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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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Charities and community organisations are being invited to help themselves to spare furniture from Craven District Council.

The council has a number of desks, pedestals, cupboards and filing cabinets at Skipton Town Hall which it is making free to any community or charitable organisation.

The furniture is available on a first-come, first-served basis and interested organisations will need to collect the items themselves from their current location within the building.

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Roberts2 imageThe chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority today paid tribute to Member John Roberts, who died suddenly at the weekend at the age of 70.

Mr Roberts who lived in Kettlewell and was a widower with three grownup children, joined the National Park Authority in 2008 as a Craven District Council appointee.

Authority chairman Peter Charlesworth described him as "a lovely man and a gentleman" and he added: "It was with huge shock and sadness that I received the news of his death. He was a much valued member of the Authority and made an immense contribution to our work not least on the planning committee.

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skipton train stationA working party has been formed to look at reopening a rail route between Skipton and Colne.

Campaigners want a 12 miles stretch of track replacing to connect Yorkshire and Lancashire.

The creation of the working party has been hailed as the most significant ever in their fight to restore the east-west connection, which was scrapped by Dr Beeching's reforms 45 years ago.

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