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Yorkshire Marathon Road Closure

The Yorkshire Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 9th October starting at 9:30am. The route will start and finish at the University of York and complete a loop through York City Centre, Stockton on the Forest, Upper Helmsley, Sand Hutton, Gate Helmsley, Stamford Bridge, Dunnington, Holtby, Murton and Osbaldwick.

Full information on road closures and the route can be found by clicking this link: Yorkshire Marathon Road Closure Poster

Local Plan Consultation – Deadline!

If you want to have your say about the new Local Plan, you have until 5pm on Monday, 12th of September to get your responses to the council.

You can find more information and respond to the plan online here:

You will need to say ‘no’ to the first question (about housing/employment) to get to the form to respond to particular sites. Site information which may be useful is:

Haxby Sites
ST9 – Land North of Haxby – pp. 203-207
H54 – Whiteland Field – pp. 194-196

Opposite Clifton Moor
ST14 – Land West of Wigginton Road – pp. 208-212

Next to Jo Ro
H46 – Land to the North of Willow Bank – pp 190-193

Thank you to all residents who attended our surgery and public meeting during the consultation period.

A ‘simple guide’ to reporting graffiti on telecoms cabinets

Our colleague Cllr Stephen Fenton has produced a simple guide to reporting graffiti or other damage done to BT or Virgin Media street cabinets, based on recent experiences in trying to get graffiti cleaned up.

We hope residents in Haxby and Wigginton will find this information useful.

A ‘simple guide’ to reporting graffiti on telecoms cabinets

Is it a BT or Virgin Media (VM) box?

When you come across a cabinet has been subject to a graffiti attack or some other form of vandalism, the first step is to try to work out whether it is a BT or VM box. This information will determine who to report it to. Whilst the council will arrange for graffiti to be cleaned off cabinets for which it has responsibility (eg traffic lights boxes), it is not responsible for telecoms cabinets.

Some BT cabinets are easily identifiable, either because they have a poster on the front of the cabinet or BT stencilled on the side.

BT box front view

BT box front view

BT box side view

BT box side view

BT fibre cabinet

BT fibre cabinet

There is no consistently easy way to identify Virgin Media cabinets but if the chamber lid is marked CATV or NTL it will invariably be a VM cabinet.

Virgin Media box

Virgin Media box







If you have a fair idea which type of cabinet it is, there are various ways in which you can report damage.

Reporting damage to BT cabinets

The BT web page which contains instructions for reporting damage to cabinets can be found Here . You are invited to call 0800 023 2023 and choose Option 1. You will be connected to an advisor who will ask for details of the location of the cabinet. It’s helpful if you can provide the address of the nearest property and the postcode. You will be given a reference number. The BT cabinet pictured above was reported in mid December 2015 and was cleaned up within four weeks.

Reporting damage to Virgin Media cabinets

The VM web page which contains instructions for reporting damage to cabinets can be found Here. You can choose to report the issue by phone, on 0330 333 0444, or click on ‘Contact Us’ then ‘Something else’ then ‘Reporting an open or damaged cabinet’.

The phone reporting service is automated, so you don’t get to speak to a person but instead answer a number of questions. You should provide as much information as you can, such as the address of the nearest property and the postcode. At the end of the call you will be given a reference number.

Reporting via the website is quite straightforward, but you are not issued with a reference number.

I reported the VM cabinet pictured above in mid December via the automated phone line and got a reference number, but then had to chase up twice via the website route. This did eventually prompt a helpful and attentive e-mail from a representative at the VM Operations Centre who admitted that there had been some ‘minor issues’ with the automated reporting line. He verified the information needed (nearest property and postcode) and undertook to raise an order to have the cabinet cleaned and repainted.

If you need any further information or have any tips to share please contact Stephen (

Over £1 million allocated for local York projects

Neighbourhood projects and ways to spend local budgets are among the topics of discussion at a number of Ward Committee meetings scheduled to take place this summer.

Last year the Executive re-established Ward Committees and devolved nearly £1million of funding locally. Over the last 12 months these funds have been allocated to all York wards, to spend on local priorities which benefit residents living within the ward boundaries.

Ward Committee meetings are open to all residents and give the chance to make decisions on local budgets, learn about different projects, solve local issues and share ideas. It is also an ideal opportunity to meet key neighbourhood partners such as the police and find out about volunteering opportunities, all of which help strengthen communities and help shape a better place to live.

Local groups and organisations are always welcome to attend to find out more about accessing ward funding to further their initiatives for the benefit of local people.

Ward Committee meetings take a variety of different formats, many of which are fun and informal. At times they form part of a bigger event such as recent summer fair events at Hempland Primary School and Heworth Without, while over 100 people went to the July Micklegate Ward meeting at Scarcroft School, which focussed on education planning in the local area. In Fishergate, more than 400 local people enjoyed music, community group stalls, a climbing wall and play area and a chance to talk with councillors at the ward summer event at Millennium Green.

A number of successful projects have already been allocated ward funding based on local requests. These include installing community defibrillators in the phone box in Strensall and at Heworth Without Community Centre, providing new furnishings at St Paul’s Church, Holgate to help transform the community space, provision of new fencing at Copmanthorpe Youth Club, grants to Friends of Glen Gardens in Heworth and Acomb Timebank, improvements to Fulford Scout Hut, and the purchasing of 30 new litter pickers in Westfield. Ward Committee budgets are also being used by local communities to fund road, cycle and footpath schemes, streetlights, notice boards as well as litter and salt bins.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council and Leader of the Lib Dem group said:“By re-establishing Ward Committees we have started the process of devolving funding and decision-making to local residents and community groups. The £1million pot has been used by wards across the city to fund lots of great projects for residents and community groups.

“In the coming months we’d love even more people to have their say and get involved with local matters. Ward Committee meetings help ensure that the ward’s priorities reflect what matters to local residents and helps build vibrant, strong communities.”

Planned Ward Committee meetings this summer will be taking place at:

·         Clifton, 23 August at 6.30pm, Burton Stone Community Centre (part of a family community event to help redecorate the youth club)

·         Rural West, 23 August at 7pm, Manor School

·         Fulford and Heslington, 7 September from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Heslington Church

Dates for all Ward Committee meetings will appear on and local posters as soon as they are scheduled.

Details of the Local Plan will also be available at the meetings, with information boards on display and feedback questionnaires available to enable residents to have their say. Local Plan drop-in events, with council officers present to answer questions and talk about the Plan, are planned throughout August at Osbaldwick Sports Centre, Dunnington Reading Room, York Sport, Acomb Explore, Tesco store at Tadcaster Road and Oaken Grove Community Centre. Sessions take place from 3pm to 7.30pm and more information can be found at

For more information about Ward Committee meetings, events and projects in receipt of ward funds visit or email

Residents can also have their say at where views are welcomed on the Local Plan, the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and equipment for play areas.

Haxby & Wigginton Planning Applications – 8th August

Full details of the application can be found by quoting the reference number on the planning portal website. Click here.

Reference Number:    16/01781/FUL  

Location:   12 Lowfield Drive Haxby York YO32 3QY

Proposal:   Single storey side extension to form garage and single storey rear extension

Applicant:  Mr And Mrs Alastair Grindlay

Contact      Christopher C Dent

Consultation Expiry Date     29 August 2016

Case Officer:      Paul Edwards


Haxby & Wigginton Planning Applications – 1st August

Full details can be found by quoting the application reference on the “planning portal” website.  Click here.

Ref No:      16/01656/FUL   

Location:   2 Headland Close Haxby York YO32 3HW

Proposal:   Dormer window extension to front roofslope and porch to front

Applicant:  Mr Dave Armer

Contact      Mr John Whittlestone

Consultation Expiry Date     22 August 2016

Case Officer:      Paul Edwards     Expected Decision Level     DEL

Ref No:      16/01788/TPO  

Location:   3 Hall Rise Haxby York YO32 3LP

Proposal:   Remove limb; crown reduce up to 30%; crown thin by 20% Beech tree protected by Tree Preservation Order No. 208A/1994

Applicant:  Mr Colin Driver

Contact      Mr Neil Hale

Consultation Expiry Date     22 August 2016

Case Officer:      Esther Priestley  Expected Decision Level     DEL




Wigginton Recreation Hall is 90!

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson with representatives from U3A at Wigginton Recreation Hall

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson with representatives from U3A at Wigginton Recreation Hall

Many Haxby and Wigginton residents will have been to the Recreation Hall and most will know that it is a well-used venue for local meetings and events. However, many people will be unaware of its long history as a meeting place for people from both villages.

The original hall was built 90 years ago this year and was rebuilt in the 1970’s becoming the hall it is today. As a beautifully-maintained hall with several rooms, plenty of car parking and a well-equipped kitchen, it has seen many events take place – from dancing to blood donor sessions and from parties to flu jabs.

On Saturday 16th July, many of the organisations that use the hall came together to celebrate its rich history and each one had a stall to show what they do and encourage people to join them. Ian had a great time talking to old friends and new, and had a good chat to those on the U3A stand.

Like many other organisations in Haxby & Wigginton, our local U3A branch is very lively. With a great many different activities to suit all tastes. Other exhibitors at the event included the WI, the Guides and Brownies, the Flower Arranging and Bonsai societies and the Wigginton Squash Club.

A raffle was held with lots of prizes, and a cheque was presented to the Air Ambulance. Tea and cake were served to the many visitors, some of whom had been coming to the hall for many years.

As a councillor for Haxby and Wigginton, Ian was pleased to be able to thank the stall holders for helping to make village life so varied and interesting.

Haxby Explore Learning Centre Closed

Haxby Library closed on the 16th of July. The Library had recently had an inspection, which identified some structural problems which meant that the library had to be closed for safety reasons.

In order to ensure local children can still take part in the summer reading challenge, the children’s library has a temporary home at Oaken Grove Community Centre.

The mobile library will be located at Oaken Grove every Saturday morning, and alternate Mondays and Fridays.

Oaken Grove Opening Hours

Until a more permanent solution is found, our nearest library is at New Earswick.

Lib Dem Cllr Nigel Ayre, council executive member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “As the council owns the building we will be working closely with Explore York to help ensure there will be minimum disruption for library users in the Haxby area.

“Together with the library service and the community we will be looking at all future options to ensure that local residents have continued library services.”

Ian and Sarah understand that Haxby Explore is one of the busiest libraries in the City, and want to make sure that this valuable service remains available to residents. We believe residents of Haxby and Wigginton should have local access to a library, both to enjoy reading and the other facilities and events offered by Haxby Explore.

Useful Links:

York Press: Library to shut due to fears over buildings safety

Explore Haxby Learning Centre on Facebook

Oaken Grove Community Centre

New Earswick Library