30 Nov, 1, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 17 – 24 Dec
11am – 4pm (2.30pm on 24 December)
This Christmas holiday, Father Christmas will be opening his very special festive Toy Museum at York Castle Museum!
Experience some Christmas magic as the toys come to life to tell tales of Christmas traditions and re-discover some of the most popular Christmas toys of past and present.
Father Christmas will be making special appearances throughout the day to finish making his list of presents to deliver on Christmas Eve. Each child will receive a chocolate treat for the Christmas tree.
For more information visit www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
A 13-year-old local boy has been assaulted on the cycle track between Hob Moor and Tadcaster Road in York.
Fortunately the victim did not require hospital treatment but has been left distressed by the incident.
Officers are appealing for information about the assault and are urging anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
In particular, they are appealing for information about a white man aged 19 to 20-years-old, about 6ft tall of medium build with short curly ginger hair. The man was wearing a black hoody and blue or black trousers and was seen to by riding a blue BMX bicycle.
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Constable James Mills. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please quote North Yorkshire Police reference number 12150209471.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Officials are recommending that Lidl on Thanet Road be permitted to open for longer hours.
The proposed hours – to be discussed at a planning committee meeting taking place on 3rd December – will be:
- Monday to Saturday: 07.00 to 22.00 hours
- Sundays and Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 19.00.
Originally the store had asked to open between 07:00 and 2200 every day but this has now been reduced for Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Currently Sunday trading laws allow a large retail unit to open no earlier than 10.00 and ending no later than 18.00 for a continuous period of 6 hours. Granting planning permission for the proposed hours does not override Sunday Trading Legislation. The stores agent has confirmed that the proposed Sunday opening hours are speculative and is in response to the Government announcing (July 2015 Budget) potential revisions to Sunday trading hours.
Only one person objected to the proposal was received.
Beckfield Lane housing development
Officials are also recommending approval of an application to build 9 dwellings on Land lying between Beckfield Lane and Runswick Avenue. The report can be read by clicking here
The proposed development contains a mix of house types consisting of four houses which are two storeys in height and contain three bedrooms, two houses containing three bedrooms which are two and a half storey in height (rooms in the roof space), two bungalows containing two bedrooms, and one bungalow containing three bedrooms. All dwellings proposed are semi-detached with the exception of the three bedroom bungalow which is detached. The majority of dwellings contain two car parking spaces and one visitor space is provided.
This application attracted 28 letters of objection (and three of support)
Other applications being considered at the same meeting include (click to access):
- 25 Garden Flats Lane Dunnington change to dwelling plan (recommended for approval)
- 3 The Dell, Skelton erection of one dwelling (recommended for approval)
- Cycle heaven 2 Bishopthorpe Road change of use (recommended for approval)
- St John Uni Lord Mayors Walk Erection of three-storey teaching building following demolition of existing Student Union (recommended for approval)
- Coach House, Fulford Park Rear extension (recommended for refusal)
- 38 Clarence Street demolition of existing building and erection of 2 story building for use as an HMO (recommended for approval)
Extensive police enquiries are ongoing and river searches have resumed in the effort to find Rory Johnson in York.
The 29-year-old from Skipton was last seen by the friend he travelled to York with at 12.15am on Friday 20 November 2015, when Rory left the York Central Travel Lodge on Piccadilly where they were staying the night.
It has been established that Rory went to a nearby pub with a fellow hotel guest having earlier met him and his father in The Postern Gate Wetherspoon pub at around 11.30pm on Thursday.
Witness appeal following assault in York
Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a serious assault in Clifford Street, York.
A 21 year old man from Selby was assaulted and he sustained serious facial injuries.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information, is asked to contact police. Dial 101, press 2 and ask to speak to DC Andrea Robinson in the York Serious Crime Team.
Please quote reference number 12150198422 when passing on information.
Police in the UK are today, Monday 23 November, launching the second national Counter Terrorism Awareness Week (#CounterTerrorismUK) reminding the public that they have a key role in helping to prevent and protect the UK from the threat of terrorism.
Recent events in Paris have brought into sharp focus the type and scale of threat posed by international terrorism, and the relationship between the police and the public needs to be stronger then ever before to counter this threat.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, from the UK Counter Terrorism Policing Network said: “I cannot overstate the importance of the role that the public plays in helping to protect the UK against the threat of terrorism. Since the threat level was raised to ‘severe’ last year, police activity has increased accordingly in terms of number of arrests and investigations we’re carrying out. But just as importantly, we’re getting more calls and more information from the public which is vital to us.
We are pleased to report that the ‘large patching’ work on Thanet Road and St Helens Road was completed last week, in line with the anticipated timetable.
St Helens Road had become treacherous for cyclists in places due to the disintegration of the road surface, not helped by the frequent digging up of the road by various utility companies.
First York have brought in changes to some local bus services from Sunday 22nd November, including the number 4.
The changes are being made in response to problems that arose after changes were made to bus services during the summer. There will now be a shorter route for the number 4, which will loop back after Clifford Street in town heading back to Acomb round Skeldergate – see new route below.
There has been a slight change to the number 1 service (not to the route) but the timetable (Monday to Friday) has been altered to help buses keep to the advertised times. More details are available via the First Group website at http://www.firstgroup.com/york/news-and-service-updates/planned-changes/service-changes-around-york
Many residents reported that number 4 buses were frequently bunching into groups of three with long gaps in between. After the new service has been running for a short while we would be grateful if residents could let us know how the changes are working out.
Service 4 Acomb – Foxwood – City Centre
The route will be revised, with buses running between Acomb and the City Centre only, to improve reliability.
Buses will drop off on Rougier Street, then continuing to Clifford Street. Buses towards Acomb will start from Clifford Street, stop TB.
Buses will no longer pick up in Rougier Street, stopping instead on Station Road at stop CE.
A new timetable will apply, but no changes will be made to the frequency. Buses will run:
- Up to every 10 mins, Mondays to Fridays
- Every 10 mins, Saturdays
- Every 20 mins, Sundays
- Every 30 mins, each evening
The York Council has a useful map available online at http://localview.york.gov.uk/Sites/TranStreetCare/#
It shows the location of many local services including individual street lighting columns (with their I/D number and type) plus litter bins and poop scoop bins. It also shows which roads and footpaths have been adopted for maintenance purposes.
At this time of year the map can be used to locate salt bins while also displaying the route that the gritting lorries follow.
You can get daily updates on twitter from the gritting teams https://twitter.com/yorkgritter
The map indicates how many volunteer “snow wardens” there are in the area. There are nine in the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward
Volunteer snow wardens are residents who give up some of their time to clear snow during bad weather. There are 211 registered volunteers across York. The Council provides volunteers with:
- high-visibility vests
- snow-clearing kits
We know that some of the local salt bins have been filled with litter. If one needs attention, please e-mail Cllr Stephen Fenton at email@example.com
A report due to be considered next Friday considers what might be done to encourage more people to take up voluntary work in York.
The report particularly considers how the Council’s 4000 strong workforce might be encouraged to help
A list of current Council volunteering opportunities can be found by clicking here