Village News 2014

7 March 2014 - Parking charges could be introduced at Steeton and Silsden railway station
Parking charges could be introduced on the Airedale railway line

Parking charges could be introduced on the Airedale railway line

Free parking at railway stations could hit the buffers as train bosses seek to boost revenue.

Keighley News: More than 80 per cent of people questioned were satisfied with Northern Rail’s services Parking charges could be introduced on the Airedale railway line

Steeton & Silsden on the Airedale line is among 18 sites across West Yorkshire where charges are set to be introduced, it is claimed.

John Grogan, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Keighley, said he had learned of the proposal – which would take effect this summer – from sources within Northern Rail and the Department for Transport.

“They have informed me that, as part of a deal to extend the franchise period of the rail company to 2016, savings are being proposed which will include car parking charges at many stations which are currently free,” he said.

“These are likely to bring small amounts of revenue but could cause traffic chaos in places like Steeton & Silsden. Hard-pressed commuters will seek to park in neighbouring streets to the station to avoid the charges.”

He added: “We need to be encouraging commuters on to Yorkshire’s trains, not trying to fleece them to prop up the profits of Northern Rail.

“Rail passengers need to speak out now because the final decision is likely to be made in the corridors of Whitehall in the very near future.”

Parking at Steeton & Silsden station has long been a problem, with demand far outweighing the 200-or-so spaces.

Tim Calow, chairman of Aire Valley Rail Users Group, said it was concerned about any measures to put up the cost to commuters, but admitted parking was an issue along the Airedale line.

“If such changes are implemented we will be looking to see considerable investment for our line and services.”

Northern Rail confirmed it was looking at ways of reducing costs, but declined to be drawn on whether that would include the scrapping of free parking.

“We continue to have constructive discussions with the Department for Transport and Rail North on what they want to happen in the new franchise agreement for Northern between April 2014 and February 2016,” said a spokesman.

“As part of those discussions, we have been asked to provide proposals that would reduce the cost to the taxpayer of running the railway as well as providing better facilities and information for Northern customers.

“The details of the new franchise agreement are still being finalised and we cannot comment further until it is signed.

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2 March 2014 - Cross-country success for Steeton Primary School runners
Jack Muir (left) and Alex Thompson

Jack Muir (left) and Alex Thompson

Steeton Primary School youngsters are giving others the runaround!

A trio of pupils enjoyed success in the latest Keighley schools cross-country event, held at the town’s Cliffe Castle.

Rosie Guest

Rosie Guest

The year five/six girls’ race was won by Rosie Guest, while Jack Muir took the boys’ title. “It was extra special for Rosie because it was her first ever victory and it’s a great reward for her hard work and determination,” said Steeton Primary School teacher and running club organiser, John Perry.

“Jack’s victory was his third of the season and continues his unbeaten run of form. Team-mate Alex Thompson pushed him hard to finish a close second.”

All three are now looking to repeat their success in the next race, at Silsden Park next month.

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28 February 2014 - Steeton councillors rebut yellow lines ‘overkill’ claims
Councillor Andrew Mallinson at the site on Thornhill Road, Steeton, where yellow lines are to be painted

Councillor Andrew Mallinson at the site on Thornhill Road, Steeton, where yellow lines are to be painted

Councillors have hit back at claims by a fellow politician that proposed double yellow lines in Steeton are “overkill”.

Keighley News: Councillor Andrew Mallinson at the site on Thornhill Road, Steeton, where yellow lines are to be painted Councillor Andrew Mallinson at the site on Thornhill Road, Steeton, where yellow lines are to be painted

Adrian Naylor and David Mullen say the new parking regulations in Thornhill Road are the correct response to the building of a new housing estate.

They say the double yellow lines – requested by residents – will help tackle the long-running problem of nuisance parking by staff and visitors to nearby Airedale Hospital.

Coun Andrew Mallinson, who represents Craven ward on Bradford Council, last month revealed Bradford Council’s plans to paint double yellow lines on most of Thornhill Road.

He said he welcomed restrictions on part of the road, particularly around junctions at the new 206-home Redrow development, but he branded the proposals as “over the top”.

Fellow district councillor Adrian Naylor has responded, saying the proposals had been the subject of a number of meetings between police, Bradford Council and Steeton-with-Eastburn Parish Council.

He said: “They took into account the representations made by local people. They will reduce indiscriminate parking.

“There is a need to control parking in this area, especially since there is a new housing development and an increase in parking from the hospital.”

Parish council chairman David Mullen said the yellow lines proposed for the upper section of Thornhill Road were far from overkill.

He said: “They are a direct response to public lobbying and are needed to address the concerns and fears of local residents.

“The need for parking on Thornhill Road to be controlled is one that is raised at every public forum. If parking is controlled it will make it safer for the vast majority of sensible residents.

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28 February 2014 - Calls to end West Yorkshire train fare anomaly
Many Craven commuters drive into West Yorkshire to catch a train

Many Craven commuters drive into West Yorkshire to catch a train

A chance to end a rail fare anomaly which has led to traffic chaos around Steeton and Silsden station must be grasped, it is claimed.

More than 80 per cent of people questioned were satisfied with Northern Rail’s services Many Craven commuters drive into West Yorkshire to catch a train

Many Craven commuters drive into West Yorkshire to catch a train, taking advantage of cheaper fares.

John Grogan, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Keighley, said a new Northern Rail franchise for running services on the Airedale line from 2016 would signal an opportunity for change.

“For the first time, the franchise will be awarded not just by the Department of Transport but in partnership with Rail North, which brings together 33 northern councils,” he said.

“This should mean there is a much greater chance for local campaigners to influence the details of the franchise and could provide an answer to the long-standing fares problem.”

He said an annual season ticket from Skipton to Leeds currently costs £1,792, compared to £1,228 for Steeton and Silsden to Leeds, adding: “No wonder hard-pressed commuters drive to Steeton and Silsden. The Passenger Transport Authority has announced a plan to double the size of the car park at Steeton and Silsden, but the danger is that improved parking alone will just encourage more commuters from North Yorkshire.”

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20 February 2014 - Planting pupils
Parish councillor David Mullen in front of Steeton Community Hub

Parish councillor David Mullen in front of Steeton Community Hub

Pupils from two primary schools in Steeton and Eastburn have been busy planting trees around the Community Hub building in Steeton thanks to a grant from the Tree Council.

Organised by Steeton with Eastburn Parish Council and Bradford Environmental Action trust, the pupils planted native tree specimens to replace those lost during the construction of the building.

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15 February 2014 - Care group aims at 200 new jobs
Tracey Brook, left, a recent starter with Czajka, and community care senior manager, Jean Holmes

Tracey Brook, left, a recent starter with Czajka, and community care senior manager, Jean Holmes

A care group that runs nursing homes at Steeton and Cross Hills plans to recruit more than 100 new staff this year.

Czajka is creating most of the jobs within its community care division.

“The jobs are a direct result of the increase in the number of people using our service,” said managing director, Konrad Czajka. “Although a background in care is preferable, anyone can apply for posts, as long as they are hard-working, friendly and tenacious because we can provide full training to anybody with a genuine desire to work in this hugely rewarding industry.”

The company’s community care arm employs 300 staff. Czajka also operates five homes, including Beanlands at Cross Hills and Currergate in Steeton Visit czajka.co.uk or call 0800 5003042.

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14 February 2014 - Application submitted for controversial homes plan near Airedale Hospital
Application submitted for controversial homes plan near Airedale Hospital

Application submitted for controversial homes plan near Airedale Hospital

A controversial planning application for 147 homes on farmland beside Airedale Hospital has been submitted to Bradford Council.

Developers presented outline plans to a special public meeting last year, and have now formally registered their proposals for the Main Road site.

Agent Matthew Binns, of David Hill chartered surveyors, told Steeton-with-Eastburn Parish Council in October the development was for detached and semi-detached homes with an access road, traffic lights in Main Road and a drop-off point for children at Eastburn Junior and Infant School.

There would also be an emergency access route to the hospital for additional safety.

Craven ward councillor Andrew Mallinson has strong objections to another set of traffic lights in Main Road, but said he understood that idea had since been scrapped.

“I was talking with our highways department, as that was my major concern, and believe it will now be road widening with a central waiting bay for those turning in and out,” Coun Mallinson said.

The 6.2-hectare site has been earmarked for housing in Bradford Council’s Unitary Development Plan, and Steeton-with-Eastburn Parish Council chairman, Councillor David Mullen, has previously voiced particular concerns regarding the impact on drains and sewerage systems in the Aire Valley.

But Coun Mullen this week said now the application has been formally submitted, he will wait until it goes to the parish council before commenting further.

“Now that it’s live, so to speak, I don’t want to prejudge anything.

“But I’m very keen to see exactly what’s in the plans,” he added.

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14 February 2014 - Chance arises to end rail fair chaos in Steeton and Silsden

A chance to end a rail fare anomaly that has led to traffic chaos in Steeton and Silsden must be grasped, it is claimed.

Many North Yorkshire commuters drive into West Yorkshire to catch a train to take advantage of cheaper fares.

But John Grogan, Labour’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for Keighley, said a new Northern Rail franchise for services on the Airedale line from 2016 would signal an opportunity for change.

“For the first time, the franchise will be awarded not just by the Department of Transport but in partnership with Rail North, which brings together 33 northern councils,” he said.

“This should mean there is a much greater chance for local campaigners to influence the details of the franchise.”

An annual season ticket from Skipton to Leeds costs £1,792, compared to £1,228 for Steeton and Silsden to Leeds.

“No wonder commuters drive to Steeton and Silsden from Skipton but it makes no environmental sense,” added Mr Grogan.

“The Passenger Transport Authority has announced a plan to double the size of the car park at Steeton and Silsden, but the danger is that improved parking alone will just encourage more commuters from North Yorkshire.”

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14 February 2014 - Extra parking spaces being created at Airedale Hospital
Nicola Riley, project officer, at the new car parking site at Airedale Hospital

Nicola Riley, project officer, at the new car parking site at Airedale Hospital

Desperately-needed extra parking spaces are being provided at Airedale Hospital, Steeton.

Preparation work has started on a new staff parking area, between the former nurses accommodation, and 80 additional spaces will be reserved for the public on the west car park.

Work is expected to take about three weeks and the new parking area will open once permission is finalised from planners.

It is also proposed to create an extra 15 spaces near the education centre next month.

“We have received more complaints in recent months from people struggling to park at the hospital and so have decided that we need to urgently do something about it,” said David Moss, assistant director of estates and facilities at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

“Patients are becoming distressed and agitated as a result of not being able to find a parking place and in some cases being late for appointments or going home.

“Our plans will mean that there are more car parking spaces at Airedale Hospital than ever before.”

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12 February 2014 - Stead edged out in award ceremony
Nathan Stead

Nathan Stead

Steeton-based Nathan Stead missed out on the Tartan Golf International Partner of the Year award.

The Shipley Golf Club professional had made the national shortlist of three but was pipped to the prize by Andy Carlton of Paisley in a ceremony at Worsley Park near Manchester.

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