Why the NHS is important in Thursday’s election

  “Looking ahead, the NHS and social care are now set for a decade-long funding squeeze which will see the largest sustained falls in spending as a share of GDP on both services in modern times.” John Appleby, King’s Fund, commenting on 2016-2020 Spending Review, Nov 2105 On Thursday you’ll be voting for the person … Continue reading Why the NHS is important in Thursday’s election

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Tour de Yorkshire puts Otley on global tourism map

There's a huge buzz in Otley today with the Women's Race early this morning and the Men's Race this afternoon. Otley is very proud of our own Lizzie Armitstead, competing in the Tour de Yorskhire Women's Race, which has attracted the most lucrative women's cycle race prize in the world. Nik Rutherford, our Labour candidate was … Continue reading Tour de Yorkshire puts Otley on global tourism map

Traffic congestion in Otley

The Otley ODD campaign has emailed all the candidates seeking views on the impact of planned housing developments on Otley’s traffic congestion. ODD points out that unless action is taken to ensure that infrastructure improvements are identified in advance, the planning system will consider each development individually.  This could mean that any infrastructure improvements will … Continue reading Traffic congestion in Otley

Nik calls for area-wide opposition to academies

[Pictured above is John Eveleigh, then Labour Leader of Otley Town Council, leading the march through Otley to oppose Prince Henry's becoming an Academy in 2011. Teachers' unions, parents, some governors and the local town council opposed the change, which the Board of governors voted through by a very narrow majority.] Labour candidate Nik Rutherford is calling … Continue reading Nik calls for area-wide opposition to academies

Nik’s vision for tourism in Otley

Nik believes there are huge new opportunities to promote Otley as a visitor destination, which can help hospitality, cultural and creative businesses in town as well as creating jobs and increasing business for Otley's excellent range of independent retailers.