What’s in your Ripon Gazette this week?

11-06-15 Ripon Gazette front cover
11-06-15 Ripon Gazette front cover

Click here for the rundown of what’s on in the Ripon Gazette this week.

This week the convicted city councillor Andrew Williams defended himself as the right man for the job after being elected as the chairman of the Finance and General Purpose committee.

The Independent councillor beat Conservative councillor Peter Pearson to the position but was disappointed Coun Pearson turned down the chance to be Vice Chairman to the main role.

But city residents have already shown some objection to the result which fell in Coun Williams’ favour, with an online petition of more than 450 signatures calling to remove him from the position.

Coun Williams said: “If people thought they were capable of doing a better job than the current 15 councillors they should have offered themselves.”

Page 3 on the Ripon Gazette: The plans to build 450 new homes in Ripon is moving forward months ahead of the original schedule.

Gladman Developments have completed their Emnvironmental Impact Assessment months before they were expected to, submitting the application to the council on April 19.

Councillor Peter Horton believes the quick composition will only lead the planning committee to recommend the application is refused.

He said: “They have not taken a year as we asked for and have produced a huge Lever Arch file full of information. I think they are trying to blind us with science but we will be holding a public meeting of our action group again to oppose it.”

Also this week, Rosie O’Connell, a 28-year-old charity worker in Ripon will be cycling the North 300 from Catterick to Windsor in support of Help for Heores.

Ms O’Connell, who has a family with a strong military background decided to take part in the ride after working alongside Help for Heroes for the last 18 months, and seeing the good work they do.

Rosie has raised around £600 so far but hopes to raise £1000 altogether, after some more fundraising at the Leeds Rhino’s rugby game against Castleford tonight.

Ripon ex-serviceman, David Hubber, will be going to Virginia, USA, to take part in the 2015 Warrior Games, where he will represent the British Armed Forces alongside 40 others.

Mr Hubber 43, suffered a spinal injury in 2001 whilst playing ice hockey for the army in Canada, but continued to serve through the pain for another 10 years before leaving the Royal Logistic Corps.

He said: “The Warrior games is an amazing opportunity for me to enjoy being active again and to be involved with like-minded people from the military who understand what I have been through.”