Column – Transport Talk with Don Mackenzie

Following publication of Transport Talk and media releases from North Yorkshire County Council, many comments have been received from members of the public. Here is a summary of the points raised, and my responses.

Royal Mail to open nine Christmas parcel centres creating thousands of jobs

Royal Mail to open nine Christmas parcel centres creating thousands of jobs

Royal Mail is to open nine temporary parcel centres across the UK - employing 3,300 workers across the sites.

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L-R: Head Of Midwifery at Harrogate and District Foundation Trust Sara Keogh, RCM Learning Representative Jessica Lowe, and Chief Executive of HDFT, Ros Tolcher

Harrogate Hospital promises to protect its midwives

Midwives at Harrogate Hospital have been promised a 'compassionate and positive' working environment thanks to a national campaign to protect NHS maternity staff.

David and Gareth Atkinson

Award-winning Yorkshire Meatball Company announce closure of its Harrogate restaurant

The award-winning Yorkshire Meatball Company has announced the closure of its Harrogate restaurant just one month after launching their recipes in national supermarkets.

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Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg believes farmers could be hit by huge tariffs for exports in the event of a 'hard Brexit'.

Hard Brexit ‘would spell disaster for many farms’

New trade tariffs for British produce post-Brexit could spell disaster for many farms, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said.


View from the Society: Broad appeal of Countryside Live

With Countryside Live set to be held at the Great Yorkshire Showground on October 22-23, show director Charles Mills, gives his view on the event and how it fits with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s work year round in supporting agriculture and rural life.

Janet Brown will  be showing her alpacas, and the socks made from their wool, at this months Countryside Live.  Pictures: Scott Merrylees

Alpaca couple reap rewards of thinking with their feet

Socking it to those who attend next weekend’s Countryside Live will be alpaca breeders Janet and Gary Brown who are making their debut at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate. That’s because the business they are developing alongside the breeding potential of their Clifton Alpacas, based at the 15-acre Fields View Farm in Clifton near Rotherham, is into selling socks.

SCRAPPED: Tesco has confirmed the much-debated store proposal will now not be built

BREAKING: Tesco scraps Harrogate superstore plans

In a shock reversal of policy, Harrogate will remain the only major postcode in Britain without a Tesco.

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Harrogate Christmas Market

Virgin Trains announce low fares from London to Harrogate Christmas Market

This year's Harrogate Christmas Market looks set to be the busiest yet with Virgin Trains announcing low priced fairs on special services from London.

Britain to spend a frightening £310 million on Hallowe’en

Britain to spend a frightening £310 million on Hallowe’en

Money spent on Hallowe’en is expected to soar above £300 million for the first time this year - thanks to millennials.

The new wave of flexible working: good news for working parents

The new wave of flexible working: Good news for working parents

There is a new way of working which is gaining popularity in the UK, and it is great news for parents who want a credible and flexible career option.

Vote for The Sheffield Smile finalists at this year's Hospitality Sheffield Awards 2016

VOTE: Sheffield Smile Award finalists - who gets YOUR vote?

One of these beaming Sheffield hospitality workers really will have lots to smile about...
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Judith Bright from Cosprop fitting Alan Rickman's bridegroom outfit alongside Kate Winslet's wedding dress from the 1995  film 'Sense and Sensibility' at the Royal Pump Room Museum in Harrogate, part of the new exhibition 'Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte: Costumes from Films and Television' which starts Saturday unti 31 December.

Classic wedding costumes worn by Hugh Grant and Kate Winslet to feature in Harrogate Brontë and Jane Austen exhibition

Classic wedding gowns, made famous by some of the country’s greatest screen dramas, are to go on display in a unique exhibition in Harrogate.

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Russell Burnett of LCF Barber Titleys oversees the development let by Ken and Betty Raw (right) at Claro Way, Harrogate through agent Dan Brumfitt of FSS (far left). (S)

Jobs to be created at 
pre-let industrial site

More than 50 jobs are to be created after a 10-year lease was agreed on a recently redeveloped industrial site at Claro Way in Harrogate.

Working with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Chippindale has helped create over 16 acres of bee-friendly habitat on its suppliers farms in Yorkshire. (S)

Egg-producer hatches 
green supplier plan

The firm behind ‘Yorkshire’ free-range eggs has unveiled plans to build sustainability across all its brands following the success of its bumblebee conservation project.

The new link-up with Martin House was marked at a launch event at the hospice attended by the companys newly-appointed brand ambassadors.

Estate agency aims to break its 
£25,000 Martin House target

More than 160 staff from a Yorkshire estate agency are throwing their support behind a very different kind of ‘house’ this year – Martin House.

Jeremy Scott, Head of Regulatory at Lupton Fawcett.

Term-time holidays – recent changes in the law


Kirsty Barsby is a senior associate based in the York Office of Lupton Fawcett.

Getting the right development deal for landowners


Louise Connacher, director in the employment law department at Lupton Fawcett Denison Till.

Brexit and data protection – what do you need to be doing as an employer?


Matthew Miles, an associate in the Family Law Department at Lupton Fawcett.

Divorce and the family farm

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