Village News 2012

26 October 2012 - Bravery honour for riots officer from Steeton


A policeman who grew up in Steeton has been honoured for his part in policing last year’s riots in London.
Marc Gledhill and his partner Alaine Berry at the ceremonyPC Marc Gledhill received an assistant commissioners’ commendation for leadership, bravery, professionalism and dedication to duty.

He spent five days on the “frontline” during riots in the capital and at one time was trapped with fellow officers in an alleyway.

PC Gledhill, 31, has served with the Metropolitan Police for nine years and currently works in the Camden area.

His parents Janet and David, who live in Steeton, attended the awards ceremony in London.

Mrs Gledhill said her son, who attended South Craven School in Cross Hills, had always wanted to be a police officer.

After leaving school he worked at greetings card company Hallmark before securing a place at the Hendon police training college.

Mrs Gledhill said her son enjoyed his role as a police constable.

She said: “He loves being hands-on. He doesn’t want to be stuck behind a desk.”

She added that during the awards ceremony a film was screened showing footage from the riots and the audience was told some rioters had intended to kill police officers.

She said: “Marc didn’t get home for five days. They grabbed sleep where they could, then were straight back out.

“Marc and three others were trapped in a dead-end street in Camden with fires raging all around and the public stuck in flats above, fighting off the rioters for five hours to protect the people. He’s a really caring young man.”

Marc is captain of the Met police’s hockey team and lives in Wimbledon.

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25 October 2012 - Steeton villagers lose their fight for village green


Campaigners have failed in their latest bid to stop 220 new homes being built at Steeton.

An attempt to have the site off Thornhill Road classed as a village green was rejected by members of Bradford Council’s miscellaneous licences panel.

They had been asked to make a final decision on a report by independent inspector David Manley QC, who had examined the application. He said the bid should be turned down and the five panel members, meeting last Thursday, went along with his report.

Councillor Andrew Mallinson, speaking as a member of the public and not as a member of the panel, had said the inspector’s recommendation should be overturned.

“The panel needs to understand where this locality is and the importance of that area,” he said.

In order for village green status to be granted, an applicant has to prove a site has been used by residents for at least two decades for recreation, sports and games.


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23 October 2012 - Steeton Male Voice Choir concert lifts spirits of hospital patients

Gordon Sugden in conversation with one of his fellow Steeton Male Voice Choir members during the special concert at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, where he is being treated after a tragic car accident left him paralysed Photo by Glenys Everest

Gordon Sugden in conversation with one of his fellow Steeton Male Voice Choir members during the special concert at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, where he is being treated after a tragic car accident left him paralysed
Photo by Glenys Everest

A choir was reunited with fellow member Gordon Sugden when it performed for him and other patients in an emotional Sheffield spinal unit concert.

More than 30 members of Steeton Male Voice Choir were bussed to Sheffield last Thursday to sing for patients in the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Unit, at the Northern General Hospital.

Steeton Male Voice Choir concert lifts spirits of hospital patients Photo by Glenys Everest

Steeton Male Voice Choir concert lifts spirits of hospital patients
Photo by Glenys Everest

Mr Sugden, 82, from Ilkley, was involved in a car accident in London last Christmas, which left him paralysed from the neck down.

He was more recently transferred to the Sheffield hospital, which specialises in treating spinal cord injuries and is the second-largest such unit in the UK.

The choir recently held a fundraising concert in Skipton to help the hospital buy specialist equipment for patients. It presented the £1,000 raised to Sheffield Hospitals Charity during the performance.

Choir members visit fellow member Gordon Sugden in hospital to raise his spirits, as well as his voice, during a concert that also saw proceeds from a charity performance presented to help fund specialised equipment Photos by Glenys Everest

Choir members visit fellow member Gordon Sugden in hospital to raise his spirits, as well as his voice, during a concert that also saw proceeds from a charity performance presented to help fund specialised equipment
Photos by Glenys Everest

The choir presented a range of songs, including one of Mr Sugden’s favourite pieces, entitled Comrades in Arms. And Mr Sugden even managed to sing along with the choir.

Patients in beds and wheelchairs were brought into a communal area of the hospital to listen to the performance.

Steeton Male Voice Choir concert lifts spirits of hospital patients Photo by Glenys Everest

Steeton Male Voice Choir concert lifts spirits of hospital patients
Photo by Glenys Everest

The choir’s recruiting officer, Eric Parker, said: “We are all close friends in the choir and can only imagine the anguish Gordon has experienced.

“We wanted to show our support and to bring a smile to his face during such a difficult time in his life.”

Mr Parker added Mr Sugden had a smile on his face all the time.

A hospital spokeswoman said the choir’s performance kept the audience captivated.

She added: “This provided a welcome distraction from daily routines, as on average patients with a spinal cord injury spend at least three months on the unit to aid recovery and to prepare them for their return home.”

Members of Mr Sugden’s family were also there for the performance.

His wife, Margaret, visits him every day, his son makes the journey north to be with his father several days a week and his daughter flies in from Venice to be at his bedside every weekend.

Call (0114) 2711351 or visit
sheffieldhospitalscharity.org.uk to donate towards the hospital’s work.

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19 October 2012 - New £200,000 Steeton community centre 'looks like a green shed’

Steeton Hub

Steeton Hub

A new £200,000 community centre has come under fire for its appearance.

One councillor has criticised the building, at Steeton, saying it looks like a “green shed”.

But parish council chairman David Mullen said the community hub looked exactly as it should. He said villagers were consulted on the plans for exterior walls and cladding and then they were approved by Bradford Council planners.

Steeton Hub

Steeton Hub

Bradford councillor Andrew Mallinson, who represents Craven ward, said some residents had expressed concerns about the hall’s appearance.

The hall, funded from a variety of sources, is intended to replace the current bowling pavilion and provide space for several other local groups. The new building will offer twice as much usable space as before, along with a foyer, toilets and snack-making area.

Building work began in mid-summer, with the framework and walls quickly taking shape. Two of the walls are timber with windows, but the roof and the two other walls – including one facing Skipton Road – have metal surfaces.

Coun Mallinson said there were “definite concerns” amongst Steeton people about the appearance.

He said: “If that’s the finished article then it doesn’t look in keeping with the rest of the building. Villagers have been in touch about it. I share the concerns of other people.”

Coun Mullen said the parish council had widely consulted about its proposals for the community hub, including its look and size, and had run drop-in sessions for residents.

The council sent samples of the potential exterior colours to Bradford Council, and planners had agreed to grey. He said: “We have not deviated from the permission we got. It’s all been in the plans since day one. Nothing’s been done in secret. If people are now coming and complaining, where were they three or four years ago when we asked everyone?”

Coun Mullen understood some residents of Stone Grove feared they would be overlooked by the hall, but said only gable ends faced the building.

Coun Mullen said builders were due to hand over the building on Friday, November 16, and an opening ceremony would be held before the end of the year. The old pavilion is due to be demolished on Monday, November 19.


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19 October 2012 - Blow for campaigners fighting housing plans for Steeton

Campaigner Joanne Stokes at the site

Campaigner Joanne Stokes at the site

Campaigners fighting to save village fields from development in a David and Goliath battle have been dealt a major setback – and cannot afford to fight back, according to a leading lawyer.

A bid by people living in Steeton to have fields off Thornhill Road designated as a village green looks almost certainly to be rejected, leaving the door open for 220 homes to be built there.

Steeton with Eastburn councillor Roger Lambert stands next to the Thornhill Road Development site

Steeton with Eastburn councillor Roger Lambert stands next to the Thornhill Road Development site

The latest blow was delivered by independent inspector David Manley QC, who has recommended that Bradford Council throw out the campaigners’ bid without a public inquiry after an objection against it by developer Redrow Homes.

Councillors are expected to ratify Mr Manley’s decision at a meeting today (Thursday) leaving campaigners with few options in their battle to save the fields.

And leading property litgator Matthew Pugh, who represents the campaigners on a pro bono basis along with barrister Anna Stubley, says the battle has now swung in the developer’s favour.

If the village green application had been approved, it would have meant Redrow would have been unable to build there, despite having planning permission.

But Mr Pugh said Mr Manley struck out the argument that a significant number of the residents of the parish of Steeton with Eastburn were making use of the fields, despite 120 witnesses supporting the application made by long-time campaigners Shona Cole and Joanne Stokes. ‘This is a developing and subjective area of the law, which despite attempts by the Government to water down statutory rights still offers a real opportunity for communities to save public spaces from development,’ said Mr Pugh, of Langleys Solicitors.

“The residents would dearly like to appeal against this decision. Unfortunately, the applicants cannot take the risk of being ordered to pay the developer’s costs and there is no funding available.

“The Government is proposing to change the law to make it harder to register village greens.”

The grounds of the residents’ case was built around the fact they had been using three fields off Thornhill Road as a public space for sport and recreation for many years, but a report to be presented to the council’s miscellaneous licences panel, which meets at Bradford City Hall at 10.30am today, says the evidence was not strong enough.

Mrs Stokes, who has been leading the campaign to fight the homes plans, said opponents will need to regroup and decide what to do next.

““We are a bit sad about it all,” she said. “We got so far and had quite a good case.”


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18 October 2012 - Councillor ‘was victim of a smear campaign’

Coun Adrian Naylor

Coun Adrian Naylor

A councillor who failed to win reselection to defend his ward seat was the victim of a “smear campaign”, a Conservative Party inquiry has concluded.

A leaked report reveals a panel of three senior Tories ruled there was a deliberate attempt to discredit former Bradford Council executive member, Coun Adrian Naylor, which formed the backdrop to a candidate selection meeting last November.

It stated: “We have little hesitation in concluding that there was clearly a smear campaign about Councillor Naylor.”

The inquiry heard about a “whispering campaign against Coun Naylor, which, in short, was based around alleged inappropriate conduct towards council officials”.

The panel said it was “shown absolutely no reliable evidence of any wrongdoing by Councillor Naylor”, despite hearing of many concerns, issues and allegations.

All witnesses called had denied involvement in the smear campaign and the inquiry did not seek to point the finger of blame.

According to the report, however, the panel ruled fellow ward councillor Andrew Mallinson, and Bradford Council Conservative group leader Glen Miller should not have been involved in determining Coun Naylor’s re-selection for the Craven ward, which covers Silsden, Steeton, Eastburn and Addingham.

“The histories between the individuals were such that they could not be said to be impartial,” the report stated.

Former Tory member Coun Naylor went on to retain his seat in May’s elections as an independent candidate, defeating Andrew Rowley.

The hearing called on senior local Conservatives, including Coun Miller, MP Kris Hopkins and Keighley and Ilkley Conservative Association chairman, Dorothy Clamp, to “bring people together and not create factions”.

Panel members heard Coun Miller’s reason for not re-selecting Coun Naylor was due to his allegedly “shoddy attire and attitude” at a selection meeting last November.

Coun Miller also told the panel he believed Coun Naylor refused to work with his ward colleagues.

Coun Naylor: “I welcome the report and its findings, which exonerate me.”

Coun Miller declined to comment and Coun Mallinson said he never instigated any slur campaign against Coun Naylor and stuck to purely election campaigning in the run-up to the polls.

Mrs Clamp said the Association had followed procedures as far as possible in the selection process.

Mr Hopkins, who spoke out against a “shameful” smear campaign against Coun Naylor, said he intended to play the “fullest part possible” in resolving the issues the association needed to address.


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7 October 2012 - Trapped children rescued by firefighters


Two young children had to be rescued by firefighters last night when they became trapped in their home.

The youngsters – aged one and three – closed and inadvertently locked the front door after their parents had stepped outside.

The fire crew broke a lock to gain entry to the property, in Stone Grove, Steeton.

The children were distressed but unhurt.

One appliance from Keighley fire station was called out, at 7pm.


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7 October 2012    –    Coffee morning will help hospice

A coffee morning is being held at
Steeton on Saturday to raise funds for the Martin House
children’s hospice.

The event is the latest in a series staged by villager
Lynda Corser and her family and friends. Proceeds go to
Martin House, at Boston Spa, in memory of Mrs Corser’s late
nephew, Andrew Pratt, who died there in 1998 at the age of
12.

Saturday’s coffee morning will take place in St Stephen’s
Church Hall from 10am to noon and will include stalls, a
raffle and tombola.

There will also be hand-crafted cards by Lesley Jackson
and Mrs Corser’s daughter Fiona will have a stall selling
Martin House items, including Christmas cards.

“We’ve been doing two coffee mornings a year now for
about the last eight years and they’ve grown and grown,”
said Mrs Corser.

“It all started with just a few friends and raised about
£40 – now we are raising around £600-700 each time.”


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4 October 2012    –    Steeton man in danger car chase

A 20-year-old Steeton man has been locked up for 12
months after leading the police on a dangerous car chase
round Skipton town centre on a Saturday afternoon.

Jamie Halford, a labourer, of Station Road, hit a parked
car, forced a pedestrian to jump clear on a crossing and
pinned a retired woman against a bridge wall as he sped
around the centre of town in a red Toyota he should not have
been driving.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop
and having no driving licence or insurance.

Prosecutor Camille Morland told Bradford Crown Court on
Tuesday that Halford was spotted illegally at the wheel on
Carleton Road by the police on March 3.

He skidded at junctions, jumped a red light and drove
across a traffic island while speeding along Sackville
Street, Craven Street and Keighley Road with the car stereo
on full blast.

He and his passenger leapt out of the car on Carleton
Road and it rolled on to the pavement, pinning a retired
woman pedestrian against the wall of a bridge.

Miss Morland said the woman feared for her life when she
saw the car coming at her. Halford fled but was arrested the
next day.

He was in breach of a crown court community order for a
drugs offence committed in Gargrave Road, Skipton, in August
last year.

In mitigation, the court was told that Halford was in
full-time work.

He panicked when he saw the police and recalled little of
the pursuit.

He did not mean to get so close to the woman he pinned to
the wall.

Judge Christopher Batty said: “He was probably three
sheets to the wind which is why he cannot remember, and why
he was driving so badly.”

He told Halford he could have seriously injured, or
killed, the woman.

Halford was sentenced to nine months in a young offender
institution for dangerous driving and an extra three months
for breaching the crown court community order.

He was banned from driving for two years and his licence
was endorsed.

He was led off in handcuffs to begin his sentence.


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2 October 2012    –    New warning sign to be installed at dangerous Steeton road

A warning sign is to be installed on a dangerous stretch
of road above Steeton.

Bradford Council is to fit the sign on Barrows Lane
following a request from ward councillor Andrew Mallinson.

The action comes three months after a car smashed into a
house on the narrow road. The Barras family had a lucky
escape when the Mercedes C220 crashed into their kitchen
wall.

Residents of the road, called Barrows Lane and Redcar
Lane at different points, have complained for some time
about the speed of traffic passing their homes.

They have called for a 20mph limit on the road at Whitley
Head, a hamlet above Steeton, where the limit is currently
30mph.

Following the crash, Coun Mallinson visited the lane with
council highways officers to look at potential safety
measures. He said one of the problems was that drivers came
from a fast stretch at the top of the hill to a narrow
incline with a lower speed limit.

He said: “The road can’t be widened. Years ago we looked
at that, but it would be a major engineering exercise.”

Coun Mallinson said the police were investigating how
fast drivers actually travelled down the hill.


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19 September 2012    –    Steeton pub hosts 80s electro-pop veteran

Robin Simon, a former member of 1980s electro-pop groups Ultravox and Visage will
perform at the Old Star in Steeton this Saturday.

He will appear with the electro band Persuasion, playing
-songs by Ultravox, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode and others of
the same era.

Robin started his career in Halifax and during the
1970s and was with Ultravox before it achieved fame in the
1980s with frontman Midge Ure.

Robin returned to Ultravox in the late 1980s and over the
past few decades has also played in other bands in the UK
and USA.


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14 September 2012    –    Steeton and Silsden councils’ fire cover fears

Silsden and Steeton councillors will highlight remote
areas where fire safety cover needs to be improved.

The town and parish councillors will investigate
locations that have not got smoke alarms.

Local firefighters have, for several years, fitted free
smoke alarms to homes across the Keighley area.

Councillors believe outlying farms and houses are
particularly at risk because they are further away from fire
stations and sometimes hard to find.

The offer came during a meeting last week between Silsden
and Steeton councillors and officials from West Yorkshire
Fire Service.

The councillors wanted to pass on concerns about fire
service proposals to reduce fire cover across the district
due to public spending cuts.

Silsden fire station lost its second engine earlier this
year and Keighley station is due to lose one of its two
engines.

Silsden town councillor Adrian Naylor said the fire
service had carried out a risk management assessment before
making its cuts proposals.

But he feared the needs of rural communities had not been
fully taken into account, particularly with regard to the
number of smoke detectors.

He said councillors were concerned about the time it took
fire appliances to reach buildings in outlying areas,
particularly if they had to come from stations further away.

Fire chiefs say the response time for fires in Silsden is
eight minutes from Silsden station, 20 seconds longer from
Keighley station, 16 minutes from Bingley, and 24 minutes
from Ilkley.

Coun Naylor said: “Our point was that a lot of damage can
be done in that period of time and if the crew is not
familiar with the area more time could be taken.”

Fire officials told councillors the Bingley fire engine
had to go to the Silsden/Steeton area two or three times a
year, because Keighley and Silsden engines were on other
calls.

But Coun Naylor said: “We’re concerned that we’re getting
to the position where we have very little spare capacity if
anything happens that’s out of the ordinary.


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13 September 2012    –    ‘Avalanche’ of grain kills lorry driver, 64


A
grieving widow has paid tribute to a Steeton lorry driver
who died after being buried beneath a mound of animal feed.

Skipton -born Malcolm Harrison, 64, was working inside a
giant silo at the Port of Liverpool when the tragedy
occurred.

Eyewitnesses say he was trying to open the back of his
wagon when a stockpile of soyabean meal collapsed on him.

Mr Harrison, who is believed to have suffocated, was
freed by colleagues and was resuscitated at the scene, but
died shortly afterwards in hospital.

A North West Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The feed
fell on top of the man. He has suffered extensive
asphyxiation in the grain silo and gone into cardiac arrest.

“He was resuscitated and the paramedic who was first on
scene travelled with him to Aintree Hospital. But he died
later from his injuries.”

The Health & Safety Executive is now investigating the
incident, which happened on Thursday.

This week Mr Harrison’s widow, Claudine, of Summerhill
Drive, said her husband was a loving and devoted family man.

There are four children – Michelle, Matthew, Stephanie
and Caroline – and seven grandchildren.

And Mr Harrison has a brother, John, and sister Mandy.

“He was such a sociable man and very well known but also
modest,” said Claudine, 56, a school cook.

“We did everything together and travelled a lot – to
countries including America and Australia. We shared a
wonderful life.

“He loved animals and music and another of his passions
was steam trains and stock cars – he worked as a fireman on
a steam engine after leaving school and as a driver for a
stock car team. He worked hard all his life.”

The couple had been together since 1982 and married for
26 years. They lived in Bryon Street, Skipton, until 11
years ago.

“I’m thankful for the years we have had – we’ve had great
times,” said Claudine.

“I am also very thankful for all the messages of support
and cards I’ve received over the past few days. People have
said such wonderful things about him and it has really
helped me through it.”

Mr Harrison was educated at Water Street and Aireville
schools in the town. He became a lorry driver in his early
20s.

He worked for WG Taylor in Skipton but for the past 24
years had driven for Reid Atkinson, a haulage firm based in
Kelbrook.

The company’s managing director Paul Schofield said:
“Malcolm was a lovely man, well liked by everyone and a
loyal servant to the company. We are deeply shocked by what
has happened.”

A funeral service will take place at Christ Church,
Skipton, next Friday, September 21, at 12.30pm, followed by
cremation at Waltonwrays. Donations will be received for the
Bradford-based charity Fulfil the Wish, which provides
activity and sightseeing holidays for children and young
people with disabilities and complex health needs.


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10 August 2012    –    Hi-tech village ‘hub’ revealed


An
architect’s impression of Steeton’s planned community
building has been released by the parish council.

Work began recently on the £200,000 community hub on land
next to the village’s bowling green off Skipton Road.

Steeton with Eastburn Parish Council is leading the
project with money from a variety of grant bodies as well as
its own funds.

The centre has been designed by South Craven architects
John and Jennifer Wharton and is being constructed by
Keighley builders RN Wooler and Company.

The council this week said the building would replace the
existing bowling pavilion on the site.

A spokesman said: “The new facility will provide
approximately twice the useable public space and the
flexible accommodation will allow more than one group to use
the building at any one time.

“The new building will provide a generous foyer area and
the whole will be supported by a central tea/snack making
facility and modern toilets.

“It will be highly energy-efficient, being insulated to a
standard higher than demanded by current building
regulations and the whole facility will meet modern
expectations of accessibility.”

The project grew out of a parish council survey in 2007,
culminating in the Parish Plan.

The spokesman said: “The construction of the hub,
providing a central community facility available to all
village groups and clubs, will answer more than 70 per cent
of the issues raised in the plan.”

Half the funding for the project was raised by the sale
of a piece of land which had been donated to the council.

The bulk of the remaining funding comes from
environmental bodies WREN and Yorventure, along with grants
from the South Pennines LEADER programme, Eastburn
engineering company Cinetic Landis Ltd, youth activity group
Youth Work, and Bradford Council.

Parish council chairman David Mullen said: “This is the
culmination of a lot of hard work by a dedicated group of
people. I look forward to the opening of the new building at
the end of the year.”

The Keighley News last month revealed that the parish
council had been forced to cut back on some of its original
plans in order to ensure the building could be constructed
with the available funding.


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9 August 2012    –    Police hunt Leeds railway station attackers


Detectives
are hunting two men they would like to speak to in
connection with an assault at Leeds railway station which
left a
Steeton teenager with a broken jaw.

British Transport Police have released these CCTV images
of the two men they want to trace in connection with the
incident, which left the 18-year-old requiring surgery after
he tried to intervene when his friend was punched.


The teenager had his jaw broken in two places during the
incident, in which he was punched and knocked to the floor,
where he struck his head on the pavement.

Police said he was waiting with a group of friends for a
taxi in New Station Street, outside the station entrance, at
the time of the attack in the early hours of Sunday.

Detective Constable Tom Eastwood, of British Transport
Police, said: “The victim required hospital treatment. His
jaw was broken in two places which required surgery.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed
the incident, or recognise the two men pictured, to contact
police.”

Officers said the friends were approached by another
group of men as they waited for their taxi.

One of the men then reportedly punched the victim’s
friend, knocking him into the road. A British Transport
Police spokesman said: “When the victim attempted to
intervene, he was grabbed from behind, punched and knocked
to the floor, where he struck his head on the pavement kerb.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, which took place at
4.30am on Sunday, has been asked to contact British
Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference B7/NEA
of 20/06/2011, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555
111.


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8 August 2012    –    Work to start on £200,000 Steeton Community Hub

Work has begun on a £200,000 community hub, which is
expected to open by the end of the year.

The eco-building is being built in Steeton , on land next
to the bowling green off Skipton Road. The project is being
led by Steeton -with-Eastburn Parish Council and is being
paid for with money from grant bodies as well as its own
funds.

The centre has been designed by South Craven architects
John and Jennifer Wharton and is being constructed by
Keighley builders RN Wooler and Co.

Parish council chairman David Mullen said: “This is the
culmination of a lot of hard work by a dedicated group of
people. I look forward to the opening of the new building at
the end of the year.”

The council said the building would replace the small
bowling pavilion on the site, which fell “far short of
modern expectations”.

Coun Mullen said: “The new facility will provide
approximately twice the useable public space and the
flexible accommodation will allow more than one user group
to use the building at any one time.

“The new building will provide a generous foyer area and
will be supported by a central tea and snack-making facility
and modern toilets. The new building will be highly
energy-efficient, being insulated to a standard higher than
demanded by current building regulations, and the whole
facility will meet modern expectations of accessibility.”

The project grew out of a parish council survey of
villagers carried out in 2007, which led to community
leaders drawing up a parish plan. Half the funding was
raised by the sale of a piece of land donated to the
council.

The council was forced to cut back some of its original
plans to ensure the building could be constructed with the
available funding


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27 July 2012    –    School’s out for trio after a combined 73 years in class


Teachers
who have served Steeton Primary School for a
combined total of 73 years have called it a day.

Liz Roxburgh, Margaret Nutter and Anne Gallagher
said they had all appreciated working at such a
friendly and welcoming school.

Mrs Roxburgh, of Eldwick, who was leaving after
25 years, said she had begun her teaching career in
Edinburgh.

Praising Steeton Primary’s environment, she said:
“It’s a very special school with lots of special
people working here, which is why so many staff stay
for such a long time.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here very much indeed.
They’ve been happy years, full of laughs and good
memories.

“I now plan to have more time to spend with
family in Edinburgh, while maintaining friendships
here. I’m going to do voluntary work.”

Mrs Nutter, from Gilstead, had been at Steeton
Primary for 33 years. She said: “There used to be an
ethos that you needed to promote yourself by moving
on to different schools and changing the kind of
work you were doing.

“But I haven’t had to move anywhere because there
have been so many changes here – no two years have
been the same.

“It’s a lovely place to be and the staff are so
friendly and welcoming. Everybody mucks in to help
each other. I’ve now got to the stage where I’m
teaching the children of people I first taught.”

She said her departure would allow her to focus
on hobbies such as running, cycling and travel, and
she will also be able to spend more time with her
retired husband.

Mrs Gallagher, of Oakworth, has left the school
after 15 years. She previously spent 15 years as a
youth worker at Whinfield Youth Club, in Braithwaite.

She said: “It’s been fantastic and I’ve been immensely proud to say that I’ve been a part of this
school.

“The whole staff work together and support each
other. They’re very loving and caring and that comes
out in the children. I’ll be spending more time with
my husband, and I’ve got two grandchildren who I’ll
be looking after.”

Steeton Primary head teacher John Cooper said:
“They’ve had a huge role in the success of the
school.”


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27 July 2012    –    Security cameras at homes-bid site


Cameras
have been installed to stop vandals at the
controversial site of a proposed 220-home
development in Steeton.

Redrow Homes said it had placed several cameras
in the fields off Thornhill Road following incidents
of criminal damage.

The fields are surrounded on all sides by high
fences, and fences also cover both sides of a
footpath that runs through the fields.

Redrow, which gained planning permission last
autumn to build houses, said vandals had damaged
both the fences and the site.

But local resident Chris Bryant claimed the
“sinister” appearance of the cameras, on top of
poles, proved that “Big Brother is watching”.

Mr Bryant, of Parkway, said: “Quite why anyone
should spend time and money keeping an eye on people
on a path through a green field is a puzzle.

“There is no sign to warn the public that they’re
being watched by someone in a remote location.
People should be told that constant covert
surveillance is in progress.”

Proposals to build a large number of houses in
the fields were first put forward in 2008, and since
then plans by both Skipton Properties and Redrow
Homes have been opposed by villagers.

Bradford Council planners approved the latest
application last September despite parish council
concerns about vehicle access and sewage provision.

The villagers’ hopes now lie with an application
by villagers Shona Cole and Joanne Stokes for the
fields to be classed as a village green. The matter
is due to go to a public inquiry.

A spokesman for Redrow Homes this week told the
Keighley News: “Security cameras have been installed
at our proposed development site off Thornhill Road,
Steeton, following incidents of criminal damage to
the land and the fences.

“It is hoped that the added security measures
will help prevent further damage.”


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20 July 2012    –    Green for go environmental events free for all to attend

People are being invited to Steeton to sit around
a bonfire, have a drink and talk about environmental
issues.

The gathering on Saturday, from 5pm to 8pm, will
be the first by Keighley’s branch of the
international Green Drinks movement.

The session at Fern Cottage, Keighley Road, will
be preceded by an open gardens event from 2pm.

Green Drinks brings together people who work in
the environmental field or have an interest in it.

Transition Keighley, a local environmental group,
is hosting the local session.

The venture is being aided by voluntary
organisations support officer Shaun O’Hare as part
of his work with Keighley and Ilkley Voluntary
Community Action.

He said: “These events are very simple and
unstructured, with many people finding employment,
new friends and new ideas to develop.

“It will hopefully have a wider, positive impact
in Keighley and the surrounding area.”

People can advertise their own projects. Take
your own drinks and picnic; entry is free.

TThe open gardens will allow people to look around
the site, which is managed by a social enterprise
called Those Plant People. There will be
demonstrations on budding fruit trees and making
liquid plant feeds, and short guided tours.

Refreshments will be available in the forest
garden, and children can make their own insect house
or decorate garden canes for bean poles. Entry is
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19 July 2012    –    Ban on parking set to be approved

A long-running parking problem caused by Airedale
Hospital staff and visitors will tonight be
addressed by councillors.

Keighley Area Committee is being asked to approve
double-yellow lines on a stretch of Thornhill Road,
in Steeton.

The move is aimed at stopping people from parking
on a bend, near to where a footpath emerges from the
hospital grounds. Residents have complained for
several years about cars parking on the road,
causing access and visibility problems.

Staff and visitors regularly park near the
corner, rather than paying to use one of the
hospital car parks.

The double-yellow lines plan is one of four
Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) recommended for
approval at tonight’s meeting. The committee, part
of Bradford Council, is expected to earmark £16,000
for the orders.

One proposal is to introduce a one-way system in
Bracken Bank Crescent, which connects to and from
Bracken Bank Grove and passes a primary school.

Council officers say the Crescent already
operates as an unofficial one-way system for most
users, but problems occur when vehicles are unaware
of this.

Another proposal is for double-yellow lines in
narrow Becks Road, at the bottom of Oakworth Road,
to stop vehicles forcing heavy goods vehicles to
drive on the path.

Limited waiting could also be introduced in Sun
Street, Haworth, so people with mobility problems
can park their vehicles in order to visit the
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15 July 2012    –    Work begins on new Steeton driving test centre

Construction work on a new driving centre in
Steeton is under way.

The Driving Standards Agency expects the centre,
on the industrial estate at Steeton Grove, to be
fully operational by the end of next month (August).

The centre, which will test drivers of cars and
light goods vehicles (LGVs), and motorcyclists, is
at a former HGV testing station.

It will replace the Keighley driving test centre,
which closed in 2010 for health and safety reasons.

The DSA received planning permission for the
centre last October.

A spokesman for the government agency said: “The
redeveloped centre is expected to open for car and
Module 2 motorcycle testing some time in August
2012.”

Bradford Council gave planning permission for the
new centre despite opposition from Steeton-with-Eastburn
Parish Council.

Parish council chairman David Mullen voiced
concerns about projected vehicle movements of up to
240 a day and potential use of Steeton streets by
learner drivers.

The DSA responded that the centre would have a
negligible effect on the local road network, would
generate additional employment and would not affect
a proposed cycle route to Steeton railway station.

Bradford councillor Adrian Naylor, who represents
Craven Ward, called for a review of how the local
road network was being affected by both recent and
future building.

He accepted that individual developments might be
beneficial for the area, and not dramatically affect
local roads, but taken together with other projects
would cause problems.

He said: “We’re seeing a lot of development which
will impact on the already busy road junctions.

“We have to look at investing in improvements to
the road system in Steeton.”


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13 July 2012    –    Work to start on community hub after plans scaled back

Work was due to begin this week on Steeton’s
£200,000 Community Hub.

Parish council chairman David Mullen said
builders would begin fencing off the area before
construction work started.

He said: “They’re talking about a maximum 26
weeks’ build.”

The Community Hub will provide facilities for
village groups and replace the outdated bowling
pavilion on Skipton Road.

The start date was revealed despite recent
concerns over the rising costs of the community
centre project.

The parish council had attracted £200,000 of
funding, then discovered the estimated costs would
be significantly higher than anticipated.

The Community Hub steering committee has spent
the past few weeks talking with architects and
builders about where money could be saved.

Coun Mullen said: “We’ve managed to prune it back
to come within our budget.”

Coun Mullen said the team had cut back on plans
for a patio and the extent of the interior
painting.Savings had also been made on the kitchen
plans.

The building is being funded from a variety of
sources, including £100,000 from the parish council
and a total of £75,000 from environmental bodies
WREN and Yorventure. Steeton Youth Group, which uses
the existing bowling pavilion, is providing money
and Kinetic Landis, from Eastburn, has also given
funding.


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15 July 2012    –    Doorstep salesmen not welcome


Police and community leaders involved in the cold calling control zone
Police
were on the streets of Steeton and Silsden this week
after the launch of a clampdown on doorstep conmen.

No Cold Calling Zones were launched in both areas
with funding from Bradford councillors who serve the
wards.

The zones are around Gloucester Avenue in Silsden
and Thornhill Road in Steeton, as well as Moor Park
and Aynholme in Addingham.

The streets have signs that warn off salesman and
bogus callers and residents are being given window
stickers.

The initiative brings together police, Bradford
Council, ward councillors, Steeton-with-Eastburn
Parish Council and housing association Incommunities.
Neighbourhood Policing Team officers and street
wardens gathered in Steeton on Monday for a
briefing, before heading out to talk to residents.

Ward councillor Adrian Naylor said the initiative
showed excellent inter-agency co-operation.


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7 July 2012    –    Work to start on £200,000 Steeton Community Hub

Work is set to start on a £200,000 community
centre.

Builders will fence off a section of land next to
Steeton Bowling Green before construction work
begins on the Steeton Community Hub on Monday.

The hub will provide facilities for groups and
replace the outdated bowling pavilion in Skipton
Road.

The start date was revealed despite recent
concerns over the rising costs of the project. The
parish council had attracted £200,000 of funding,
then discovered the estimated costs would be higher
than anticipated.

The Community Hub steering committee has spent
the past few weeks talking with architects and
builders to scale down the project.

Parish Council chairman David Mullen said: “We’ve
managed to prune it back to come within our budget.”

He said the team had cut back on plans for a
patio and the extent of the interior painting.
Savings had been made on the kitchen plans, although
there would still be kitchen facilities.


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7 July 2012    –    Minister swapping Airedale for Africa


Rev Charlotte Common
A Sutton woman is leaving her post as a minister
in the Airedale Methodist Circuit to do mission work
on a small island off the southeast coast of Africa.

The Rev Charlotte Common, who is the minister for
St Andrew’s Church, Cowling, Steeton Methodist
Church and Eastburn Chapel, is leaving in August to
spend five months exploring her ministry in
Mauritius.

Mrs Common, 62, who has worked at several
Methodist churches in the Airedale Circuit, is
looking forward to spending time on the
multi-cultural island located 540 miles east of
Madagascar.

“I’ll be exploring life and looking into setting
up a sanctuary there,” said Mrs Common. “I’ll be
living among a group of people who are deeply
spiritual. Mauritians are dependent on God.

“There are Hindus, Christians and Muslims living
together in a peaceful way, they just celebrate the
creator in a different way.”

German-born Mrs Common, who has travelled and
lived all over the world, will return to the UK in
February 2013 but is likely to move to another
Methodist circuit.

Members of her current congregations in South
Craven and anyone interested in seeing Mrs Common
before she leaves for Mauritius is invited to attend
a farewell service at Keighley Shared Church, on
Church Street, on Monday, July 16, at 7.30pm.

The service will feature performances by the Rock
Up and Sing Choir, a solo by Nikki Barrett, and two
local Christian bands, Big Sing and Undercover.


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5 July 2012    –    Wheels in motion at driving centre

Construction work on a new driving centre in
Steeton is under way.

The Driving Standards Agency expects the centre,
on the industrial estate at Steeton Grove, to be
fully operational by the end of next month.

The centre, which will test drivers of cars and
light goods vehicles (LGVs), and motorcyclists, is
at a former HGV testing station.

The centre will replace the Keighley driving test
centre – which closed in 2010 for health and safety
reasons – and the current Skipton centre.

The DSA received planning permission for the
centre last October. A spokesman for the government
agency said: “The redeveloped centre is expected to
open for car and Module 2 motorcycle testing some
time in August 2012.”

Bradford Council gave planning permission for the
new centre despite opposition from Steeton-with-Eastburn
parish council.

Parish council chairman David Mullen voiced
concerns about projected vehicle movements of up to
240 a day, and potential use of Steeton streets by
learner drivers.

The DSA responded that the centre would have a
negligible effect on the local road network, would
generate additional employment, and would not affect
a proposed cycle route to Steeton railway station.

Councillor Adrian Naylor called for a review of
how the local road network was being affected by
both recent and future building.

He accepted that individual developments might be
beneficial for the area, and not dramatically affect
local roads, but taken together with other projects
would cause problems.

He said: “We’re seeing a lot of development which
will impact on the already- busy junctions. We have
to look at investing in improvements to the road
system in Steeton.”


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5 July 2012    –    Trade is booming at Steeton stairlift firm

A stairlift manufacturer has seen turnover
increase by almost a quarter – a increase it puts
down to the rising age of the population and the
spending power of older consumers.

Latest figures from Steeton-based Acorn
Stairlifts reveal the firm has seen sales increase
by 23 per cent year-on-year as turnover rose by 22.4
per cent from 2010 to 2011.

Sales director Jules Allen, who has seen turnover
treble in just five years, has said the company’s
boom reflects the ageing trend and the buying power
of older consumers.

He said a series of programmes on the BBC
highlighted how the nation considered attitudes
towards ageing.

He said: “As the BBC documentaries highlight, we
often consider the nation’s attitude to our older
population, but here at Acorn, despite healthy
sales, we see the older generation themselves
resisting the changes that ageing demands.

“Many of our customers say they wish they’d
installed a stairlift sooner because of how
independent they suddenly feel, but because of their
own prejudices around ageing, they don’t make the
decision until they have absolutely no option – or
until a relative does it for them.”

Latest figures show over-65s now rank as the
country’s fastest growing age group with pensioners
making up one in five of the UK population.

Mr Allen said: “Worries about everything from
finances to health and independence can cloud what
should really be the most enjoyable time of our
lives.

“When home adaptations such as stairlifts can be
fitted within 24 hours – and our figures show
customer purchase decisions are made within seven
days – fighting the changes rather than embracing
them only delays the freedom, relief and
independence everyone has a right to feel.

“The BBC’s documentaries are an insightful look
into perceptions about and attitudes towards our
country’s older generation.

“With more than a quarter of the UK population
projected to be over 65 by 2051, the series should
be something we can all learn valuable lessons
from.”


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1 July 2012    –    Work on Steeton reservoir completed

Work on a new £1 million underground water supply
reservoir at Steeton is now complete.

The Yorkshire Water scheme was part of a £23
million programme to create 16 underground tanks
across the region.

Each reservoir stores treated drinking water
prior to it being fed through to customers’ taps.

Some of the facilities being replaced have been
in operation for up to a century.

Work on the Steeton tank, by engineering
specialist Mott MacDonald Bentley, began in January.

The new facility can hold over 900,000 litres of
water.

Ed Hinton, Yorkshire Water’s project manager,
said: “This scheme has gone really well and we would
like to thank local residents for their support
whilst we carried it out.

“As always with such large civil engineering
projects there’s a lot of additional traffic and
noise and we appreciate people’s support in our
quest to provide our customers with some of the best
drinking water in the world.”

He added that the project ran alongside a
separate £60 million programme launched in April
2010 to improve reservoirs regionally.

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26 June 2012    –    Members sought to join new patient group

Steeton and Silsden GP Practice is seeking new
recruits to join its Patient Participation Group
(PPG).

Membership of the PPG, which meets evenings four
times a year, is open to anyone registered with the
practice.

“The major overhaul of health services arising
from the recently-passed Health and Social Care Act
makes the experience and voice of patients and local
residents even more important if patients are to be
at the heart of high-quality local services,” said a
spokesman.

The group’s role includes making positive
suggestions for service improvements and
representing patients and carers.

Heather Ogden, group chairman, said: “We are a
friendly group. Don’t come to moan but if you are
keen to help your local doctors make things even
better, you will be made welcome.”

The next meeting is on September 11. For further
information, phone Heather on (01535) 654909.


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22 June 2012    –    Learner driver ran from police

A learner driver ran off from police after
crashing his car in Holme Lane, Sutton-in-Craven, a
court heard.

Jamie Halford, 20, was driving an Audi A4 he had
bought earlier in the day when he was stopped by
police on the A629 in Kildwick, Skipton, magistrates
heard on Friday, June 15.

Later on in the evening of May 25, he was again
spotted by police in the Audi A4 causing an
obstruction in Sutton. When officers in a police car
pulled up next to him, he drove off at speed, making
no attempt to stop, said Beverley Dawes,
prosecuting. Police followed him to Hazel Grove
Road, where the car had stopped after hitting a wall
of Sutton Park.

Ms Dawes said Halford got out of the car and ran
off, but was stopped by an officer. He was arrested
and told police he held just a provisional licence
after failing the theory part of his driving test.
He also told police he had bought the car the same
day for £300, and had been told by the seller it
would be insured until the early evening.

Halford, of Station Road, Steeton, who the court
heard already had eight points on his licence,
admitted careless driving, two separate charges of
driving without insurance and two of without a full
licence.

Magistrates endorsed his icence with six penalty
points and fined him £100 for both of the two no
insurance offences and an additional six points for
careless driving, taking him to 12 points and an
automatic six-month ban.


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21 June 2012    –    Lucky escape as car hits house


A
man from Steeton had a miraculous escape when a car
smashed into his house as he made a cup of tea.

Bob Barras, 29, threw himself to the floor when
the black Mercedes C220 crashed into the wall of the
stone-built kitchen in the farmhouse he shares with
his parents in Barrows Lane, Whitley Head.


The
force of the collision was “like an explosion” and
sent large stones from the wall and a heavy granite
worktop flying across the kitchen – just missing Mr
Barras.

The car had struck a lamp-post, spun on to the
opposite side of the narrow country lane and into
the kitchen window.

Mr Barras, who had just come home from work when
the crash happened, said: “I was scared. I saw a
black car coming down the road and all of a sudden
there was a whack and I just jumped out of the way.
I was shaking.”


His
mum Linda and dad Sid ran into the badly-damaged
kitchen to check on their son, who has Down’s
Syndrome.

Luckily, he suffered only a small graze on his
leg.

Mr Barras senior, 64, said: “He had just been at
the Aga making tea. How he wasn’t killed, I don’t
know.

“It was as if somebody had dropped a bomb and
there was Bob on the floor. There was dust
everywhere and I couldn’t see what was happening.”

Mr Barras, a former British champion cyclist,
“shot outside” to see whether any of the men in the
car had been injured.

Mrs Barras said: “We looked into the car,
expecting to see somebody seriously injured – if not
fatally – but he came back and said they had legged
it.”

He then got in his car and, with a eighbour,
chased the four men, who police described as Asian
and in their 20s, as they made off towards Keighley
Tarn.

He said: “We got halfway up the hill and they had
crossed over the wall. I told the last one what I
would do if I caught him.

“It was pandemonium, all the neighbours were out
and the ambulance was here.”

Firefighters and the police were also called to
the scene following the crash at about 5.30pm on
Tuesday.

The fire service cordoned off the road and police
redirected traffic as Bob was treated for shock in
an ambulance.

The owner of the badly-damaged car, a man from
Bradford, turned up later and told the family that
the men who had fled had had permission to use the
car.

The crash caused more than £40,000 worth of
damage and the family are now having to cook in
their camper van.

Mrs Barras is now calling for a major overhaul of
safety on the narrow road.

He said: “We think it should be 20mph with
traffic calming.”

A police spokesman said: “We were called to
Barrows Lane at 5.34pm to reports that four men had
crashed a car into a wall and run off towards
Keighley Tarn.

“The men, who are described as four Asian men in
their 20s, made off.

“No arrests have been made.”


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16 June 2012    –    Steeton man’s 1,600-mile challenge


A
lorry driver from Steeton shed more than 30 kilos
(five stones) so he could cycle hundreds of miles
for charity.

When he started his weight-loss effort in May
last year, Nigel Morris weighed 144 kilos (22
stones). He said he was now down to 113 kilos (17
stones).

The Halsteads Way resident, who is self-employed,
said he had ideally wanted to lose even more weight,
but hoped to shed at least another ten kilos by the
time he finished the cycle challenge.

“It hasn’t been easy fitting in the training
around my work,” he said. “I haven’t always got
enough sleep, which means that when my muscles are
damaged my body doesn’t get the chance to repair
itself.”

He is riding from Steeton to the small Austrian
town of Vitis, where his youngest daughter lives, a
distance of 1,600 miles. He set out on Saturday.

The father-of-three is raising money for Rays of
Sunshine, which arranges “make a wish” treats for
seriously ill children. Mr Morris, 46, said: “I was
going to do the cycle on my own at first, but I’ll
now be doing it with Craig Adams, who is a former
Bradford Northern player. He’s an HGV driver like
me, though he’ll be raising money for the
Candlelighters.”

To sponsor Mr Morris, visit justgiving.com/uk2austria-
cycleride. He also has a Twitter account @charitytruckers
and a website, charity cyclingtrucker.co.uk


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