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So could you afford to buy a house in Acomb?

Property cost indicator says Acomb first time buyers need an annual income of £32,111

Enter your post code in the following box to find out average house prices in your neighbourhood plus the upfront costs of buying (15% deposit, stamp duty etc) an entry level property

The ONS says that average house prices in the Westfield/Acomb area are now £170,000.

The average household income is £38,000


Low marks for sparks

The proposal to site shipping containers on Piccadilly has now reached the planning stage. The plans can be viewed by clicking here. Residents can comment either in favour or in objection to the plans.

In some ways the proposals vary from the highly intrusive plans backed by the Council’s Executive last November

The plans show around 20 shipping containers, “re-purposed as a venue for retail, restaurant, office and performance space”.

The layout shows no fewer than 5 new bars.

There are also two restaurants with outdoor seating areas at first floor level. One area is only a few metres away from existing residential properties.

The proposal describes “beverage kiosks” serving alcohol and non-alcohol based drinks,” tapping into the early evening, European-style way of drinking and socialising”.

It is unclear from the plans where the promised outdoor entertainment will be located.

No noise impact statement is currently available

The listed activities would require licenses. The site is in the “cumulative impact zone” – and close to Walmgate which has had anti-social behaviour problems, connected with alcohol, in the past.

How many more bars can the City centre sustain?

One change from the November plans concerns the external appearance of the development. It will be circled by wooden hoardings which should go some way to softening the appearance of the containers. However, the submitted plans are confused about the external colours of the containers with some apparently retaining the strident primary colours that attracted adverse comment last year.

The proposals make no comment on the impact that the development might have on other low cost street level retail and food outlets in the City. The Shambles market is already struggling and any further dilution of users – and customers – could signal its end.

We have no doubt that the developers will lobby hard for their scheme. However, the planning committee will need to consider the quality of the arguments put forward.

Residents living immediately adjacent to the development should have real concerns about the impact that it would have on their lives.

The appearance of the development from the many high buildings nearby will still be a cause for concern even if muted colours are used.

But the main issues are likely to be whether the “temporary” use will in effect put the comprehensive redevelopment of the Piccadilly area back by another 3 years. In recent years, the Council has turned down several offers for the site which might have seen residential, hotel and/or exhibition space provided there.

Despite the recent publication of the umpteenth “southern gateway” masterplan, without a funding package and clear development milestones, this kind of make do project may be all that they are prepared to consider.

We should be more ambitious for the redevelopment of this part of the city

What’s on in York: Chapter House Choir At York Minster

Renaissance Grand Tour

  • 25 Feb 17


Tickets £15.00 (£13.50 Over 60s, £5.00 Full-time students and children)


An exhiliarating musical journey around Europe through c17th century choral works.

Including music by Sweenlinck, Schutz, Monteverdi and Gabrieli.

Performed by The Chapter House Choir


Work starts on congestion relieving link road on Layerthorpe


The York Council has announced today that will be constructing an access road to the new Ebacorum Way development on Layerthorpe from Monday 27 February.

This is the final part of the, much delayed, James Street access route which will link Heworth Green to Lawrence Street. It is expected to reduce the volume of traffic using Mill Lane and nearby roads.

The work is expected to take six weeks to complete, weather permitting.

The work will also include connecting water, gas and electricity supplies to the development and replacing the traffic lights. In order to carry out the work safely, three way temporary traffic signals will be used. The signals will be operational at all times throughout the six weeks. The footway on the development side will be closed with an alternative route being provided for pedestrians.

Site staff will be on hand to offer advice about the access restrictions whilst works are ongoing. Specific access requirements can be arranged by speaking to the site manager who will co-ordinate with residents and business to help minimise any disruption.

As with any construction work, there is likely to be a certain amount of disruption. Residents and businesses are assured that everything reasonably possible will be done to keep this to a minimum, however motorists should expect some delays and plan their journey accordingly.

The contractor carrying out the work will be responsible for safety.

What’s on in York – Half term crafts: A Book of Winter

Dringhouses Library :

Fri 24 Feb 

10.00am – 12.00pm  

£2/child, £5 family ticket (up to 4 children)

BerriesThis half term we will be holding a fun and different craft event with print-maker and artist Jane Kennelly. Come along for ‘Winter trees: Branches, berries, and buds’ and make beautiful pictures for pages for a giant book to decorate the library! Sponsored by York Evening Decorative and Fine Art Society (YEDFAS).

This event is for 4-12 year olds.

For more information or to reserve a place please call Lucy at Dringhouses Library on (01904) 552674 or

Mystery shopping’ survey rates council’s Adult Social Care services as ‘excellent’

City of York Council’s frontline customer contact teams in adult social care have been rated as being ‘excellent’ overall by an independent survey.

The mystery shopping report has praised access to social care advice, information and services as ‘excellent’, which is the highest available. The rating was only awarded to two of fifteen local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber area, meaning York is among the best in the region.

The mystery shopping survey was carried out on behalf of the Yorkshire and Humberside Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, with representatives posing as customers contacting the adult social care team.

Between November 2016 and January 2017 the assessment tested telephone, website, face to face, through the main council reception, out of main office hours services to seek advice on a range of issues.

Out of the six channels assessed, three were rated as ‘excellent’ and three assessed as ‘good’. The website, safeguarding access and out of hours services were rated as ‘excellent’ with reception, face to face and telephone services being rated as ‘good’.
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