Surprise at ‘Valentine’s Fair’ plan for Askham Bar

Lib Dem councillors for Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward have expressed surprise at the news that a ‘Valentine’s Fair’ is planned to take place on council land at the old Askham Bar Park & Ride site between 17 and 26 February.

News to us!

         News to us!

We were not informed or consulted about the proposal – we found out about it earlier this week via a post on Facebook. We understand that Events & Attractions Ltd are to operate the fair and we are told that they are due to deliver letters to the surrounding residential properties which will include contact details, information about operating hours and how noise levels will be monitored and any complaints acted upon.

We have expressed our concern to officers at Make it York and City of York Council about the fact that councillors and residents have not been made aware of an event that has the potential to cause disruption to a residential area in which there already exist parking problems.

 

Success for playground investment campaign

Liberal Democrat councillors for the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward have warmly welcomed plans to invest £17,000 in each of two local playgrounds.

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The Nelsons Lane and Woodthorpe Green play areas are two of ten sites across the city that are each set to receive £17,000 in funding from City of York Council. The funds comes from a £170,000 capital programme for 2017/18 for playground improvement. Full details of the citywide plans, which were announced on 30 January, can be found here: https://www.york.gov.uk/press/article/2083/170k_proposed_to_make_big_improvements_to_york_s_playgrounds

Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton has thanked the local community for their support last summer when the case for funding for the Woodthorpe Green and Nelsons Lane playgrounds was being put together:

“During my visits to Dringhouses Primary and Woodthorpe Primary Schools in July 2016 I gathered lots of ideas from pupils about how they think we can improve local play areas, and we gathered even more suggestions at the Woodthorpe Family Fun Day in August. This engagement helped us to demonstrate the level of community support for improving play provision in the ward, and I am looking forward to working with community groups to develop improvement plans for the two playgrounds.”

Welcoming the citywide plans, Councillor Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said: “Thanks to this proposed funding, ten of York’s play parks will be significantly improved for children and families in the city. Hopefully this will provide more opportunities for children and young people to exercise in a fun and safe environment.”

Under the plans, the £170,000 funding will be equally shared between the following playgrounds:

· Askham Bryan

· Badger Hill

· Cemetery Road, Fishergate

· Littlethorpe Close, Strensall

· Nelsons Lane, Dringhouses

· Rowntree Park

· School Lane, Fulford

· Victoria Field, Holgate

· West Bank Park, Holgate

· Woodthorpe Green

The report to go to the 7th February Decision Session is available at http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=735&MId=9472&Ver=4

Chapmans Pond lease agreed

At a public decision session today (Friday 23 September) Cllr Nigel Ayre (Executive Member for Leisure & Culture) agreed to transfer the management of the Chapman’s Pond site to the Friends of Chapman’s Pond on a trial basis, to improve the long-term care of the site.

Chapmans Pond Summer Fair 2016

Chapmans Pond Summer Fair 2016

The paper that was discussed at the decision session is available here.

Chapman’s Pond is a 2.6 ha site off Moor Lane in Dringhouses. The pond itself covers roughly a third of the site with other habitats including woodland and meadow. It is currently managed by the Council with the assistance of the Friends of Chapman’s Pond.

The Friends are a long running group and have over the years carried out practical maintenance tasks and conservation enhancements. They have also assisted with fund raising, in particular for the circular path in 2011/12 and, for the last three years, in partnership with Love to Eat Café, a summer fair has taken place on site.

Local Lib Dem councillors support the lease arrangement. Cllr Ann Reid commented

“The reinvigorated Friends Group has really got to grips with the management of the pond and addressed some long standing issues. It has now become a very pleasant place to visit and spend time and looks well cared for.    This helps to discourage some of the anti social behaviour and vandalism that has happened in the past.
“Granting the lease will help the Group pursue its programme to improve the area and manage the fishing more effectively. Representatives of the Friends Group attend our Ward Team meetings, are part of the community and are very supportive of other community groups.”

 

Charges likely for fishing at Chapman’s Pond

Charges are to be introduced for people wishing to fish at Chapman’s Pond on Moor Lane.
Chapmans pond children fishing 1971

Chapman’s Pond 1971

The charges will be levied when the lease of the site, to the Friends of Chapman’s pond, is concluded later in the year.

The charges are expected to be £3 per day or £15 per year for adults, £1 a day or £5 a year for 13 – 16 years olds and free for under 12s. This level of charging is comparable with the nearby Railway Pond. Fishing has previously been free at the site.

Last year the pond had to be closed to anglers following an outbreak of disease in the fishing stock. At the suggestion of the Environment Agency, and with the support of the anglers, the Council closed the pond during this year’s spawning period resulting in a huge reduction in the number of fish deaths compared to last year

An anglers group is expected to appoint volunteer bailiffs to police fishing at the pond.

The move is also expected to address anti-social behaviour problems at the pond although it is not yet clear whether the boundary will be secured.

Chapman’s Pond is a 2.6 ha site off Moor Lane in Dringhouses. The pond itself covers roughly a third of the site with other habitats including woodland and meadow. It is currently managed by the Council with the assistance of the Friends of Chapman’s Pond.

The Friends are a long running group and have over the years carried out practical maintenance tasks and conservation enhancements. They have also assisted with fund raising, in particular for the circular path in 2011/12 and, for the last three years, in partnership with Love to Eat Café, a summer fair has taken place on site.

The area will be leased to the Friends for a nominal fee initially for three years.

The plan is being discussed at a Council meeting taking place on 23rd September.

Parkrun one of hundreds of activities for young people this summer

click to download list of events

click to download list of events

York’s new Knavesmire junior parkrun is one of the hundreds of workshops, courses, events, clubs and activities featured in the Summer2016 edition of Shine magazine which is celebrating its tenth year

Most of the Shine programme activities are scheduled for the school summer holidays, but for those who can’t wait to get started the Knavesmire junior parkrun starts this Sunday (3 July).

The parkrun is a free, timed two-kilometre run for children of all abilities aged from four to 14 years and is a perfect fit with the expansive programme of fitness activities and sports sessions planned for local young people.

Shine activities are aimed at those aged five to 18, together with their families. The programme offers accessible opportunities to enjoy a summer of activities to keep fit, explore new hobbies, learn exciting new skills such as movie making, and shares information on how to continue sport, play, arts and activities in parks and libraries beyond the end of the school holidays.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council with responsibility for Economic Development and Community Engagement said: “Over the last ten years Shine has grown to an exciting programme of activities for York’s young people, with something to appeal to all interests and abilities.

“The schedule, which includes sessions delivered by a wide range of partner organisations and volunteers, offers young people the chance to develop skills, make new friends and engage in new hobbies throughout the summer.”

Julie Mackenzie, Event Director of Knavesmire junior parkrun said: “We’re really looking forward to helping young people get outside, get active and have fun.”

The Knavesmire junior parkrun will take place every Sunday at 9am (with the exception of race days and other events). To take part children and young people must be registered with parkrun and have their unique bar-code with them. For more information visit www.parkrun.org.uk/knavesmire-juniors.

For more information about the Shine programme look out for the brochure from schools, pick up a copy from libraries or search online at www.yor-ok.org.uk/shine   

Chapman’s Pond closed to anglers.

Chapmans PondChapman’s Pond is closed to anglers for up to four weeks following Environment Agency advice.

The closure coincides with the start of the carp spawning season. Closing the pond reduces the stress to the fish during the spawning period and allows them to use more areas of the pond undisturbed. The action may also help prevent the high number of fish deaths that occurred at the pond last year.

It is common to close fishing ponds during spawning and most of the other nearby ponds, including the railway pond close during this period. Voluntary water bailiffs at Chapman’s Pond will help advise anglers of the closure and continue to monitor the site.
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