From BBC News, May 24th, 2019
Two heritage railways fear government measures to limit the burning of coal could affect their ability to operate. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) wants to ban the burning of household coal by 2025. The lines in North and West Yorkshire say they could have to import coal, which would be prohibitively expensive. A Defra spokesman said: "Air pollution is a significant threat to public health and the government has a duty to take action."
From Ilkley Gazette, May 21st, 2019
A NEW sign has been installed marking the 50th anniversary of twinning in Ilkley. The sign, made in Bradford’s workshops by Peter Holden and his apprentice, Sam Crowther, can been seen driving into Ilkley on the A65 from Leeds. It was put up by sign fitters Matthew Holmes and Ted Brown. Two more signs will be erected in due course - one on the A65 approach from Skipton, the other on the run in from the Moor on Hangingstone Road. The sign went up just in time for a landmark twinning exhibition at the Manor House in Ilkley. It proclaims both Ilkley’s Fair Trade status and the town’s 50th anniversary of twinning with Coutances in Normandy, France.
From Keighley News, May 16th, 2019
Written by Alistair Shand
PEOPLE should be on their guard against Lyme disease, says Keighley’s MP. John Grogan was speaking after meeting an affected constituent at one of his surgeries. The disease is spread to humans by infected ticks and is most prevalent in the UK during the spring and summer. Ticks are commonly found in woodland and grassy areas, as well as on livestock such as sheep and goats. Without treatment, serious conditions such as viral-like meningitis, facial paralysis, nerve damage and arthritis can develop.
From Ilkley Gazette, May 14th, 2019
KEIGHLEY MP John Grogan says the Government should take back responsibility for free TV licences for the over-75s. He was speaking during a Commons debate on the issue. Mr Grogan says there are 6,680 households in his constituency, which includes Ilkley, with pensioners aged over 75. "Under the Digital Economy Act – made law in 2017 – the Government has passed responsibility for the free TV licences to the BBC from 2020," he said. "But the cost would mean the broadcaster having to cut 20 per cent off its budget."