Libraries to expand online and home delivery service

Libraries in York are working on delivering more online services and activities including e-books, story times and other activities.

Dringhouses library


After receiving advice from Public Health, from midday on Saturday 21 March Explore Libraries are moving their services online. A service to safely deliver and collect books for those who can’t access the internet is also being scaled up. Residents now don’t have to return borrowed items until 30th June – and won’t be fined.

Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said:


“Explore Library and Archives already has many fantastic online services and are working quickly to create even more. In this period of social distancing and self-isolation, I hope and expect residents’ engagement in York’s library service to rocket.


“Reading for pleasure is a brilliant and restful way to relax – especially important for those in self isolation – and will continue to support people’s emotional wellbeing whilst they are at home.


“City of York Council will be working with communities in the coming week to ensure community hubs are in operation across York, supporting the most vulnerable residents with foods and medicines, and making the most of the city’s increasing pool of volunteers.


“We’re also looking at how council services which currently run from Explore’s Library Learning Centres can be delivered differently – we’ll keep you informed about them as soon as possible.”


Fiona Williams, chief executive of Explore Learning Library Centre, said:


“We are working hard and in close partnership with City of York Council to deliver a range of online services to support people at this difficult time.


“We are also looking at ways to safely deliver books to those who can’t access the internet. Any items currently on loan from us don’t need to be returned until June – and we won’t be fining anyone for them!


“Please look out for and enjoy our new and existing services at https://exploreyork.org.uk/coronavirus

Latest planning application for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward

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

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

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Address       6 Skiddaw York YO24 2SZ

Proposal      Prune Oak, including a 10-15% crown thin – protected by Tree Preservation Order no.29

 Reference  20/00473/TPO

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

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

COVID-19: help for those who need it, volunteering opportunities

Many people are keen to do what they can to help in the current crisis, and communities across Dringhouses & Woodthorpe are rallying round in terms of looking out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours.

A structured and safe approach to volunteering is important to ensure people get the support they need in a co-ordinated and safe way.

Residents who would like to volunteer are being asked to sign up by e-mailing volunteering@york.gov.uk or go to www.york.gov.uk/COVIDVolunteering  or call 01904 551550

Those vulnerable residents who do not currently have any access to support, but who need help because of impact of COVID-19, should e-mail Community Support Coordinators at covid19help@york.gov.uk or call 01904 551550 for assistance.

Other key sources of advice and information:

www.york.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.ageuk.org.uk/york/

www.yorkneighbours.org.uk

CANCELLED – Easter holiday activities for young people

The Westfield and Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committees are funding Easter holiday activities for young people in the area.

The sessions will be run by York City Knights Foundation and York City FC Foundation – dates, times and locations are set out on the posters below.

If there are any changes to these plans, we will post an update.

Latest planning application 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

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8 Deepdale York YO24 2SA

Erection of single storey extension extending 4.5 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 3.0 metres and a total height of 4.0 metres

Ref. No: 20/00407/LHE 

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Tesco Petrol Filling Station Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York YO24 1LW

Installation of 1no. jet wash and associated infrastructure

Ref. No: 20/00357/FUL 

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

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

Greene King pledge to fill pothole

Greene King, which is responsible for the Quaker Wood pub car park on Acomb Wood Drive, has committed to filling in the large pothole at the car park entrance.

In an e-mail from their Guest Relations team, Greene King say that “the Surveyor has been made aware of the issue and that a contractor has attended and submitted a quote for the repair works which has been approved, work will commence within the next 10 days.”

Latest planning application 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

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25 The Square Dringhouses York YO24 1UR

Crown thin Maple protected by Tree Preservation Order No.CYC08

Ref. No: 20/00390/TPO 

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8 Whin Road York YO24 1JU

Single storey side and rear extension

Ref. No: 20/00327/FUL 

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5 Bracken Road York YO24 1JT

Non-material amendment to permitted application 19/01449/FUL to alter fenestration to the rear

Ref. No: 20/00321/NONMAT 

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

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