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Marygate car park will be smaller

A report being presented to a decision meeting next week recommends that Marygate car park be reduced in size by six spaces.  

It is part of the fall-out from a proposal which would see the adjacent railway cycle path widened.

Marygate car park was often full during the summer. Railway cycle path on left

There have already been complaints from season pass holders that they have been unable to find space to park because of an impulsive, and totally unjustified, initiative which saw 70 spaces coned off a few months ago.

More welcome, are plans to provide a ramp access to St Mary’s. This will help both disabled buggy users and cyclists.

A design for new traffic lights at the St Mary’s junction with Bootham is also suggested.

More accessible link for cyclists is promised at the bottom of St Mary’s

Objections to the plans are dismissed out of hand by officials although the report does say that a safety audit on the proposals has been completed (the results of it are not detailed in the papers).

The scheme will cost around £360,000 including £60,000 for the path widening part of the project.

Coronavirus York updates; 26th October 2020

Deaths and test results

There have been no further deaths announced by the York Hospital Trust today

83 (EIGHTY THREE) additional positive test results announced today. Cumulative total now 3397.

Slight slowing of rate of new cases is being sustained although some neighbourhoods ( e.g. Clifton North) are showing above national average rates for the first time

Coronavirus York updates; 25th October 2020

Deaths and test results

There have been no further deaths at the York Hospital Trust announced today

There were 54 (FIFTY FOUR) positive test results announced today bringing the cumulative total to 3314.

The rate of increase in case numbers continues to be stable. There has not, as yet, been any sustained reduction in the number of new cases being reported each day.

The rate per 100k population figure peaked at 308.15 last Tuesday.

At neighbourhood level, the least affected area is now Huntington. The numbers at Heslington are still high but are slowly declining.

There is a high rate of growth in positive test results the Rawcliffe/Clifton South neighbourhood,

Positive test results by local neighbourhood.
Case numbers in Rawcliffe are increasing
Case numbers at Heslington are slowly reducing

Latest planning applications for the Westfield Ward

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference


26 Rosemary Road, Lowfields, York YO24 3FN

Erection of one detached 3-storey dwelling (Self Build Plot 6, Lowfield Green)

Ref. No: 20/01961/FUL 

26 Rosemary Road (back Tudor Road)


10 Ascot Court, Gale Lane,  York YO24 3AE

Installation of balcony to rear

Ref. No: 20/01954/FUL 


24 Wetherby Road Acomb York YO26 5BT

Single storey rear extension

Ref. No: 20/01941/FUL 


17 Branton Place York YO26 5BQ

First floor rear extension and single storey rear extension

Ref. No: 20/01940/FUL 


16 Redcoat Way York YO24 3NG

Single storey front extension

Ref. No: 20/01899/FUL 


Christines Nail And Beauty 21 Front Street York YO24 3BW

Internal alterations including replacement of 8 internal doors with FD30 fire doors

Ref. No: 20/01763/LBC 

Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning online web site.

The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

Coronavirus York updates; 24th October 2020

Deaths and test results

ONE further death at the York Hospital Trust announced. Occurred on Thursday. Brings the second wave total to 12 fatalities.

69 (SIXTY NINE) new positive test results announced today. The cumulative total number of cases in the City is now 3260

The rolling 7 day average number of new cases peaked at 92.43 last Sunday.

There is more evidence emerging that the number of new cases arising in the City has stabilised.

While Heslington remains the most affected neighbourhood, the new case incidence trend there is now downwards.

Three neighbourhoods now have fewer average case numbers than the national rate. They are Poppleton/Rufforth/Askhams, Haxby and Huntington.

Case numbers in Rawcliffe/Clifton South are increasing.

Quiet in York

Very quiet Friday in York City centre yesterday.

Despite marketing efforts like the “Made in Yorkshire” market, it seems that most residents are sticking closer to home at present.

The York Council has made cheaper car parking offers available but has so far not said what the take up rate has been..

“Made in Yorkshire” market on Parliament Street
Quiet on Parliament Street on Friday
Coney Street
Clock refuses to move on from 12:00 o’clock

More leisure time for some, comes when a walk or cycle ride in the country can be rewarding.

Autumn colours and cycle track near Naburn

Catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in York

Berkeley police alert drivers of recent spike in catalytic converter thefts

The Police are urging people to be vigilant, take steps to secure their vehicles, and report any suspicious activity immediately – to help make the city a ‘no go area’ for the thieves.

Just before 1am today, Friday 23 October 2020, police were called to the Acomb area, where a resident reported he had disturbed a group of men interfering with his Toyota Auris car. The men drove off at speed in another car. On inspection, the catalytic converter from his car had been removed and stolen.

At about 1.15am, a group of men were seen next to a Volvo V70 in the Fulford area. Officers attended immediately, but the men had left. The car’s exhaust had been cut, but the catalytic converter was still in place.

At 2am this morning, a resident in the Tang Hall area of York was woken by a noise that sounded like drilling. She noticed men crouching around her Honda Jazz car and shouted at them. They made off in another vehicle. The catalytic converter from the car had been stolen.

Owners are urged to take extra precautions to protect their vehicles:

  • With darker nights drawing in, park your car in a locked garage where possible, or a well-lit and populated area
  • Park close to fences, walls or a kerb, or alongside other vehicles, to make theft more difficult. Avoid parking half on the pavement and half on the road, as this may make it easier for thieves to access the catalytic converter
  • If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to the police. If a crime is in progress, dial 999. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations

Council works to ensure children don’t go hungry this half-term

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City of York Council has today approved funding to provide more than 2850 children with food vouchers to support them this half-term.

The council is providing almost £43,000 of emergency funding to continue supporting children with free school meals, for children who normally receive free school meals during term-time. This is on top of the £9000 previously spent on free school meals from the emergency fund set up to support individuals and  families during the pandemic.

The council has put in place emergency funding for October half-term and will be seeking support from the Government and bringing forward proposals for further support during Christmas, February half-term and Easter.

Schools will be in touch with the families of those children that are eligible to ensure they can get their £15 voucher.

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said: “This has been a difficult year for everyone and as a council, we have been doing everything we can to support local residents.

“We want to ensure that children who receive Free School Meals don’t go hungry this half-term. Nearly 3,000 children can access this support, with vouchers of £15 per child provided to all who are eligible for free school meals.

“Staff at the city’s schools have been incredible in supporting children and families and once again they are stepping up to help administer this programme. I am incredibly grateful for all they are doing.”

Pollution fear over fires in east York

Concerns have been raised about fires which have been lit near the travellers site at Osbaldwick.

Although we have enjoyed better air quality in recent months, the gains made could be quickly lost of the York Council doesn’t get on top of the problem of uncontrolled burning.

As well as being a threat to health, smoke can cause visibility problems on highways.

Coronavirus York updates; 23th October 2020

Deaths and test results

There has been a further death at the York Hospital Trust. It occurred on Wednesday. That brings the second wave hospital COVID death toll to 11.

There have been 119 (ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN) new cases announced today. That brings the cumulative total to 3191

The 7 day peak (per 100,000 population) was 307.68 which occurred last Sunday. This was above the regional and national averages.

The most recent figures suggest that, while the number of cases is still rising each day, the speed of the increase in infection rates is slowing.

Heslington remains the worst affected area but there are signs that the infection rate there may be plateauing.

Council commentary updated.

The York Council commentary, published on the open data web site, has been updated today. It is reproduced below.

People with Covid Symptoms

• NHS Pathways/111 triages – as at 19.10.20 there had been 317 total covid triages in the CYC area in the last 7 days. The peak number of triages was 653 in the 7 day period to 20.9.20.

• As at 22.10.20, the Covid Symptom App estimates 1051.7 per 100,000 in York with symptomatic covid (responses from a sample of 5,219 people). The rate is rising.

Diagnosed cases (Pillar 1&2 combined)

• As at 22.10.20 York has had 3,072 cases, a rate of 1,458.6 per 100,000 of population. The rate in York is above the national average (1,221.1) but below the regional average (1,820.7).

• The PHE ‘Exceedance’ rating compares the no. of new cases over a 14 day period with the previous 6 weeks and provides a RAG rating to indicate if the previously observed trend in the no. of new cases is worsening. The latest rating for York (19.10.20) is Green.

• The rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 11.10.20 to 17.10.20 in York is 301.5 (635 cases). The national and regional averages are 176.5 and 301.6 respectively (Using data published on on 22.10.20).

• As at 19.10.20, the latest 7 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 2 only) was 16.59%. The national and regional averages are 8.9% and 13.2% respectively. The number of Pillar 2 tests being carried out in York is increasing.

• As at 21.10.20 York University reported 293 individuals within the University community who were currently self-isolating because they have had a positive COVID-19 test.

• As at 21.10.20 York St. John reported 58 individuals within the University community who were currently self-isolating because they have had a positive COVID-19 test.

Contact Tracing

• Since 28.5.20 a total of 2,447 laboratory confirmed CYC Covid cases have been uploaded into the NHS Test and Trace system and 1,955 of the cases have been engaged. 7.819 ‘contacts’ have been identified and 4,682 of these have been traced.


The two sources about deaths from Covid-19 at LA level are ONS data and local registrar data. They are derived from the same source (civil registration data). ONS data is more comprehensive as it includes deaths of York residents which have occurred and been registered outside York. Local registrar data is useful as it provides a breakdown by age and gender. The most recently available data is summarised below:

• ONS weekly data: For deaths occurring up to 9th October 2020 and registered up to 17th October 2020, 173 deaths were recorded as having occurred for CYC residents (83 in hospital, 78 in care homes, 9 at home and 3 in a hospice). The number of deaths per 100,000 of population in York is 82.14 which is lower than the national average of 90.34. The most recent death reported for a York resident was in week 41 (3 to 9 October).

• ‘Excess’ deaths (ONS). In week 41 (3 Oct to 9 Oct), 27 deaths occurred for York residents, which is 5 fewer than the average weekly number for 2014-18. Over the last 20 weeks the total number of deaths in York has been 54 fewer than the average for the equivalent weeks in 2014-18.

• Local Registrar data: In the weekly data received on 19.10.20 (for deaths occurring up to 14.10.20), a cumulative total of 166 deaths of CYC residents where COVID-19 was mentioned (confirmed or suspected) on the death certificate, have been registered. The average age of the people who died was 82.4, with an age range of 53-104. The age profile of those dying in York is slightly older than the national average. 87 of the 166 were male (52.4%), slightly less than the national average (55.1%). 82 of the deaths occurred in hospital and 84 were community deaths (e.g. at home or in a care home or hospice). 72 people (43.4%) died in nursing /care homes (the national average is 29.15%). In addition 13 people (7.83%) who normally resided in nursing/care homes in the CYC area, died in hospital.

Data on deaths occurring in hospital are shown below. Deaths are initially reported for York NHS Foundation Trust which includes Scarborough Hospital and the further breakdown by site can be delayed. From local registrar data, 56.7% of COVID-19 deaths occurring at York Hospital have been CYC residents. (NB NHS Trusts record deaths following a positive covid-19 test (within 28 days) whereas ONS record deaths where covid-19 in mentioned on the death certificate so the totals are not the same).

• Deaths at York Hospital: As at 22.10.20, 139 deaths (awaiting confirmation of breakdown by hospital site) where the person had tested positive for COVID-19 and were being cared for at York Hospital have been reported. 225 deaths have been reported by the wider York NHS Trust.

Residents urged to stay safe and shop local over half term

Ahead of half term City of York Council is urging residents to help support the city’s businesses by shopping local whilst staying safe and following the latest guidelines.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning said:
“York’s businesses need support to survive, and shopping local will enable them to be around in the long term to keep York the place that it is.

“There’s no denying that current restrictions impact daily life in many ways, that being said York’s businesses have made tremendous steps to implement safety features to respond to guidance on the current situation.”

“If we all follow the guidelines, we can protect the people and places we love whilst supporting our local economy and recognising some of the fantastic work that staff in local businesses have done to support us all over the previous months.”

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health, said:
“Whilst these new restrictions do place extra pressure on residents and businesses it is vital that we work together as a city and follow them straight away. This is our best opportunity to help slow the spread of the virus, and ultimately save lives.

We know that the virus spreads largely indoors, through social contact and a lack of social distancing.

Therefore it is vital that people follow these tier 2 guidelines and enjoy York in a safe and controlled way. This includes stopping indoor mixing of households and socially distancing which if followed will hopefully see the number of cases in the city reduce.

“We must continue to wash our hands regularly, observe social distancing and wear face coverings in busy places.

“Please make sure you are familiar with the symptoms. Self-isolate if you show any of them, and book a test straight away. If you need advice or help, please visit or call our help line 01904 551550.”

Johnny Hayes, Chair of Indie York, said:
“York is a City of independents with over 65 percent of businesses in the City being independently run. This really helps to makes York to be such a unique place. These businesses need the support of local people to help them to survive. Shopping local is good for the local economy and sense of local community.

This half term Indie York is running Treasure Trails around many of York’s Independent businesses to attract lots of people to the city but in a way that allows for safe distancing. People can visit the businesses shop windows and every business is set up to provide Covid safe environment if you chose to shop or have a meal. 
Visit for more information.”

The tier 2 restrictions include:
•    You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.
•    You may continue to see friends and family you do not live with outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space. When you do so you must not meet in a group of more than 6.
•    Visiting indoor hospitality/leisure/retail settings is restricted to one household i.e. two households must not meet in these settings (unless those two households are in a support bubble).
•    People are advised only to visit care homes in exceptional circumstances. Please contact the care home you want to visit before attending, to check the latest information and make arrangements.
•    People should only travel for essential reasons.
•    You can still go on holiday outside of your area, but you should only do this with people you live with, or have formed a support bubble with (dependant on any local restrictions in the area you are visiting).
•    People can play a team sport only where this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation, and sports-governing body guidance has been issued.
•    People should not attend amateur or professional sporting events as a spectators.
•    Wedding receptions and celebrations can continue for up to 15 people in the form of a sit-down meal and in a Covid-secure setting, not in a private dwelling.
•    Up to 30 people can attend a funeral, and 15 for a wake in a Covid-secure setting, not in a private dwelling.

To learn more about the new measures and what support is available, please visit

Council awaits government guidance on grants – and promises to repeat swift payment

City of York Council has assured the city’s businesses that it will publish details as soon the government provides councils with guidance on the latest business support scheme.

The council will work to get the new government grants into business’ bank accounts as quickly as possible.

The council was one of the fastest in the country to pay out the original coronavirus grants, part of a swift response which protected jobs and businesses across the city. Following extensive lobbying efforts from the city’s businesses, City of York Council,  and regional partners, the government announced further grants for businesses affected by the pandemic, even if they have not been forced to closed.

Following yesterday’s announcement from the Chancellor for the Exchequer the council is awaiting the detail, and in the coming days will share more information as to how businesses can access the support.

Full details will be posted on  the council website at Businesses can sign up to the council’s business bulletin to make sure they get details direct to their inbox

Cllr Andrew Waller, executive member for the economy and strategic planning, said:
“We have spent the last few months actively lobbying for more urgent and comprehensive support for both the hospitality industry as well as those businesses, who have found themselves excluded from Government support, particularly those with higher rateable values. The Council has been using the resources available to retain employment in the city and support businesses across as many sectors as possible.