In a strongly-worded opinion piece, Harrogate historian Malcolm Neesam argues that people have been hoodwinked by the idea that bigger is better and gives local government, gas, electricity and water as examples of how Harrogate achieved more when it was governed locally.
The news that we are all facing extraordinary rises in energy prices, together with the forthcoming reorganisation of local government are but two aspects of the great lie and con trick played on us by decades of politicians and career officers, that bigger is always...
The former Dr Bannatyne and Partners surgery on High Street in Hampsthwaite will be converted into a house after plans were approved at the second attempt.
Ripon’s Old Deanery is set to reopen as a hotel, wedding and events venue after being granted a premises licence. Hoteliers Rebecca Hill and Chris Layton took over the historic building last year after it closed following months of coronavirus lockdowns
Harrogate Islamic Association wants to convert the former Home Guard club in Harrogate into a mosque. Police suggest its plans for the building include external lighting, iron railings, laminated glass, CCTV and intruder alarms due to the threat of racially or religiously aggravated attacks.
Two influential national heritage groups have issued strong objections to plans to demolish the former Debenhams on Parliament Street in Harrogate. The site has been home to different retailers on Parliament Street for over a century.
With no settlement of their claim in sight, owners of properties in danger of collapse in Ripon are making a complaint to the insurance ombudsman.
The Old Spring Well, on the outskirts of Killinghall, will be rebranded as part of the Revere Pub Company, which is the premium arm of Marston’s.
The Harrogate Discount Store moved into the prime retail space on James Street two years ago after previous tenants Next moved to the Victoria Shopping Centre.
As local government prepares for its biggest shake-up in 50 years, councillors in Ripon are calling for the return of key assets, such as the town hall and Hugh Ripley Hall, that were handed to Harrogate Borough Council in 1974.
The awards are usually held every two years but covid forced their cancellation in 2020. Winners in 2018 included the Himalayan Garden in Grewelthorpe, The Spa at Swinton Park and High Trees.
North Yorkshire County Council forecast the Baths would generate £500,940 a year when it bought them for £9m in 2018. But a Stray Ferret investigation reveals they have generated just £461,000 in the three years since, raising questions about the council’s business acumen.
Mark Wolsey’s murder in a bedsit on Mayfield Grove took place in a property dubbed the ‘house from hell’ as far back as 2005. The house had been subject to hundreds of police reports since so the stabbing triggered anger among nearby residents who wanted to know why more hadn’t been done to tackle the problems.