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What’s on in York: Make a pencil holder

Acomb Explore Library :

Tue 30 May :

10.00am – 12.00pm :

£3 for 1 adult and 1 child, £4 for 1 adult and 2 children

Pencil HoldersGet creative making a lovely pencil holder, artist and designer Kathryn Richardson will show you how.

This fun activity is for children and accompanying adults to enjoy.

£3 for 1 adult and 1 child, £4 for 1 adult and 2 children.

Booking is essential and tickets can be booked at any library.

For more information contact Acomb Explore Library on (01904) 552651 or


Stray dogs to cost York taxpayers £102,000

The York Council has let a contract for provision of a stray dog kennelling and collection service “pursuant to its statutory duties, powers and functions”.

This will include the provision of 5 kennels for the sole use of the Council for the housing of stray and other dogs held by the Council.

The contract will start on 1st June and will last for 2 years.

It is expected that the value of the  contract will be £102,000

Only a small proportion of the cost is expected to be reclaimed from dog owners although most dogs are now micro-chipped.

Police appeal for information following collision between cyclist and car on Beckfield Lane, York

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a road traffic collision that occurred on Beckfield Lane, near Boroughbridge Road in York.

The collision happened at around 3.15pm  on Monday 22 May 2017 and involved a cyclist and a small red vehicle driven by a woman described as white, around 40-year-old, medium to heavy build, 5ft 6in tall with blonde hair. She had a male passenger in the car with her at the time of the collision.

A cyclist was knocked from her bike in the collision, causing a fracture to her knee cap and a fracture to her toe, plus heavy bruising to her arms and legs.
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Now York Council tries to hide cost of Lord Mayors bash

Hard on the heels of its decision to hide information about the work rate of individual Councillors, the York Council has now refused to reveal the costs of yesterdays Lord Mayors luncheon.

A citizen posted a series of questions under Freedom of Information rules which would have revealed which Councillors paid for their own meals at the exclusive Star Inn the City restaurant following the Guildhall event.

The request has been refused because of the “the context, history, purpose and impact of your requests and contact with and about the council, its officers and particular Councillors, the information that has already been made public regarding the Lord Mayors lunch and the fact that you are aware of where council expenditure will be published”.

While the Council may find the particular citizens dogged pursuit of wrongdoing an irritant, it is not a reason to suppress facts in which there is a public interest.

Nor has the Council yet explained why it publicly claimed that the event could not take place in the traditional Assembly Rooms venue “because it was unavailable due to repair works”

It subsequently transpired that the Assembly Rooms will continue to operate as a normal dining venue until at least July.

Those Councillors who have made a contribution towards the costs of the event – or made a charitable donation in lieu – would be wise publicise the fact.

In the meantime the York Council should come out from behind its barricades and provide more citizen engagement than can be achieved by some ritual flag waving.

NB. Total direct costs of Lord Mayors Day – including refreshments – are normally around £6000


Curfew and fines for dangerous dog’s owners living in Kingsway North


The owners of a mastiff-type dog which attacked and seriously injured two other dogs, were yesterday (24 May) fined a total £600, have been disqualified from owning or walking a dog for five years and have had a curfew imposed on them.

City of York Council prosecuted Kelly Coxon (age 37) and Wayne Martin (aged 27) both of Kingsway North, York, of two offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

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What’s on in York: Concert – Alphabet Soup Made In Britain

Fairfax House :

Sat 27 May :

7.30pm – 9.00pm :

£14 & concessions

May _27AlphabetA is for Thomas Arne,
B is for Richard Rodney Bennett…
E is for Sir Edward Elgar.

An A to Z tour of composers of The British Isles from the past 800 years…

Ad Hoc returns with their customary eclectic mix of music, and invite you to share in an evening of alphabetical delights celebrating music Made in Britain.

Frances Brock, Sue Lindley and John Gill are joined by guests Rosy Jamieson, mezzo-soprano, and Alasdiar Jamieson, Bass and Keyboard.

Tickets £14.00
Members & Friends of Fairfax House £12.00 (Includes wine reception at the interval)

Tickets for events can be purchased from the Fairfax House museum shop during opening hours or by ringing (01904) 655543

Extraordinary response from City of York Council to FOI request

Readers will recall that a few weeks ago we published a list of inquiries that York Councillors had recorded with the City of York Council.

The list (left) indicated how many inquiries individual Councillors had recorded during the 2015/16 year.

We submitted an Freedom of Information request asking for the up to date figures for the 2016/17 year.

The Council has now responded saying,

“This information is exempt under section 44 of the FOIA because it is considered that due to the forthcoming general election, it could affect public support for a particular party.

Should you wish to submit a new request for this information following the election, the council would be happy to consider this”.

Given that none of the York Councillors are candidates in the General Election we do wonder how voting intentions might be influenced by the publication of a factual list?

Perhaps the electors in the Hull Road and Micklegate Council by elections deserve to know how hard they might expect their new Councillors to work for them?



Micklegate Bar closed from June

Micklegate Bar

As part of a £1.5 million restoration scheme to preserve and protect York’s medieval city walls – announced by City of York Council last month – road closures will be needed in Micklegate to allow the restoration works to be carried out safely.

The scheme will involve replacing Micklegate Bar’s roof and guttering by stripping this all back, replacing the timberwork and installing stainless steel strengthening ‘shoes’ to roof beams.

Two new walkway gates will also be installed. This will allow the Henry VII Experience museum to remain open when the bar walls themselves are closed. During the works both stairways allowing people access onto the walls will remain open to pedestrians at all times.

Micklegate retailers and businesses were consulted in advance about the works and invited to attend meetings with the council. Letters were also sent to all premises in the area.

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