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Printing problems have delayed the delivery of postal voting papers in Craven.

There has been a two day hold up in sending out ballot packs.

Due to unexpected problems with the printers, postal vote packs which were supposed to be sent out on Wednesday 22nd April were not sent out until Friday 24th April. This has affected around 12,000 Postal Voters across the Skipton and Ripon Parliamentary constituency (7600 in Craven) including those who also have District Council and Parish Council postal votes.

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Work has started on a major safety and security boost at The Skipton Academy.

The £179k scheme involves fencing upgrades and perimeter safeguards plus new paths improving the site which borders Craven College, Craven Swimming Pool and Aireville Park.

Carnam Construction is undertaking the project.

Better access control and enhanced pedestrian entrances will link with safer pathways and steps around the site.

Principal Wendy Hamilton said: “I am very pleased to see this work finally underway. A feasibility study was undertaken a few years ago, but the costs proved prohibitive for the local authority. As an academy, we have been able to successfully bid to have the works completed. 

“The allocation of such a large sum of money to the new academy highlights the Department for Education’s confidence in us. The work will provide safer access routes for students, staff and visitors.”

The work is expected to be finished by the end of May.

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A geography field trip to Iceland was almost put in the shade when the students experienced the solar eclipse.


Geography students from The Skipton Academy explored volcanic landscapes, saw the Northern lights and experienced erupting geysers on a groundbreaking trip to Iceland.


And the visit coincided with the heavenly phenomenon of the moon passing infront of the sun.

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litter binResidents across Craven District are being urged to celebrate spring with Community Clear Up day tomorrow.

Craven District Council is offering litter pickers, free rubbish bags and collection of rubbish to any community groups wanting to take part.

The initiative is being promoted by Keep Britain Tidy as a 'national spring clean', aiming to spruce up the country's high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks.

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Whaites2 imageCraven District Council is paying tribute to Councillor Donny Whaites, the former Council Chairman, who has sadly died.

Tory councillor Whaites was first elected as a representative for the Settle and Ribblebanks Ward in 2004.

During his time on the Council he served on a number of Committee's including the Audit, Scrutiny and Policy Committees, whilst externally he represented the Council on a range of groups associated with his ward and surrounding area, including the Settle and Carlisle Railway Development Company, Settle Victoria Hall Trustees Settle Area Swimming Pool Committee and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Joint Advisory Committee.

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Local man John Spencer has published on Youtube impressive night time drone footage of Skipton from the air.

The birds eye few will give you a fresh perspective on the town.

John, who filmed the footage this week, stated:"Lovely still night in Skipton so couldn't miss the opportunity to get
my first night shots."

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Craven District Council is beginning a consultation with residents in Cowling, who will be the first to be affected by a new Bin Collection Point Policy.

The Health and Safety Executive has told the council it must review its bin collection services, as waste collection crews are at risk of repetitive strain injuries.

Crews are dealing with hundreds of bins a day and it is thought they could suffer injuries by having to drag them repeatedly up back streets to the refuse collection vehicles.

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