New ‘Community Tea Room’ for Dringhouses & Woodthorpe

A weekly ‘Community Tea Room’ is being established at the Moor Lane Youth Centre on Wains Road, with support from Ward Committee funding.

Every Wednesday from 12 noon to 1.30pm residents are invited to pop in for a chat and a cuppa. This initiative comes hot on the heels of successful weekly ‘Community Hub’ sessions at Foxwood and Chapelfields.

 

TalkTalk publish timetable for repair work

TalkTalk has published a timetable setting out when tarmac strips across concrete driveways will be replaced with concrete, and other repairs made to footpaths and verges following the UFO cable installation work.

Dates correct as at 31 May 2018

Lib Dem councillor Andrew Waller met with representatives of TalkTalk and contractors FNS on Friday 1 June to visit locations across Westfield and Dringhouses & Woodthorpe wards where there are concerns about the reinstatement works done so far.

Revamped playgrounds re-open

The playgrounds at Woodthorpe Green and Nelsons Lane have re-opened after improvement works were completed.

£30,000 has been spent at Woodthorpe Green to install new swings, adventure equipment and a zip wire. £17,000 came from City of York Council central budgets, with £11,000 from the Ward Committee and the remainder from development funds. In addition, the Woodthorpe York Community Group secured a Yorventure grant of £12,000 for the installation of an accessible roundabout.

At Nelsons Lane £32,000 has been spent, which includes a donation from local children’s nursery Little Green Rascals.

Ann, Ashley and Stephen at Nelsons Lane…

…and at Woodthorpe Green

Local Lib Dem councillors Ann Reid, Ashley Mason and Stephen Fenton worked with the Woodthorpe York Community Group and Chase Residents Association to engage with residents to determine the priorities for the revamps, and then young and old alike were asked to vote for their favourite designs.

Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton said  “There has been a bit of a wait whilst snagging issues were resolved, but it’s wonderful to see the enjoyment that children and their families are getting from the revamped playgrounds.”

“Local residents’ involvement was key to realising these improvements, and it’s another example of where Ward Committee funding is making a real difference to our communities.”

Date announced for Post Office re-opening

A date has been announced – 13th April – for the planned re-opening of Dringhouses Post Office on Tadcaster Road.

The branch closed in November 2017, and shortly after the Mace store in which it was based also closed.

In an e-mail to local Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton, a representative from Post Office Ltd said:

“I can confirm that the branch is scheduled for re-opening on 13th April. The new operators of the business are attending training prior to this and they will also receive onsite support from 13th – 20th April. We do understand the importance of Post Office services within the local community and hope that this information will ease any further cause for concern.”


Cllr Stephen Fenton has welcomed the news: “Many residents have contacted me asking for information about when the Post Office will re-open, so it is great to have a proposed re-opening date. I am sure that the Dringhouses community will support the new business owners as they embark on this new venture.”

 

 

Ward Committee funds local improvements

Funding from the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee continues to make a difference to our area.

On the Revival estate, off Tadcaster Road, there are four grit bins which were installed when the estate was first built. Local Lib Dem councillors have been trying to find out who is responsible for them, but it seems no-one is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have therefore stepped in and have agreed that the Ward Committee will ‘adopt’ these grit bins. They have all now been re-filled (paid for from the ward budget) and two have been relocated to ensure a more even distribution across the estate.

Further up Tadcaster Road, Brunswick Organic Nursery has delivered two wheelchair-accessible raised beds to Dringhouses library. The beds have been funded from the ward budget, and are a further addition to the wonderful revamped patio area at the side and rear of the library.

Co-op closes another food store in west York

The Co-op has closed another of its food stores in west York, with the closure of its Tadcaster Road shop.

This latest closure follows the recent sale to McColls of the former Co-op store in Woodthorpe. It also comes hot on the heels of the sudden closure of the nearby Dringhouses Post Office and Mace store, with still no news as to when those will re-open.


A phone call from Cllr Stephen Fenton to Co-op HQ revealed that the Tadcaster Road store will re-open on Thursday 1 February as an ‘Applegreen‘ petrol station. On their website, Applegreen say this about their retail offer:

“It’s not just our well stocked and conveniently organised shops catering for the myriad needs of today’s motorist but also our partnerships with top food and beverage outlets such as Costa Coffee and Subway which underpin our commitment to providing a consistently high quality offer to our customers.”

Stephen has asked Applegreen whether they plan to stock a similar range of groceries and household goods to the former Co-op store.