York teenagers survival guide published

The latest edition of the Young People’s Survival Guide to York has just been published ready for the academic year ahead.Teenagers suvival guide 2016

This pocket-sized guide – also available online at http://www.yorksurvivalguide.co.uk/ – lists places to go to and people to contact for help and advice, and is aimed at people aged 16-25 in York although it could help anyone.

It’s got clear and up-to-date facts and hints from how old a babysitter should be to where to go if you are have to leave home. Who to talk to about feeling anxious? How to claim Universal Credit? Where to look for volunteering opportunities? How to open a bank account? Find out about local courses or the minimum wage – the Young People’s Survival Guide to York has it covered.

Split into different sections covering rights, health – including mental health – relationships, parenting, housing, money, learning and working and so on, it has a directory at the back of local and national agencies.

The guide is published by a local charity, York Action on Young Homeless, and produced in partnership with Castlegate, part of City of York Council’s support and advice services for young people.

“It is given out free to young people in York each year through lots of local organisations including schools, housing workers, youth workers and GP surgeries. Do pick up yours.”

To pick up a free copy, call in to Castlegate, 29 Castlegate, York YO1 9RN on Monday to Thursday 1- 5pm and Friday 1- 4.30pm.

Faulty speed sign removed from Moor Lane in Dringhouses

VAS sign when it was installed several years ago

Cllr Ann Reid with the VAS sign when it was installed several years ago

The Vehicle Activated Sign on Moor Lane at the Moorcroft Rd junction has been removed as it failing to lit up properly when activated by a speeding car.

It has been returned to the manufacturer and Officers are considering if it should be replaced in advance of any repairs.

The Council have been asked to consider installing a newer type of sign which displays the actual speed of an approaching vehicle.

They are increasingly used in other parts of the country.

Fly tipping removal costs £68,652

Instances of fly tipping in York have increased in each of the last 3 years.

Over £68,000 was spent last year cleaning up the mess. However only one perpetrator was prosecuted.

Part of the issue can be traced back to the closure of the Beckfield Lane amenity site.

There have also been problems with some waste collection rounds while the charges for the removal of bulky waste have rocketed.


Fly tipping

Details of Ward Committee funding revealed

£42,036 boost for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward

Details of how much local communities will have to spend through new Ward Committees have been confirmed as part of plans brought forward by the Liberal Democrat-Conservative Executive.

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The proposals, which are opposed by the Labour Group, 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.

Local Councillors are expected to announce shortly how they intend to consult over the use of the different funding streams

. Re-establishing proper Ward Committees was a key part of the Liberal Democrat manifesto

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 £1 million from the £75,000 in grants available under the previous Labour Council.

A LibDem spokesperson  commented,

“It is disappointing although perhaps not surprising that the Labour Group is opposing the moves. The previous Labour Council removed ward credits, stripped power and budgets away from local communities, and spent four years ignoring local residents.

The new Executive trusts elected ward councillors to work with their communities and make the right decisions – rather than impose everything from West Offices like the previous Labour administration.”

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.

Find out more at www.booboracum.com


Local residents to get greater say on ward improvements

The return of ward committees with devolved power and budgets will be put to the cross-party Communities and Environment Policy and Scrutiny Committee on 27 July.
Ward committees may consult on investing in more off street parking

Ward committees may consult on investing in more off street parking

Then, on 30 July, Executive will consider the report which recommends significantly increasing wards’ share of a funding pot of £925,000. This could be used by the revised ward committees to allocate to projects such as street clean-ups, or grants to voluntary groups and, for the first time, to fund road repairs and to add more local capacity to the adult social care voluntary sector.

These proposals aim to be the first steps in devolving a number of funding streams to wards, and asks officers to identify further budget areas which could be localised.

The Executive will be presented with a set of options for the make-up and remit of ward committees.

They will be chaired by local councillors and at them, local residents will help decide collectively which projects will be supported to tackle local issues, to improve the council’s accountability to residents and to provide opportunities to influence services at the local level.

The number of times the new ward committees will meet and the degree of consultation they engage in will be considered, as will be the level of officer support allocated to them and their activities.

Ward budgets will be looked at too. The proposal is to devolve additional budgets to wards to create a single, enhanced pot for each ward which can be used flexibly to meet their priorities and to develop community initiatives which could reduce reliance on central council services. The new, revised ward committees will have a significant overall increase in budget.

The process for allocating highway improvements will be partly localised through the new ward committees. It is proposed to transfer £125,000 from the annual highways maintenance budget and £125,000 of Local Transport

Plan capital to create a £250,000 ward highways programme, and an allocation made to each ward from this.
In addition, the enhanced pot could be made up of:

  1. a ‘Ward Grant’ of £150,000 (subject to council budget decision) allocated to each ward committee on a per capita basis.
    More litter bins may be provided
    More litter bins may be provided
  2. a ‘Pride in York Fund’ totalling £450,000 (subject to council budget decision) made up of £250,000 on a one-off basis and £200,000 per annum on a recurring basis. Wards that receive the highest amounts from the Pride in York Fund will receive additional officer support to help them develop schemes and initiatives.
  3. a ‘Community Care Fund’ of £75k per annum (from the Adult Social Care Community Development Fund and subject to council budget decision) will be devolved to wards, on a per capital basis, over two years to support the prevention or delay of people needing to access formal care packages and statutory support.

Examples of initiatives that ward funding could support include:

  • Helping a community group to take on management of a local project e.g. looking after a piece of local open space
  • Undertaking a local clean-up
  • Supporting affordable and accessible transport options so people are able to access services.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council with responsibility for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said:

“These proposals increase the money for ward committees to spend to nearly £1million. They begin the process of devolving power and budgets to local residents and community groups.

We want to give wards this enhanced pot of money so they can genuinely tackle local priorities and develop community initiatives.
“We also want to build on local spending on highways and are asking council officers to explore further budget areas which could be devolved to wards in the future, for example, public health budgets alongside a clear and transparent approach to ward spending.”

Turnmire Road footpath resurfacing work set to start

The council’s Highways Department will start work on Monday 20th July to reconstruct the footpath on Turnmire Road.  The scheme is expected to take 5 weeks, weather permitting. Work will start at 8am and finish at 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Turnmire RdPaving flags will be taken up and relayed, with broken and worn ones replaced. Vehicle crossings will be reconstructed in concrete, and some road kerbs are to be replaced.

Properties that had hedges and vegetation overhanging the footpath have been asked to cut it back to allow the workers access to the rear of the footway.