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Wharfedale Observer readers write to the Editor about the issues that matter to them.
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.
11:58am Friday 28th February 2014
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12:25pm Friday 31st January 2014
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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.
12:02pm Tuesday 24th December 2013
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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.
11:56am Tuesday 24th December 2013
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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.
2:28pm Thursday 17th October 2013
I am writing to alert your readers to the North Yorkshire County Council public consultation on proposed reductions to bus service subsidy that was launched in August and to urge them to make their views known. The proposals aim to reduce support to bus services in the County by £1.1m.
2:27pm Thursday 17th October 2013
I would like to express my gratitude to the residents of Ilkley and the visitors to the town who on Saturday, October 5, contributed to our collection in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, raising awareness of breast cancer and contributing a marvellous collection of £603.
2:27pm Thursday 17th October 2013
Over the last number of years the one area that provokes more letters, opinions than anything else in our community is development, whether residential, sport (tennis club), education (Grammar School re-location) or business (eg: Tesco).
2:26pm Thursday 17th October 2013
I am a local resident who opposes the proposed new Tesco store. I’ve been looking at the documents on the Bradford Council website and note that there is something called a ‘Retail Consultation Response’, carried out by consultancy firm WYG, which is recommending that the renewal request is approved. I believe that WYG is acting on behalf of Bradford Council.
2:25pm Thursday 17th October 2013
During a ‘catch-up read’ of my Wharfedale Observer (September 26, 2013 issue) I was pleased to read of the increased use of the Otley ‘Core’ building by Otley town councillors and the people of Otley.
2:20pm Thursday 17th October 2013
11:13am Friday 11th October 2013
With reference to your front page headline ‘Victory for protesters in turbines campaign’, Parishioners Against Chelker Turbines (PACT) wish to say how delighted we are for the residents, for the restoration of Wharfedale’s stunning landscape, and the removal of the threat to the Bolton Abbey Heritage site.
4:17pm Thursday 3rd October 2013
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3:43pm Thursday 19th September 2013
3:09pm Thursday 12th September 2013
There was an article in the Times on Saturday in which the inhabitants of Sherbourne-in-Dorset, a town with the same population as Ilkley and with a similar number of independent shops, has fought off the building of a Tesco superstore.
3:34pm Thursday 5th September 2013
3:19pm Thursday 22nd August 2013
3:18pm Thursday 22nd August 2013
Tesco drilling has stolen a march on the town Despite efforts to try and prevent Tesco from obtaining a further three years grace in their quest for a supermarket on Mayfield Rd, they have stolen a march on Ilkley and are currently drilling ‘piling’.
3:59pm Thursday 8th August 2013
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10:46am Friday 19th July 2013
I’d like to thank Elaine Dagg for the thoughtful response last week to my letter. While we have a difference of opinion on some issues, it’s important to have this kind of vibrant political debate locally.
3:43pm Thursday 11th July 2013
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12:10pm Friday 28th June 2013
Particularly relevant this year is the July 4 annual demonstration at Menwith Hill US base organised by the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (CAAB). All who are rightly concerned about the extent of spying carried out by the National Security Agency, revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, are welcome to join us at the main gate between 5pm and 9pm.
2:28pm Thursday 20th June 2013
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