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Swiss Company Habasit Are Leaving Silsden

A company that claims to be the worldwide number one in its field has just added to local fears that Silsden is becoming a dormitory town. Habasit, who claim to be the world’s number one industrial belt manufacturer, has confirmed fears that it’s to relocate its Silsden factory to Elland, near Halifax. There’s the potential for the loss of around 80 jobs in the local market, but coupled with proposals to build yet more houses there are fears the local infrastructure simply won’t cope. It’s understood some of Habasit’s employees will migrate to Elland, but that won’t mitigate the loss of jobs actually based in the town. The company is Swiss-owned, and was formed in 1946 – its product range…

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…

Tributes Flooding In For Sporting Superstar Martin Lampkin

Tributes have been flooding in following the death of a sporting superstar from Craven. Martin Lampkin, the very first FIM World Motorcycle Trials champion died at the weekend after a year long fight against cancer. The third son in a famous motorcycling dynasty, Martin was brought up in Silsden, where he began riding motorcycles at an early age. His older brothers Arthur and Alan Lampkin were successful trials riders and Martin’s son Dougie is a seven times world champion, getting huge support from his dad. Martin & the family moved up to Greenhow near Pateley Bridge when he retired from professional competition, where for a while he ran the now defunct Miners Arms. The 65 year old had a string…

Plans Unveiled For A Development Of Around 140 Houses In Silsden

Plans have been unveiled for a development of around 140 houses which could transform a derelict industrial site in Silsden. Insider Media reports the proposals for an 11-acre site next to Keighley Road could create about 75 jobs and bring a potential £7m boost to the local economy. The site includes the land formerly occupied by the Becks Mill industrial buildings and adjacent land, south of Sykes Lane and west of Keighley Road. Residents are invited to attend a community consultation event at Silsden Town Hall, Kirkgate, Silsden, next Thursday, the 7th of April

A New Housing Development In Silsden Will Help Provide Some Funding Towards A New Junior School In The Town

A new housing development on a brownfield site in Silsden will help provide some of the funding for a new junior school in the town The development, on the banks of the Leeds Liverpool canal, comprises almost fifty dwellings, some of which will be three storeys high That’s been a point of contention for local people, but in the event the scheme got the thumbs up – with a unanimous vote in favour from Bradford Council’s regulatory and appeals committee Part of the deal means the developer, Harron Homes, will give over £277,000 towards road improvements, a new school to replace Hothfield Junior & Aire View infants schools, & recreational facilities for the town And rather than demolishing the historic…

Retired Headmaster From Silsden Has Been Awarded The British Empire Award For His Work In The Community

A retired headmaster from Silsden is one of several local people to feature in the Queen’s New Years Honours list Mike Carey has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his work in the local community where’s he’s volunteered with numerous groups For the last fifteen years Mike has driven a minibus, taking people with learning disabilities on their annual outing – he’s also involved in several other groups dedicated to similarly afflicted people The 71 year old also been closely connected to a number of local church groups and primary schools, and has taken part in several London marathons and 25 half-marathons, raising money for several charities. Former policeman David Sowden, from Ilkley, also gets the MBE, for services…

Silsden Couple Spend £70,000 To Have Their Deceased Dog Cloned

A couple from Silsden who spent almost £70,000 to have their deceased dog cloned in Korea have been talking about why they took the extraordinary step Laura Jacques and Richard Remde said they had been left devastated when their Boxer named Dylan died, despite already having four other dogs Their love of animals is beyond dispute – when they bought their new home they set up a corner of their adjacent paddock as a pet cemetery they told the Guardian newspaper After Dylan died they had cells removed from his body – which is now stored in a freezer – and took them to the specialist facility in Korea where Dylan became the world’s first ever deceased boxer to be…

Keighley Man Expresses His Disgust At The Lack Of Safe Crossing On The Aire Valley Trunk Road

A Keighley man has expressed his disgust and frustration at the lack of a safe crossing of the Aire Valley Trunk Road between Silsden & Steeton Responding to a Keighley News article about a ministerial visit to the proposed site for a pedestrian bridge, Bernard Sunderland says the lack of a bridge is a disgrace In his letter he cites a police decision not to escort children across the road, such was the danger posed by the fast-moving traffic Mr Sunderland says the dual carriageway should have had a bridge at the time of construction, but at the time it was considered unaffordable Local MP Kris Hopkins launched a petition in favour of a bridge, and as reported on Drystone…

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.