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From Keighley News, October 17th, 2019
Written by Alistair Shand

KEIGHLEY’S railway station is to undergo a £4 million-plus transformation. The scheme, expected to take almost a year to complete, will see an extensive refurbishment of the main building and other parts of the historic station – which is used by 1.7 million passengers a year. Work will include a facelift for the forecourt entrance canopy and footbridge, improvements to the access ramps and resurfacing of both platforms. Details of the project come after a series of meetings, convened by the town’s MP John Grogan, over the past two years.

From Keighley News, October 17th, 2019
Written by Alistair Shand

A BID for £22 million of Government cash to build a desperately-needed replacement ward block at Airedale Hospital has been rejected. Airedale NHS Foundation Trust had submitted the capital funding bid in May last year. But trust bosses have been told the scheme has been unsuccessful in the current round of investment. West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, which prioritised projects in the region for a submission to NHS England and NHS Improvement, says the Airedale bid remains “an important part of the overall estates strategy” and within the partnership’s future capital plans.

From Keighley News, October 17th, 2019
Written by Alistair Shand

A MAJOR initiative has been launched to tackle rising numbers of street drinkers in Keighley. The Third Place will provide alcohol users with facilities such as showers and laundry, and hot meals and drinks. There will also be a range of support and advice and access to services. Spearheading the venture is Keighley’s award-winning drug and alcohol charity, Project 6, which says the new centre – in Devonshire Street – will be capable of helping more than 150 people a year.

From Keighley News, October 14th, 2019
Written by David Knights

BRAITHWAITE families must not lose their beloved valley to housing, says Keighley MP John Grogan. He claims the Tinker valley, next to a proposed housing development, offers a much-needed escape for residents of the former council estate. He has called on a Government housing inspector to throw out plans for the development so that it does not ruin the tranquillity of the green haven. Mr Grogan made his impassioned comments this month as part of consultation over the developers’ appeal to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, after Bradford Council refused permission to build 102 houses houses and a 90-bed care home on the former site of Holme Mills, alongside the North Beck.