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Yorkshire Dales gets superfast broadband

It's hoped the broadband will help local businesses become more competitive Credit: PA

A superfast broadband service will be launched in the Yorkshire Dales later today. The area was part of the one percent of the country without access to the high speed technology. It's hoped the new service will allow local businesses to become more competitive.

The arrival of Superfast Broadband will be a transformational game-changer for the remoter communities we have here in the Upper Dales, as it will level the playing field for our deeply rural communities, and allow us to compete with the more populated areas of the country - the towns and the cities. I am sure its availability will play a key role in arresting the outflow of young people that has become a very worrying trend recently - they understandably are voting with their feet to chase higher quality career and educational opportunities beyond the Upper Dales, the very sort that use Superfast Broadband as their stock-in-trade. Now they can stay here amidst our stunning scenery and we can compete for their presence on an equal footing.

– Cllr John Blackie

Fear Dales village is "a generation away from extinction"

Residents of a North Yorkshire village fear it could be 'a generation away from extinction' following a cut to rural services.

The claim comes from some of the residents of Gunnerside, in Swaledale, who have lost their local shop, post office and seen a reduction in bus services. People there say more investment is needed to prevent the village from becoming isolated. Jonny Blair reports.

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Video: Stranded dog saved by mountain rescue

A dog is recovering after being found emaciated with a broken leg in the Yorkshire Dales.

The young adult Saluki, nicknamed Wufra, was stranded on Buckden Pike for up to two weeks.

It is thought the lurcher-Saluki cross, had chased a rabbit up Buckden Pike which is 2,300 feet above sea level.

The animal was finally saved by a fell rescue team who carried him a mile to safety on a stretcher. He is now recovering at a vet's in Skipton, as Calendar's Sarah Clark reports

Stranded dog saved by mountain rescue

Wufra is recovering after being stretchered off Buckden Pike Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A dog is recovering after being found emaciated with a broken leg in the Yorkshire Dales.

The young adult Saluki, nicknamed Wufra, was stranded on Buckden Pike for up to two weeks.

Mountain rescuers found Wufra starving and with a broken leg Credit: ITV Yorkshire

After a phone call from a member of the public, a rescue team trekked for an hour to stretcher him to safety.

He was then taken to a local vet, where it is hoped he will recover, and find a new home.

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Walk for All takes in route through the Dales

Walkers gather before the Walk for All Credit: Calendar

Over 1,000 walkers gathered early this morning to take part in the Jane Tomlinson's Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity.

This third Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival set off from Settle and the 28-mile route takes in sights like Malham Cove, Fountain's Fell and Pen-y-Ghent.

And they're off Credit: Calendar

Peregrine chicks hatch in Yorkshire Dales National Park

Three peregrine chicks have hatched at Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The RSPB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority have set up a free viewpoint with high powered telescopes so visitors can see the peregrine family.

  • The peregrine is the largest of British breeding falcons
  • Peregrines typically pair for several years and may live up to 10 years old - the oldest on record was 15 years and 6 months old
  • Both adult birds tend the young, which take their first flight after 5 or 6 weeks
  • Peregrines feed on medium sized birds, which they catch in high-speed aerial stoops – although more often than not they fail to make a kill
  • Peregrine numbers crashed in the 1960s due to the impact of pesticides. Peregrines have now increased in numbers to about 1300 breeding pairs in the UK.

Inquiry to be launched into plans to extend Yorkshire Dales

Plans to extend the size of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District will face a public inquiry.Natural England has announced proposals to extend the boundaries of the National Parks, which would increase their combined area by 500 square kilometres (193 square miles).

But local authorities affected by the proposals have objected, triggering an inquiry which is expected to open in June.

Over 3,000 objections, representations or expressions of support were received in responseto the proposals, including objections from five local authorities. It is a statutory requirement that a public inquiry is held if at least one local authority with land in a proposed extension raises an objection to a relevant variation order. I have therefore commissioned a public inquiry into the recommended boundary changes and an inspector from the Planning Inspectorate has been appointed to conduct the inquiry."

– Minister for the natural environment Richard Benyon

We welcome the announcement of a public inquiry into the proposed extension of the much loved Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks. This is a significant decision and it is important that it is fully and carefully considered."

– Natural England spokesperson
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