Local groups benefit from Tesco ‘Bags for Life’ scheme

Community and voluntary groups in Dringhouses are set to benefit from the Tesco ‘bags for life’ scheme, where the money raised from the sale of carrier bags is used to fund local projects in communities across the UK.

The Dringhouses Scout Group recently secured a £4,000 grant from the scheme and the Revival  Residents Community Association is currently bidding for a grant. Local residents can support their bid at the Askham Bar Tesco store, where blue tokens can be deposited in the relevant bucket.

Councillors take action on potholes

The wet and freezing weather has taken its toll on some local roads, with potholes appearing at a number of locations.

Local Lib Dem councillors have been out and about to check the condition of the roads, and have reported a number of potholes for repair at locations including Alness Drive, Wains Road, Tadcaster Road and Sherringham Drive.

We will chase these up to ensure that repairs are carried out promptly. If we have missed any potholes in need of repair, please contact Cllr Stephen Fenton at cllr.sfenton@york.gov.uk

Ultra Fibre Optic work plan for 1st to 14th January

TalkTalk have announced their Ultra Fibre Optic cable-laying plans for the first two weeks of the new year.

‘Advanced civils’ work will be done on Chaloners Road, Leven Road, Kinbrace Drive, Crummock, Wansbeck and Cairnborrow.

‘Narrow trenching’ work will be done on Chase Side Court, Wains Road, Southfield Crescent, Farmlands Road, Eason View, Highmoor Road, Thanet Road, Railway View, Don Avenue, Swale Avenue, Leeside, Dalmally Close, Helmsdale, Burns Court, Annan Close, Spey Bank, Dee Close, Chaloners Road, Kinbrace Drive, Girvan Close, Eden Close, Carron Crescent, Nairn Close.


Ward schemes coming to fruition

A number of schemes funded from the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward budget are coming to fruition.

The installation of tarmac runovers on the corners of Nidd Grove and Don Avenue has been completed, with tactile paving also installed at the crossing points.

The installation of new play equipment in the Woodthorpe Green playground is due to begin on Monday 8th January and should last one week. The playground will be closed whilst the work is undertaken. The installation team is then due to move on to the Nelsons Lane playground on 15 January.

And finally, a new streetlight is being installed to illuminate the snicket that connects Moor Lane with the old Askham Bar Park & Ride site. This is a busy route for both cyclists and pedestrians, and a number of residents had complained about the complete lack of illumination.

New lamp post being installed

Good Gym referrals for mission runs – volunteer to help local people

GoodGym York has grown enormously over 2017 and now have many volunteers signed up for ‘missions’ in York. Unfortunately, very few missions are being referred so these brilliant opportunities are being missed.

Missions are primarily one-off tasks to help older people (which GoodGym define as 60+). This could be a five minute job such as changing a lightbulb or smoke alarm battery, up to a maximum two hours doing a garden clearance. Absolutely any practical task could be referred. To give you an idea, recent missions have included:

  • Clearing a garden shed ready for a council waste pickup
  • Putting up thicker curtains for winter
  • Taking Christmas decorations down from the attic
  • Clearing weeds from a patio
  • Removing bramble from an overgrown garden
  • Moving a bed downstairs to enable a person to be discharged from hospital

Referring a mission is very simple, you can do this via a quick form on this webpage: https://www.goodgym.org/request-a-mission or, for those people who might not use the internet, you can contact our central mission team directly on 0203 432 392.

Missions are always completed in teams of 2-4, depending on the size of the task. Runners are all DBS checked and have been given training in safeguarding, and dementia awareness.

GoodGym also complete ‘community missions’. These are physical or practical tasks in the community. It could be painting over graffiti, building raised beds, packing gift bags for charity events or even setting up chairs and tables. To request a community mission – just contact the group’s trainer, Egg. Her number is 07473933335 or email her on egg@goodgym.org. If you have any questions at all regarding missions or GoodGym, she would be delighted to have a chat.

In just the next couple of weeks, the following times all have groups of runners available and wanting to complete voluntary tasks:

Weds 20th 2-6pm

Thursday 21st 10-4pm

Friday 22nd 10-4pm

Saturday 23rd 10-12

Sunday 24th 10-12


Ultra Fibre Optic work plan 18 December to 7 January

TalkTalk have announced their Ultra Fibre Optic cable-laying plans for the Christmas and New Year period.

During the week commencing 18 December, ‘advanced civils’ work will be done on Chaloners Road and ‘narrow trenching’ will be done on North Lane and Moorlea Avenue.

From 22nd December to 2nd January there won’t be any first or second phase work being started, in order to minimise disruption around the festive period. The teams will however be out and about checking for minor faults that need to be rectified during this time.

From 3rd January, ‘narrow trenching’ work will get underway on Chase Side Court, Southfield Crescent, Wains Road, Farmlands Road, Eason View, Highmoor Road, Thanet Road, Railway View, Eason View, Don Avenue, Swale Avenue, Leeside.

Winning design revealed for Nelsons Lane playground

Following a ballot organised by the Chase Residents Association, the winning design for the £32,000 renovation of the Nelsons Lane playground has been revealed.

The  favoured design is the one put forward by play equipment company Wicksteed, who also won the contract to renovate the Woodthorpe Green playground.

The winning design is on display at Dringhouses Library



















The plan is for work on the Nelsons Lane playground to get underway in February.

Cllr Ann Reid visits Community Stadium construction site as construction gets underway!









This sets a significant landmark in the Community Stadium project; a project that the Liberal Democrats has seen through from the very beginning.  Greenwich Leisure Ltd will now formally take possession of the Monks Cross site and construction equipment is now on site. It has also been confirmed that Greenwich Leisure Ltd will also take over the management of Energise Leisure Centre and Yearsley Swimming Pool.

Cllr Ann Reid, who is the Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism (interim) said:

“I am delighted that construction is well underway.  The Liberal Democrats have continuously pushed to get this project off the ground, right from the word ‘go.’

The new stadium and accompanying facilities will provide a wide-range of bespoke facilities for the residents of York to enjoy for years to come.

Nidd Grove improvements underway

Improvement works are underway to strengthen the verges at the junction of Nidd Grove and Don Avenue, which for some time have been a ‘mud bath’ thanks to large vehicles driving over them.

A muddy lake at the entrance to Nidd Grove



















Now a tarmac ‘runover’ is being installed on both corners at the entrance to Nidd Grove to tackle this problem.


































In addition new tactile paving is being installed on the pavement on Don Avenue on both sides of the entrance to Nidd Grove.