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Recession Road: Wetherby

Phil Coomes | 19:42 UK time, Tuesday, 15 September 2009

This post is from our Recession Road series, part of our special report on the global downturn.


We're not priming our colleagues to e-mail the blog, honest, but the BBC's North of England correspondent Danny Savage was reading it and dropped us a line today. He's in Wetherby, just off the A1. We passed through this evening, so we thought we'd mention some of Danny's ponderings on the town, which he describes as "fairly up-market".

"The shops here seem to be doing quite well but the majority of the pubs in the town have signs advertising that the lease or the business is for sale. I think landlords [would say] people are cutting back and just not using the pubs as much as they used to. Property prices, like everywhere, have been dropping... a bit of a new thing to those living in the area known as the 'golden triangle' between York, Leeds and Harrogate.

Tardis outside the police station"The bins of the town stand un-emptied as we are into the second week of a refuse workers strike in the Leeds area. The council want to equalise men and women's pay but are bringing down the pay of the men to match the women. There seems to be strong public support for the strikers and is a good example of public spending issues in a recession."

And finally, we took Danny's advice by looking out for the 'Dr Who' tardis outside the police station - a photo op that was just too hard to resist.

You can read an explanation of our Recession Road series here. Words: Paula Dear; Images: Phil Coomes.


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