York Alcohol and Drug Treatment and Recovery Services recommissioned

York Alcohol and Drug Treatment and Recovery Services to be recommissioned in bid to support residents

Senior councillors have agreed to seek a provider for an adult and young people’s alcohol and illicit drug misuse service, to deliver evidence-based harm reduction, treatment and recovery services in York. 
York has a lower prevalence of drug misuse than many other parts of the country, but substance misuse remains a cause of harm to the health and wellbeing of York residents and an important cause of health inequalities. The impacts of substance misuse are felt across the population and the local evidence shows that investment in drug and alcohol services results in a significant return on investment in such services.
York invests in a range of open access and specialist services that enable people to access treatment and work towards recovery. Our priorities for the drug and alcohol treatment system are to improve recovery outcomes and ensure the treatment pathway meets the changing needs of the population of drug and alcohol users.
Councillor Carol Runciman, the Executive Member for Adult Social Care & Public Health said:

£1,037,000 for next phase of Housing Support Fund payments

The council is preparing to pay £1,037,000 to households to help support them through the cost of living crisis.

The support is aimed at a broad range of households in need of support, including those with children of all ages, pensioners, unpaid carers, care leavers, and people with disabilities. It will also include vulnerable households who are ineligible for other Government support with the cost of living.

The council is writing to over 3,000 potentially eligible families, inviting them to apply directly between 5 December 2022 and 5 January 2023. They could receive one-off payments of between £200-£300. Successful applicants will receive these direct payments early in the new year, following appropriate and robust fraud checks.  

Alongside this, a discretionary scheme is inviting applications from 5 December to 31 March 2023. This aims to support all potentially financial vulnerable residents, and specifically families with disabled children who may be affected by the increase in utility costs. Those families with children on the higher rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will automatically be paid up to £250. Any resident can apply to the discretionary scheme: they do not need to receive a DWP benefit.

Anyone who does not qualify for this HSF payment will be signposted to other support available in the city, including the York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS).

York Community Stadium audit report published

York Council auditors have published a report which attempts to assess how successful the York Community Stadium and GLL’s contract management has been.

The stadium’s running is undertaken by a quasi-independent Stadium Management Company on behalf of the the football club and Knights rugby.

Local taxpayers have an ongoing interest in the success of the complex and indeed all building-based leisure facilities that GLL manage in the City.

Community stadium/Leisure buildings annual cost to taxpayers excluding debt charges on borrowing

No independent review of the stadium project has been published

The main conclusion of the internal audit report, which is being reported to a meeting taking place next week, is that the performance indicators set up to monitor the project’s ongoing success are inadequate and, in some cases, not up to date.

No attendance figures for the stadium site swimming pools, fitness centre, all-weather [ppitches or library have been provided.

Attendance at leisure centres in York has flat lined in recent years (2020/21 was influenced by the pandemic)

The football and rugby clubs do of course publcied attendance figures for their matches but information on other uses of the community stadium – so styled because it was supposed to provide a base for other users – has not been provided.

The report says

The contract sets down that all performance indicators should be presented within 20 working days of the end of each quarter. However, no quarterly performance monitoring reports have been presented since the first quarter of 2021/22, even though the quarterly client liaison meetings have continued to take place. Quarterly reports that include the most important indicators continued to be presented during 2021/22 which gave some assurance that key issues relating to the contract would be identified.

Performance indicators are discussed at the client liaison meetings which are taking place each quarter. Not all performance indicators had an agreed target, with half the cases in the sample taken being ‘for info’ rather than having an agreed target.

All 3 indicators that related to the Community Stadium did not have a target. This situation should be reviewed, given the issues that have been encountered managing the Stadium.

The figures for indicators for previous years were not always included in the table and there were also inconsistencies in the completeness of the information.

The costs of the Community Stadium project spiralled from an original £16 million estimate in 2011 to an outurn of over £40 million.

Appeal after woman dies in York collision

The police are appealing for information after a woman died in a collision in York last night (21 November)

It happened at around 9.50pm when a black Renault Clio and a bus collided on Huntington Road near to the junction of Yearsley Grove.

The Clio was heading out of the city and the bus was travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver and sole occupant of the Clio, a woman in her 50s, was taken to hospital but sadly died a short time later.

We would like to speak to anyone who either saw the black Clio prior to the collision and anyone who witnessed the incident but has not yet spoken to us.

We would also like to hear from anyone who has any dashcam or doorbell footage of the Clio or bus travelling along Huntington Road.

If you can help the investigation, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Team or email MCIT@northyorkshire.police.uk

Please quote incident 12220206798 when passing on information.

Major expansion of sports facilities planned by St Peters school

Includes bid to ease traffic and parking issues on neighbouring roads

Major changes are planned by St Peters school at their Clifton site>

They hope to erect  a floodlit hockey pitch, tennis/netball courts and cricket nets,

Associated access, car parking, coach drop-off, storage and landscaping will also be improved

click to readvision statement

Founded in 627AD in the same year as York Minster, St Peter’s School is the third oldest school in the country and the fourth oldest school in the world. The School is consistently oversubscribed and has 1200 pupils.

The school says that Hockey now has the highest level of participation at the school

The school says that “the new sports facilities will provide additional amenities for community use, especially on evenings, Sundays and during the holidays.

It is envisaged that a Community Use Agreement will be in place and that the facilities will be made available for hire from 6pm-10pm Monday to Saturday, and from 8am-9pm on Sundays, with increased day time availability during school holidays.

The facilities will be maintained at the School’s expense with competitive hire charges”.

A report to the York Councils planning department promises reduced traffic and parking congestion on roads adjoining the school

Extract from report

Return of pre Christmas traffic congestion

there have been a lot of comments on social media about traffic congestion at the weekend when large numbers of visitors came to the city. Many were attracted by the Christmas Market.

It is nothing new. Large numbers came to the City at Christmas prior to the pandemic. Effectively this is a return to normality. There were major problems in 2013, 2016 and in 2019.

It should be good news for traders, visitor attractions and the hospitality industry. It is probably also good news for the Council and its taxpayers as high car park occupancy means increased income.

It is 5 years since the Council discontinued its on line parkign sapce web site

However, several avoidable issues arose this year.

Firstly the key to handling large numbers of people arriving in the City by car is to direct them to park and ride sites BEFORE they reach the inner ring road.

After that, many will simply add to congestion levels by circulating the City looking for a free space.

Some of the car parking availability signs near the centre are now working. Some remain faulty and some – on the arterial routes – have disappeared.

It appears that the Council were slow to use the available variable message signs to encourage drivers to divert to the nearest park-and ride site

It is 5 years since the Council discontinued it’s on line space availability feed (click)

It appears that no progress has been made on linking space information data into Sat Nav (GPS) guidance systems (likely, these days, to be the first choice source of information for most drivers).

Even Council social media channels failed to provide advice on congestion levels on Saturday.

Some bus companies were badly affected by the congestion. That is a double whammy as drivers who have been diverted to the park and ride site, are unlikely to be happy if they cannot continue their journeys for an hour or more.

The second failure by the Council and its partners is the continued closure of the Poppleton Bar Park and Ride site.

It is understood that the 20% reduction in bus usage post-pandemic – along with a shortage of bus drivers – was responsible for the site being mothballed. It had been used as a testing centre during the pandemic.

However, it could and should have been reopened to cover the busy Christmas period. If First were unable to provide buses,. then the service could have been subcontracted to a coach operator.

The Council needs to plan ahead so that it can provide more capacity from the site at busy times

Unused park and ride site at Poppleton Bar

Real time “next bus due” signs coming to sub urban bus stops in York

We understand that Councillors have been asked to nominate suburban bus stops where real-time “”next bus due” signs could usefully be located.

It is part of an £800,000 government-funded upgrade programme.

There hasn’t been widescale (any?) consultation on this yet, but we hope that vandal-resistant, signs can be located at the busy stops in the Westfield/Acomb area.

Council announces funding for independent retailers

Acomb Front Street set to benefit

Groups of independent retailers in York are to receive a £25,000 funding boost to help with promotion during the Christmas trading period and to attract more customers in 2023.

Acomb Front Street traders set to get boost

Traders’ associations and groups in Acomb, Goodramgate, Haxby and Wigginton, and Bishy Road will benefit from the funding pot to drive inclusive growth in the city’s small and ‘micro’ business sector.

The financial support comes from City of York Council’s Independent Retail Fund and follows previous funds provided by the council to help local businesses continue recovering from the pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, the council has particularly focused on supporting the city’s small and independent sector, in total allocating over £9m in discretionary and local funding alongside advice and other support.

This latest funding will support retailers’ efforts to attract shoppers during the 2022 festive season and at Easter in 2023. This will include Christmas markets and Christmas lights displays, small music festivals and Easter-related celebrations.

City of York Council’s Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, Ashley Mason, commented:

Cllr Ashley Mason

York’s vibrant small and independent business sector is the backbone of our city’s economy.

“They have had to weather some extremely difficult times over the last few years and the Council has done as much as possible to provide support throughout it.

“This latest set of funding will support our retailers’ efforts over the coming festive season and support them as they continue to grow and adapt.

“There are some very exciting plans in store by traders across the city, so I would urge residents and visitors to support our businesses and shop local. Christmas particularly is a great time to support our local businesses by purchasing unique gifts and local produce.”

The project is one of eight key, one-off projects to support inclusive growth in York. The council allocated £300,000 to eight key projects in 2019 to ensure that the benefits of economic growth in the city were felt by all residents.

These include:

  • establishing a York Poverty Commission
  • community hubs as drivers of economic growth
  • greening our retail estate
  • community jobs fairs
  • vocational training and work for ages 14 and above
  • independent retail growth fund
  • mental health, wellbeing and employment
  • York Economic Strategy consultation

The projects – some of which had to be put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic as the council focussed on providing urgent support to residents and businesses – have become even more critical, as the impact of the pandemic and the current cost of living crisis become increasingly evident.

Health Trainers help change Dave’s life and reverse his diabetes

City of York Council’s Health Trainer team helped over 600 York residents in its first year, but one story has stood out in particular.

York resident, Dave Thorp, aged 63, was 21 stone 12 pounds and diabetic and wanted to find some help and support to lose weight and feel healthier and happier.

This year, he contacted Health Trainer team, which offers free one-to-one support. This call changed his life.

With the help of the team and their partners HealthWise at GLL and his own determination, Dave has so far lost over 5 stone in 6 months and has reversed his diabetes!

“The results have revolutionised my life and my lifestyle”, said Dave Thorp, aged 63 from York.

“Seeing significant results early encouraged me to continue. It’s never too late. I’m 63 but now I look, feel and behave a lot younger!

“I’m both overwhelmed and humbled by the personal attention I’ve been given by the NHS, the gym staff and the Health Trainers.”

Peter Roderick, Consultant for Public Health, said: “I’d like to congratulate Dave on his amazing accomplishment. This is a truly remarkable story. To put your type 2 diabetes into remission is no easy thing to do and is life-changing.

“Until recently, we didn’t fully understand how some people’s type 2 diabetes can be put into remission by weight loss, if they have the right support. We also know that for any of us, living at a healthy weight has so many other benefits – it reduces your risk of heart disease, improves your respiratory health if you have a condition such as asthma, and is linked to improvements in mental health. Our Health Trainer team are the first port of call in the city to get you the help you need to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.”

The skilled CYC Health Trainers can support residents with free confidential health and wellbeing one-to-one support and guidance on the following:

  • healthy eating advice and weight management
  • finding new ways to be more active
  • quitting smoking
  • reducing alcohol intake
  • helping people find groups and activities to get back out in the community

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