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Local GP Says That Vacant GP Posts Have Virtually Doubled To 12%

A Cross Hills GP has commented in a national newspaper following the news that the number of vacant GP posts has virtually doubled to 12% in just 2 years The Daily Mail article claims that many more doctors are either taking early retirement or moving overseas It’s a well-known fact that the numbers of students studying to be doctors has dropped over the last six years – others are opting for hospital work rather than general practice But Dr Catherine Smith, registered manager of the Cross Hills Group Practice told the paper she wasn’t surprised at the rise in vacancies She said the practice has recruited ANPs (advanced nurse practitioners) and pharmacists to help as there are no GPs. The…

Residents And Businesses In Cross Hills Are Being Invited To Comment On Possible Improvements In TheVillage

Residents and businesses in Cross Hills are being invited to comment on ideas to improve the central shopping area of the village. Plans include reducing the unevenness of Keltus Square with the use of high quality surface materials. In addition there are plans to improve the general appearance of the Square by planting trees and shrubs, along with seating and better lighting. Elsewhere, the car park at Hall Street could be resurfaced with parking bays clearly identified, thus ensuring that the facility can be used to maximum capacity. The possibility of removing the wall to South Craven School is being mooted too – as a way of providing an open aspect. Information on the scheme is available in Cross Hills…

Cross Hills Man Escapes Driving Ban For Speeding

A Cross Hills man has escaped a driving ban despite being clocked at over twice the speed limit on his way home from work Richard Hampson was caught by a speed camera doing 66 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour speed limit in Halifax one April evening Hampson, who works in banking, told Bradford & Keighley magistrates he worked a 13 hour day, four days a week, before facing the drive home which was almost another hour In his defence it was stated that by public transport his journey would take an hour and a half, and that would be before a lengthy walk home The 41 year old, of Clayton Hall Road, was handed six penalty…

Burglaries In Cross Hills

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a number of burglaries and attempted thefts in a village near Cross Hills, overnight earlier this week. All of the incidents occurred between 10pm on Monday night and 5.45am on Tuesday morning in Grange Road, Farnhill. A house was burgled and a garage at a different property was also burgled, although nothing was taken from either property. An insecure vehicle was searched at a separate address and there was an attempted theft of a trailer from a fourth targeted property. Anyone with any information or who saw anything suspicious in the area is asked to contact PC Andy Middlemiss You can either Dial 101, press 2 and ask to speak to PC…

New Restaurant Opens In Cross Hills

One of Yorkshire’s biggest restaurants was due to open today in Cross Hills, breathing new life into the former Bella Napoli site, which closed last year Twenty Two the Square had initially been expected to open in March or April this year, after a deal was struck for the property by the owners of a restaurant in Halifax Raj Panesar and his business partner, Anthony Bickers, identified the premises as the ideal site for its expansion and approached long-term banking partner, Lloyds Bank, to support the purchase. The bank provided a six-figure mortgage and commercial loan to enable Raj to acquire the business. It also offered a £90,000 development overdraft to support the cost of the refurbishment which included a…

70 Jobs To Go In Cross Hills

Around 70 jobs could go in Cross Hills with the announcement that Burberry is to relocate to new premises in Leeds, merging two of their existing manufacturing facilities The company makes iconic trench coats, known throughout the world, and the new site will provide both weaving and manufacturing under one roof The company says it hopes workers from both plants will relocate to the new factory, to be built on a site on the South Bank in the city The other factory, employing 700 people, is in Castleford Meanwhile, the community will benefit from the move – when the factory is vacated Burberry says it will hand it over to the people of Cross Hills for use in a regeneration…

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.    

South Craven School Needs Support for New Sports Facilities

Local secondary school South Craven, of Holme Lane, Cross Hills, is looking for public support regarding plans for a new sports construction. The Air Dome – a fabric construction that is inflated with compressed air – has enough floor space to house three tennis courts, or two 5-a-side football pitches/netball courts, that would be available to students as well as the local community. The dome is offered by the same company that constructed South Craven’s recent sports tent, and it is already very popular in Europe, commonly being used for swimming pools. The school would love to bring it to Craven. Headteacher Dr Andrew Cummings hopes, first and foremost, to create an excellent sporting facility for South Craven’s students. The…

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…