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.


Council budget: Lib Dems protecting frontline services


Liberal Democrat budget plans announced today will help protect local frontline services in the face of huge government cuts.

Key proposals include:

  • Doubling long-term investment in roads and footpaths to £20million
  • More money for gulley cleaning, gritting and litter bins
  • Supporting renewable energy to make York the Greenest City in the North
  • More support for mental health services and care for the elderly
  • Keeping your council tax one of the lowest in the country

The proposals will see investment in roads and footpaths doubled to £20million over the next 5 years alongside new litter bins, extra gulley cleaning and gritting. The plans will mean extra investment in mental health services, libraries, and funding for renewable energy to help York become the Greenest City in the North. The proposals also include a new local-area approach to tackling poverty.

The budget comes in the face of unprecedented cuts by the Conservative Government. York’s grant will be slashed by over 50% (£6.3million) next year, and between 2016 and 2020 £21.7million of savings are being made. This comes at the same time as growing cost pressures due to an ageing population and the national financial crisis in social care and the NHS.

The Council will therefore use the Government’s 3% social care precept to fund services to elderly and vulnerable people in York. Added to this will be a 0.7% increase in general Council Tax.

This balance will help us to protect the frontline services that matter to you whilst ensuring York continues to have one of the lowest council tax rates in the country.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Group Leader and Deputy Leader of City of York Council, commented:

“Liberal Democrat councillors, as part of the joint executive, are working hard to protect and invest in crucial frontline services across York. Next year we are putting additional money into areas such as road repairs and pothole prevention, gulley cleaning, litter bins and protecting areas such as local community ward budgets and services to vulnerable children and adults.

“This effort comes despite unprecedented national cuts, which will see the central grant given to York all but wiped out by 2020. The Conservative Government is starving local councils of funding. However, by making savings in areas such as senior management costs and taking a balanced approach to Council Tax we are working to protect the frontline services that matter most in your area.”

Full details of the budget will be published here:

The full budget report will be considered by the Executive at its meeting on 9 February. Full Council will debate the budget and have final approval on 23 Feb.

Latest planning applications for Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward

Listed below are the latest planning applications received by City of York Council for Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward. Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

71 Hunters Way York YO24 1JL
Two storey side and single storey rear extensions
Ref No: 17/00033/FUL

Thorpe Dental Group Limited 47 Moorcroft Road York YO24 2RQ
Two storey side and single storey rear extensions
Ref No: 17/00049/FUL

32 Hob Moor Terrace York YO24 1EY
Two storey side and single storey rear extensions
Ref No: 17/00040/FUL

302 Tadcaster Road York YO24 1HE
Increase in height of part of boundary wall and alterations to garage (amendment to approved application 15/02011/FUL)
Ref No: 17/00100/FUL

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.


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:

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

Community Speed Watch – call for volunteers

Residents on Thanet Road and Chaloners Road have been invited to get involved in a Community Speed Watch scheme designed to make motorists aware that speeding is socially unacceptable.

Letters were delivered to homes on both roads by Cllr Stephen Fenton on Sunday 22 January, along with a leaflet about the scheme. A copy of the Chaloners Road letter appears below.