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 www.york.gov.uk/wards 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 www.york.gov.uk/localplan

For more information about Ward Committee meetings, events and projects in receipt of ward funds visit www.york.gov.uk/wards or email shapingneighbourhoods@york.gov.uk

Residents can also have their say at www.york.gov.uk/consultations 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

Haxby and Wigginton Planning Applications – 18th July

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

Ref No:      16/01629/FUL   

Location:   46 Lowfield Drive Haxby York YO32 3QY

Proposal:   Two storey side and single storey rear extensions including extensions to front and rear dormers

Applicant:  Mr Andrew Metcalf

Consultation Expiry Date     8 August 2016

Case Officer:      David Johnson   Expected Decision Level     DEL

Ref No:      16/01667/TPO  

Location:   4 Sandy Lane Haxby York YO32 2WP

Proposal:   Crown lift to 4m 2no. Scots Pine trees protected by Tree Preservation Order No.: CYC177

Applicant:  Mr Craig Johnson

Contact      Craig Johnson

Consultation Expiry Date     8 August 2016

Case Officer:      Esther Priestley  Expected Decision Level

Haxby Carnival 2016

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Haxby’s annual Carnival took place on 9th July, despite worrying forecasts of rain and thunder. By mid-morning, stalls were being set up on Ethel Ward Playing Fields and, although there were some early showers, into the afternoon it stayed dry and even warmed up as time went on. The opening procession went through the village and included the Scout band with many local children in fancy dress. Vale Radio, who are based at Haxby Memorial Hall, acted as MC during the day.

The LibDem stall had the ever popular ‘crockery smash’ alongside the sale of plants and books. Ian Cuthbertson and Sarah Dixon enjoyed the chance to talk to local people and to help out on the stall. There were lots of customers, young and old, who smashed a load of old crockery!

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A small team from Haxby Town Council were the hard workers who made it all happen and, near the end of the afternoon, Ian was asked to present a bouquet to Jenny Bell who had organised the event and led their team on the day. Ian thanked everyone for their hard work and congratulated those who were running the stalls on a tremendous effort. Everybody’s efforts had made it a very successful event.

Lib Dems call for funding guarantees for York

Tom Brake EU LaunchLiberal Democrats are calling on the Government to guarantee that York will still receive millions in EU funding and that the positive contribution EU citizens living in the city make is recognised.

 

The Lib Dems will move a motion at next week’s Full Council saying the Government should ensure that York and Yorkshire receives investment at least equal to that planned to be provided by EU programmes. Between now and 2020, the region will directly receive £661m from European programmes to support small businesses, help residents find work, and support farmers and rural communities.

 

The motion says that in future negotiations, the UK’s vital trading relationship with the EU should be protected and the Government should put in place a support package to help local businesses deal with the short-term economic shock and the transition to the UK’s new relationship with the EU. The Lib Dems are also calling for the rights of the 5,000 plus EU citizens currently working and living in the city to be protected.

 

Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Group Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council who will move the motion, commented:

 

“It is clear that following the referendum there are many unanswered questions of crucial importance to local residents and businesses. With the idea of leaving the EU to ‘take back control’ so ill-defined, it is vital that elected members at all levels in our city make clear their demands for a negotiating position that promotes and protects the interests of York.

 

“Key issues for us in York include the £661m Yorkshire receives directly from EU programmes as well as the individual funding given to support our universities and other projects in education, science and the environment. On top of this, are the crucial trade links which many local businesses rely on and the status of the EU nationals who have made York their home.

 

“York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust alone employs more than 250 staff from EU member countries; as it has looked to Europe to address staffing and skills shortages in recent years. The contribution these and other EU nationals make to our city should be recognised by Theresa May and their rights must be protected going forward.”

 

Information:

 

Cllr Aspden will move the following motion at next Thursday’s Full Council (6:30pm in York’s Guildhall)

 

York and the impact of Brexit

 

Council notes:

  • The result of the EU referendum
  • That 58% of those who voted in York voted for the UK to remain a member of the EU
  • That York is a tolerant and inclusive city where the contribution of all citizens (including nationals of other EU countries living here) is recognised and appreciated
  • York residents have benefited from the training, education and employment opportunities offered by EU membership
  • Yorkshire is one of the biggest beneficiaries of EU regional funding, which will include before 2020:

– £345m to support small businesses and create jobs (European Regional Development Fund)

– £286m to get unemployed people back into work (European Social Fund)

– £19.7m to support farmers and rural communities (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development)

 

Council believes:

  • Many questions vital to the local interest now need answering, including the likely impact on York’s economy, the future of EU funding programmes that benefit York, and the future of the EU citizens who have made York their home
  • With the Brexit proposition of ‘taking control’ so ill-defined, it is vital that elected members at all levels and other interested parties make clear their demands for a Brexit negotiating position that promotes and protects the interests of the people they represent.

Council resolves to write to the Government saying that:

  • The Government should ensure that York and Yorkshire receives investment at least equal to that planned to be provided by EU programmes
  • In future negotiations, the UK’s vital trading relationship with the EU should be protected as far as possible alongside environmental standards and legislation supporting workers’ rights
  • The Government should work with regional LEPs and other partners to put in place a support package to help businesses deal with the short-term economic shock and the transition to the UK’s new relationship with the EU
  • The Government should re-affirm its commitment to funding key projects in the region including York Central, HS2 and Transpennine electrification

The rights of EU citizens currently working and living in the city should be protected.

Haxby and Wigginton Planning Applications – 11th July

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

Ref No:      16/01544/FUL    Key Value O9FTU2SJMG600

Location:   122 York Road Haxby York YO32 3EG

Proposal:   Variation of condition 2 of permitted application 13/02280/FUL to alter window and door locations on plots 1 and 2

Applicant:  Mr Kevin Mohan

Contact      Mr Lee Vincent

Consultation Expiry Date     1 August 2016

Case Officer:      Kevin O’Connell Expected Decision Level     DEL

 

Ref No:      16/01580/FUL    Key Value O9LDUFSJMHQ00

Location:   11 Delamere Close Wiggington York YO32 2QF

Proposal:   Single storey side and rear extensions

Applicant:  Mr Kevin Biscombe

Contact      Mr Paul Roberts

Consultation Expiry Date     1 August 2016

Case Officer:      Sharon Jackson Expected Decision Level     DEL

 

Ref No:      16/01581/FUL    Key Value O9LDUOSJMHS00

Location:   York Pilates Matwork The Old Crown Forge 5 Station Road Haxby York

Proposal:   Change of use from domestic storage to beauty salon room (use class sui generis)

Applicant:  Mr Mark Hudson

Contact      Christopher C Dent

Consultation Expiry Date     1 August 2016

Case Officer:      David Johnson   Expected Decision Level

 

Ref No:      16/01587/FUL    Key Value O9N8J6SJMI800

Location:   7 Ascot Road Wigginton York YO32 2QE

Proposal:   First floor side extension

Applicant:  Mr Chris Bailey

Consultation Expiry Date     1 August 2016

Case Officer:      Sharon Jackson Expected Decision Level