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Welcome To Tadcaster…

Our new website brings everything to you…

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

Welcome to the Tadcaster Citizen, the new and improved Tadcaster community website.

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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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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 [...]
Yoga Classes 8:00 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
Mar 30 @ 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
Mar 30 @ 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
Mar 30 @ 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
Mar 31 @ 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
Mar 31 @ 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
Mar 31 @ 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
Mar 31 @ 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 [...]

 

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.

The father of a British man killed in the Alps air crash urges airlines to look after pilots "properly", saying the victims of the disaster should "never be forgotten".
Hundreds of Muslims attend a festival in London on how to divert young Britons away from extremism.
An estimated 300 people take part in a fundraising walk to remember Bristol teenager Becky Watts.
A couple marry in the Easter egg aisle of the Cambridgeshire supermarket where they shared their first date.
A statue honouring the North Yorkshire author James Herriot is unveiled in North Yorkshire, heralding the start of a youth fund for vets.
Northampton winger George North says he is "feeling ok" after being knocked out following a blow to the head against Wasps on Friday.
A light bulb made from graphene - said by its UK developers to be the first commercially viable consumer product using the super-strong carbon - is to go on sale later this year.
Prison letters written by one of the 20th Century's most notorious murderers are sold for £11,000 at auction.
Danny Welbeck, Raheem Sterling, Leighton Baines and James Milner have been ruled out of England's friendly with Italy on Tuesday.
A chocolatier in Lincolnshire has created a seven-foot (2.1-metre) Easter egg, which he will sell in pieces to raise money for charity, the BBC's Jill Archbold reports.

Barnados Footpath Action Group

Sorry for the delay in publishing this update, lot’s happening in Tadcaster at the moment…

DSCN4984Feb 19th 2015 – Barnados Footpath Action Group

To all our supporters

The last day for the Inquiry into reopening the ex Barnardo’s footpath between Wighill Lane and the Viaduct was held yesterday. The Barristers representing both sides presented their respective final submissions.

You will remember that this Inquiry was called by the Secretary of State (SofS) because of a single objection raised by the landowner (Wharfebank, a subsidiary of SSOB) to the order made by NYCC last year to have the footpath re-opened. The Inspector appointed by the SofS was Mr. Alan Beckett, who is a very experienced Inspector in these matters. He will now deliberate on all the evidence and legal submissions presented to him at the Inquiry. He is expected to make his decision sometime in May 2015.

This has been a huge Inquiry in terms of the evidence provided and the duration it has taken. Never before in the whole history of NYCC Rights of Way involvement with Inquiries has one taken so many days of sitting to hear all the evidence put before it. Normally Inquiries involving RofW matters are over in 3 days. This Inquiry has taken from 03 February 2015 to 18 February 2015, sitting for a total of nine days.

The Inquiry initially heard compelling evidence from a number of NYCC witnesses, all of whom had originally completed an Evidence of Use form and more recently individual witness statements. With lengthy delays to the proceedings, requested by the objector to go off and search out other evidence from various parties, this took up most of week one. Our witnesses were outstanding and spoke with conviction.

Mrs Lynch, the Care Home Superintendent’s 1962 – 1988 refused to appear on behalf of the objector but said she wanted to give evidence. The Inspector allowed her to make her statement as an independent witness and she did so with great determination and clarity. Many witnesses who had refused to sign statements sent to them by the landowners solicitors complained that they had been summoned to appear at the Inquiry. The Inspector ruled that he was the only person allowed to issue a summons for anyone to appear and he had not been involved in serving these. It was agreed the summons would therefore be disregarded and people were only to give evidence of their own free will.

The objector witnesses were heard at the beginning of week two. In all the objector fielded 11 witnesses (although at the pre-inquiry meeting they said that they would be fielding 45 witnesses). Of these, 5 were employees of SSOB, 2 were contractors, one was a local Town Councillor (who had previously voted in favour of reinstating the footpath after the new landowner blocked off the path in 2012) and three were from Barnardo’s. Only three of their witnesses said that they had used the disputed path across the land to any degree. The Barnardo’s witnesses were there in their capacity as past or present employees of the Charity. The two contractors had been asked by SSOB solicitors to make a statement and attend the Inquiry.

During cross examination many of their statements were brought into question by our Barrister and some also contained similar wording and phrasing across them. One witness had to withdraw a significant element of his statement because of his misidentification of one of our key witnesses. Another objector witness, who could not attend the Inquiry, said in his statement that he had misunderstood the position of Mrs Lynch in that she challenged people using a path across the land but now he knew this assumption not to be true. The Town Councillor’s evidence should, as our Barrister put it, ‘be treated with a high degree of caution’. He claimed that he had been turned back in 2003 (a date he remembered well) by a Security Guard whilst crossing the land, yet Barnardo’s still owned the site in 2003 and they never employed Security Guards. It felt like the objector was in many cases clutching at straws.

Whilst it is difficult to measure which way the Inspector will decide, we have heard nothing in the objector’s case which seriously undermines our case. We said from the beginning that we had a very strong case backed up by compelling evidence and that has come across at the Inquiry. Assuming, all the legal hurdles will be satisfied (and we have been helped in this regard by the Ramblers National Legal Team in London) by our Barrister’s final submission, then we are confident that the Inspector will find in our favour.

Finally, we thank you all once again for the great support you have given the Community Action Group Team, particularly those of you who gave evidence at the Inquiry. We await the Inspectors decision.

Barnados Footpath Action Group

 


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