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Saltaire Festival Sunshine
Sunshine greeted visitors to Saltaire Festival this weekend,
returning after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.
The second weekend of the festival included a funfair by Shipley Glen Tramway, a Continental Street Market along
Exhibition Road and a Makers Fair at Victoria Hall.
Picnickers in Roberts Park were be treated to music in the
Last weekend saw an open-house event with gardens around
Saltaire welcoming visitors.
Though the Festival is somewhat pared back from the usual
busy schedule of events, it has proved none-the-less popular
with visitors looking for some respite from the restrictions of
the last two years.
The World Heritage Site of Saltaire is the start of A Dales High Way.
18 Sept 2021
Great North Bog Initiative
The Great North Bog Initiative is one of five landmark
projects that will receive £16 million awarded through the first
round of Natural England’s Peat Restoration Grants.
The awards were announced last Friday as the first stage of a
£50 million investment, building on the government's pledge to
restore approximately 35,000 hectares of peatland in England by
the end of this Parliament.
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, together with the North
Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership
and Manchester University, will carry out restoration work on
degraded blanket bog across 15 sites in a new collaboration
called the Great North Bog Initiative.
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: "Our peatlands are
remarkable habitats which provide homes for many precious
species and hold enormous amounts of carbon. By restoring 35,000
ha of damaged and degraded peatlands in England, 9 million
tonnes of carbon dioxide would be prevented from being released
by 2050 which would make a significant contribution to
combatting the devastating impacts of climate change and
The early route of A Dales High Way crosses Rombald Moor, important for it's upland peat bogs.
The Great North Bog is a landscape-scale approach to upland
peatland restoration and will build on the work already
undertaken by individual schemes, such as Moors for the Future
1 Sept 2021
Appleby Horse Fair Returns
The traditional Appleby Horse Fair which attracts thousands
of gypsies and travellers returned last week after the 2020 fair
was cancelled due to the pandemic - only the second cancellation in its
event normally takes place in June and has been going since the
Some businesses in the town have decided to close over fears
the fair may prompt a rise in Covid cases. Pop-up clinics are
being made available for those who have not yet been vaccinated.
Les Clark, deputy chief executive of Eden District Council,
said despite people's fears over the spread of coronavirus, it
was the right that the gathering should go ahead.
"We could either wrap around that support, like we normally
do, or we let things happen unplanned and ad hoc, which would be
very difficult to control," he said.
Additional police resources were on hand after reports of a "fued" between two groups.
Four people were charged with disorder offences after several
arrests were made on Friday.
But on the whole, the fine weather meant another enjoyable
week for the thousands who visited Appleby.
16 August 2021
Skipton Gateway project to start next summer
Visualisation of new access to Skipton Railway Station
North Yorkshire County Council hope to have plans for a £7.8
million "Gateway" scheme for Skipton finalised by next June, with
work starting shortly afterwards. The project should be finished
by Spring 2023.
The project will improve access for walkers and cyclists from
the railway station, with additional links to the bus station,
town centre and the college.
A recent public consultation has shown overall support, but
with some adjustments needed.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie said: “We are
looking at alternatives for Broughton Road by putting the cycle
lane on the highway as opposed to it being segregated from
traffic and we are also taking steps to calm traffic.
“The project has had good support overall and what it is
aiming to do is improve cycling and walking options not just for
residents but also visitors because Skipton is the gateway to
the Dales after all.
“When people arrive by train or bus we want them to feel like
they are right in the centre of an area with improved facilities
Walkers tackling A Dales High Way in sections make particular
use of the railway station.
The scheme is supported by the County Council, Craven
District Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
1 Aug 2021
Relief as Public Toilets reopen in Saltaire
Walkers planning to set out on A Dales High Way will be
relieved to find that the public toilets in Saltaire, shut for
four years, have reopened after a £15,000 refurbishment.
The block at the Caroline Street car park was closed along
with the Saltaire Tourist Information Centre by Bradford Council
as a cost-saving measure - a move that was much criticised as a
retrograde step for a World Heritage site.
Two months ago the newly formed Shipley Town Council decided
to take over the licence to run the site, rent-free from the
District Council, initially on a year's trial basis.
The money has been used to deep-clean the facilities, repaint
it in the heritage colour "Saltaire Green" and generally repair
The toilets will be open between 8am and 8pm during the
summer months, in normal circumstances, including weekends.
There will be no charge and they will be cleaned once per day.
Councillor Mike Connors, Chair of Shipley Town Council, cut
the ribbon on the refreshed toilet block last Saturday.
He said: "We ultimately owe the re-opening of this
much-needed facility to Robbie Martin, who had the foresight to
successfully petition for the creation of Shipley Town Council.
Without the new town council, it is unlikely that Saltaire's
toilets would have been re-opened in 2021, if ever."
19 July 2021