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From Ilkley Gazette, May 24th, 2018
Written by Claire Lomax

A FORMAL complaint has been submitted to Bradford Council over its "shameful dereliction of duty" in relation to damage caused to protected woodland in Ilkley. Last summer John Ogden, a landowner on Victoria Drive, angered neighbours when he ordered the removal of trees to the side of his property, which had previously been used as a woodland area by residents, and installed a new fence. He was later forced to remove the fence after being served a formal notice. Bradford Council had been considering taking enforcement action over damage to protected trees but has now closed the file. It says Mr Ogden has undertaken new tree planting - eight black pine and six flowering cherries - and officers are satisfied this mitigates tree enforcement breaches on the site.

From Yorkshire Post, May 23rd, 2018
Written by Arj Singh

Asian powerhouse economies like China and India recognise the potential of the Yorkshire economy as a whole, an MP said yesterday in response to scepticism about the benefits of a pan-region devolution deal. Labour MP John Grogan suggested the region would see a boost in international investment if it could win back powers and money from Westminster under a ‘One Yorkshire’ agreement. He was responding to Wakefield council leader Peter Box, who has backed pan-Yorkshire devolution, but rated the prospect of a deal as “unlikely”.

From Keighley News, May 18th, 2018
Written by David Knights

KEIGHLEY sunseekers can jet off on holiday with just one bus ride thanks to a new service to Leeds Bradford Airport. The Keighley Bus Company has launched a direct link from Keighley to the airport via Silsden, Steeton, Addingham, Ilkley and Otley. The 62 service between Keighley and the airport will run every hour throughout the day from Mondays to Saturdays, with extra journeys between the airport and Otley on Sundays. Keighley Bus Company boss Alex Hornby said: “We’re delighted to extend the 62 to and from Leeds Bradford Airport, and it’s great to have the airport backing us in this new venture.

From Yorkshire Post, May 16th, 2018
Written by Arj Singh

Plans for a new cross-Pennine rail link have “caught up” with London’s proposals for Crossrail 2, the North’s transport body said as Chris Grayling was warned to avoid a “real scandal” on the East Coast Main Line. The prospects for transport in the region are at a critical point, with Transport for the North (TfN) working at “breakneck” speed to produce a costed plan for Northern Powerhouse Rail and the Transport Secretary poised to announce the next steps for the East Coast line within days. TfN’s chief executive officer Barry White told a meeting of MPs and peers that the country’s first sub-national transport body is now “marching in lock-step” with Crossrail 2 as Mr Grayling considers funding of future infrastructure projects.