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There are three active quarries in Upper Ribblesdale; Dry Rigg, Arcow and Horton
The quarries are owned by very large multi-national corporations:
Dry Rigg is owned by Lafarge
Arcow is owned by Anglo American
Horton is owned by Heidelberg
The combined 2011 operating profit for these three companies was £7,800 million (i.e. £7.8 billion)
All the aggregate from the quarries is currently transported by road. - up to 400 HGVs / day travel through the centre of Settle and through the National Park.
Only a small proportion of the HGVs are owned or driven by local people. (These HGVs will always be needed to transport aggregate that cannot be moved by rail).
The Settle-Carlisle railway line passes very close to all the quarries.
There is an alternative road route that avoids Settle Town Centre and which would greatly reduce the economic impact that the HGVs have on the town.
The positive benefits of restricting heavy traffic from Town Centres are exemplified by towns such as Skipton and Kirkby Stephen.
The positive benefits of transporting aggregate by rail rather than road are exemplified by Upper Wharfedale where the majority of aggregate from Swinden Quarry is transported by rail.
We are not asking for any of the Ribblesdale Quarries to be closed or for their activity be restricted or curtailed - We are only asking that changes be made to the method and routes by which the aggregate is transported.
We do not believe our proposals will put any local quarry-related jobs at risk.
Settle town centre is hugely valued by local people as a place to shop, relax and do business.
The majority of businesses in Settle town centre (shops, cafes, inns etc) cannot survive on local customers. The sustainability of these businesses absolutely depends on their ability to attract visitors from outside of the town.
In the battle for customers, Settle is in competition with many other destinations e.g. Skipton, Kirkby Lonsdale, Grassington, Hawes. Clitheroe. To ‘hold its own’ in this competition, the town must strive to be as attractive for the visitor as possible. Only by doing this will people be encouraged to return to the town and to spend more time (and money!) on each visit.
An independent and very comprehensive study on the regeneration of Settle Town Centre (conducted in 2012) found that the major negative of the town centre was the number of HGV’s travelling through the narrow streets of the town centre. This was the majority view expressed by locals and visitors alike.
The visitor economy is the major economic driver within the Settle area and the only sector which has real opportunity for growth. The visitor economy has created many jobs for local people, both directly and indirectly, and has the opportunity, if managed effectively, to create many more jobs.
It is a fact that the large number of HGVs travelling through Settle town centre and along the narrow country roads of Upper Ribblesdale deter many people from visiting the town and are a real obstacle to the regeneration and ongoing sustainability of the local economy.
We must not let the economic interests of huge multi-national companies compromise the economic sustainability of Settle and Upper Ribblesdale.
Please support our petition if you wish to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for Settle town centre and to restore peace and tranquillity to the roads within Upper Ribblesdale.
Upper Space was started by the Arts07 award winning Sketch City in 2007. Built over the last year and a half in an old warehouse in the cultural heart of Manchester, Upper Space is home to the region's first street art gallery space, a cafe, an event space and alternative clothing boutique.
Adopting Manchester's world renowned D.I.Y. approach to innovation and the arts, Sketch City and Marbella Cafe were joined by over 30 volunteers who gave their time and skills over the course of 6 months for the creation of a new, exciting social and artistic hub in the heart of the northern quarter of Manchester. Seeing the potential of the space and the shared ethos of the people involved, a Community Interest Company was formed that brought together Sketch City, Marbella Creative Industries and the Silverwood shop to create the Upper Space Collective. A proper grass roots venture.
Opening in February 2008, the Upper Space took the city by storm and soon developed a reputation for cutting edge events, gallery shows and promoting inclusivity to the arts across the spectrum. Having helped launch the careers of some of the regions most exciting, contemporary up and coming street artists, our aim is to promote the visual arts and the social within the city centre of Manchester and further afield.
Upper Space employees arrived to work on the 3rd of December to find the doors to the building chained and padlocked, the dispute, between the owners of the building and Sunshine Studios has resulted in Upper Space being given the options of paying 50% more rent or closing. With no forewarning being given at all to the events of the morning, Upper Space has been temporarily occupied by members of the collective until we can remove the artists work and our possessions from the building and relocate to a new premises.
The last Independent Library in the UK has suffered dramatic funding cuts at the hands of Croydon's Conservative Council.
The Library is funding jointly between Croydon and Lambeth Councils and since the Conservatives took over Croydon Council in 2006 they have made repeated attempts to cut their contribution and to raid the Library's reserves.
The Amir Das Commission, which was investigating the political patrons of Ranveer Sena has been disbanded by the Nitish Kumar Government of Bihar.
Ranveer Sena, a private army of upper-caste landlords brutally massacred 282 dalit, backward rural poor between 1995-2000including the Bathe and Bathani Tola massacres, where pregnant women's wombs were torn out, lest they produce "Naxalites".
That the Ranveer Sena conducted its killings with impunity and protection, often close to police camps indicates the participation of politically powerful in the cold-blooded plans.
While the Commission was set up with reluctance (and only following massive protests), several obstacles were placed to prevent investigation, earlier by the RJD government and now by the JD(U)-BJP government. The disbanding comes as the final blow to ensure that the killers remain masked.
The announcement for disbanding comes following Sushil Modi's announcement that setting up the commission was flawed (obviously since top BJP and JD (U) leaders are known to have links with the Ranveer Sena).
While those whose families have been massacred and the socially oppressed, rural poor of Bihar are fighting against this, let us stand by them and demand that the patrons of the Sena killers be exposed and Amir Das Commission be allowed to complete its inquiries and table its report.
Please sign the following petition for the same and forward it to others to put the necessary pressure on the Nitish Government.
January 16, 2006
Not pleased with having more upper grades in the school.
Not pleased with getting rid of the Pre K, K, and 1st grades to make room for the upper grades.
Request that the Upper Nazareth Township Budget includes full support to the Nazareth Memorial Library.
Eliminate the present newsletter and replace it with the former format.
For many years, those students at Upper Arlington High School that lack the privilege of owning a parking spot have been faced with the plight of parking on the street. There are too many student-drivers to fit everyone within the two blocks next to the high school, especially when the vast majority of these drivers park four or five feet from the next car, wasting valuable space.
We - the students, faculty, and surrounding residents of Upper Arlington High School - wish to end this lack of organization before we start into the new-year. There would be no better way to start 2004 than by lowering the rate that students are tardy, unblocking the resident's driveways, cutting the number of parking tickets, and stopping all parking in apartment visitor spots.
With your permission, we wish to better this city's high school by painting parallel parking spots down both sides of Brandon and Mt. Holyoke Roads, similar to those flanking Northam Park on Ridgeview and Northam Roads.