I NOTE that your report regarding a new building that had been erected on an open moor in Upper Teesdale without a building permit only referred to the building itself and not to other work that took place nearby and beyond (D&S Times County Durham edition, October 15).
Anyone walking up to Lartington High Moor, west of Barnard Castle, can see a helipad and large areas of plastic runway that have been laid out in the moor to make it easier to taxi, take off and land for light planes. One of these leads leads directly from the massive new building, which any reasonable observer will conclude is or is being used as an aircraft hangar.
The bright orange windsock is also a gift.
Apart from the above, significant engineering work has been done on a moor track which leads for a few miles towards Lartington.
All of this was brought to the attention of the planning authority at the county council in March and no enforcement action was taken.
While this remote development may understandably go under the planning radar, I remain puzzled as to why no tangible progress has been made in forcing the landowner to rectify the situation after nearly nine months.
Adrian Hobbs, Bowes.
TV signal help
IN his latest ‘TV mast woes’ (D&S Times, October 21), Len Shepherd of Leyburn raises the question of the support available for people living in areas where there is no TV signal left as a result of the Bilsdale transmitter fire in August. We understand how extremely frustrating this has been for Mr Shepherd and for many others in North Yorkshire and the region whose television services have been affected, and we apologize for that.
Our engineering teams are working hard to restore services as quickly as possible, and we are building smaller sites in the area which will offer further assistance soon. We provide assistance to everyone involved through a call center and website to help with re-tuning, or engineer tours for those who need additional assistance repointing their antennas. The new 80-meter temporary mast in Bilsdale, which was put into operation earlier this month, has helped the vast majority of people in the area, and around 95% now have TV service.
For the approximately 16,000 homes located in what we call “non-spot” areas, where signals have not been restored, we recently announced additional support. As Mr Shepherd rightly says, we have sent official letters on how to claim £ 50 vouchers to purchase TV streaming devices through Currys, in store or online. As reported in the Darlington & Stockton Times last week and elsewhere, these devices require WiFi and broadband, so they won’t provide a solution to everyone involved in the specific areas receiving the letters. If this is the case, heads of households or their caregivers can instead call us on the free number 0800 121 4828 to discuss how we can provide help. For those who can access it, updates and information can be found at bilsdalemast.co.uk/claim
Shuja Khan, Commercial Director, Arqiva.
The internet is full of health products, often offered by American companies, but unfortunately it is unlikely that we will get what has been promised; that’s all a big hype.
The latest is a weight loss pill which is being promoted enthusiastically by a popular TV show. My experience is that an order under £ 50 was added without my approval and the final sum was over £ 300.
When I tried to call or send an email, I found that the phone had not received a response and their email addresses were not working.
While I am not sure if the slimming pills actually work or are safe, I am quite sure that the hassle caused by this transaction caused me to lose weight anyway.
May I suggest all your readers to be careful with medical products on the internet and only take supplements and medical products after consulting their GP.
They have to be careful because internet advertisements may well be a scam, and business ethics in the US are not the same as here in Britain or the EU.
Trying to lose a few pounds is never easy. One safe way is to eat a balanced diet, eat smaller portions, and not eat after 7 p.m. Sadly, my resolve to lose weight collapses when I see a delicious trifle of sherry and a pint of fine English ale.
Bernard Borman, Leyburn.
ON Facebook it was mentioned that there would be a breakfast at the Northallerton Fire Station on October 22 for people with dementia and Parkinson’s, the fee was £ 2.
I have dementia so I thought I would go have breakfast – you could take a caregiver with you. They served from 11am to 12.30pm and I was made very welcome.
The ladies were very friendly and asked me what I wanted. I chose a poached egg on toast with a cup of tea.
Their next breakfast is November 19th and I am definitely going. Thank you ladies for making me so welcome.
Margaret Sanders, Northallerton.
I was saddened but not surprised to learn of the threat to close another North Yorkshire school in Baldersby St James (D&S Times, October 15).
There are many Church of England schools in the Diocese and many are located on very valuable sites. Am I too cynical to suggest that the two are related?
I would just strongly advise the governors of all Church of England schools to take a very careful look at their foundations or original acts to establish what might happen if the school were to close.
David Williams, Former Chairman of Governors, Arkengarthdale Church of England School, Langthwaite.
I FULLY endorse the letter “Planning Debacle” (D&S Times, October 15) as a very accurate description of the planning meeting that gave consent to planning for the development of the hotel and campaign store in Leyburn.
The report in the newspaper from the previous week gave a sensational account of the meeting.
The planning officer’s presentation of the facts was poor and barely audible.
I was present at the meeting as a concerned waterfront owner.
Marjorie Iveson, Leyburn.
I FULLY agree with the letter from your correspondent Dudley Edwards “Covid Debt Crisis” (D&S Times, October 15).
After visiting an area stretching from Baku to the Caspian Sea, I obtained Peter Frankopan’s book – The Silk Roads, and found that history may well be about to repeat itself.
On page 191 he wrote that following the Black Death in the 1350s there was a severe shortage of manual workers – but the remaining members of the population gained bargaining power due to the fact that their number had diminished.
“The empowerment of the peasantry, workers and women has been accompanied by a weakening of the propertied classes – landowners being forced to accept lower rents for their farms – deciding that it is better to receive income than nothing at all, ”the book says.
The position we are witnessing now indicates that history could be about to repeat itself perhaps in early 2022.
The fraternity of rental buyers, as well as the folks who seem to be driving big SUVs on monthly contracts, are going to seriously review their spending and refrain from using their credit cards to the max.
I firmly believe that a rebalancing of the economy or a serious financial crash is on the horizon.
Ken Walsh, Tunstall, Richmond.
Are we becoming car dominated? Climate change is looming, it is our greatest threat. The car should be enemy number one.
Yet on our street and probably yours, the car is everywhere. The little greenery we have is gradually overwhelmed or crushed by the latest models. Some of us appreciate the green of the grass more than the glow of glossy paint jobs.
There is never a time when there is not a car parked on the edge and that alone is unsightly and obvious environmental degradation.
There will never be daisies or bees. It will never give off oxygen, only fumes.
Maybe the fight against climate change is too limited and too late, but chasing the cars will be a good start.
Chris Pattison, Richmond.
EVERYTHING must be powered by electricity, this revolution is now the subject of almost daily news.
Climate change activists absolutely need to be on cloud nine and ask themselves how they can cause further disruption,
Let’s start with the obvious electric cars, which currently offer up to 300 miles per charge, many struggling to drive even 200 miles, with plenty of extras to power up such as lights, radiators, heat screens, air conditioning, windshield wipers and radio.
In addition, there are between 30 and 40 million passenger cars on the roads. Add to that the unknown number of delivery vans.
Each trip should be planned to within a few kilometers, as a recent change in the law earns three points on your license in the event of a power outage or fuel failure on the highway.
As for the industry, countless thousands of electric forklifts are already in service, plus diesel forklifts to be replaced, as well as dumpers and excavators, all of which need to be recharged two to three times a day. depending on the hours worked.
Then there is the countless number of homes across the nation needing to be converted to all-electric.
How to recharge vehicles during the night by the inhabitants of terraced houses and villages? Perhaps the arguments and turmoil caused by unjustified parking and tripping charging cables will lead to many compensation claims. The stories of doom will be endless.
Can anyone tell us where this huge amount of extra power comes from?
The commissioning of a nuclear power plant takes about ten years, plus planning time.
I just feel a little selfish being in my 76th year that I shouldn’t let it bother me too much. My only concern is that the younger generation have to endure this nightmare when it can make little or no difference in the world.
Trevor Mason, Swainby.