What’s on in York: New further education courses available.

York Learning Autumn prospectus includes help on Home Energy Saving options

 …plus much, much more!

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What’s on in York: Eco Crafts at Tang Hall Explore Library

Think twice about what you’re throwing in the rubbish and upcycle everyday objects in our Eco Crafts sessions!

  • JUL 5th Tue, 17:00 – 19:00 BST Eco Crafts Tang Hall Explore Library, York Tickets
  • JUL 12th Tue, 17:00 – 19:00 BST Eco Crafts Tang Hall Explore Library, York Tickets
  • JUL 19th Tue, 17:00 – 19:00 BST Eco Crafts Tang Hall Explore Library, York Tickets
About this event

Join our craft group with a difference as we give a second life to everyday objects and craft them into new and wonderful creations. Much like our ordinary craft group, you can bring your own projects and materials and staff or volunteers will be on hand to provide materials and inspiration too! Crafts could range from paper making, textiles and more. Learn new skills and techniques and help protect our planet in the process by reducing, reusing and recycling.

Open to all ages, adults, teens and children alike.

Major housing development at Copmanthorpe set to gain planning approval

The York Council planning committee is being recommended by officials to approve a application for the erection of 158 dwellings with public open space, landscaping and drainage. 48 of the homes will be classified as “affordable”. (80% social rented, 20% discount sale)

The site is located between the A64 and the railway line and is designated for development in the draft Local Plan. (It was previously included in the Green Belt).

The application is likely to be controversial as the public hearings into the Local Plan have not yet concluded. However, other greenfield sites designated for development in the Plan, have been granted planning permission in recent years despite many attracting objections.

30 objections have been made to the proposals including one from Historic England and one from Network Rail. The latter is concerned about increased use of a nearby level crossing. They are seeking a contribution towards providing a footbridge although this is not supported by Council officials (as the crossing is identified for replacement in any event).

Interestingly – given the move to electric vehicles – the Council is not being recommended to require that a charging point be fitted at each home.

Bid to protect two pubs near York

The York Council is being asked on Monday 11th July to list two local pubs as “assets of community value” (ACV). The pubs are:

  • a.   Grey Horse Inn, Main Street, Elvington, York. An application has been received from Elvington Parish Council.
  • b.   Royal Oak Public House, 1 Main Street, Copmanthorpe, York. An application has been received from Copmanthorpe Parish Council.

Both applications are requests to re-add the properties to the ACV register.

The purpose behind these provisions is to ensure that property (land and building) assets which are currently used for principal/non ancillary use(s) which benefit the local communities are not disposed of without the local community being given an opportunity to bid for these assets if and when the owner wishes to dispose of the asset.

This right is not simply to accommodate ‘public assets’ but also private assets, the test is whether such assets are viewed as ‘assets of community value’. These assets therefore could be currently owned by the public, private or voluntary sector

if a building or piece of land which is on the list is going to be disposed of (by way of either a freehold sale or granting of a lease for a Term of 25 years or more) with vacant possession, then the owner of the asset needs to give notice to the local authority. There is then a 6 week moratorium period for any community group to express interest in writing.

If they do, then a 6 month period (commencing from the date on which the Council had received notice of the owner’s intention to dispose of the asset) is provided for that group to prepare its bid. After that period the owner can market the property and any bid from the community group will be considered with bids from other interested parties.

There is no guarantee that the offer from the community group will be successful as the owner of the asset will dispose of the property in accordance with its own criteria for disposal. There are a number of exceptions contained within the legislation that mean that this moratorium period does not apply and the owner does not need to give notice of its intention to sell. This includes when there is a legally enforceable requirement, which pre-dates the listing, to sell to a specific party.

The current list of assets of Community Value are:

  1. The Golden Ball Public House, 2 Cromwell Road, York, YO16 6DU – approved 6 th March 2014. Renewed on 15th July 2019
  2. New Earswick and District Bowls Club, Huntington Road, York, YO32 9PX – approved 6th November 2014. Renewed on 24th July 2020.
  3. Holgate Allotments, Ashton Lane, Holgate, York, YO24 4LX – approved 29th June 2015. Renewed on 14th February 2022.
  4. The Swan, Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1JH – approved 20th October 2015.
  5. The Derwent Arms, 29 Osbaldwick Village, Osbaldwick, YO10 3NP – approved 14th March 2016. Renewed on 11th April 2022.
  6. The Minster Inn, 24 Marygate, York, YO30 7BH – approved 11th July 2016.
  7. The Wenlock Arms Public House, 73 Main Street, Wheldrake, YO19 6AA – approved 11th July 2016.
  8. Costcutter Shop, 58 Main Street, Wheldrake, York, YO19 6AB – approved 11th July 2016.
  9. Wheldrake Woods (owned by the Forestry Commission), Broad Highway, Wheldrake, YO19 6 – approved 11th July 2016.
  10. The Blacksmiths Arms, Naburn York, YO19 4PN – approved 12th September 2016.
  11. Holgate Community Garden and Play Park, Upper St Paul’s Terrace, York, YO24 4BS. – approved 12th September 2016
  12. White Rose House, 79 Main Street, Wheldrake, York, YO19 6AA – approved 29th September 2016.
  13. The Grey Horse Public House, Main Street, Elvington, York, YO41 4AA – approved 19th December 2016.
  14. The Deramore Arms Public House, Main Street, Heslington, York, YO10 5EA. – approved 13th March 2017.
  15. The Carlton Tavern Public House, 104 Acomb Road, York, YO24 4HA – approved 10th April 2017.
  16. The Royal Oak Public House, 1 Main Street, Copmanthorpe, York, YO23 3ST. – approved 12th June 2017.
  17. The Blue Bell Public House, 53 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF. – approved 17th October 2017.
  18. The Old Ebor Public House, 2 Drake Street, York, YO23 1EQ. – approved 17th October 2017.
  19. New Earswick Swimming Pool, Hawthorne Terrace, New Earswick, YO32 4TZ. – approved 12th March 2018.
    20.Strensall Library, 19 The Village, Strensall, York, YO32 5XS. – approved 9th April 2018.
  20. The Lord Collingwood Public House, The Green, Upper Poppleton, York, YO26 6DP. – approved 14th May 2018.
  21. The Garrison Church of St Wilfrid, St Wilfrid’s Road, Strensall, York, YO32 5SJ. – approved 17th September 2018.
  22. Hurst Hall Community Centre, Border Road, Strensall Camp, York, B757RL. – approved 15th July 2019.
  23. The Lord Nelson Public House, 9 Main Street. Nether Poppleton , York, YO26 6HS. – approved 16th September 2019.
  24. The Blacksmiths Arms Public House, Shipton Road, Skelton, York, YO30 1YJ. – approved 16th September 2019.
  25. The car park at rear of the former Murton Arms Public House, Main Street, Murton, York, YO19 5UQ. – approved 24th July 2020.
  26. The Golden Ball Public House, 2 Cromwell Road, York, YO16 6DU – approved 6 th March 2014. Renewed on 15th July 2019

Council confirms £8,767 cost of Foxwood Youth Club plus dozens of other grants

The York Council has published a long list of grants which are being made under its ward committee system. Although the system has involved public consultation in the past – to help decide priorities – this hasn’t happened in recent years. The grants (approved by local Councillors) include-

  • The awards include a £8767 contribution towards “The Island” to enable them to run a youth club at the Foxwood Community centre on Tuesday evenings. The award document says the award is for “Starting an open access youth club for young people aged 13-18 at Foxwood Community Centre, beginning on Tuesday 28th June. The youth club will run every Tuesday 7-9pm and will be facilitated by Youth Workers from The Island and community volunteers. As part of the project, youth workers will also be undertaking detached youth work, venturing out into the community on Tuesday evenings”
  • A grant of £3632 is also being made to Gateway towards the costs and materials associated with weekly After School Hangout for young people aged 5-16 in Chapelfields delivered on Thursdays term time by members of The Gateway youth and children’s team.
  • £875 will go to “New Visuality” to celebrate “green spaces art project involving 75 local young people. The project will focus on 3 groups of children with Westfield Ward postcodes: Westfield Primary, Hob Moor School, and 2nd Acomb Scouts Group”.
  • £850 will fund “”set up costs of a free to access Wednesday Play Morning sessions for children under five years old.” at Acomb Library
  • Toolbox Drama will get £2678 for “start up funding towards developing a fully accessible dance fitness programme within Westfield ward (at Energise) for adults with additional needs”.
  • York Cares received a grant of £626 for their, recently completed) Big Community Challenge Green Corridors, a large scale transformative project to improve biodiversity between urban areas throughout the west of York (covering the wards of Acomb, Woodthorpe and Westfield). Westfield Ward contribution
  • There are dozens of other awards across the City. One will be eye-catching for those cyclists who have long complained about obstructions to cycle paths. £1204 will go to Greenways to allow them to “ purchase new power tools which will enable the group to maintain verges along the solar system cycle track from Tadcaster Road to the Sun (southern by-pass)”
click to view full list

York Council reform – Greens face up to the issue

Green party Councillors in York are proposing that the decision making processes of the York Council are changed.

According to a report in The Press they favour holding a referendum – to coincide with next years local elections – which will decide whether to adopt a more inclusive committee based way of taking decisions.

York Press 1/7/22

The call has already received the backing of other Councillors including Independent Mark Warters

The modern committee system was adopted by the Sheffield Council following a similar referendum held 14 months ago.

The initiative to move to the new system was expected to come from the Liberal Democrat leadership who included the plan in their 2019 election manifesto. However, the Council Leader has consistently declined to make his position clear with a deafening silence greeting any enquiries about progress on fulfilling the manifesto pledge.

Internal Council private meeting records, dating back 8 years, have recently been circulating which show that then opposition Councillors – including Keith Aspden and Andy D’agorne- supported the adoption of a more consensual decision making system.

Voting patterns on the Green proposal may give some indication why reform has been delayed.

All parties will shortly be beginning the process to select candidates for the 2023 elections.

New candidates may be required to give unequivocal support for a more inclusive system.

They may also be asked to oppose the planned introduction of a North Yorkshire Mayor – a post which could further erode local democracy.

Liberal Democrat Councillors in York called for a return to a committee based decision making process as long ago as March 2015

York Sports Awards winners announced

The 9th York Sports Awards ceremony held at the Roger Kirk Centre at the University of York, saw 46 awards handed out to athletes, coaches, volunteers and administrators across the city.

Olympic shot putter Scott Lincoln and Paralympian Boccia athlete Beth Moulam were awarded Sportsman and Disability Sportsperson of the year at the prestigious event. Rower Lucy Edmunds, Great Britain under 23 rower, was recognised as Sportswoman of the year.

York City Knights Ladies were the big team winners, scoring the Performance Team/Club of the year with their coach Lindsay Anfield who was also voted Coach of the Year.

Volunteer of the Year award was given to Georgia Briggs for her work at University of York Rugby Union Club.

York City Football Club Foundation’s “Lifting Spirits” Initiative was voted the leading “Wellbeing Project /Event of the Year” for the Foundation’s work in supporting vulnerable and older people through sport.

A special “Community Champion” Award was presented to GoGet York a project making cycling and other outdoor activities accessible for all.

The “Outstanding Service to Sport” Award, in association with City of York Council, was won by Yvette Shepherd for her dedication to York RI AFC.

Here is the full list of the awards winners:

Young Achievers (Sponsored by Better):

York Walls to turn blue for Action Mesothelioma Day

City of York Council is to light the City Walls blue for Action Mesothelioma Day, which will take place on Friday 1 July 2022.

Mesothelioma is a cancer usually caused by breathing in asbestos dust. More than 2,600 people are diagnosed with it each year and whilst it develops very slowly it is often fatal. There are currently around 2,500 deaths from Mesothelioma each year in the UK.

Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Adult Social Care & Public Health, said:

“Mesothelioma is a cancer that is very slow to develop, but eventually deadly. It often takes a long time to develop, with people getting the first symptoms 30 to 40 years after they were first exposed to asbestos.

“Every year, events are held across the country to commemorate all the lives lost to mesothelioma, and – through the Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum UK – to raise money for medical research. 

City of York Council is proud to play a role in raising awareness of this terrible disease and encouraging residents to support the Forum’s fundraising.”

Anyone affected by Mesothelioma in Yorkshire can find information, support and practical advice through MESothelioma Support Yorkshire (MESSY).

Donations to the Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum UK can be made online

North Yorkshire Police launch #NYPThinkOfTheConsequences

North Yorkshire Police has launched a hard-hitting video campaign this summer to encourage young people to think of the consequences before abusing alcohol.

The video which is titled #NYPThinkOfTheConsquences was commissioned following instances of alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour in open spaces within York during the summer months. It will be shown to all secondary school children within the City of York ahead of the summer break and posted externally on NYP social media channels.

York College drama students are used as actors in a scenario which involves a visit to a park. The students consume alcohol which impacts on their decision making and results in five consequences which involve the emergency services and family members. Viewers of the video are then asked, “Is it worth it?” and the video concludes with the message of #NYPThinkOfTheConsequences.

Police hope the video will highlight the risks associated with alcohol and help educate young people about the impairment on their decision making following the consumption of alcohol and the devastating consequences that this can bring.

The commander for York and Selby, Superintendent Mark Khan from North Yorkshire Police said:

“Alcohol related anti-social behaviour is time consuming for us to deal with so anything which we can do to reduce the calls to service is beneficial.

“We are not unique in York and North Yorkshire experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour particularly as the weather improves and students finish for their summer break. We will continue to work with our partners to patrol hotpot areas at key times.

“It’s our job as the police to engage with communities to prevent crime. My hope is that this video will be shared far and wide so they key messages will reach as many young people as possible.”

York College’s Chief Executive and Principal, Lee Probert said: “To be involved in this video has been an incredible opportunity for our Media Makeup degree students and our Level Three acting students.

“To be part of such a professional production is an amazing experience for them, especially working with North Yorkshire Police.

“The video also delivers a serious and important message and it’s one we very much support here at York College; anti-social behaviour is not only a nuisance, but in the most serious cases can have major consequences on the lives of those involved.

“York College is very proud to be a part of this campaign”.

NB. ITV Calendar have been filming today in Foxwood as part of the new anti drink campaign

Our Big Conversation: What will York look like in ten years?

City of York Council is inviting residents, visitors and those who work in York to get involved and share their views in the next phase of York’s Our Big Conversation.

Our Big Conversation is a city-wide discussion about some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing York.

Launching today [28 June], participants will be asked to share their views about three major, developing strategies for the city – climate change, the economy and health and wellbeing.

York businesses and residents have already helped inform the aspirations of these strategies and now have the opportunity to decide whether the priorities are right for the city.

The response from York residents and businesses will shape the city for generations to come.

All views will inform the final development of the Economic Strategy and Climate Change Strategy, which will be taken to Executive for approval in October 2022, and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy that will be approved at September’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

The survey is open from 28 June for 6 weeks, ending on 5 August 2022 here 

Paper copies will be available at Acomb, Clifton, Tang Hall and York Explore libraries. Online copies can be accessed at all libraries through public computers.

Paper copies can be sent to: Strategies Consultation, FREEPOST RTEG-TYYU-KLTZ Business Intelligence (49), City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA.

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