HMO planning application update

An application to re-designate a property in Wains Road as a ‘House in Multiple Occupation’ has been withdrawn.

HMO application withdrawn for 146 Wains Rd

HMO application withdrawn for 146 Wains Rd






The application made for 146 Wains Road, and a similar application made for 8 Leven Road, attracted a number of comments on the council’s online Planning portal. The application for Leven Road remains live.

The property at 146 Wains Road now has a ‘To Let’ sign in the front garden.

Cycle path graffiti tackled

After the clean-up

After the clean-up

We are pleased to report that our action to get rid of the graffiti which had been daubed on the back of the Lovel House garages has had a successful outcome.

Before the clean-up

Before the clean-up

The garage wall backs onto the well-used cycle and footpath that runs from Thanet Road by the side of the bowls club through to Bellhouse Way.

We will make sure that it doesn’t get into such a bad state again.

Caravans appear on Moor Lane

A number of travellers’ caravans have moved onto land at the top of Moor Lane near to the A1237 roundabout.

Moor Lane vehicles

A number of residents have contacted us about this, and we have made enquiries with council officers. We understand that a ‘Direction to Leave’ notice has been served, which expires on Monday 10th August. Should that not be adhered to, the matter would be escalated to the magistrates’ court.

Moor Lane gateIt would appear that the vehicles accessed the site via a gate on Moor Lane.

Ward funding boost for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe

Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward will receive a big funding boost this year thanks to plans brought forward by City of York Council’s new Executive.


The proposals will see Ward Committees given an allocation of a £925,000 budget to fund projects such as street clean-ups and offer grants to local voluntary groups. The process for allocating highway improvements has been partly localised as part of the plans as has some social care funding. Work will also be undertaken by council officers to identify further budget areas which could be devolved to communities.

Here is how Dringhouses & Woodthorpe will benefit:

  • Annual ward Budget: £23,785
  • One-off ‘Pride in York’ fund: £4,260
  • Ward highway programme: £13,991

Re-establishing proper Ward Committees was a key part of the Liberal Democrat manifesto and something we are pleased to have been able to deliver.

The proposals begin the process of devolving power and budgets to local residents and community groups. This enhanced pot of money will give wards the opportunity to tackle local priorities and develop community initiatives. It increases overall funding to nearly £1million from the £75,000 in grants available under the previous Labour Council.

A full breakdown of funding by ward is set out below.
Funding by ward

Pavement problems tackled

Our regular ward patrols have highlighted a number of pavement problems in need of urgent attention.

A section of pavement on Tadcaster Road just south of the junction with Pulleyn Drive is badly potholed. Stephen reported this last week, and council workers have already marked up the areas to be fixed – see below.

Tadcaster Road pavement marked for repair

Tadcaster Road pavement marked for repair

Down the road on Aldersyde, Stephen has also asked for a badly broken paving slab to be replaced – see below. It looks as though a heavy vehicle has driven over it.

Aldersyde pavement

Tadcaster Road revival continues

The Tadcaster Road retail and cultural revival continues, with the opening in recent weeks of Booboracum, near to the Post Office.


You will find a friendly welcome from Sandra and Sam and a range of prints, greeting cards, silk scarves as well as glasswork and large canvasses. There are a range of gifts, and Booboracum can also create a personal themed item or piece of art or writing for you.

You can also relax with a cup of tea or coffee and a snack.

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