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Current Edition: 670 | Saturday 31st January 2015

Current Edition: 670 | Sat 31st Jan 15

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Developer eye up more sites

Friday 30th January 2015

Main Article Web Whitcliffe Hotel

IMPROVEMENTS to local infrastructure would be needed to cope with scores of new homes in Cleckheaton, a top councillor has warned.

Coun Andrew Pinnock (Lib Dem, pictured right) said he will be pushing for developers to contribute towards new facilities and extra school places after…

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We can survive financial desert, Kath tells Lords

Friday 30th January 2015

Kath Pinnock 2011

TOUGH decisions facing local government were spelled out to the House of Lords by Cleckheaton’s new peer. Kirklees councillor Baroness Kath Pinnock (Lib Dem) gave her maiden speech last week. Coun Pinnock highlighted a National Audit Office report which stated local government funding is down [...]

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Art on the menu for Batley cafe

Friday 30th January 2015

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A COUPLE are marking the success of their Batley business with a community arts project. Booming trade means Sian and David Dawson have opened an extra room at their Reunion Cafe on Branch Road. They are celebrating with three mosaics for an interior wall created [...]

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Warsi claims government is shunning Britain’s 3m Muslims

Friday 30th January 2015

Sayeeda Warsi 2014

FORMER minister Sayeeda Warsi has accused the Government of turning its back on British Muslims. The Dewsbury-born peer made a stinging attack on the coalition in an article for a national newspaper. Baroness Warsi, 43, said the Government views “an ever-increasing number of Muslim organisations [...]

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Derrick goes to see ‘peace’ in progress

Friday 30th January 2015

Web DERRICK YATES

A MAN who witnessed the horror wrought by an IRA bomb on the M62 near Cleckheaton has hailed the Northern Ireland peace process, 41 years on. Derrick Yates, of Gomersal, was impressed by changes in Northern Ireland he saw recently while on holiday. He travelled [...]

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Cabinet ‘is cowed by bossy council officials’

Friday 30th January 2015

Kirkgate

KIRKLEES Council’s cabinet let other officials boss them about, a former Gomersal councillor has claimed. Tory Derrick Yates spoke out over plans to build two houses on the Church Lane border with Birstall. He is due to speak for residents against the scheme when it [...]

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Head of ‘inadequate’ school fights back

Friday 30th January 2015

Web Sam Vickers BBEC new headteacher September 2014

A HEADTEACHER has come out fighting after her Batley school was judged as “inadequate”. Sam Vickers vowed a “no excuses” culture will drive up standards at Batley Business and Enterprise College. It follows a damning Ofsted verdict where weaknesses were found in maths and literacy. [...]

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Tributes pour in for ‘a true rugby man’

Friday 30th January 2015

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TRIBUTES have been paid to the president of Cleckheaton RUFC, Alan Bentley, who has passed away suddenly. Mr Bentley, 62, served Cleckheaton in a myriad of positions on and off the field for many years, including captaining the first team, and was described this week [...]

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