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From Yorkshire Bylines, April 11th 2024
Written by John Grogan

The ministerial direction issued last week is a temporary stay, but a longer term decision on incinerator plants is needed

Last Friday at 5.30pm, just as offices were closing for the weekend, the government temporarily banned permits for new incinerator plants in England until 24 May.

From Keighley News, March 18th 2024
Written by Alistair Shand

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigner and former singer Feargal Sharkey was in Keighley yesterday.

The one-time lead vocalist of The Undertones was shown pollution hotspots on the River Worth.

During the visit – organised by Keighley Labour parliamentary candidate, John Grogan – Mr Sharkey met with representatives of the River Worth Friends and Aire Rivers Trust, and councillors.

From Ilkley Gazette, January 9th 2024
Written by Claire Lomax

LABOUR Parliamentary Candidate for Keighley and Ilkley John Grogan has written to Bradford Council's Chief Executive Lorraine O’Donnell, urging the Council to mothball any significant council facilities closed as a result of cuts so that they can be reopened in the future.

In particular he mentioned the Golden Butts Waste and Recycling Centre in Ilkley and the Sugden End Waste and Recycling Centre in Cross Roads, Keighley.

He said: "Last year after a cross party campaign proposals to close Keighley Tip were abandoned and reserves were used to plug the spending gap. In an ideal world we would mount the same campaign again but this year the financial situation is far worse and the reserves have run out. This is against a national background where Conservative Surrey has suffered only 8% cuts in government funding in recent years compared with 28% in Bradford.

From Telegraph & Argus, September 6th 2023
Written by Natasha Meek

A school confirmed to have collapse-risk concrete was due to be rebuilt as part of the Government’s axed school rebuilding scheme.

Holy Family Catholic School in Keighley was named in the Government's list of schools with confirmed reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete - known widely as RAAC - as of August 30. 

Students attending the secondary school and sixth form are facing a delayed start to the new school year, the Government confirmed.

Now, a BBC investigation has found at least 13 schools confirmed to have RAAC were included in the £55 billion Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.