From Ilkley Gazette, November 4th, 2019
Written by Claire Lomax
JOHN Grogan MP visited The Swan in Addingham to support the local pub, and the Long Live the Local campaign. The campaign celebrates the vital role local pubs play in the community, culture and economy whilst highlighting the pressure they are under from a range of taxes including beer duty, business rates and VAT.
From Keighley News, October 31st, 2019
Written by David Knights
A SECOND attempt to build houses on fields between Bracken Bank and Oakworth will go before councillors next week. Residents and politicians have renewed their fight against development on the greenbelt site off Goose Cote Lane. In April 2018 Bradford Council turned down GCL Developments’ first planning application, for 130 houses, due to the land’s greenbelt status. The company submitted a second outline application in January this year, for 100 houses, and this will be discussed by the council’s Regulatory and Appeals Scrutiny Committee on Thursday November 7.
From Craven Herald & Pioneer, October 31st, 2019
THE FAVOURED option for a new crossing at the Silsden/Steeton roundabout on the Aire Valley Road could be known by Christmas. Keighley MP John Grogan this week revealed the latest news of plans to provide a safe crossing, such as pelican or footbridge, linking Silsden with the Steeton/Silsden railway station. He spoke after receiving a progress report from Bradford Council on the project, which has been subject to long delays while a feasibility study was organised.
From Yorkshire Post, October 30th, 2019
Written by Geraldine Scott
A commitment to reopening the rail line between Skipton and Colne is all campaigners want for Christmas, a Yorkshire MP has claimed. John Grogan, MP for Keighley, made the call for the Department for Transport (DfT) to promise to reopen the line before the New Year during a debate in Westminster Hall yesterday. A study finished in 2018 found it would be feasible to re-open the line and ever since campaigners have worked to get the 12-mile stretch back in use. But Mr Grogan said yesterday: “I’m surprised given that it’s two years now since the feasibility study was announced that more rapid progress hasn’t been reached.” He said: “I do think now we generally do need to advance this cause more rapidly. The potential to implement this scheme speedily is something that no other TransPennine option has.”