In good health

9:56pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir, – Mrs Kemp raises so many issues and questions in her letter (D&S Times Aug 29) that it will take more than 300 words to answer them all. I will attempt in future letters to answer them.

What's left out

4:47pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir, – I thank Patricia Rivers and Cllr Paul Rummery for contributing to the Skeeby debate.

A near miss

4:27pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir, – Regarding the crossing known as Five Lane Ends in Bedale (D&S report, Aug 29), I had been to the doctors on August 21 on Firby Road.

Get surfing

1:28pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Sir, – While it is disappointing that only a third of over-65s in Yorkshire use social media (report by clothing firm Chums), I am sure the proportion of “silver surfers” is much higher.

Another pub?

1:21pm Friday 29th August 2014

Sir, – Firstly, I am pleased that Hambleton Council has extended the free parking time in its car parks, which will certainly help with the current problems in the retail sector.

Simple solution

1:09pm Friday 29th August 2014

Sir, – The letters which have appeared in the D&S Times over a long period about the speed humps in Skeeby have been most entertaining, particularly to those who only use this road from time to time.

What's in a name?

1:03pm Friday 29th August 2014

Sir, – Presumably the decision of The Royal British Legion Scotland to change its name to Legion Scotland is an expression of their opinion on the outcome of the impending referendum.

Prison proposal

12:59pm Friday 29th August 2014

Sir, – I read with interest your article about Hambleton District Council planning to buy the former Northallerton Prison (D&S, Aug 22).

Two hours is best

10:59am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Sir, �— Hambleton District Council will be allowing some one hour's free parking spaces at their Applegarth car park very soon, which is very welcome and will help to rejuvenate business in Northallerton that was lost when two hours free parking on the high street was reduced to half-an-hour.

The full facts

10:53am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Sir, – While Skeeby Parish Council and the majority of the village have welcomed the many pieces of advice published in the D&ST regarding the merits of the traffic calming measures in the village, it feels that it may help everyone in the formulation of any future advice if the full facts were at their disposal.

Gagging councillors

12:18pm Monday 25th August 2014

Sir, – In the report of the Skeeby Parish Council meeting (D&S, Aug 15), I was interested by the reference to the National Association of Local Councils advising councillors not to speak to journalists without their council’s permission.

Missed chances

12:16pm Monday 25th August 2014

Sir, – So Cllr Parsons thinks (D&S, Aug 15) that the business plan for Richmond and Catterick is a good one and that Richmond is bucking the economic trends. But if you take the cafés and charity shops out there would be big holes.

Great NHS service

12:04pm Monday 25th August 2014

Sir, �— I see and read so much negative information regarding the country's ambulance, hospital and medical services that I wish to record my own very positive experience of the Darlington area facilities.

Bring it on

11:53pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Sir, – I am writing in support of Pauline Butler's letter (D&S Aug 15) proposing that, as a precedent has now been set for the mass invasion of The Dales by a road race and it's supporters, there should be an Isle of Man-style motorcycle TT Race.

Rail madness

11:45pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Sir, – In your leading article on the future of the region’s rail network (D&S Aug 22) you say that the identity of those who run our trains “matters not a jot”. I would argue that it matters a great deal.

Broadband bugbear

11:39pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Sir, – I have been moved to write my first letter to the D&S.

Skeeby solution

11:29pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Sir, – While I am happy for Michael Fenwick and Michael Heseltine to "slug it out" in your letters page about how the Skeeby bumps came in to existence, I am much more interested in finding a solution to the current situation.

Trade deal fear

5:12pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Sir, – David Cameron likes to portray himself as defender of British sovereignty in dealings with the EU. But at the same time, he is pushing for a trade deal between the EU and the US which hands our sovereignty over to multinational companies.

Thanks County

5:08pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Sir, – Now I am certainly not a devoted fan of the Highways Department at North Yorkshire County Council but I have to admit that the work it has done on the road outside our house, the A684 Main Street, West Witton, has dramatically improved the quality of life in this village.

Beware BT

9:39pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Sir, – BT is running a nationwide ad campaign for broadband but be wary – I moved to this area on July 18 and I am still waiting for a landline to be connected. I had the fourth engineer here today to tell me he could not do the job.

We do object

9:27pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Sir, – Your August 1 front page article reported on planning applications submitted for development in the Snipe Lane area of Hurworth Parish.

Hostels search

9:22pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Sir, – Does anyone remember hutments in Guisborough or Stokesley which were occupied by the Women's Land Army? There is casual mention of them in articles but there appears to be no further information. Does anyone know anything about the Land Army at Crayke Castle, Dishforth, Thirsk or Catterick? Does anyone know if there was a hostel at Aldborough near Piercebridge? Do you have any photos of the hostels or social life around the hostels in Yorkshire?

Laptop lessons

6:33pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Sir, – With reference to his letter (D&S, Aug15) a casual reader would assume that Cllr M T Gardner has now undertaken editorial responsibility of your esteemed organ, since he apologises profusely for a recent article that appeared.

Broadband progress

6:17pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Sir, – Mrs Waudby (D&S letters, Aug 15) raises a number of issues about the rollout of broadband in North Yorkshire.

Offensive letter

6:13pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Sir, – It is regrettable that you chose to publish Robert Paley's deeply offensive letter about unwelcome visitors to his antique shop in Hawes ("Dales Disneyland", August 15).

Skeeby truth

9:09pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Sir, – On Monday, July 28, at least six large vehicles parked in Skeeby to carry out road repairs. They managed to cause traffic jams back to Scotch Corner and also to Richmond. They also damaged a water main.

Bridge closure

8:54pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Sir, – Having lost the listed trees in Thirsk market place as a result of a decision which no-one seems to have been responsible for, we now face Blakey Lane bridge being closed for the foreseeable future.

Losing the plot

1:27pm Friday 15th August 2014

Sir, – You recently published an excellent article, by Hannah Stephenson, in which she outlined the threats currently facing many council allotment sites, where the land is being taken for building. Here in Bedale our Masham Road allotment site is not owned by the council but is owned by the church and managed by their Diocesan Board of Finance, based in Leeds.

Hawes checkpoint?

12:52pm Friday 15th August 2014

Sir, – As a regular buyer of second hand books, I feel qualified to comment on the views of Robert Paley (D&S letters Aug 15) and G Matthews, to whose earlier letter he refers.

New career?

12:04pm Friday 15th August 2014

Sir – Having read Robert Paley's letter (D&S, Aug 15) I had to check the date was not the 1st of April

History lesson

8:32am Friday 15th August 2014

Sir, – It is becoming obvious Darlington Memorial Hospital is being starved of funds.

I'm sorry

8:01am Friday 15th August 2014

Sir, – As the Richmondshire District Council member for Swaledale, may I offer my sincere apologies for the recent article that appeared in the D&S.

As you were

2:37pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Sir, – The residents of Thirsk have been asked for their comments on the newly drawn up proposals to replace the trees and benches in our Market Square.

Thirsk remembers

2:03pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Sir, – Events held over the week commemorating the First World War were thought provoking and a respectful memorial to those men from Thirsk, Sowerby and the surrounding villages who lost their lives or were injured.

Broadband survey

1:53pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Sir, – I recently read that a survey is to be done by Digital Durham regarding the standards of broadband in County Durham.

Supporting business

8:50am Tuesday 12th August 2014

Sir, – Mr Brooks (D&S letters, Aug 8) accuses me of inconsistency.

Justify this rise

9:56pm Monday 11th August 2014

Sir, – Would the Leader of Hambleton District Council please tell us what the chief executive has done to justify the massive £25,000 a year increase in his salary, bringing his annual income to £125,000 plus, no doubt, pension contributions and fringe benefits.

A Yorkshire TT

9:49pm Monday 11th August 2014

Sir, – I agree with Joe Willis (Dales Diary, August 8), let's put Le Tour to bed now.

Poor substitute

9:33pm Monday 11th August 2014

Sir, – After a selection process involving under 600 of the 11,000 odd Conservative electors in Thirsk and Malton, (and an even smaller proportion of the 76,000 total electorate), the prospective parliamentary candidate to replace Anne McIntosh at the next election has been named.

Hawes Disneyland

9:28pm Monday 11th August 2014

Sir, – I have read the letter of G Matthews in your edition of July 25.

My record

11:03am Monday 11th August 2014

Sir, – I refer to Cllr Heseltine's letter about the Skeeby humps (D&S, August 8).

Open to all

3:42pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, – No doubt in common with others residing in the Hambleton Council area, I recently received a letter regarding the new electoral register. This went on to explain that I was now listed not just on the electoral register but also on what it names as the “Open Register”.

Campaign victory

3:42pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, – South Kilvington seemed to breathe a tangible sigh of relief when the news broke last Thursday that the Police and Crime Commissioner and the police had abandoned their plan to build a massive headquarters, police station and ten-cell custody suite on a green field site in the village, right opposite the village school.

Brave move

3:41pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, – The decision by North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan to cancel plans to build a new police HQ at South Kilvington, near Thirsk, is a brave one.

County’s risk

3:41pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, – It was disappointing to read the report in last week’s D&S regarding North Yorkshire County Council’s refusal to maintain the grass roadside verges so as to ensure the safety of the public.

Those humps

3:41pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, – Over the last few weeks the Darlington and Stockton Times letters page has had numerous letters regarding the Tour de France and some regarding the speed humps in Skeeby.

Talk to me

3:40pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, – I note in the D&S Times last week yet another letter from David Harker of Skeeby, typically peppered with misinformation and innuendos, and mainly concerned with directing abuse again at me.

Keep spirit alive

3:40pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, – So the Tour finished in Paris; an Italian has taken the prize; now how do we follow that weekend when whole communities came together to deliver an incredible Yorkshire welcome to so many visitors?

Tour de Triomphe

3:39pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, – Having so enjoyed watching the first day of the Tour in Leyburn the absence of knitted jumpers in Paris on the final Sunday was quite disappointing, but we needn’t have worried that the Yorkshire start was now all but forgotten after three weeks of intense cycling.

Village memorial

3:39pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, – I would like to thank Bainbridge Parish Council and in particular Ian Canavan for erecting a wonderful memorial to the fallen of Bainbridge and surrounding area.


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