Free Compost Available

There will be free compost giveaways going ahead this year on the first Sunday of every month between March and October, in partnership with Yorwaste Ltd. (see the dates below for the giveaways):

Sunday 6th March

Sunday 3rd April

Sunday 1st May

Sunday 5th June

Sunday 3rd July

Sunday 7th August

Sunday 4th September

Sunday 2nd October

 This compost has been produced from the green recycling that York residents put out. It is great news for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe, the free compost will only help our community look more spectacular.

Compost can be collected from Harewood Whin, Tinker Lane (off Wetherby Road) between 9.30am and 2.30pm. Residents must bring along a suitable bag or container to put the compost into and a shovel, as the compost is not bagged. The advice is to visit the site as early as possible as there is a limited quantity of compost and it will go on a first come, first served basis.

The hope is that the giveaways will be as popular as last year when it was estimated that they gave away over 1,600 tonnes of compost. This year the giveaways are starting earlier in the year due to popular demand.

Fears Over Yearsley Pool Closure Threat

Local Lib Dems have vowed to fight to protect leisure facilities in York, after it emerged the Labour group were considering the closure of the city’s largest swimming pool.

Last week local Labour Leader James Alexander said the pool was too expensive to run and highlighted claims that the city was oversupplied with swimming facilities.

This is not the first time that Labour have looked at closing Yearsley pool. In 2002 the Labour group proposed closure and the pool was only saved after Liberal Democrats campaigned to keep it open and won the subsequent election in 2003.

Yearsley is the only long course pool in the city and so is a unique attraction for the increasing number of fitness swimmers. Closing Yearsley and replacing it with smaller pools would mean the city would be without a pool that meets the needs of those people who swim for fitness.

In contrast to Labour’s failure to invest anything in the city’s pools during their time in power, the Liberal Democrats have invested £11m over the last 8 years and have secured more than £7m more through innovative partnerships like the one with the University of York that will deliver the new sports village pool.

Part of that £11m of investment has seen more than £1m spent on improving Yearsley Pool. These improvements have been welcomed by residents and the refurbished pool is now attracting record numbers of visitors. The number of visitors to Yearsley pool has risen by 40% since 2005

It is now becoming clear that no service in the city is safe from Labour, libraries and swimming pools are already under threat and those are only the ones we know about. Labour should be honest with the public about the full scale of their proposed cuts.

We will shortly be arranging a petition to help fight the closure of Yearsley and will post details here as soon as I have them. 

Snow Update


The City of York Council website has regular updates on gritting and snow clearance so you can see what is being done to keep the city’s roads and footpaths safe and clear. Visit the website here to find out more 

The latest information on school closures is available here

There is also information and advice on clearing snow yourself outside your property here

The locations of all the local salt bins are posted below.

Salt bins are inspected regularly, but if you find that your bin needs refilling, please phone (01904) 551551.

Winter Gritting


With the temperature forcast to drop tonight the council has ensured that the gritters will begin patrolling the streets of Dringhouses and Woodthorpe. And, as the winter nights are drawing in, we’ve put together a list of the locations of your local salt bins. The bins are free for all residents to use on footpaths and driveways throughout the winter months. They are inspected regularly, but if you find that your bin needs refilling, please phone (01904) 551551.

Alness Drive, opposite number 53
Annan Close, next to number 9
Daveron Way, outside number 14
Don Avenue, outside number 34
Don Avenue, at the junction with Swale Avenue
Eden Close, at the junction with Moor Lane
Ganton Place
Herdsman Road, in the car park
Hillcrest Garden, near the junction with Hob Moor Terrace
Leeside, outside number 7
Lindale, opposite number 15
Lowick, opposite number 7
Middlethorpe Grove, outside number 32
Middlethorpe Grove, at the junction with The Spinney
Moor Lane, at the junction with Moorcroft Road
Moorlea Avenue, opposite number 14
Nairn Close, in between the bollards at the end
Nevis way, near number 14
North Lane, near junction with Orchard lane
North Lane, on the corner
Orchard Way, near the junction with Orchard Close
Orrin Close, outside number 29
Royal Chase, opposite number 6
Silverdale Court
Slingsby Grove, at the junction with Tadcaster Road
Southfield Crescent, on the bend
Spey Bank, at the junction with Annan Close
At the entrance to Dringhouses Primary School, St Helens Road
St James Place, near number 10
At Woodthorpe County Primary School, Summerfield Road
Summerfield Road, near number 33
The Horseshoe, outside number 40
Wains Grove, outside the shops
West Thorpe, near number 5
Wordsworth Crescent, at the path across the green

Wear It Pink


Your Liberal Democrat Focus team are supporting the ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign, and we will be ‘Wearing Pink’ on October 29th. If you would like to be involved follow this link or click on the banner below.


Why take part in wear it pink?
When you wear it pink you’re part of something amazing – finding a cure for breast cancer, by funding some of the world’s most promising and innovative research projects. The money you have raised in the past has helped to fund projects like Dr Ingunn Holen’s award-winning research, which found that if two drugs were given in a particular order at specific intervals, breast tumours were almost completely destroyed. This discovery could ultimately lead to improved chances of survival for thousands of women undergoing treatment.

Why is Breast Cancer Campaign’s work important?
Breast cancer research has made considerable progress over the past two decades and vital work is still underway. Past research has resulted in improvements in quality of life and survival. However, one woman in nine in the UK will be diagnosed during her lifetime. Each research project funded by the charity brings us a step closer to beating breast cancer.

Where does my wear it pink donation go?
Breast Cancer Campaign uses all wear it pink donations to fund innovative, world-class research throughout the UK and Ireland to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure.The charity currently supports around 106 projects worth £16.3 million in 38 centres across the UK and Ireland.

Historic Local Landmark Set For Facelift Thanks To Ward Committee

The Tyburn, the site which hosted executions in York for more than 400 years is to get a facelift after local Councillors agreed to fund improvements from the local Ward Committee budgets.

The Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward Committee has allocated £1500 of funding to pay for the area to be cleaned up and the bench repaired. The area will also be replanted in the Spring with new flowers to brighten up the area.

If funding allows it is hoped that an extra new bench could be installed at the site along with a new information board to explain the history of the site to visitors.

Executions at the Tyburn took place until 1801 when the events were moved to the castle. Possibly the most famous execution at the Tyburn took place in 1739 when notorious highwayman Dick Turpin was executed for horse theft.

The site is currently marked by a small paved area and a plaque.

The Tyburn is an important part of local history so I am pleased that the Ward Committee is able to fund these improvements.

The site has a fascinating, if gruesome, history so I am pleased that the improvements look set to include a new information board to explain that history to residents and visitors.

Dringhouses has a rich history and is a key gateway to the city so it is important that we invest in restoring the site and promote pride in the area.

You can see The Press coverage of the story here.

Survey Results – Speeding On Tadcaster Road

As part of our ongoing survey around the ward we have been asking residents about problems with speeding on Tadcaster Road and seeking their views on potential measures that could be taken to reduce the problem. The results are below:

Install a Vehicle Activated Sign
Yes 81%
No 19%

Increase the number of Police checks
Yes 49%
No 51%

Install traffic calming measures
Yes 15%
No 85%