British Sugar plans now online – no mention of “large supermarket”

Plans, and “options”, for the redevelopment of the British Sugar site off Boroughbridge Road are now “on line” (click)

click to visit web site and complete survey

click to visit web site and complete survey

The web site claims that;

Redevelopment of the former industrial site can deliver around 1000 new high quality homes, new public open spaces and a community hub which could incorporate a new community hall, sports hall, nursery and primary school.

That is pretty much as expected.

The principle of residential development had enjoyed broad support across the Council.

The main concerns relate to transport issues and the nature, location and scale of any commercial and retail developments.

The consultation concentrates mainly on the location of open space and transport corridors.

It says absolutely nothing about the location and size of any “large supermarket” which Council leaders claimed a couple of weeks ago was an important feature of the scheme.

A small local store to meet the needs of the residents living on the development would be essential.

Another superstore would, however, raise all sorts of transport issues.

The most obvious community facilities (shops) don’t figure on the list of options for the “community hub” listed on the web site.

Nor is there any commercial development which could provide jobs within walking distance of people’s homes. Thus, an opportunity to establish a sustainable community, has been lost.

There are no traffic generation figures listed and the phasing of the development – and community facilities – is also very vague.

There is a final chance to see the plans at an exhibition which is taking place tomorrow Saturday 30 November at the former Manor School site, Low Poppleton Lane, York, YO26 6BB between 11am and 4pm.

Site tours will also be offered to those attending the event.

Dringhouses Local History Group

Programme of events

Christmas call

A Village Christmas – 19 December 2013
Dorothy Reed

Archbishops, Suffragettes and Molecatchers – Bishopthorpe’s Edwardian Summer – 16 January 2014
Linda Haywood

Informal Evening – 20 February 2014

The Irish in York – 20 March 2014
Malcolm Walker

Dringhouses Without – A Walk
– 17 April 2014
Elizabeth Smith

Unless otherwise stated, meetings take place in St Edward the Confessor Church Extension commencing at 7.30pm. All the talks and the AGM are open to everyone.

York gets local TV station (again)

Ofcom has awarded licences to run local TV services in York and Middlesbrough on digital terrestrial TV (DTT).

The awards follow legislation enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences.

The channels will be broadcast on DTT by the local multiplex, a discrete amount of spectrum reserved for local TV broadcasting on DTT.

In York the licence was awarded to “The York Channel” Website:

York did have a Local TV station for a couple of years at the beginning of the last decade.

However there were reception and content problems and it didn’t last for long.

St Nicholas Fayre in York from tomorrow

St Nicholas Fayre

St Nicholas Fayre

The St Nicholas Fayre returns with seasonal sparkle on Thursday 28 November for four days of festive trading.

The Fayre, now in its 22nd year, is a firm favourite in the market calendar and runs until Sunday 1 December.

Snug wooden huts and pretty lights will line Parliament Street and Coppergate with a traditional carousel in St Sampson’s Square.
Stall holders, dressed in Victorian costume, will be offering a huge array of gifts including jewellery, ceramics, seasonal drinks, Whitby jet, wooden gifts, children’s clothes, herbs and oils and decorations for the Christmas period.

Other markets taking place across the city include

  • the Made in Yorkshire art and craft market at the Guildhall,
  • the Medieval Market at Barley Hall and an Arts and
  • Crafts market at St William’s College.

St Nicholas Fayre is open from 28 November to 1 December from 9am until 6pm daily and runs alongside the permanent Newgate Market in the city centre.

For more information on specialist York markets see