Joe Willis LATEST
7:31pm Friday 1st May 2015
11:30am Friday 1st May 2015
1:16pm Thursday 30th April 2015
12:10pm Thursday 30th April 2015
Sir, – Everyone involved with the Wensleydale School and Sixth Form in Leyburn will have been shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely death of Graham Parker from a heart attack, just a few weeks after he left his post as headteacher at the school.
12:09pm Thursday 30th April 2015
Sir, – Having received at long last through our letter box this week the local Conservative party candidate's election leaflet, my eagle-eyed wife was quick to spot that among the rogues gallery of party leaders pictured on the inside pages was Alex Salmond. Sheer ignorance, sexism or both on the part of the self-proclaimed party of competence?
10:23am Thursday 30th April 2015
8:07am Thursday 30th April 2015
12:14pm Wednesday 29th April 2015
Sir, – I get the feeling that Rishi Sunak is taking the electorate for Richmondshire for granted after failing to attend a meeting in Northallerton, the largest town in the constituency, on Sunday evening, giving a limp excuse for not being there. This was met with astonishment by the 300-plus people who attended. Does he really think that he has to just put his name on the ballot paper to get elected? Judging by comments overheard he might just get a deserved nasty shock on the night. Congratulations to all other candidates who acquitted themselves very well on the night. Also thanks to Steve Cowie for keeping a tight control on the evening.
7:29am Wednesday 29th April 2015
12:22pm Tuesday 28th April 2015
Sir, – The constant general comments about UKIP being racists is untrue and hurtful. UKIP have a host of progressive policies and say, in line with all major parties, that we need effective and efficient border controls and a fair immigration policy, again, the same as other major political parties. I am a local UKIP candidate, interested in the well-being of my local community and local issues; so please, no more unfounded accusations of racism. I am certainly no racist, but I believe in harmony and equal opportunities in our society. Let's debate the facts, not rely on slurs to win a contest.
1:02pm Monday 27th April 2015
Sir, – What a disappointment. I read the headline about a new railway bridge to ease congestion in Northallerton (D&S, April 10) and assumed it would be built at Low Gates. Wrong. Having attended the consultation presentation I can only see that things will get worse instead of better. There is the potential with the new development for an extra 1,000 cars accessing Stokesley Road and Darlington Road with no easing of the choke point at Low Gates roundabout. I suspect Standard Way will become a rat run for people avoiding Low Gates when the inevitable queues form whenever a train goes by. When will North Yorkshire County Council and Hambleton District Council accept the fact that a bridge at Low Gates is the only way to ease congestion in the town? Maybe Network Rail can be persuaded to help if the proposed electrification of the Middlesbrough line goes ahead.
10:52am Friday 24th April 2015
6:33pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015
3:42pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015
THE dismantling of shared services revealed that there was little love lost between the independents - several of whom were once Tories - who run Richmondshire and the Conservatives in control of neighbouring Hambleton. The relationship will not have improved by a claim in last week's D&S by Richmondshire deputy leader Mick Griffiths that Hambleton had increased its council tax bills this year. Several Hambleton Conservatives have been in-touch to point out that their district actually froze its precept for 2015/16. Spectator is sure the error by Cllr Griffiths, who was responding to election baiting by the Tories, was unintentional.
7:04am Monday 20th April 2015
10:09pm Sunday 19th April 2015
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2:50pm Friday 17th April 2015
2:46pm Friday 17th April 2015
10:36am Friday 17th April 2015
10:35am Friday 17th April 2015
5:05am Thursday 16th April 2015
12:20pm Wednesday 15th April 2015
9:00am Tuesday 14th April 2015
3:10pm Monday 13th April 2015
1:44pm Monday 13th April 2015
5:20am Saturday 11th April 2015
5:23pm Friday 10th April 2015
2:27pm Friday 10th April 2015
10:56am Friday 10th April 2015
12:35pm Thursday 9th April 2015
8:21am Wednesday 8th April 2015
7:50pm Thursday 2nd April 2015
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3:32pm Thursday 2nd April 2015
8:04am Thursday 2nd April 2015
5:02am Wednesday 1st April 2015
3:44pm Tuesday 31st March 2015
2:51pm Tuesday 31st March 2015
Sir, – The Company of Fellmongers, one of Richmond’s oldest guild organisations, has for many years given awards to young apprentices. But this year we are trying to expand our reach to include as many apprentices as possible in the Richmond area. Our plan is to hold a celebration evening in the Town Hall later in the year and we would like to invite apprentices along with their parents and employers. So, if you are an apprentice or know of an apprentice training in the Richmondshire area, we would like to hear from you. The same applies to parents and employers. If your son or daughter or young trainee is an apprentice, please contact us.
2:46pm Tuesday 31st March 2015
2:38pm Tuesday 31st March 2015
Sir, – It is always good to hear the views of my fellow Hambleton councillors and I agree with a number of comments made by Andrew Robinson (D&S Times, March 27) such as the importance of contested seats and the need to get out and vote. However, I believe Andrew's vision of a 50/50 mix of Conservatives with other parties would be an absolute disaster for the district of Hambleton and ruin all the good work done by the Hambleton Conservatives which incidentally until recently Andrew was part of. We have a really good team of officers at Hambleton who steered by superb Conservative leadership can run the district as an efficient business without the political interference that has blighted other councils.
2:33pm Tuesday 31st March 2015
Sir, – I am a Year 12 sixth form pupil at The Wensleydale School in Leyburn. As you know the headteacher, Mr Parker, left his position in the school last week. Mr Parker taught Year 12 A-Level English language and literature at the school.
2:27pm Tuesday 31st March 2015
Sir, - I refer to your article on the mystery over the suspension of the Northallerton town clerk in last week's D&S. You say there is an investigation into a whistleblower complaint in Hambleton. Over the years here in Richmondshire you the D&S have reported on the Gayle housing fiasco. This was based on the council's own report. Then some time later you wrote that Richmondshire District Council had to pay over £500,000 to a care worker because the council had unfairly dismissed her. There has been no comment from the council on these two damming articles. I have therefore to ask is the D&S making malicious reports or is the council and councillors burying their heads in the sands? I also find it disturbing to read that councillors are accused of verbally abusing each other and fighting in the street. In a few weeks’ time we the public will be asked to vote. I ask simply who has the competence and guts to challenge this way of working in Richmondshire?
2:20pm Tuesday 31st March 2015
Sir, – The end of the article on page two of last week's D&S about Colin Telfer, his petition and the railway crossings in Northallerton is slightly misleading. The purpose of the North Northallerton Development Area Link Road is to provide access to the development and only mitigate the negative traffic impact on the rest of Northallerton caused by the additional traffic generated by the development itself. This is the situation no matter what Hambleton district councillors want to believe and no matter how many times they state that the NNDA link road will solve the traffic problems at the railway crossings.
2:11pm Tuesday 31st March 2015
Sir, – As a regular reader of the Darlington and Stockton Times, I was astounded to read the editor's note in last week's edition in response to a letter by Margaret Whitehead in which she challenges the full page profile of Rishi Sunak, the Conservative candidate in the forthcoming General Election.
2:03pm Tuesday 31st March 2015
Sir, - I was astonished to read the editor's crass comments following the letter in last week's D&S which Mrs Whitehead, of Northallerton, complained about the seemingly biased press coverage in favour of the Conservative candidate for the Richmond constituency. Not only do I agree with her comments but I also feel that the editor made a contribution that was unwarranted and undemocratic. Although a safe Tory seat, Richmond is my view a seat where your readers wish to hear equally about other candidates, especially this year where their political affiliations are so varied. It is the voters who choose where to place their vote and it is a shame when a popular local paper is so biased.
2:01pm Tuesday 31st March 2015
Sir, – The editor’s note to the letter from Margaret Whitehead (D&S Times, March 27) demonstrated breath taking arrogance in proclaiming that the reason Mr Sunak was accorded a full-page feature was due to the fact 'as the Tory candidate he is favourite to succeed William Hague in one of the safest Conservative seats in the UK'.
7:02am Tuesday 31st March 2015
5:50am Tuesday 31st March 2015