Residents in the Tang Hall area are asking why a £10,000 grant made last year for the improvement of the Tang Hall Community Centre has not been spent?
The money was part of the very much reduced budget now made available to Ward Committees.
It was to have been spent on remodelling the Centre, making it potentially easier to generate additional income.
The Centre is one of 4 in the City which are under threat of closure following the decision of the Council to stop its annual support grants.
Tang Hall CC, was at the centre of a controversy earlier in the year, when all the key posts on the management committee were taken over by local Labour Councillors.
LibDem Councillor Ann Reid outside Moor Lane Youth Centre
We also understand that the Council is considering closing down the Moor Lane youth centre in Dringhouses.
The well established and popular centre serves the whole of the west of York and is one of very few purpose designed facilities aimed at young people in the City’s suburbs.
Acomb Front Street is getting into the Christmas spirit with twenty five Christmas tree brackets for small trees above shop fronts being put into place as part of a wider package of investment by City of York Council.
£30,000 is being invested to support businesses in Acomb and to help act as a catalyst for community-led economic development in the area.
The move was stimulated by the formation of the “Acomb Alive” group last year.
The York Council had been heavily criticised by traders and local residents when it abandoned its Acomb Office base in 2012 and subsequently slashed the funds available for Ward Committees to invest in the area.
The investment will see £24,000 investment on Front Street to install electricity points, repair and replace flower tubs, remove damaged and unneeded street furniture as well as new signage and seating.
The remaining £6,000 has been granted to kick-start an events programme to encourage footfall to the shopping area and to hep bring a flavour of the city centre to the important local shopping area.
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University Road will also be closed on 19th October.
It appears that the decision that York would not enter the Britain in Bloom contest this year was only taken in July.
The City has already been entered into the competition.
The decision was taken in private with no report on the implications being published.
Neither residents nor those involved in Britain in Bloom at a community level were consulted.
The village and neighbourhood entrants are however understood to continuing with their entries. Judging is underway.
Offers of voluntary help to organise the City’s entry were snubbed.
The late withdrawal meant that no other Yorkshire City was able to enter to represent the county.
It appears that the decision was a panic move taken only days before the Britain in Bloom judges were due to visit the City.
Although the Council says it may enter again in the future, it could take 5 years or more to build up the momentum needed to be awarded the Britain in Bloom City title.
Meanwhile the decision to squander £75,000 a year on advertising at Leeds Bradford Airport has been “called in” for reconsideration. The review meeting will take place on Monday 16th September. The agenda can be found by clicking here.
The Police have launched a new community challenge aimed at filling in some of the spare hours that young people have during the school summer holidays
“Lifestyle is a fantastic project that started 25 years ago in Humberside and now for the first time ever has come to North Yorkshire!
Are you and your friends already wondering what you can do over the long summer holidays? Are you aged between 10 and 16 and live in North Yorkshire? Are you wanting to be the kind of person who can make a difference to their local community? Do you want to have fun? Do you want to win some fab prizes?”
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