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Rail strikes to affect trains across Harrogate district from tomorrow

A fresh round of rail strikes is set to affect services across the Harrogate district from tomorrow. Rail operator Northern, which runs services between York and Leeds that pass through Knaresborough and Harrogate, has warned of disruption tomorrow (Thursday, February 29) and no services at all on F...

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Questions over affordable housing at 4,000-home Maltkiln scheme

Senior councillors have insisted there will be 40% affordable housing across the vast 4,000-home Maltkiln site following concerns the target has been quietly dropped. Maltkiln’s 106-page development plan document was discussed at a full meeting of North Yorkshire Council last week ahead of its imm...

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Plans submitted to convert Tockwith tennis courts into multi-use sports pitch

A planning application has been submitted to convert Tockwith tennis courts into a multi-use games area. The application, which has been submitted to North Yorkshire Council, proposes re-surfacing the two existing tennis courts, installing LED floodlights and erecting fencing. Mike Corbett, chair of...

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Knaresborough’s 70-year-old gantry and signal set for removal

One of Knaresborough’s most familiar sights appears to have reached the end of the line. Network Rail, which manages the rail network, has applied for listed building consent to remove the railway signal and gantry at the end of platform two of Knaresborough Railway Station. A design, access and h...

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Nidderdale Show chair reveals why £2m sports tourism event moved to Masham

The chairman of Nidderdale Agricultural Society today revealed the reason behind the change of location of the new sports tourism event Long Course Weekend. The three-day weekend, which North Yorkshire Council expects will attract thousands of competitors and pump £2 million into the Nidderdale eco...

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Meet the team – Flora Grafton, trainee journalist

For the next few weeks, we’re introducing you to the team behind The Stray Ferret. This week, it’s the turn of Flora Grafton, our trainee journalist. “As cliché as it may sound, I think everything happens for a reason, and I am very happy life led me to becoming a journalist.”  Flora might...

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Irish bar set to open in Harrogate

Harrogate looks set to get an Irish bar next month. According to its social media accounts, The Four Leaf will serve “traditional Irish fare with a modern twist”. The pub will open in the former Pitcher and Piano site on John Street. The venue was rebranded as The Harlow when it was taken over b...

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Black Sheep Brewery chief executive leaves

The chief executive of Masham’s Black Sheep Brewery has stepped down after nearly nine years in post. In a press release today, the company said Charlene Lyons had left to “pursue other interests”. She is succeeded by Mark Williams, the chief executive of Keystone Brewing Group, which acquired...

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Harrogate council by-election details revealed

A by-election is likely within 35 days in Harrogate to elect a successor to Pat Marsh on North Yorkshire Council. Ms Marsh, a long-serving Liberal Democrat, resigned yesterday after posting anti-semitic messages on X, formerly Twitter. She described Jews as “vile” and “horrendous” and said ...

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Hundreds object to Harrogate Spring Water’s expansion plans

Harrogate Spring Water’s planning application to expand its bottling plant has received more than 200 objections since it went live on the council’s planning portal two weeks ago. The Danone-owned firm submitted its much-anticipated reserved matters application to North Yorkshire Council this mo...

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Harrogate man ‘with a history of violent offences’ jailed

A Harrogate man with a history of violent offences has been jailed for 16 weeks. Jamie Lofthouse, 27, of Spa Lane in Starbeck, failed to comply with a community order by not turning up for a rehabilitation appointment. Lofthouse received a community order on August 31 last year for assaulting two me...

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Ripon man charged after cars keyed in Bishopton

A Ripon man has been charged after vehicles were targeted in the city. The 38-year-old has been charged with three counts of criminal damage after cars parked in the Bishopton Place area were vandalised. According to North Yorkshire Police, the damage included bodywork scratched by keys and snapped ...

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Harrogate hospital CEO: ‘I don’t wake up in the middle of the night worried about work’

In the second part of our feature length interview with Jonathan Coulter, chief executive at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, he talks RAAC, Ripon Community Hospital and how he handles stress. Read the first instalment here. Aside from dealing with industrial action and the trust’s fin...

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Ripon Cathedral invites civic society to discuss £8m annexe concerns

Ripon Cathedral has said it will invite Ripon Civic Society to a meeting after the heritage organisation raised concerns about plans for a new development in Minster Gardens. The cathedral has submitted a planning application for a new building, costing about £8 million, which would include an 80-s...

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Green Party names Shan Oakes as candidate in Harrogate and Knaresborough

Shan Oakes will be the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough at the general election. The Harrogate and District Green Party announced today Ms Oakes had been chosen unanimously to contest the seat currently held by the Conservative Andrew Jones. She is a councillor on ...

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Harrogate hospital CEO talks car parking, strikes and tackling NHS finances

In the first of a two-part interview with Jonathan Coulter, chief executive of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, Mr Coulter gives his thoughts on hospital car parking, NHS strikes and finances. This month marks two years since Jonathan Coulter took the helm as chief executive of Harrogate...

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Ripon set for referendum on cathedral’s £8m annexe

Residents of Ripon are set to take part in a referendum to gauge opinion on the cathedral’s proposed £8m annexe. The referendum, officially called a parish poll, has been proposed by Kirkgate resident Stanley Mackintosh. It would be organised by Ripon City Council after he received backing from t...

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Ripon set for referendum on Cathedral’s £8m annexe

Residents of Ripon are set to take part in a referendum to gauge opinion on the Cathedral’s £8m new annexe.

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Police appeal after third violent outbreak in Knaresborough

Police have issued another appeal for witnesses after it revealed a third violent incident took place in Knaresborough last weekend. A woman was hit in the face and a police officer was assaulted on Saturday night, as reported yesterday by the Stray Ferret. Today North Yorkshire Police issued anothe...

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IN PICTURES: Retired fireman captures Ripon’s extraordinary wildlife in tribute to wife’s childhood memories

A retired fireman captures his wife’s childhood playground, and shares his stunning best of collection of Ripon’s extraordinary landscape.