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.
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.
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."
The contents of a very old grocer's shop are to be auctioned in the Yorkshire Dales. Thompson's was run by the same family for generations - selling everything from sugar to stockings. And now those who remember the shop will be able to buy a piece of its history.