ago. His latest work, done in oils, was posted on the Barnoldswick Talk page last night – and it was an instant hit, with literally dozens of complimentary comments. The subject matter was Barnoldswick’s picturesque Town Square, which Terry has managed to capture in such a way it’s even attracted several offers to buy. He was so encouraged by the local reaction to the picture he’s now considering a public exhibition of his work to date in West Craven, and has started a series of paintings depicting…

Mend Our Mountain Campaign Raises Over £10,000

There’s good news from the national Mend Our Mountains Campaign where the local project to fund the repair of paths across The Three Peaks has raised £700 more than the target, which was set at £10,000 In recent years the condition of the pathways has deteriorated because of the large numbers of walkers using them. Since we first broadcast news of the campaign some 204 people donated money to the cause Staff at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority will soon be able to begin the costly task of renovating The Swine Tail across Ingleborough and other pathways over the peaks. The funding-raising campaign is being kept open for an extra week until next Monday the 16th of May in…

More Good News About The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

There is more good news about the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority which last year gave the thumbs-up to 94 percent of planning applications. Most applications were determined within the recommended time-scales laid down by Whitehall. Every application involving an agricultural building was approved, along with 97 per cent of business applications. Appeals to the government’s planning inspectorate against applications rejected were successful in just under a fifth of cases, which is believed to be the best arte of any local authority in North Yorkshire.

Craven District Council Moving With The Recycling Times

Craven is moving with the times as the District Council is now starting to collect drink cartons as part of the kerbside recycling service. Previously waxed paper based cartons had to be sent to landfill because they required special treatment – but now they can be put in the blue bins along with glass, cans and plastic bottles. Residents are being asked to ensure they squash the cartons before placing them in the recycling bin. The material collected at the kerbside in Craven is taken to Yorwaste, North Yorkshire County Council’s waste management-arm, which in addition to its extensive processes for recycling waste is now producing significant amounts of green electricity using gas from the council’s land-fill sites.

Event Being Held In Settle To Learn More About Superfast Broadband

Residents and businesses in Settle and Giggleswick are being invited to learn more about Superfast Broadband at an event to be held next Tuesday evening at the Royal Oak Hotel in Settle. Telephone cabinets around the town have been upgraded to provide much improved internet access. The session is being run by Superfast North Yorkshire and experts will be on hand to answer questions about the benefits of superfast connection.

East Lancs Man Famed For His Safestyle UK TV Commercials Escapes Prison

An East Lancashire man famed for his Safestyle TV commercials and his catchphrase “you buy one, you get one free” has pleaded guilty to fraud 51 year old Jeff Brown was charged by Revenue and Customs who reported that he’d earned a total of £11,000 from work at Burnley Football Club as a matchday host But that palls into insignificance when compared to his un-declared earnings for his promotional work for Safestyle, which amounted to a third of a million pounds over six years – that did not include the TV commercials Income tax due amounted to £58,000 – after pleading guilty to all six charges he was sentenced to 20 months jail, suspended for two years. Brown hit the…

Several Libraries In The Region Face Closure

Big changes are afoot to libraries in part of our region after Lancashire County Council announced plans to close a number of branches in Pendle. The Council, which is battling to save money in the face of continuing budget cuts from central government, has ear-marked libraries at Barrowford, Earby and Trawden for closure. Facilities are to be concentrated on the libraries in Barnoldswick and Colne. On a more positive note, Earby’s New Road Community Centre would appear to be safe for the time being, being designated a Community Hub. The plans are now open for public consultation with a final decision expected in the summer.

Dairy Farmers Across Our Region Are Bracing Themselves For More Misery

Dairy farmers across our region are bracing themselves for more misery – as Drystone’s Business Editor Kevin Hey now reports: Milk processors Arla, First Milk, Muller and Dairy Crest have announced further cuts in the price they pay to farmers. These will come into force in the coming weeks. The average milk price for March stood at the lowest it has been since 2009. Some farmers across the country are on prices well below 16 pence per litre – which is lower than the cost of production. Clearly, this is unsustainable in the long term. The National Farmers Union is calling on all within the supply chain to recognise the seriousness of the situation and seek solutions. These are admirable…