More from the candidates in the forthcoming election to represent the Kirkbymoorside Division on the North Yorkshire County Council. Here’s Steve Mason for the Liberal Democrats. As your local Liberal Democrats candidate I am asking you vote for me in the North Yorkshire County Council elections on May 4th. I came to Yorkshire in 1991 […]
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We invited candidates for the Kirkbymoorside Division in the forthcoming elections for North Yorkshire County Council to give us a statement of their campaign aims. Here’s Martin Brampton, Green Party Candidate. As a Kirkbymoorside town councillor since 2010, I’ve had two main priorities. One has been to make the council open and democratic, and steps […]
If the summer sun (well, it does shine sometimes) is lulling your little grey cells into inactivity, you may be thinking of brushing them up again in the autumn, in which case take a look at the Prospectus for adult education courses on offer from North Yorkshire County Council. There are courses in arts, crafts […]
Thinking about changing career direction? Maybe you are returning to work and need to up-skill for the current job market. Are you unemployed and finding it hard to get work? If so, why not try a free Skills for the Workplace course and take the first steps towards a new career and gain accredited qualifications? […]
The North Yorkshire County Council offers a wide selection of adult learning courses, ranging from purely leisure pursuits to career based qualifications, and the list of those available in the early part of 2016 has now been published. A few of these courses were advertised in the January issue of the Handy Mag but much […]
If you’re planning on driving west in the near future, be warned that Sutton Bank is to be closed for two weeks in order for essential maintenance work to be carried out. North Yorkshire County Council has said that in addition to the annual maintenance work carried out on the road to ensure it is […]
Today’s autumnal weather might encourage you to think of more sedentary occupations for the coming season. If a bit of self- improvement is on your agenda, take a look at the North Yorkshire County Council’s new adult learning courses beginning in September. Kirkbymoorside seems to be a hotbed of water colourists, with courses for beginners […]
You may have seen on the Helmsley blog the following item from local resident Tracy Battensby: About 18 months ago you very kindly mentioned on your blog that North Yorkshire County Council wanted to cut a massive £1.5 million from its bus subsidy budget. After cuts of a whopping £2 MILLION it is now wanting […]
We’ve blogged several items recently about the cuts to library services in North Yorkshire, and in particular about how we might keep our town library in business with volunteer labour. But is that really necessary or even desirable? Keep our library! Knowledge is good, pleasure is good, books give you both, so books are good. […]
It appears that the outcome of the consultation process on the future of our libraries was less rosy than suggested by our previous item on this topic, from the BBC. Councillor Martin Brampton explains. Thanks Martin for this very informative report. Ed Well, that (the previous post on this subject) is the official version, although […]
From today’s BBC regional news: Libraries in North Yorkshire will not be run entirely by volunteers after a public consultation revealed people were against the move. Council plans were for 21 libraries to be community-run but the authority is now proposing that those libraries have some paid staff. Consultation responses said this was necessary for […]
We’ve been posting news of activities for the kids during the coming half term holiday, and if you’ve got kids you’ll know exactly when that is. But if you haven’t, and you don’t want to find yourself on the train with a pack of six year olds and their teddy bears, or whatever, take note: […]
North Yorkshire County Council plans to introduce restrictions on parking in the centre of Kirkbymoorside, limiting it to two hours during the day, and also prohibiting waiting in certain areas. Details do not seem to be available on line, but can be had at the library, and are pinned to a couple of posts in […]
Councillors in North Yorkshire have agreed to increase council tax for the first time in four years. Bills will rise by 1.99% in April, just under the government cap at which a local referendum must be held. North Yorkshire County Council voted to accept cuts of £19.3m, leaving a total budget for 2014/15 of £373m. […]
More than 150 bus services across the county will either be axed or reduced following the decision of North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive this afternoon (Tuesday, January 21). The decision to cut the subsidies given to bus services across Ryedale will “rip the heart and guts out of our towns and villages,” say campaigners. The […]
English Heritage have just published a guide to the walk from Helmsley Castle to Rievaulx Abbey (both EH properties) in the form of a podcast that is available to download free, here. In this podcast, you can hear historian Julian Humphrys, Development Officer for the Battlefield Trust, as he follows this route, pointing out some […]
Councillors in North Yorkshire are to consider increasing council tax for the first time in four years to help meet the cost of running the authority in the face of massive cuts in Government funding. Members of North Yorkshire County Council will be asked in February to approve the authority’s budget for 2014/15. Although no […]
From North Yorkshire County Council: We have more than 50,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled throughout the county and our salt barns are full in readiness for winter. The priority during extreme weather is to keep major routes treated and passable, followed by other important routes. With a £7.1m budget, we routinely treat well over half […]
An appeal has been sent out for more families willing to adopt a child in North Yorkshire to come forward, as 28 young people urgently need homes. North Yorkshire County Council has streamlined its adoption process so parents can now be approved in as little as seven months, saying the previous process may have dissuaded […]
North Yorkshire County Council is holding a public consultation about finding savings from the budget for adult social care, along with other services, as a result of government funding cuts. A spokesman for the Council said: “The council needs to make millions of pounds in savings and decisions on where to make these savings are […]
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