£2m plan to ease congestion on notorious Leeds road

A MAJOR Leeds road notorious for its traffic blackspots could be transformed by a £2m smart signalling system that has reduced journey times in London by more than 12 per cent.

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‘Unenviable choice’ as a quarter of care homes are rated poorly

OLDER people are facing an “unenviable” choice between poor care homes, a charity has warned, after its research revealed that more than a quarter of care homes in Yorkshire are rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ by the social care watchdog.

Gouthwaite Reservoir, Nidderdale. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Wildlife centre plans shelved

PLANS FOR a wildlife centre at Gouthwaite Reservoir have been shelved after Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty withdrew its support, leaving the scheme “unviable”, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has said.


Town halls raid emergency funds as financial pressure mounts

FINANCIALLY STRAINED councils are increasingly dipping into their reserves as they battle to meet growing demand for social care services, the public spending watchdog has warned.


Yorkshire research could have ‘huge impact’ on frailty in ageing

MAJOR new research by Yorkshire scientists which could cut down the number of different drugs people with various health conditions have to take in older age has been recognised at the European Parliament.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones

Doncaster Council fights back against cuts to invest £349m in new projects

A NEW library and museum, 151 new council houses and two new link roads are to be built in Doncaster after a package of projects amounting to £349m in capital spending spent over the next four years was approved.

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Katie Thornhill, 10, Summer Metcalfe, 9, Kyle Craven, 9,  dressed as the Railway Children on footplate of the original pannier tank used in the film in the engine shed at Oxenhope Station.'  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Back to the railway as children help mark sequel to perennial tale

IT is one of the most enduring children’s stories of all time - and soon to be rediscovered by another generation of young people.

Days for Grls Sewing Workshop at York Minster..Issy Sanderson is pictured checking out the material at the workshop..5th March 2018 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Stitching to empower women around the world

YORK Minster became a hive of activity today, as volunteers stitched, produced and packed reusable feminine hygiene kits to ensure girls in developing countries do not miss out on their education when they are menstruating.

Devolution: Yorkshire leaders urge Prime Minister to commit to mayoral election in 2020

Devolution: Yorkshire leaders urge Prime Minister to commit to mayoral election in 2020

Leaders of 18 Yorkshire councils have written to Theresa May urging her to commit to a region-wide mayoral election in 2020, ahead of a crunch meeting with the Communities Secretary tomorrow.

Annie Coyne and her mum Helen are calling on other mums and daughters to sign up to Cancer Research UK's Race for Life and help raise money for vital, life-saving cancer research.''Photograph by Richard Walker/

Harrogate teen fighting cancer urges others to sign up for Race for Life

A TEENAGE cancer patient who dreams of being a nurse is urging women to follow in her footsteps and sign up for this year’s Race for Life.

The first female Principal at Thomas Rotherham College, Shirley Brookes-Mills

Historic school gets first female head

A HISTORIC South Yorkshire school is to have a female headteacher for the first time in over 500 years.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council,  council leader Steve Parnaby.

‘Fundamental review’ of council tax system is needed, claims Yorkshire council leader

A YORKSHIRE council leader has called for a “fundamental review” of the council tax system after it was revealed that English authorities are set to rake in more than £1bn due to rises next year - yet the sum fails to offset Government funding cuts.

Dominic McHugh

Lost Broadway songs make the stage at last

Lost Broadway songs from one of America’s most loved musicals will get their world premiere this week - after they were discovered by a researcher from the University of Sheffield in an Indiana archive.

Cars struggling on Fleet Moss, North Yorkshire's highest road, in January.  Picture: PA

‘Significantly more wintery’ weather ravages North Yorkshire’s roads

“SIGNIFICANTLY more wintery” weather conditions since November have had a “noticeably damaging effect” on roads across North Yorkshire, the country council has said.

Artwork by 16-year-old Felicity, commissioned to illustrate Manchester Metropolitan University's new report into Youth Loneliness,  Loneliness Connects Us

Social media and poverty can increase youth loneliness, study finds

Social media and poverty can increase loneliness in young people - making them feel awkward and anxious, new research has found.

Luke Glendenning

Family’s torment after death of Luke, 10, following ‘routine’ operation

A mother has spoken of her heartache as she waits for answers as to why her 10-year-old son died after a routine kidney stone operation.

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Pete McKee returns for a celebration of the working class

A celebrated Sheffield artist will team up with fellow artists, film makers and photographers for a major exhibition this summer - his first in two years.


‘Heartbreak’ as 300 jobs go at scandal-hit meat supplier

A MEAT supplier with a base in Harrogate has crashed into administration, with 300 jobs lost, after a food hygiene probe caused customers JD Wetherspoon and Jamie’s Italian to end their contracts.

Claire Day with specially trained 'dementia dogs' at Barnsley Day Centre's dementia group.Picture Scott Merrylees

How huskies are “touching the hearts” of dementia sufferers

A FAMILY of specially trained woolly huskies who show empathy to those around them are being used to help people with dementia, terminal illness, and long-term health conditions across Yorkshire and beyond.


Yorkshire Dales schools saved from closure but will face ‘significant’ change

THREE Wensleydale primary schools that were previously at risk of closure due to financial pressures and low pupil numbers will remain open, securing education in the dale for current and future pupils.

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