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Despicable crime

11:11am Thursday 17th July 2014

It is difficult for ordinary people to understand the thinking that is behind the theft of a charity collection box from the counter of an Ilkley cafe.

Organ donor plea

12:48pm Thursday 10th July 2014

FIVE years ago life hung by a thread for Gabrysia Filarowski.

Beware of these heartless crooks

12:57pm Friday 30th May 2014

There can be fewer more odious crimes than those committed by thieves who con their way into the homes of the elderly in order to steal cash and belongings.

Step to Leeds-Bradford airport accessibility

Ilkley Gazette: Robert Goodwill

2:02pm Thursday 8th May 2014

Leeds-Bradford Airport is a major hub for business and leisure flights and we are lucky to have it right in the heart of our district.

Celebrations for a brewing success story

Ilkley Gazette: George Hinton

3:22pm Friday 2nd May 2014

Ilkley Brewery is one of the great success stories of the town, and the fact that it is thriving after five years in business is certainly something to be celebrated.

Novel approach to make us think about our litter

Ilkley Gazette: Film-makers and helpers: Thomas Black, Geoff Tuley, Gareth Finister, David Varley, Jan Varley, with Patch the wonder dog, and Tony Hudson

11:41am Friday 25th April 2014

Litter is a problem for communities everywhere, and many attempts have been made by various authorities and organisations to change the habits of ‘litterbugs’.

Tourist essentials

10:51am Thursday 17th April 2014

As a tourist town and busy town centre, public toilets are one of the essentials anyone would expect to find in Ilkley while walking, shopping, or visiting local attractions.

Country living

10:49am Thursday 17th April 2014

Easter for most of us – whether religious, firmly secular, or somewhere in between – is a time to celebrate rebirth and experience rejuvenation.

Crime shocker - but still rare

Ilkley Gazette: George Hinton

2:23pm Thursday 10th April 2014

The shocking scenes that unfolded in Ilkley town centre a week ago are a startling reminder that there are no lengths criminals will not go to in order to try to line their own pockets with ill-gotten gains. Shoppers, visitors and residents looked on aghast as a gang of masked men wielding axes tried to smash their way through the window of the Lister Horsfall jewellery store on Brook Street.

Brave acts to tackle robbers

Ilkley Gazette: George Hinton

9:38am Friday 4th April 2014

It takes a special sort of person to intervene when there might be danger to themselves. So the remarkable coming together of the public and police in a very hazardous robbery situation is to be congratulated all round.

Cycle of events

Ilkley Gazette: George Hinton

4:05pm Thursday 27th March 2014

As the build-up continues to the festivities of the Tour de France this summer, Ilkley has had confirmation of yet another big event taking place in town.

Nell Bank - gem of a centre

Ilkley Gazette: The new block Nell Bank

2:52pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Ilkley’s Nell Bank Centre is just one of the many local gems which enhances the area and provides a very useful service to both the community and visitors.

Take care of your town

Ilkley Gazette: The Grove in Ilkley is to get a facelift

3:04pm Thursday 6th March 2014

Careless parking which churns up grass verges or damages paving is one example of a deterioration in the appearance of Ilkley which could easily be prevented.

Manor House Museum is vital to Ilkley community

Ilkley Gazette: The Manor House Museum, Ilkley

3:07pm Thursday 27th February 2014

People power has won the day with regards to the threatened Manor House Museum and Art Gallery... but while the battle is won, the war goes on.

We can cope with disruption when Tour comes to Ilkley

2:32pm Thursday 20th February 2014

No-one likes travel disruption, and the proposed all-day closure of the main A65 road through the district will no doubt be bad news for many commuters and motorists.

A bad time for households too

1:34pm Thursday 13th February 2014

We all understand the pressures local government is under to balance cutting costs at the same time as trying to maintain the level of services they deliver.

Ilkley Children's Centre stay of execution?

Ilkley Gazette: Little Lane Children's Centre in Ilkley

10:32am Friday 7th February 2014

It is good news that the axe is not going to fall on children’s centres in this area as part of Bradford Council’s budget cuts.

Look towards Ilkley Carnival boost

3:37pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Ilkley Carnival is one of the highlights of the calendar, a great family event which always heralds the start of us looking forward to summer, taking place as it does on the May Day bank holiday.

Stiles family needs answers about tragic mystery

Ilkley Gazette: Missing dad John Stiles

3:40pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

The family of Ilkley man John Stiles are going through a terrible time right now, and all our thoughts should be with them.

Support to save green spaces

Ilkley Gazette: Ilkley Grammar School's current site on Cowpasture Road.

2:58pm Thursday 16th January 2014

Housing Minister and local MP Kris Hopkins has come out in support of what many people in this area have been campaigning about – saving our beautiful green spaces from over-zealous housing development.

Heavy rains to mean problems in the future?

Ilkley Gazette: George Hinton

3:47pm Thursday 9th January 2014

We have – fingers crossed – escaped the worst of the bad weather that has been battering other parts of the country.

Rewards for unsung heroes of community

2:29pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

It’s wonderful to see Ilkley residents commended in the Queen’s New Year Honours for a wide-range of work with various aspects of our community.

Council’s decision-making is holding community back

12:02pm Tuesday 24th December 2013

I was really frustrated to read the headline ‘Council calls for U-turn on school’s iPad plan’.

I am opposed to school’s iPad scheme in principle

12:00pm Tuesday 24th December 2013

Rarely do I get so angry about something to feel the need to write to the papers to share my views but on this occasion I am sufficiently moved to do so.

The key point must be to improve the infrastructure

11:59am Tuesday 24th December 2013

I was dismayed to read Richard Askham’s letter as he is missing a few key points here.

Christmas Tree Festival a sight not to be missed

11:58am Tuesday 24th December 2013

May I, through your paper, thank Tim and Helen Wilkinson, together with the Otley Chamber of Trade, for the magnificent Christmas Tree Festival held recently in Otley Parish Church. It was truly a sight not to be missed.

Not surprising the diocese backed down

11:56am Tuesday 24th December 2013

No church would want to be accused of putting profit before children – so it is hardly surprising that the diocese of Bradford has backed down over plans to build on land used by Guiseley Scout groups.

Taking stock in goodwill and in peace

11:55am Tuesday 24th December 2013

Christmas is upon us once again. For most of us this will be a time of family, fun, friends and revelry. It is a time to consider – once the presents are wrapped and the fridge stocked with food – the true meaning of the season.

Hospital services commitment is of some comfort

4:00pm Thursday 19th December 2013

The assurance that health bosses want to provide hospital services in Ilkley well into the future must be of some comfort to the thousands of people who got behind the bid to save the Coronation Hospital.

Peaceful protest is the right of every individual

3:10pm Thursday 12th December 2013

It has become a sad fact of recent life that public services are being whittled down as local authorities try to balance the books and deliver the best services that they can for less money.

Any ideas to help Round Table give away cash?

2:50pm Thursday 5th December 2013

Ilkley Round Table is a cause known to a great many people in the area.

More work for volunteers as austerity bites

3:13pm Thursday 28th November 2013

Ilkley’s already busy voluntary sector could find itself taking on a lot more work as austerity begins to bite.

Tesco question could finally be coming to end

2:31pm Thursday 21st November 2013

Any question over supermarket chain Tesco being able to build a new supermarket in Ilkley could finally be at an end.

BID money may be small but it could do a lot

4:36pm Thursday 14th November 2013

The £360,000 of investment that will now come to Otley after local firms voted to form a Business Improvement District will not fix all ills.

Charlotte is a shining example

4:38pm Thursday 14th November 2013

Charlotte Williams may still be in primary school but she is already making her mark on Leeds.

Important as ever to honour Forster memory

2:10pm Thursday 31st October 2013

There are possibly few people in the history of this area as important as William Edward Forster.

So Ilkely's Tesco battle seems concluded

3:21pm Thursday 24th October 2013

And so another battle royale over the plans to build a bigger Tesco supermarket in Ilkley appears to have concluded.

Questions of how best to deal with problem parking

1:34pm Thursday 17th October 2013

The parking problems which caused great inconvenience recently for residents of Denton Road may have been a one-off situation – but they raise questions of how problem parking can be dealt with effectively.

Heartwarming bequest to save lives on the sea

1:33pm Thursday 17th October 2013

It perhaps seems odd that a legacy from landlocked West Yorkshire will be helping to save lives on the storm-tossed coast, but that is exactly what is happening in Northumberland.

More intense Tesco debate?

Ilkley Gazette: Middlewich Town Council has met with Tesco officials about its plans for the development land between Southway and Darlington Street.

3:03pm Thursday 10th October 2013

Followers of the debate on Tesco in Ilkley have yet another significant decision day looming.

Glorious history will be built on

12:52pm Thursday 26th September 2013

It’s a big year for the Ilkley Literature Festival as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.

A landmark in energy debate

2:17pm Thursday 19th September 2013

The news that the four wind turbines at Chelker, which have so long stood out on the horizon, will soon be no more, could in itself be a landmark in the wider debate about renewable energy.

Welcome chance for the elderly to make new friends

4:08pm Thursday 12th September 2013

One of the worst aspects of growing old is the sense of isolation that can set in, especially for those who live alone and who find their long-standing friends have perhaps moved away or gone into sheltered accommodation, or maybe are no longer with us.

Rescuers are an example to us all

1:15pm Thursday 5th September 2013

Sometimes our faith in human nature is restored in a most welcome manner, as evidenced by the actions of people on the banks of the River Wharfe in Ilkley. A five-year-old girl had got into trouble in the water and it was only thanks to the swift reactions of other people that she was brought to safety, thankfully with no lasting harm.

End of an era for Inglewood

8:45pm Thursday 29th August 2013

The phrase ‘end of an era’ tends to get bandied about too often these days, and is often used when less dramatic language would more accurately describe the situation at hand.

Letters to the editor

5:49pm Thursday 15th August 2013

Pleasing that Yorkshire Roses struck a chord As the organizer of the flag projects that Otley Chamber of Trade and Otley Town Council co-operate on, I’m often asked “when are the flags going up again”.

Another Tour benefit on way

5:47pm Thursday 15th August 2013

The Tour de France is obviously going to be a great event that will focus a lot of attention on the area.

Rules needed on turbines

5:48pm Thursday 15th August 2013

Wind turbines are one of those issues which divide people – not just those who have to live with them but also many who struggle with the arguments for and against such structures.

Camp a way to keep Tour fans in town

4:13pm Thursday 8th August 2013

Congratulations to Bradford Council for having the common sense to support Ilkley’s bid to make the most of what looks set to be a tourist boom when the Tour de France Grand Depart 2014 comes to town.

Food banks a surprising revelation?

2:05pm Thursday 1st August 2013

The question of poverty in Ilkley is one which has been simultaneously thrust into the spotlight by two organisations, working entirely independently of one another.






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