Wharfedale Observer readers write to the Editor about the issues that matter to them.
4:33pm Monday 8th September 2014
I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed in Margo Atkinson's letter published in last week's paper. Miss Weatherall taught me English Language and Literature at Ilkley Secondary School and I shall never forget my early impressions of her. The commanding and cultured tones, big permed hair and sensible shoes all contributed to a formidable no nonsense persona. In fact, the lady was absolutely terrifying. I still remember the occasion when she ordered me to her towering desk in front of the class and demanded to know why I had written the date in abbreviated format (i.e. 2.5.62) at the top of my essay. My stammered excuse obviously sounded feeble; Miss Weatherall's neck and face reddened and she went ballistic.
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4:36pm Thursday 21st August 2014
FOLLOWING on from the impressive Yorkshire stages of the Tour de France and the undoubted success of the current local cycling talent, it is good to see the Wharfedale area celebrating everything on two wheels.
4:22pm Thursday 21st August 2014
I find it extremely strange that we have horror stories of a shortage of housing and house prices going up when developers are still coming back to planners saying their approved planning applications are not viable unless they get out of their affordable housing obligations. Clearly, if house prices are going up and up developers can afford to fulfil their obligations.
3:56pm Tuesday 12th August 2014
4:38pm Thursday 7th August 2014
IT IS most encouraging that John Stidworthy (Cuckoos galore, Letters, July 31) could see and hear so many cuckoos on Ilkley Moor this spring and early summer. The Moor does seem to be one of their local strongholds although John Flood, the Wharfedale Naturalists' Bird Recorder until this year, noted in his 2013 report that "The time when members living on the edge of Ilkley Moor used to complain about being bombarded incessantly with calling birds as well as the odd one landing on their lawns seems an age away, although that was still the case when I started this job of recorder in 2003!"
1:59pm Thursday 31st July 2014
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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