Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Bin Collection day finder

Especially useful to see changes around Bank Holidays!
Usually if they don't come Monday it will be Wednesday.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Phone Box removal

BT have published a list of boxes in The National Park which they would like to remove due to minimal use.
This is not surprising as even the minimal upkeep they get must be costly.
Obvious many of these including Westerdale are in areas with limited if any mobile cover, but nonetheless they clearly are hardly ever used as people make calls from where there is a signal.

It's not difficult to imagine problems here in snowy conditions - when you have to gain considerable altitude to be able to make a call!
 List of boxes to be removed - PDF

NYMNP are inviting comments until 30th November

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Village Hall broadband

After several months of behind scenes work, broadband is now available with a speed around 6Mb download.
The installation managed to avoid any further inconvenient poles which is a good thing!
It is hoped to run computer open days and courses, if you are interested in this please get in touch.

On a wider note it is still unclear if Westerdale will ever get high(er) speeds through fibre.
There is a plan to install one cabinet at Castleton but it is unlikely to make much difference at more than 2km, however it *might* still be at least as good down and allow faster upload speeds.
http://www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com/ are implying that fibre will never reach most of those who don't have it arriving imminently and the best option will be satellite.
This really is the last possible option and is known to be slow, unreliable and expensive.
If you can already get a reasonable speed around 2MB/s or better on ADSL it is probably not worthwhile though again the upload speed might be better.

If we had fast broadband it would also much simplify installing a small mobile phone mast.
The Mobile Infrastructure Project which offered much hope for this a couple of years ago seems to have failed dismally after discovering that hard to cover areas are hard to cover.
(of 18 masts proposed in the North York Moors none have been built)

In Westerdale's case there is no simple way to establish a microwave link to the rest of the network unless a further installation somehow repeated it from Glaisdale.
However for a limited number of users fast broadband could replace the microwave link.

At present nothing seems to be happening with regard to this, other than the favoured obfuscation and delaying tactics such as passing on to other offices.
I did ask Arqiva on mip.stakeholders@arqiva.com but the question was too difficult and after acknowledging the email they have declined to reply as yet.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Tour de Yorkshire, 1st May

Fortunately perhaps, they won't come through Westerdale but on Day One do go along Castleton Rigg between Rosedale and Castleton early afternoon.
Worth being aware of the temporary road closures and expect much extra traffic on the day.

Main website

Stage One schedule.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Photos from 1958

Just spotted these nice old photos, the first one has changed a lot but the second is much the same.
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4180914 )

And another from the Kildale Road.
( http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4183045 )

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Monday, 8 September 2014

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