What’s on in York: E library @ Dringhouses

Dringhouses Library :

Tue 25 Jul :

2.15pm – 3.15pm :


E -libraryDid you know that you can read books for free on your computer or mobile device via the Explore E-library? Let us show you how to get started with this free one-hour session.

Free. Booking is essential. Please contact the library to reserve your place.

For more information call Dringhouses Library on (01904) 552674 or dringhouses@exploreyork.org.uk.

Phone box removal begins

The removal of public telephones across west York has begun, with the phone box on Acomb Wood Drive (opposite the Quaker Wood pub) being removed on 21 July.

Other phone boxes due to be removed include those on Moorcroft Road in front of the shops, and on Wains Grove.

Kiosk being loaded onto the lorry

Grass seed has been put down where the kiosk was

Sun shines on Revival family fun day

Residents of the Revival estate, off Tadcaster Road, enjoyed their second annual family fun day on Sunday 16th July. The event was organised by the Revival Residents Community Association, with financial support from the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee. The event was also supported by Greenbelt, who are responsible for managing the green spaces on the estate, and a team from Tesco who ran a tombola stall.

Many local businesses generously donated prizes for the raffle, including the Co-op, Tesco, Ged Bell the butchers, the Marriott Hotel, Confident U, Lindsey Richardson personal trainer, Studio 76, Julie Mercer beautician and the Cross Keys pub on Tadcaster Road.

£170 was donated by Yorkshire Housing which was used to buy the spacehopper equipment which was a big hit with the children.

Cllr Stephen Fenton commented  “The local volunteers who organised this fantastic event deserve a huge amount of credit. Their efforts have helped to bring the community together and create a positive atmosphere.”

The inflatable obstacle course was a hit with young and old alike!

The team from Tesco on the tombola stall

Stephen with two of the super event organisers

Latest planning applications for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward

 Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference


Abbeyfield House Regency Mews York

Erection of part two/part three storey building comprising 17no. extra care flats and 8no. dementia care flats following demolition of no.27 St Helens Road

Ref. No: 17/01419/FULM

Location plan

Site plan


12 Bracken Road York YO24 1JT

First floor side extension and dormers to front and rear

Ref. No: 17/01609/FUL 


2 The Beeches College Court Dringhouses York YO24 1UP

Crown reduce and thin Beech tree protected by Tree Preservation Order no.:CYC290

Ref. No: 17/01731/TPO 


 Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

Action on overhanging vegetation

Cllr Stephen Fenton is taking action to have overhanging vegetation cut back which poses a hazard to pedestrians and motorists.

On Aintree Court, near the junction with Mayfield Grove, vegetation from the Railway Pond site was encroaching into the road, forcing motorists to drive towards the centre of the road on what is a blind bend. This was reported and it has now been cut back.

On Acomb Wood Drive, a stretch of vegetation near the phone box, opposite the entrance to the pub car park, was obstructing the footpath making it difficult for pedestrians to pass. This was reported and has been cut back.

Over the road at the entrance to the pub car park, a clump of vegetation has been left to grow out of control, blocking access to the footpath and the cycle racks. This is on private land, so we are trying to get some action taken to have this cut back.

Footpath at the entrance to the Quaker Wood car park

Finally, at the entrance to the Woodlands estate on Bellhouse Way, vegetation was obstructing the cycle / foot path. The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust have taken action to have some of the vegetation cut back.

Latest planning applications for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference


27 Ashbourne Way York YO24 2SW

Erection of single storey extension extending 4.94 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 2.55 metres and a total height of 3.86 metres

Reference           17/01583/LHE


24 Hob Moor Terrace York YO24 1EY

Single storey side and rear extensions and installation of vertical photovoltaic panels to side gable wall of existing dwelling

Ref. No: 17/01529/FUL 


86 Ryecroft Avenue York YO24 2SD

Application to remove 4 x Sycamore saplings subject to a Tree Preservation Ordern no. 10-W1

Ref. No: 17/01647/TPO 


 Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

Mayfield Grove development plans approved

A planning application which proposes the demolition of a bungalow on Mayfield Grove and the construction of three homes on the site was approved by the council’s Area Planning Committee on Thursday 6 July.

Cllr Ashley Mason spoke at the meeting to express his opposition to the plans on the grounds of over-development and the impact on the local area of a potential increase in on-street parking. Cllr Mason had addressed the planning committee earlier in the year when the application was first presented and was subsequently deferred to enable a bat survey to be undertaken.

A webcast of the 6 July Area Planning Committee meeting is available Here. Cllr Mason speaks 51 minutes into the meeting.


Good turnout for Wilberforce Trust drop-in session

Over 40 local residents attended the drop-in session arranged by the Wilberforce Trust on 6 July at St Leonard’s Hospice.

The Wilberforce Trust plans to build 30 flats for its tenants on land it owns to the north of The Grove, off Tadcaster Road. The Trust is a York-based charity that provides specialist housing and support for people with visual impairments, sensory impairments and other disabilities.

One of the panels at the exhibition showing the plans for the site















It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted later this month, with the aim for building work to start in Spring 2018 and completion in mid to late 2019.

Weed spraying gets underway

Due to very good recent growing conditions, council officers have decided to bring forward by one week the second application of herbicide to control weeds along kerb lines, footpaths and back lanes. So the spraying started on Monday 3rd July, rather than 10th July as had been planned.

Over the coming weeks we will monitor the impact of the spraying and highlight any areas that may have been missed.

Dementia activity sessions get underway

A Woodthorpe-based charity is to run themed activity sessions for people living with dementia. The first session, on the theme of ‘A day at the seaside’, is on Thursday 6 July from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at St James the Deacon church hall on Sherringham Drive – see poster below for details.













Dementia Yorkshire has received a grant from the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward committee to help support these monthly sessions. We wish them every success.