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Tadcaster’s New Community Website

The Olympic Torch Going Through Tadcaster In 2012

Tadcaster Hosts A Jubilee Concert

The attendance for the Queens Jubilee celebrations was phenomenal

Bring The Family For A Day Out

If you’re looking for somewhere for a day trip, call and see us!

Tadcaster Carnival 2013 A Huge Success

Tadcaster Carnival 2013

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Tadcaster

Welcome to the Tadcaster Citizen, the new and improved Tadcaster community website. Whether you are looking for what’s on in Tadcaster, local business listings, market days, or general interest news, you will find it here.

Tadcaster, a town steeped in history which is surrounded by the amazing North Yorkshire countryside. Tadcaster is the last town on the river Wharfe before it merges with the river Ouse which is approximate 10 miles further downstream.

Our town is twinned with Saint Chély d’Apcher in France and has been since 1999.

Not only is Tadcaster home to three famous breweries but also the oldest brewery in Yorkshire – Samuel Smith’s which has been brewing fine ales since 1758. Samuel Smith’s is the only surviving independent brewery in the area and the oldest brewery in England.

Tadcaster was founded by the Romans, who named it Calcaria from the Latin word for lime, reflecting the importance of the area’s limestone geology as a natural resource for quarrying, an industry which continues today and has contributed to many notable buildings including York Minster. Calcaria was an important staging post on the road to Eboracum (York), which grew up at the river crossing.

You can find out more about Tadcaster by clicking Here

Tadcaster Carnival 2014 was another resounding success, if you’d like to view some of the photos of the day please feel free to click here

The photo below was taken by Paul Hoaksey on carnival day and I think it is one of the best photos of the day and really shows the family spirit on carnival days…

Tadcaster Carnival 2014

 

Below is the events and classes calendar for Tadcaster 2014 which has been compiled with the help of Lucy from The Riley Smith Hall, Tadcaster… If you would like to advertise your event here please drop me an email with the details and it will appear shortly.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Yoga Classes 8:00 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
YOGA Monday 8 to 9.30pm in the Boys Sunday School Fridays 10-11:30 AM During term times   Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster Whether you’re 18 [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 2:00 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 2 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Mondays – 2.00 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.15 – Melody Bear Movement Classes for ages 2+. Please bring Teddy or doll. Theatre craft & [...]
Greek Dance 4:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Feb 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Wiggle and Giggle 10:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise Fun, friendly class Easy to follow, clear instruction OVER 50s ESPECIALLY WELCOME Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 3:45 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 3 @ 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1 4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class [...]
Zumba 6:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY – LEAVE THE GYM BEHIND – COME AND GET FIT THE FUN WAY!!!!!….. LET ME MOTIVATE YOU TO [...]
Tadcaster Jive 7:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Ceroc Dance Tadcaster A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of [...]
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS 6:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  Fitsteps class, Come and dance yourself fit  - The Strictly Come Dancing way, and get a great workout too. The dancing and the [...]
Spirit of Harmony 7:30 pm
Spirit of Harmony @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from [...]
Greek Dancs 4:00 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Feb 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Yoga Classes 8:00 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
Feb 9 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
YOGA Monday 8 to 9.30pm in the Boys Sunday School Fridays 10-11:30 AM During term times   Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster Whether you’re 18 [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 2:00 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Mondays – 2.00 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.15 – Melody Bear Movement Classes for ages 2+. Please bring Teddy or doll. Theatre craft & [...]
Greek Dance 4:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Wiggle and Giggle 10:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise Fun, friendly class Easy to follow, clear instruction OVER 50s ESPECIALLY WELCOME Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 3:45 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 10 @ 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1 4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class [...]
Zumba 6:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY – LEAVE THE GYM BEHIND – COME AND GET FIT THE FUN WAY!!!!!….. LET ME MOTIVATE YOU TO [...]
Tadcaster Jive 7:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Ceroc Dance Tadcaster A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of [...]
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS 6:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  Fitsteps class, Come and dance yourself fit  - The Strictly Come Dancing way, and get a great workout too. The dancing and the [...]
Spirit of Harmony 7:30 pm
Spirit of Harmony @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from [...]
Greek Dancs 4:00 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Feb 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Yoga Classes 8:00 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
Feb 16 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
YOGA Monday 8 to 9.30pm in the Boys Sunday School Fridays 10-11:30 AM During term times   Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster Whether you’re 18 [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 2:00 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Mondays – 2.00 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.15 – Melody Bear Movement Classes for ages 2+. Please bring Teddy or doll. Theatre craft & [...]
Greek Dance 4:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Feb 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Wiggle and Giggle 10:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise Fun, friendly class Easy to follow, clear instruction OVER 50s ESPECIALLY WELCOME Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 3:45 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 17 @ 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1 4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class [...]
Zumba 6:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY – LEAVE THE GYM BEHIND – COME AND GET FIT THE FUN WAY!!!!!….. LET ME MOTIVATE YOU TO [...]
Tadcaster Jive 7:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Ceroc Dance Tadcaster A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of [...]
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS 6:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  Fitsteps class, Come and dance yourself fit  - The Strictly Come Dancing way, and get a great workout too. The dancing and the [...]
Spirit of Harmony 7:30 pm
Spirit of Harmony @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from [...]
Greek Dancs 4:00 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Feb 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Yoga Classes 8:00 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
Feb 23 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
YOGA Monday 8 to 9.30pm in the Boys Sunday School Fridays 10-11:30 AM During term times   Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster Whether you’re 18 [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 2:00 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Mondays – 2.00 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.15 – Melody Bear Movement Classes for ages 2+. Please bring Teddy or doll. Theatre craft & [...]
Greek Dance 4:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Wiggle and Giggle 10:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise Fun, friendly class Easy to follow, clear instruction OVER 50s ESPECIALLY WELCOME Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 3:45 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 24 @ 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1 4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class [...]
Zumba 6:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY – LEAVE THE GYM BEHIND – COME AND GET FIT THE FUN WAY!!!!!….. LET ME MOTIVATE YOU TO [...]
Tadcaster Jive 7:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Ceroc Dance Tadcaster A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of [...]
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS 6:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  Fitsteps class, Come and dance yourself fit  - The Strictly Come Dancing way, and get a great workout too. The dancing and the [...]
Spirit of Harmony 7:30 pm
Spirit of Harmony @ Riley Smith Hall
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from [...]
Greek Dancs 4:00 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Feb 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]

 

Staying Informed…

When you are out and about in Tadcaster you can pretty much guarantee that you are going to find out something new each day. The problem is that unless you tell someone the news, no one else knows. We’re not talking about Chinese whispers or gossip, we are talking about factual information which may affect people in Tadcaster, but if they’re not informed, they are missing out.

Tell us what’s coming up for local events, what’s on at the Riley Smith Hall, new pub openings, proposed building schemes,, you can send us pretty much anything you think is useful to the people of Tadcaster and we will find a place for it on the website.

 

Don’t forget to check the Tadcaster Town Council website for local Council News – Town Council

BBC News - England

The latest stories from the England section of the BBC News web site.

Two people are arrested in connection with the disappearance of 16-year-old Becky Watts who is missing in Bristol.
Sunderland defender Wes Brown's red card at Manchester United was not a case of mistaken identity, says a referees' body.
Police deal with crowd trouble from visiting Millwall fans as Rotherham climb away from the relegation places at New York Stadium.
A rusty Aston Martin that is the same model made famous in the James Bond films may fetch up to £40,000 when it comes up at auction.
A woman is arrested after a four-year-old girl and a man are found dead by police who forced entry at a property in Notting Hill.
Saracens move up to second in the Premiership table with a hard-fought win over Newcastle at Allianz Park.
A 15-year-old boy was fatally stabbed when three men attacked him while he was cycling with friends, police say.
Britain's Dame Sarah Storey fails in her attempt to break the women's hour record at the London Olympic velodrome.
An investigation is under way after a power failure left hundreds of passengers stranded at East Midlands Airport.
About 2,000 protesters demonstrate against the first rally in Britain by a group opposed to what it calls the "Islamisation of Europe".

Barnardos Footpath Refresher

 

The footpath, between Wighill Lane and Wetherby Road by way of the viaduct in Tadcaster, was used regularly by walkers, cyclists, and schoolchildren until it was blocked by a wall built by the landowners in February 2012.

Firstly I’d like to make a point of this – The new landowner bought an abandoned building with grounds to do with has he pleased. If you bought a house in Tadcaster which had a front gate and a back gate which people used for 15 years as a shortcut whilst the building was empty, would you let them continue to do so once you’d moved in and your children were playing in the garden? NO! of course you wouldn’t.

BUT! because the new landowner was Samuel Smith’s brewery everyone had to point the finger and blame Mr Humphrey Smith for the closure of the footpath. Over the past 3 years the opinions have gone from blaming Humphrey Smith directly to blaming him indirectly through the brewery – now it seems that the blame lies with the landowner’s newly appointed group called “Wharfebanks” which as we have been informed is a wholly owned subsidiary Samuel Smith brewery.

I have spoken to people casually about the blocked access through the old Barnardos grounds this year and during the town inquiry, most still say that Humphrey Smith is to blame as he wants to be the “Lord of the manor” (I heard this term used on several occasions over the past 3 years), also that Mr Smith bought it because he probably couldn’t get his way on some other matter so he’d done it out of spite. Some of the people who had opinions based the whole episode on the Council’s dislike to Mr Smith and probably wouldn’t even been here if it had been any other land owner or business which were involved.

Now I can only have my opinion so don’t ask me to name names of all the different people I spoke to as I have no idea, these chats took place in shops, pubs, restaurants, passing comments, bus stops and even doctors surgeries.

Actually talking about this does bring one thing about the inquiry to mind and has bugging me for a few days. I’ll try and explain this as best as I can but I’ve never studied law! Last week witnesses were called to give evidence based on paperwork written up by a Mr Jacobie (please excuse the spelling) of the Wharfedale legal team, these people had been summonsed to give evidence from signed statements which had been written for them – but NEVER signed! Now unless i’ve missed out the basic concept of a statement here, a statement always needs to be signed and witnessed before it becomes a legal statement. So it’s a bit like asking you to give evidence as a third party, why not get Mr Jacobie to read all of these statements out himself?

In last weeks hearing two witnesses were asked to read from the statement of an ex Barnardos employee to jog their memory to signs, gates and fences… So was that statement written by the person in question of by someone from the Wharfebank Legal team? Just asking the question as it seems that the term “witness statement” doesn’t carry true here! Any statements used by the CPS (Crown prosecution Service) must be signed and verified.

See also – Requirement to serve witness statements for use at trial… 32.4 (1) A witness statement is a written statement signed by a person which contains the evidence which that person would be allowed to give orally.

Campaigner Patrick Tunney said: “The path was used by many people for a very long time and it is almost a lifeline between one side of the town and the other.

“If we are successful it will be a reinstatement of what was the status quo and we are hoping the inspector will see the reasoning behind it and be able to award in our favour accordingly.

“We have put a lot of work into this and we knew it was not going to be easy. As a member of the community I owe it to others to try and have it reopened.”

The Wetherby News has learned that the fight against the closure of the path will be based on two criteria: the common law on the existence of a right of way and proof of 20 years’ use.

This statement comes from the Wetherby News 22nd January 2015…

Again, I’m not in anyone’s corner but reading this new clipping made me think… I don’t think anyone is disputing that the area in question was used as a footpath for over 20 years but whether you’re the first to trespass or the last person to trespass it’s still trespassing on someones property after all… As for proof that people used it as a cut through, why bother? people are at the Riley Smith Hall currently stating that they used it as far back as the 80′s. The second criteria: the common law on the existence of a right of way… I’ve checked with the Ordnance Survey maps and see no listing for a public footpath through that area. So from this paragraph I came to the conclusion that it’s a bit of a joke really to say that thousands of people have been using the cut through for so many years that they rightfully own it – Sorry if the Members of the action group in Tadcaster, Bernard Walford, Patrick Tunney, and Linda Bould don’t agree with me on this but it is private land as far as I can see…

 They used it for recreation and exercise, they used it to go to school, and they used it to go to work. Right up until the route was closed off by a new landowner, NYCC was making plans with the previous landowner to open up a path as a cycle route across the river and a safe route to school.

Another clip from the same article…

If the previous owner was making plans to open up a path as a cycle path across the river for a safe way to school! was this discussed during the purchase of the property with the new land owner? If there was a mention of such plans then surely the email records and a statement from the seller would clear up this part. As we all know too well, just because someone has plans with their property, when they sell it the new owner has the right to change their mind…

Has the council approached the land owner and asked if the footpath was still a possibility? Has the council offered to buy a stretch of land 15 feet wide to turn into the required footpath from the land owner? Because all of this messing around of “he said she said” is going to get nowhere soon, and probably end up costing the residents of Tadcaster for the bill from the 3 week inquiry.

You never know, they have called witnesses who are pro the footpath so they may call Humphrey Smith himself to make a statement (it would be the fairest thing to do so that the people of Tadcaster could hear the reasons for themselves…

Well that’s my say for now, remember these are my opinions and summaries and should no be taken as literal as there may be flaws in the spellings etc! Hope to see more of the Tadcaster Residents at the Riley Smith Hall this coming week.


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