Portal goes live for business support applications

An online application portal is now up and running for businesses to use to apply for grant funding.

There have been announcements made over recent days about support available to businesses that have been impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions.

City of York Council has brought together a lot of relevant information for businesses on its website HERE

Two of the grants that are available are the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. To qualify for these grants, businesses must have been liable for the business rates on their property on 11 March 2020 and have an entitlement to the Expanded Retail Discount.

Full details of the grants, along with an online application form, are available on the council website HERE

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.

Council announces £1.25 million support package

City of York Council has today announced details of a new Emergency Fund totalling £1.25m to support residents facing hardship during the Covid -19 pandemic.

With the funding in place, residents will now be able to receive financial support from two funding streams, depending on their circumstances and how much help they need.  The two funds are:

  • Emergency Hardship Fund for residents affected by Covid-19
  • Council Tax Covid-19 Hardship Fund

Further details can be found online HERE

Libraries to expand online and home delivery service

Libraries in York are working on delivering more online services and activities including e-books, story times and other activities.

Dringhouses library

After receiving advice from Public Health, from midday on Saturday 21 March Explore Libraries are moving their services online. A service to safely deliver and collect books for those who can’t access the internet is also being scaled up. Residents now don’t have to return borrowed items until 30th June – and won’t be fined.

Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said:

“Explore Library and Archives already has many fantastic online services and are working quickly to create even more. In this period of social distancing and self-isolation, I hope and expect residents’ engagement in York’s library service to rocket.

“Reading for pleasure is a brilliant and restful way to relax – especially important for those in self isolation – and will continue to support people’s emotional wellbeing whilst they are at home.

“City of York Council will be working with communities in the coming week to ensure community hubs are in operation across York, supporting the most vulnerable residents with foods and medicines, and making the most of the city’s increasing pool of volunteers.

“We’re also looking at how council services which currently run from Explore’s Library Learning Centres can be delivered differently – we’ll keep you informed about them as soon as possible.”

Fiona Williams, chief executive of Explore Learning Library Centre, said:

“We are working hard and in close partnership with City of York Council to deliver a range of online services to support people at this difficult time.

“We are also looking at ways to safely deliver books to those who can’t access the internet. Any items currently on loan from us don’t need to be returned until June – and we won’t be fining anyone for them!

“Please look out for and enjoy our new and existing services at https://exploreyork.org.uk/coronavirus

COVID-19: help for those who need it, volunteering opportunities

Many people are keen to do what they can to help in the current crisis, and communities across Dringhouses & Woodthorpe are rallying round in terms of looking out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours.

A structured and safe approach to volunteering is important to ensure people get the support they need in a co-ordinated and safe way.

Residents who would like to volunteer are being asked to sign up by e-mailing volunteering@york.gov.uk or go to www.york.gov.uk/COVIDVolunteering  or call 01904 551550

Those vulnerable residents who do not currently have any access to support, but who need help because of impact of COVID-19, should e-mail Community Support Coordinators at covid19help@york.gov.uk or call 01904 551550 for assistance.

Other key sources of advice and information:






Greene King pledge to fill pothole

Greene King, which is responsible for the Quaker Wood pub car park on Acomb Wood Drive, has committed to filling in the large pothole at the car park entrance.

In an e-mail from their Guest Relations team, Greene King say that “the Surveyor has been made aware of the issue and that a contractor has attended and submitted a quote for the repair works which has been approved, work will commence within the next 10 days.”

Further details revealed on proposed retirement apartments

Developers Adlington have revealed more details of the retirement apartments they propose to build on Cherry Lane in Dringhouses.

A public exhibition was held at the Holiday Inn on 19 February at which a number of display boards were on show. Staff from Adlington met with many local residents who attended to talk through the proposals. Cllr Stephen Fenton also called in to learn more about the plans.

Adlington have published the display boards on their website HERE and continue to invite feedback.