Ultra Fibre Optic work plan for 1st to 14th January

TalkTalk have announced their Ultra Fibre Optic cable-laying plans for the first two weeks of the new year.

‘Advanced civils’ work will be done on Chaloners Road, Leven Road, Kinbrace Drive, Crummock, Wansbeck and Cairnborrow.

‘Narrow trenching’ work will be done on Chase Side Court, Wains Road, Southfield Crescent, Farmlands Road, Eason View, Highmoor Road, Thanet Road, Railway View, Don Avenue, Swale Avenue, Leeside, Dalmally Close, Helmsdale, Burns Court, Annan Close, Spey Bank, Dee Close, Chaloners Road, Kinbrace Drive, Girvan Close, Eden Close, Carron Crescent, Nairn Close.


Dringhouses and Woodthorpe playground upgrades will cost £62,000

Nelsons Lane Play area

The Council has accepted tenders submitted by Wicksteed to replace equipment on two playgrounds

The refurbishment of the playground on Nelsons Lane will cost £32,000.

Similar work on Woodthorpe Green will cost £30,000

The work is expected to be completed by the end of the month

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


6 Gower Road York YO24 2JA

Proposal              Two storey side and single storey rear extensions

Reference           17/02957/FUL


23 Aintree Court York YO24 1EW

Part conversion of garage into living accommodation as detailed on drawing A/AJB/2420/17/01

Ref. No: 17/02797/CPD 


 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

Cllr Ann Reid awarded MBE in New Years Honour List

Cllr Ann Reid, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe, has received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List, as recognition for her service to Local Government and the City of York.

Cllr Reid was first elected to serve the Foxwood ward in 1986 and then for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe.   For over 30 years, she has served the people of York with dedication and enthusiasm.

In addition to helping hundreds of residents every year with local issues, Cllr Reid has served as Lord Mayor of York (1993-94), as Master of the Company of Cordwainers and as a long serving school governor. She was only the fifth woman to serve as York’s Lord Mayor, an office that stretches back to 1217.

Cllr Ann Reid MBE said:

Press cutting from 1986

“I am surprised and delighted to have been proposed for this honour.   It has been a privilege to represent the residents of Dringhouses and Woodthorpe for so many years.   

I am grateful to my family and fellow Councillors who have given me great support over the years and I am so lucky to have been able to give something back to this wonderful City.”

NB. Ann was first elected to serve the City in a by-election in September 1986 and is now one of York’s longest serving Councillors

Recycling advice over Christmas period

City of York Council’s Recycling Team is helping residents to have a ‘green’ Christmas this year by providing festive dos and don’ts to make it even easier to recycle and re-use Christmas waste.

Greetings cards, wrapping paper and crackers are just some of the items that can be recycled through the council’s household waste and recycling collections.

Councillor Andrew Waller, executive member for environment, said: “Christmas is a time of great joy and celebration for most people, but it’s also a time when we create lots of extra waste.

“Just giving a bit of ‘One Planet’ thought to how we can recycle, re-use and compost Christmas waste can make a huge difference to the amount we throw away.

“Re-using items such as wrapping paper and gift bags can also be a great way to help keep costs down next Christmas.”

Festive ‘dos’ to recycle include:

  • Greetings cards
  • Wrapping paper (non foil)
  • Cardboard
  • Crackers (remove all the embellishments, such as bows, first)
  • Bottles
  • Tins

Real Christmas trees and wreaths (with tinsel and decorations removed) can be recycled at Hazel Court or Towthorpe Waste Household Recycling Centres. Lots of food waste can be composted and re-used in the garden. Visit www.getcomposting.com for more information.

Festive don’ts to recycle:

  • Heavily glittered items
  • Tinsel
  • Foil wrapping paper
  • Plastic Christmas trees and wreaths

For some tasty recipes on using up festive leftovers and hints on how to reduce food waste visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

Residents can check their recycling collection days using:

the  calendar which the council distributed to households across the city in October and November

online at www.york.gov.uk/refuselookup

get free alerts to smartphones or tablets by downloading the OnePlanetYork app from itunes or google playstore.

The city’s household waste centres are open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s day (with Towthorpe also closed on Wednesdays).  To check what can go in your recycling boxes, visit www.york.gov.uk/waste

For more information on festive waste and recycling visit www.york.gov.uk/festivereycling

Extra waste collections over the Christmas period

All households will get extra household waste collections (grey bins/black sacks) during weeks commencing 18 December 2017 and 2 January 2018… Put your waste out by 7.00am for collection! click  CHECK YOUR COLLECTION DAY/DATES: WWW.YORK.GOV.UK/REFUSELOOKUP

Ward schemes coming to fruition

A number of schemes funded from the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward budget are coming to fruition.

The installation of tarmac runovers on the corners of Nidd Grove and Don Avenue has been completed, with tactile paving also installed at the crossing points.

The installation of new play equipment in the Woodthorpe Green playground is due to begin on Monday 8th January and should last one week. The playground will be closed whilst the work is undertaken. The installation team is then due to move on to the Nelsons Lane playground on 15 January.

And finally, a new streetlight is being installed to illuminate the snicket that connects Moor Lane with the old Askham Bar Park & Ride site. This is a busy route for both cyclists and pedestrians, and a number of residents had complained about the complete lack of illumination.

New lamp post being installed

Neighbourhood policing in the spotlight

Local residents have expressed concern over the current condition of neighbourhood policing in York.

During a public meeting on local policing held on Tuesday, residents challenged the police and underlined their irritation at the current level of communication they receive from the police and their presence in the community.

Many communities have been left frustrated by the lack of communication and are often unaware of police activity in local areas.  Some residents highlighted the lack of police representation in the community as the main cause of the breakdown in communication between police and local people.

Deputy Chief Constable, Lisa Winward, stated that Neighbourhood policing was ‘the bedrock’ of policing in North Yorkshire Police and admitted that the police needed to be more organised and dedicate more time to local people.

It was also revealed that a neighbourhood policing survey will be launched next year to gather feedback from local people, with a view to improving overall neighbourhood policing.

Cllr Ashley Mason said:

“I am pleased that the meeting provided local residents the opportunity to communicate their concerns directly with senior officials in the police.

Every resident deserves to feel safe in their own community and when you begin to see less police in that community, the feeling of safety begins to diminish.

Neighbourhood policing is successful when local police officers build strong relationships with the communities they serve, however, local people are reporting that the police are no longer visible in the community.  This must be reversed.

It is important that the police take on board residents and I welcome Deputy Chief Constable Winward’s commitment to, once again, build those essential relationships with local communities.”

The public meeting on local policing was organised by Liberal Democrat Councillor, Cllr Ashley Mason, and attended by Deputy Chief Constable Lisa Winward, Superintendent Adam Thompson, Chief Inspector Charlotte Bloxham and members of the public.


York Council services over festive season

Plan ahead for a happy holiday! 

City of York Council has “got Christmas all wrapped up and we’ve pulled our festive information into one place to help residents plan ahead”.

The customer centre will close over the festive period.

It will shut at 4pm on Friday 22 December and then re-open on Wednesday 27 December running normal opening hours except for on Friday 29 December when it will close at 4pm.

The customer centre will then re-open in the New Year on 2 January when normal opening hours will start.

We remain open for all social care, housing and homelessness emergencies.  In addition, the team will carry out urgent assessments of adults or children and can provide advice or guidance over the phone.  Emergency contact info can be found at www.york.gov.uk/emergencies

For more information about opening times, contacting us, waste and recycling and other festive Council services, visit www.york.gov.uk/FestivePeriod

Finally, with so many people alone this Christmas, remember to pop in to check on vulnerable friends, neighbours or relatives to make sure they are warm, healthy and happy.

Mary Weastell, City of York Council chief executive, said: “York has recently been voted the most festive cities in the country and I hope residents and businesses continue to enjoy all this great city has to offer over the festive period.

“I would encourage people to be prepared for the holidays.  We’ve put on an additional bin collection to help and there’s much you can do to get ready. Whether picking up medical prescriptions in good time, checking waste collections or calling in to check on a vulnerable friend or elderly neighbour. Although our customer contact centre is closed, our emergency teams are always on hand if needed. ”

Residents are advised to follow our social media accounts @cityofyork, @yorkgritter and facebook.com/cityofyork for up to date information over the festive period. Happy holidays!

Extra waste collections over the Christmas period

All households will get extra household waste collections (grey bins/black sacks) during weeks commencing 18 December 2017 and 2 January 2018… Put your waste out by 7.00am for collection!


Published Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Concerns raised over the 101 Service by Cllr Ashley Mason

On the panel, Commander Charlotte Bloxham (far left), Deputy Chief Constable Lisa Winward (left of centre), Cllr Ashley Mason (right of centre) and Superintendent Adam Thompson (right).

Concerns and confusion continue to persist regarding the performance of 101 service in York.

During a public meeting organised by Liberal Democrat Councillor Ashley Mason, residents were vocal in their displeasure over the quality of service they have received after calling 101, with many commenting that police responses were too slow or, in some instances, did not show up at all.

In response, Chief Inspector Charlotte Bloxham, head of the York Control Room, highlighted that November 2017 was the busiest month on record for 999 calls and due to the sheer volume of calls, this had an adverse effect on the force’s ability to respond to 101 calls.  However, the Police did apologise to residents who had not been provided the appropriate level of service and commitments were made to improve localised responses to 101 calls.

In addition, a number of residents underlined their unhappiness that charges were being applied to the national 101 service, despite residents being actively encouraged to log calls via 101.  Deputy Chief Constable, Lisa Winward, concurred that residents should not be charged for logging calls and agreed to take this issue to the National Police Board.

Cllr Ashley Mason said:

“The 101 service is extremely important for many local communities and it is crucial that it operates to a high standard  Calls to the 101 service must result in police action, where necessary, and I am pleased that the Police took onboard the concerns of residents and apologised to those who had been let down by the service.

Looking forward, it is encouraging that Deputy Chief Constable will take the issue of call charges to the Police’s National Board and commitments have been made to improve responses to 101 calls.  We must continue to scrutinise the performance of the 101 service, in order to identify where improvements are required.  Excellent standards must be consistently maintained to deliver the safety residents are entitled to.


Good Gym referrals for mission runs – volunteer to help local people

GoodGym York has grown enormously over 2017 and now have many volunteers signed up for ‘missions’ in York. Unfortunately, very few missions are being referred so these brilliant opportunities are being missed.

Missions are primarily one-off tasks to help older people (which GoodGym define as 60+). This could be a five minute job such as changing a lightbulb or smoke alarm battery, up to a maximum two hours doing a garden clearance. Absolutely any practical task could be referred. To give you an idea, recent missions have included:

  • Clearing a garden shed ready for a council waste pickup
  • Putting up thicker curtains for winter
  • Taking Christmas decorations down from the attic
  • Clearing weeds from a patio
  • Removing bramble from an overgrown garden
  • Moving a bed downstairs to enable a person to be discharged from hospital

Referring a mission is very simple, you can do this via a quick form on this webpage: https://www.goodgym.org/request-a-mission or, for those people who might not use the internet, you can contact our central mission team directly on 0203 432 392.

Missions are always completed in teams of 2-4, depending on the size of the task. Runners are all DBS checked and have been given training in safeguarding, and dementia awareness.

GoodGym also complete ‘community missions’. These are physical or practical tasks in the community. It could be painting over graffiti, building raised beds, packing gift bags for charity events or even setting up chairs and tables. To request a community mission – just contact the group’s trainer, Egg. Her number is 07473933335 or email her on egg@goodgym.org. If you have any questions at all regarding missions or GoodGym, she would be delighted to have a chat.

In just the next couple of weeks, the following times all have groups of runners available and wanting to complete voluntary tasks:

Weds 20th 2-6pm

Thursday 21st 10-4pm

Friday 22nd 10-4pm

Saturday 23rd 10-12

Sunday 24th 10-12