Playgrounds closed

Residents are being urged to respect the decision to close all playgrounds.

On the Revival estate, off Tadcaster Road, the playgrounds are managed by open space management company Greenbelt. In response to an e-mail from Cllr Stephen Fenton they stated that “there is no requirement to close all of our play areas.” This runs counter to Government guidance which states that “Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.”

City of York Council officers stepped in and put cable ties around gates at the two playgrounds on the estate as a stop-gap measure. Sadly, one set of cable ties was cut shortly afterwards.

Stephen has asked the council to step in again to install a more permanent solution, such as a chain and lock.

CANCELLED – Easter holiday activities for young people

The Westfield and Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committees are funding Easter holiday activities for young people in the area.

The sessions will be run by York City Knights Foundation and York City FC Foundation – dates, times and locations are set out on the posters below.

If there are any changes to these plans, we will post an update.

FREE course for aspiring young sports coaches

Young people in the Westfield and Dringhouses & Woodthorpe wards aged 12 years or older are invited to sign up for a free four-day course which can lead to a Level 1 Sports Leadership qualification.

The course, which for local young people is being funded from ward budgets, will be run by York City FC Foundation from Monday 17th to Thursday 20th February at Foxwood Community Centre.

To find out more or to book a place, call 01904 559508 or e-mail

What’s on for young people – York City Knights Arena, Friday 16 August at 1.30pm on Little Hob Moor

There is free outdoor fun for young people on Little Hob Moor (off Tadcaster Road) on Friday 16th August from 1.30pm to 3pm.

The York City Knights Foundation will be running another of their popular ‘Arena’ sessions. There is no need to book, just turn up!

A recent Arena session on the Revival estate

The sessions are funded by the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee.

What’s on – York City FC kickabout for Woodthorpe youngsters on 24 July

Woodthorpe youngsters are encouraged to come down to the Green on Wednesday 24th July for a kickabout with the York City FC Foundation.

The 10-11am session is for boys and girls aged 6 to 9 years and the 11-12 session for those aged 10 to 13 years.

This is the first of a number of sessions that are being funded by the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe and Westfield Ward Committees.

Vandals strike on Tadcaster Road

Vandals have caused criminal damage in the Tadcaster Road area of Dringhouses in recent days.

The perspex cover on the community noticeboard at the junction with Mayfield Grove has been smashed. This comes soon after the cover on the noticeboard on the Revival estate was smashed. Both are to be repaired, with the costs to be covered from the ward budget.

Damaged noticeboard

The newly-refurbished playground on Nelsons Lane has been attacked by graffiti ‘artists’. Some of it is offensive and of a sexual nature. The council’s cleaning team have been asked to clean it off. The Chase Residents Association is to consider reinstating an opening and locking up rota for the playground, given that it is being abused by some people.

Criminal damage

Cllr Stephen Fenton has informed the Police, who have confirmed that they are aware that older children are frequenting the area and intimidating the younger children, and that this is one of their current ‘hot spot’ areas.

The playground recently benefited from a £32k investment

Break-in at Dringhouses Primary – UPDATED

There was a serious break-in at Dringhouses Primary School overnight on Friday 10 / Saturday 11 May. Council officers and the Police are supporting the school leadership team.

There will be communication to parents once there is clarity about the possible impact on use of the school next week.

If anyone has information about the break-in, please call the Police on 101 and quote ref NYP-1105-2019-0225.

The school issued the following statement at 12.35pm today: “The safety of the children and the staff is our number one priority and therefore the school will not be open tomorrow (Monday 13th). We will contact Year 6 parents to discuss SATS arrangements shortly.”