Co-op closes another food store in west York

The Co-op has closed another of its food stores in west York, with the closure of its Tadcaster Road shop.

This latest closure follows the recent sale to McColls of the former Co-op store in Woodthorpe. It also comes hot on the heels of the sudden closure of the nearby Dringhouses Post Office and Mace store, with still no news as to when those will re-open.


A phone call from Cllr Stephen Fenton to Co-op HQ revealed that the Tadcaster Road store will re-open on Thursday 1 February as an ‘Applegreen‘ petrol station. On their website, Applegreen say this about their retail offer:

“It’s not just our well stocked and conveniently organised shops catering for the myriad needs of today’s motorist but also our partnerships with top food and beverage outlets such as Costa Coffee and Subway which underpin our commitment to providing a consistently high quality offer to our customers.”

Stephen has asked Applegreen whether they plan to stock a similar range of groceries and household goods to the former Co-op store.

Post Office remains closed – answers still sought

Local Lib Dem councillors are continuing to press Post Office Ltd for answers on when Dringhouses Post Office will re-open.

As we reported last November, the Post Office have apparently failed to adhere to their own Code of Practice, which applies to “the handling of the localised changes that can and do happen across such a large network for all sorts of reasons. When these changes do happen, whether they are planned or whether they occur without warning, we will always ensure that the minimum access criteria outlined by the Government are met and that the needs of customers are taken into account as much as is possible.”

The Post Office’s most recent statement is as follows: “We sincerely apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused by the continued temporary closure of Dringhouses Post Office. We understand and appreciate how much communities rely on our services and would like to reassure customers that we are working hard to restore services to the community as quickly as possible.”

Cllr Stephen Fenton has again written to Post Office Ltd to demand answers, and request an urgent meeting.

To make matters worse, the Mace store has closed. A spokesperson for Mace said: “The vast majority of our stores are owned by independent retailers, as was this store on Tadcaster Road. Unfortunately the owner has taken the decision to close the store and at present we are unable to confirm whether it will reopen.”

 

The store’s closure means that the Tadcaster Road area has no newsagent which delivers newspapers, which is a blow to many residents.

Sports pitch consultation event on 24 January

Residents are being invited to have their say on plans to build eight new sports pitches on fields near Askham Bar.

The drop-in consultation event, which will take place between 4pm and 7pm at Askham Bar Park & Ride on Wednesday 24 January, will offer the chance for people to feedback on plans to build three 11-a-side pitches, two 9-a-side pitches and three 7-a-side pitches with relevant on-site facilities.

The event comes after the council’s executive in November agreed that officers should continue to work on plans for sports facilities on the land near the Ashfield estate.

Sensibly the Council has now stopped trying to link the new provision with the loss of football pitches at Lowfields 

This will help to provide much needed community sports facilities to the south and west area of York.

The council’s public heath team are also working with Bishopthorpe White Rose FC to prepare a club development plan that will help them thrive in the future and access grant funding.

The cost of these works will be funded from the Football Foundation, Bishopthorpe White Rose football club, local sponsorship and small grants, with the remainder from the capital programme agreed by City of York Council.

Cllr Ann Reid, interim executive member for leisure, culture and tourism said: “The playing fields at the Ashfield estate will allow residents to have access to great facilities to improve their health and wellbeing and we are really happy to be supporting Bishopthorpe White Rose Football Club who are growing significantly.

“As a council we want our residents to be active across the city and to help them improve their wellbeing, which is why facilities such as these are so important. We want to hear the views of the local community and all are invited to attend.”

Josh Wong, Club Secretary, Bishopthorpe White Rose JFC said: “The club has grown significantly and we struggle to accommodate training and matches for the 400 boys and girls who enjoy football with us.  We need to use five separate fields, some of which do not have basic facilities such as toilets and changing rooms. The new development will provide a home for our club, an indoor space for the community and enable all our players and other clubs in York and beyond to enjoy football on good quality pitches.”

Those unable to attend the event can email their views to AskhamBarEngagement@york.gov.uk or pop in to an exhibit at Bishopthorpe Explore library learning centre from 17 to 24 January.

Councillors demand answers on Dringhouses Post Office closure

Local Lib Dem councillors are demanding answers from Post Office Ltd on the sudden closure of Dringhouses Post Office on Tadcaster Road.

The Post Office is located in a Mace convenience store, and whilst the shop remains open, all Post Office services have ceased ‘indefinitely.’

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a Twitter exchange with a local resident, Post Office said “this branch has been closed temporarily due to unforeseen circumstances”,  and that they will “try to appoint temporary cover…providing it is possible for us to do so.”

Cllr Stephen Fenton has asked Post Office Ltd to explain how they have adhered to their own Code of Practice in this situation. The Code applies to “the handling of the localised changes that can and do happen across such a large network for all sorts of reasons. When these changes do happen, whether they are planned or whether they occur without warning, we will always ensure that the minimum access criteria outlined by the Government are met and that the needs of customers are taken into account as much as is possible.”

Stephen said  “This Post Office provides a very valuable service for the community, and its loss is a huge blow, particularly for elderly or vulnerable residents who rely on having access to services close to home. The timing couldn’t be worse – many people wanting to send Christmas cards and parcels to family and friends at home and abroad will now have to use other Post Office outlets if they are able to.

“I am very disappointed at the lack of communication from Post Office Ltd. Their Code of Practice talks about communicating with local authorities and others where there are changes to service provision, but this sudden closure has taken everyone by surprise. As far as I am aware, there has been no notification to the council, and there has certainly been no approach to local councillors.

“I have asked Post Office Ltd for an urgent conversation to get answers to the questions that I and other residents have about the future of this Post Office.”

Controversial Tadcaster Road planning application approved

A controversial planning application to demolish two homes on Tadcaster Road and shoehorn 11 properties onto the site was approved by members of City of York Council’s Area Planning Sub Committee on 9 November.


The plans attracted overwhelming opposition from local residents and ward councillors, but officers recommended approval. Cllr Ann Reid spoke at the meeting to highlight the reasons why the application should be refused, one of which was the impact of adding another junction into what is already a very busy stretch of road.

Six members of the committee supported the recommendation to approve the application and four were opposed, so the application was approved. It was agreed however to add as a condition for approval that the narrow track connecting the site to Mayfield Grove should be restricted to pedestrian and cycle use only.

Local volunteers making an impact

Volunteers in the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward continue to make a significant impact in making the area cleaner, greener and safer.

Recently the informal community noticeboard opposite the shops on Moorcroft Road has been re-vamped by volunteers to make it more attractive and to provide more space for local groups to publicise their activities.


On Tadcaster Road, a local volunteer has come forward to overhaul the wooden planters between York College and the Askham Bar roundabout. The first tub has been cleared and planted up. The local Tesco store is doing its bit by helping to dispose of the removed vegetation.


Controversial Tadcaster Road planning application recommended for approval

An application to build 11 homes on land behind 26 Tadcaster Road has been recommended for approval by Council officials.

The recommendation comes despite objections from local Councillor Ann Reid, members of the local planning panel and the Conservation Area Panel.. The National Trust – which runs the Goddards historic house opposite the site entrance – have also objected as have many local residents.

The application seeks permission for the erection of 11 dwellings following the demolition of an existing two storey dwelling at 26 Tadcaster Road and a single storey dwelling located centrally within the site and identified as being 9a Mayfield Grove.

The site comprises an area of approximately 0.5ha. Thirteen lock up garages with a large area of harstanding are also  present within the site.

The site is bounded to the north by the rear gardens of Mayfield Grove, to the east by Tadcaster Road, to the south and west by the car park of the public house and the rear gardens of St Helens Road. Access to the site would be where number 26 Tadcaster Road currently stands.

The scheme proposes two rows of 3 two storey three-bed terraced houses with rooms within the roof, two 4 bedroom two storey dwellings, two 3 bedroom dormer bungalows and one 1 bedroom two storey dwelling.

Two off street parkingspaces would be provided for each dwelling with no allocated visitor spaces.

Most of the objections relate to traffic and parking issues.

The application will be determined by the planning sub committee when it meets on 9th November.

Residents can register to speak at the meeting if they wish.

 

Something a little different for Christmas? Try Goddards on Tadcaster Road

Something a little different this Christmas?

Goddards on Tadcaster Road

Take a seat in the former Terry family dining room that overlooks the Arts and Crafts garden and enjoy a special two or three course lunch.

Friday to Sunday

17th Nov to 17th Dec

Booking essential

Menu

To start:

  • Onion soup with gluten free cheese scone crouton.
  • Mackerel and beet salad.
  • Smoked salmon and herb mousse.

Main course:

  • Conisbee turkey and trimmings with seasonal vegetables.
  • Beef, onion and red wine pie with season vegetables.
  • Polenta and squash salad with goat’s cheese and orange dressing.

To finish:

  • Classic Christmas pudding.
  • Ginger and caramel cheesecake.
  • Poached pears in honey and orange.

Three courses £24.95

Two courses £19.95

More details and booking Call 01904 771956

Cycle parking boost

Some progress has been made to address the lack of cycle parking provision on Tadcaster Road, with the installation of a cycle hoop outside the shops at the junction with Slingsby Grove.

There remains no cycle parking outside the Post Office. With a new café set to open up next door, the need for some cycle parking here is even greater. We will press the case for some investment here.