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Wharfedale Observer readers write to the Editor about the issues that matter to them.
8:46am Tuesday 15th July 2014
As the Archdeacon of Bradford I have been involved with discussions about development of the church land in Guiseley from the beginning. For years, the Diocese has used all of this large parcel of land for the benefit of the community - as the school playing fields and an area for the scouts and guides. The Diocese is fully committed to these groups and wishes to see them thrive. When the plan to develop this parcel of land was agreed objections were raised that this would squeeze the land left to the scouts and guides. The Diocese listened and now is drawing up a new arrangement to allocate extra land to the scouts and guides.
8:34am Tuesday 15th July 2014
On behalf of the Club Francophone du Wharfedale, I should like to thank this newspaper for its enduring support. It regularly give publicity to our activities and the appeal we made through its columns in June for new members – notably for the Committee – has helped us recruit several people. The Club now has a new committee and is looking forward to another fruitful and rewarding year, with a varied programme. Readers interested in France, its language and culture are welcome to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
7:59am Wednesday 9th July 2014
AM I alone in finding it incredibly frustrating that some selfish car drivers park in such a way with Ilkley's limited parking bays that they effectively take up two spaces by leaving the odd useless metre or so in front of their own vehicle? More care really ought to be taken.
12:01pm Tuesday 8th July 2014
THIS week's Picture of the Week comes from Linda Lee. It is in response to the request for pictures of the heron which has been spending time on the river Wharfe. This image was actually captured at Strid Woods at Bolton Abbey.
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10:44am Thursday 17th April 2014
While chatting with my new neighbours the other day it transpired that they were still having to travel back and forth to Bradford each day, where they moved from, doing the school run for their primary-aged kids.
10:43am Thursday 17th April 2014
Perhaps Linda Lee should have made contact with the Trustees of the Darwin Gardens before going into print, as she would have been reassured that considerable efforts have been made recently, not only to prepare the gardens for the forthcoming Tour de France, but also for the many visitors who enjoy this amenity all year round.
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10:26am Thursday 17th April 2014
The news about Chris Greaves in last week’s Gazette, along with the rumour that Anne Hawkesworth will also stand down when her term of office is up, will leave this area bereft of two doughty independent-minded champions.
2:38pm Thursday 10th April 2014
3:34pm Thursday 3rd April 2014
I was very impressed with the public meeting held on Tuesday regarding the potential housing development in Otley. As a long-standing Otley resident I feel that we have not had a proper opportunity to direct any of this development in a meaningful manner.
4:19pm Thursday 27th March 2014
By now most of the residents of Ben Rhydding and Ilkley should be aware of the Core Strategy of Bradford Council’s ‘Draft’ Local Plan – in summary it is to build 42,100 new homes in the Bradford District by 2028, of which 19,000 are designated to be built on green belt. For Ilkley the Plan is to build 800 new homes, of which most would likely be on green belt.
4:17pm Thursday 20th March 2014
1:25pm Friday 14th March 2014
As a parent I was appalled to read that Leeds City Council has sold off the caretaker’s house at Bramhope Primary School, removing the opportunity for the school to expand in order to meet the needs of the population (Wharfedale & Airedale Observer, 6/3/14).
3:34pm Thursday 6th March 2014
I write with some regret, but necessity, in reply to recent letters in this paper regarding the parish precept and also my chairmanship of Ilkley Parish Council, one of the letters being extremely offensive.
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10:44am Friday 17th January 2014
Regarding your article about the inconvenience of the closure (by flood) of the A65 at Menston, it might reasonably have been expected, I think, that having had the road blocked, a car winched out and the emergency services in attendance, Bradford Council would have cleared the drains on the A65 to prevent this happening again, particularly as more heavy rain is forecast for the coming week.
1:10pm Friday 10th January 2014
All the excitement surrounding Le Grand Depart of the Tour de France coming through Ilkley is severely tempered by the news that another ‘grand depart’ for Ilkley is on the cards. The future of Ilkley’s Manor House Museum and Art Gallery remains doubtful after Bradford MDC’s proposal that the building could be mothballed and sold if no workable plan for ‘Community Management’ was in place/forming by the end of March.
1:46pm Friday 3rd January 2014
Further to my earlier letter, I am writing to let your readers have an update on North Yorkshire County Council’s proposals to reduce the bus subsidy for tendered bus services throughout the county, particularly those affecting Wharfedale.
12:03pm Tuesday 24th December 2013
May I take this opportunity, as the 2013 chair of the 28th Otley Victorian Fayre, to publicly thank the many people without whom we would not be able to put on such a large event? Many extra stewards come on board on the actual day of the fayre. I especially want to thank my dedicated small team of volunteers who put in many months of hard work leading up to the annual event.
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11:58am Tuesday 24th December 2013
May I, through your paper, thank Tim and Helen Wilkinson, together with the Otley Chamber of Trade, for the magnificent Christmas Tree Festival held recently in Otley Parish Church. It was truly a sight not to be missed.
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3:37pm Thursday 5th December 2013
It is absolutely clear that people in Otley are simply not being given a full and honest picture of the negotiations that went on discussing closing Otley Police Station and setting up a neighbourhood policing team office in the Civic Centre.
11:02am Friday 29th November 2013
3:02pm Thursday 21st November 2013
Further to my letter (IG/WO Nov 8) on Metro’s plans to end route 963, it has become obvious that many people are worried about what is happening to our buses, especially since the withdrawal of the fuel tax rebate by the government. Other routes are under threat.
4:39pm Thursday 14th November 2013
An important decision for town in hands of the few I was horrified to read your headline that Otley Rugby Club is finalising a deal to sell part of its pitches to a housing developer in order that a relief road be built between Pool Road and Leeds Road to allow a huge housing development to go ahead on the East of Otley site (Nov 7).
4:17pm Thursday 7th November 2013
I would like to know whether, without a Town Centre Manager, Ilkley has the ability to cleverly plan and prioritise developments. As a resident of Ilkley, I believe a Town Centre Manager to be highly desirable as a key contact person on all Ilkley development matters.
2:20pm Thursday 31st October 2013
Over the past few months there has been a large amount of interest in the possibility that in Aireborough we might have to build some 2,300 homes over a period of 16 years, and the last three weeks has seen the examination of the Leeds Core Strategy by a Government Inspector.
3:47pm Thursday 24th October 2013
2:31pm Thursday 17th October 2013
Thanks to this newspaper and to Churches Together in Ilkley for keeping us informed about the recent welfare reforms. Benefits which were no more than adequate have now been reduced below subsistence level.
2:30pm Thursday 17th October 2013
Ilkley in Bloom is holding its annual general meeting at the Clarke Foley Centre on Monday, October 21, at 7.30pm and through you would like to invite any residents who are interested in our work to attend.
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