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“Pillock” remark by York Tory Councillor prompts investigation

Lovers of Dickensian drama will no doubt turn out in large numbers at a public hearing meeting next week (West Offices 10:00am 19th Dec)

Groves Chapel

Groves Chapel

They will hear a complaint from 3 residents who claim foul play in the way that a planning application, relating to the establishment of a supermarket in part of the Groves Chapel, was handled at meetings which took place last spring.

An independent report into the storm will be discussed at a “Standards Committee” meeting.

The report finds that Cllr. John Galvin – the chair of the planning sub committee – was disrespectful to those attending a site meeting when – in an aside – he referred to someone as a “pillock”.

The investigator says “pillock” is not a swear word.

The complainants say that they didn’t actually hear what was said while John Galvin says the comment described the behaviour of a lorry driver who was touring the area in an attempt to influence the views of the planners.

The report dismisses claims that the Councillor had a vested interest in the outcome of the planning application by virtue of his, Council nominated, governorship of the York Hospital.

At a meeting on 7th April 2016 John Galvin used his Chairs casting vote to approve the plans to bring the Groves Chapel back into use (it had been largely vacant for several months).

The committee has the power to impose sanctions on Councillors found to have breached protocols. Usually breaches are dealt with by way of a warning about future behaviour.

While John Galvin’s approach can be viewed as robust – and he can sometimes appear intolerant of opposing views – we doubt whether the case should have got this far.

Better to use mediation to sort out this kind of thing, perhaps over a coffee and a handshake.

The costs of the investigation will be borne by taxpayers.


York Police issue warning about Email scam

Potentially useful warning from the Police community messaging service

North Yorkshire Police would like to make you aware of the following email phishing scam:
Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails, mainly targeting email addresses connected to businesses in the United Kingdom, with the message subject heading ‘Notice of Intended Prosecution’ and ‘NIP – Notice Number’ followed by a combination of letters and numbers.

A NIP, used legally, informs an individual of the intention to take proceedings against the driver of a motor vehicle, in accordance with Sec1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

The emails purport to come from the Greater Manchester Police.

It is believed that the URL hidden behind the line ‘Check The Photographic Evidence’ delivers the GOZI/ISFP Banking Trojan which is involved in stealing online banking login details from victims.
If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting

What’s on in York: 59th Annual Community Carol Concert

Music – Choir Concert,
Sun 11 Dec 2016

York’s 59th Annual Community Carol Concert

York’s 59th Annual Community Carol Concert

Now in its 59th year, the York Community Carol Concert is one of the City’s “must do” events at Christmas time.

Appearing for the very first time at the Community Carol Concert will be:

Military Wives Choir York , Archies Boys Aloud, Huntington Primary Academy Choir and Lord Deramore’s Primary School Choir along with concert regular Steve Cassidy.

The Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band will accompany the community carols, conducted by our assistant musical director, Mike Pratt.

Once again our host the Rev Andrew Foster will keep an eye on proceedings whilst our musical director, John Warburton will wield the baton for his 38th appearance at the Carol Concert.

Don’t forget to book your seat for this great community festive event, full of fun and high quality local talent providing your musical entertainment.

What better way to start your Christmas celebrations?

What’s on in York: Handel’s Messiah performed by the York Minster Choir

Experience the story of Christ through this celebrated and popular oratorio, performed by the York Minster Choir.
  • 10 Dec 16


York Minster

The York Minster Choir will be joined by internationally renowned soloists this Christmas for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah in the beautiful setting of York Minster’s Nave. The famous work was first performed in Dublin in 1742 and has since become one of the best-known and most popular English oratorios. What better way to celebrate Christmas than to experience the story of Christ through this moving and poignant choral performance?

The soloists for the performance are:

  • Darren Jeffery Bass – Baritone
  • Thomas Elwin – Tenor
  • Julia Doyle – Soprano
  • Michael Chance CBE – Counter Tenor

Tickets are priced at: Front Nave: £25 Rear Nave: £18 Side Aisles: £12



When? 10 Dec 16 at 7pm  

Where? York Minster 

How much? £12-£25