From Press Gazette, June 7th, 2019
Written by Charlotte Tobitt
Ongoing cuts to local commercial radio stations across the UK will “add to the serious decline in local news for UK citizens”, MPs declared this week. However Global Radio, the commercial operator which has made the biggest changes to its local scheduling since Ofcom changed the minimum requirements last year, said it has increased its news team by ten per cent. In October last year Ofcom reduced the minimum number of locally-produced content hours for local commercial radio stations from seven to three. It also widened the geographical areas in which local content could be made. An Ofcom spokesperson said this would allow stations to “put more resources into making high-quality local content” by giving them more freedom on how and where they produce programmes in the face of “unprecedented challenges” from digital services and changing listener habits.
From Keighley News, June 6th, 2019
Written by Alistair Shand
A COMMUNITY is fighting plans for housing on a greenfield site. Residents, the village school and MP have all lodged objections against the scheme. It is claimed the proposed development of up to 35 homes, plus an access road, on land at Eastburn will put massive strain on the existing infrastructure. Fears have been voiced about flooding and sewage problems. And there are anxieties that the access route will jeopardise road safety. Keighley MP John Grogan says he has received "many representations" from residents about the proposals, for a site between Croft House and Green Lane.
From Wharfedale Observer, June 6th, 2019
Written by Claire Lomax
A LIFELINE school bus service has been saved from the axe following a campaign by Ilkley parents. In March single mother Jenna Midgley, of Bolling Road, Ben Rhydding, was shocked to receive a letter from West Yorkshire Combined Authority informing her the P99 Mybus primary school service would be withdrawn on September 1 as it no longer met the authority's value for money criteria. The bus serves Ben Rhydding Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School, Ashlands Primary School and All Saints CE Primary School. Jenna, 34, feared she would lose her job and her home without the dedicated bus to take her daughters Denver, five, and Darienne, six, to and from school. Her fight to save the bus led to the creation of a Friends of the P99 Bus service who met with the authority during a consultation period.
From Ilkley Gazette, June 5th, 2019
THE second Ilkley Town Meeting to discuss how to safeguard the River Wharfe in Ilkley takes place on Thursday, July 11, 5.30pm to 7pm in Christchurch on The Grove. Becky Malby of the Ilkley Clean River Campaign said: “We are campaigning to stop the regular discharges of raw sewage into the Wharfe at Ilkley.