Ultra Fibre Optic work plan 18 December to 7 January

TalkTalk have announced their Ultra Fibre Optic cable-laying plans for the Christmas and New Year period.

During the week commencing 18 December, ‘advanced civils’ work will be done on Chaloners Road and ‘narrow trenching’ will be done on North Lane and Moorlea Avenue.

From 22nd December to 2nd January there won’t be any first or second phase work being started, in order to minimise disruption around the festive period. The teams will however be out and about checking for minor faults that need to be rectified during this time.

From 3rd January, ‘narrow trenching’ work will get underway on Chase Side Court, Southfield Crescent, Wains Road, Farmlands Road, Eason View, Highmoor Road, Thanet Road, Railway View, Eason View, Don Avenue, Swale Avenue, Leeside.

Liberal Democrat Motion on Funding for Children & Young People Passed

The Liberal Democrat motion on funding for Children and Young People was passed at last night’s meeting of full Council.

The motion, proposed by Cllr Ashley Mason, asked Council to officially recognise the abysmal funding situation of schools in York, both historically and under the incoming schools National Funding Formula.

As a result of the successful motion, the Council will now make contact with the Secretary of State to insist she reconsider York’s position.  In the meantime, the Council will do everything it can to support schools during the difficult implantation period of the National funding Formula.

Furthermore, the motion also recognised the outstanding work of the City’s Youth Council and a commitment was given to explore further funding for the Youth Council.

The motion was passed, with amendments, by every City of York Councillor in attendance, apart from Conservative Councillors, who abstained from the vote and refused to support the sentiments of the motion.

Cllr Ashley Mason said:

“I am delighted that our motion received such enormous support last night, both from Councillors and members of the public.  The Council can begin in it’s efforts to lobby central Government and stand up for the City’s schools.

Schools are facing considerable financial challenges and under the new National Funding Formula, York will remain the worst funded local authority area in the Country.  This simply is not acceptable and more funding is needed to provide an inclusive education across the City.

It was also excellent to see the efforts staff and Youth Councillors formally recognised by Council. I very much look forward to working with the Executive in identifying financial opportunities to support the Youth Council further

It was extremely disappointing to see that the Conservative Party refused to vote and support this extremely important motion, but nonetheless, the Liberal Democrats will continue to make the case for York and for the City’s schools.


Santas got his socks, now he needs more sweets!

Thanks to the nimble fingered residents of York who have donated over 800 stockings to this years Santa’s socks appeal we now need more sweets to fill them all!

These will then be given to those who are the most in need across the city.

The Santa’s Socks initiative is a community arts project organised by the council’s York Learning team. The project encourages groups and individuals to make stockings which will be filled with sweets and stationery items. They will then be donated to food banks across the city, IDAS, (Independent Domestic Abuse Service) and homeless shelters for young people. Extra stocking will be donated to changing lives organisations.

Due to the overwhelmingly generous response we’re asking residents and businesses to donate sweets to help fill the stockings. People are asked to ensure that the sweets will still be in date by 30 December 2017 and that they have all the wrapping intact, but not wrapped in Christmas paper.

Great British Spring Clean coming to York on 2nd March 2018

Wildflower planting also gets a boost

Local Community Groups will again be participating in the Great British Spring Clean (GBSC) in 2018

On the weekend of the 2-4 March 2018, GBSC want you to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us.

Join the growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.

Register today for the Great British Spring Clean 2018 and together we can make a difference.

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Separately another opportunity to improve the local environment has been announced.

Grow Wild: Funding from Kew for community groups to plant wildflowers.

There is a lot of scope in the west of the City for more wildflower beds.

Let us know if you plan to do anything in your area and we will give it some publicity.

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


11 Highmoor Road York YO24 2UF

Proposal              Conditions 3, 4 and 5 – 17/01435/FUL

Reference           AOD/17/00383


59 Mayfield Grove York YO24 1HJ

Proposal              Two storey side and rear extension and single storey rear extension (resubmission)

Reference           17/02850/FUL


 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


Winning design revealed for Nelsons Lane playground

Following a ballot organised by the Chase Residents Association, the winning design for the £32,000 renovation of the Nelsons Lane playground has been revealed.

The  favoured design is the one put forward by play equipment company Wicksteed, who also won the contract to renovate the Woodthorpe Green playground.

The winning design is on display at Dringhouses Library



















The plan is for work on the Nelsons Lane playground to get underway in February.

Cllr Ann Reid visits Community Stadium construction site as construction gets underway!









This sets a significant landmark in the Community Stadium project; a project that the Liberal Democrats has seen through from the very beginning.  Greenwich Leisure Ltd will now formally take possession of the Monks Cross site and construction equipment is now on site. It has also been confirmed that Greenwich Leisure Ltd will also take over the management of Energise Leisure Centre and Yearsley Swimming Pool.

Cllr Ann Reid, who is the Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism (interim) said:

“I am delighted that construction is well underway.  The Liberal Democrats have continuously pushed to get this project off the ground, right from the word ‘go.’

The new stadium and accompanying facilities will provide a wide-range of bespoke facilities for the residents of York to enjoy for years to come.

Nidd Grove improvements underway

Improvement works are underway to strengthen the verges at the junction of Nidd Grove and Don Avenue, which for some time have been a ‘mud bath’ thanks to large vehicles driving over them.

A muddy lake at the entrance to Nidd Grove



















Now a tarmac ‘runover’ is being installed on both corners at the entrance to Nidd Grove to tackle this problem.


































In addition new tactile paving is being installed on the pavement on Don Avenue on both sides of the entrance to Nidd Grove.

Cllr Stephen Fenton raises Woodthorpe drainage issues

On the 4th December, Cllr Stephen Fenton spoke at a council meeting to highlight local concerns regarding the risk of flooding from overflowing drainage ditches.

On Boxing Day in 2015, homes on Coeside and Nevis Way in Woodthorpe narrowly avoided being inundated with water, gushing from an overflowing ditch at the back of the properties – pictured below.

Since then, work has been carried out to clear drainage ditches downstream and it is hoped this will result in quicker and more effective drainage of the ditch behind the houses.

Stephen spoke at a Decision Session for the Council’s Executive Member for the Environment on 4 December, at which a Gulley Management Strategy Review was discussed. He circulated photographs taken in September (see below) which show the ditch choked by vegetation, raising concerns that when it dies back, it will settle on the floor of the ditch and reduce capacity.


















Stephen said  “I want to highlight the importance of drainage ditches in the ward and I am keen to ensure that their maintenance is not overlooked as the council decides how to prioritise the resources that it has available.

“I am grateful to Council staff for the investment already made in clearing out the drainage channels downstream from the ditch that overflowed in 2015. I am also pleased that we were able to dedicate some Ward Committee funds to help pay for some digging out of the ditch to be done.”