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Carlton Tavern decision

Planning permission, to demolish the Carlton Tavern and use the site for an elderly persons home, was refused last night.

In effect the Planning Committee reversed a decision taken a couple of months ago when the Chair had to use his casting vote to determine the issue.

This prompted threats of a Judicial review of the process.

The applicants now have a right of appeal against the latest decision, so it is likely to be several months before the fate of the building is finally clear.

What’s on in York: Christmas Carols at the Stained Glass centre

Saturday 16th December, 4pm 

Take a break from Christmas shopping and indulge in this festive treat.
At 4pm we will gather for mince pies and mulled wine, followed by carols from the ADAM Festival Community Choir at around 4.30pm, to get us all in the Christmas spirit!

The Stained Glass Centre St Martin-cum-Gregory Church St Martin’s Lane York, YO1 6LN

What’s on in York: The Snowman at York Minster

Big Screen. Iconic Film. World Class Musicians. A truly magical Christmas show.

  • 16th Dec 2017

2:30pm & 7:00pm

From £12


Delight your family this Christmas with a screening of two enchanting films accompanied by live orchestra.

Following on from their highly acclaimed sell-out tour last December, Carrot Productions are bringing their Snowman magic to York Minster on 16 December with two performances (2.30pm for the matinee and 7pm for the evening show).

Hear some of the UK’s top musicians perform Howard Blake’s beautiful soundtrack – including the evocative ‘Walking in the Air’ sung by a local child soloist – in perfect synchronicity with the film shown on a giant screen. Not a dry eye in the house!

This extra special performance includes a light-hearted Guide to the Orchestra, including an angelic harp, Frozen on the flutes, and a very naughty drummer!

You’ll also experience the wonder of that most Christmassy of seasonal pieces, The Nutcracker, brought to life by Tom Scott’s mesmerising animated film. Along with a toe-tapping Christmas overture – and a visit from a VERY special conductor! – this festive treat has something for all ages. Cherished by children and adults alike, the concert is fast becoming an annual custom, providing the perfect winter outing for all the family.

What’s on in York: Sensational Snow! at Dringhouses Library

SnowDringhouses Library :

Sat 16 Dec :

1.30pm – 3.30pm :

£2 per child/£5 family ticket

Come along for a fun festive activity for children aged 4-12.

Make Christmas cards and decorations to take home, all based on the theme of snow. Snowflakes, snowmen, and snowy scenes – brrrilliantly beautiful!

Booking advisable to avoid disappointment.

£2 per child/£5 family ticket

Tickets available from any Explore Library

For more information contact Dringhouses Library on (01904) 552674 or

“Great British Spring Clean” coming to Westfield on 2nd – 4th March. Wildflower planting scheme also announced

Local Community Groups will again be participating in the Great British Spring Clean (GBSC) in 2018

On the weekend of the 2-4 March 2018, GBSC want you to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us.

Another clean up day is being organised in the Foxwood area

Join the growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.

Register today for the Great British Spring Clean 2018 and together we can make a difference.

Click to register

Click for details

Separately another opportunity to improve the local environment has been announced.

Grow Wild: Funding from Kew for community groups to plant wildflowers.

There is a lot of scope in the west of the City for more wildflower beds.

One volunteer hopes to d some planning in either the Foxwood or Tedder Road parks.

Let us know if you plan to do anything in your area and we will give it some publicity.

NB. Next years Foxwood garden competition is offering a special prize for the gardener who grows the best flower bed aimed at encouraging bee activity.

Police tax level consultation starts in York

Click to take survey

The Police and Crime Commissioner is asking residents to complete an online survey.

Little background information is provided on the options available which are essentially a freeze (which would cut the police budget in real terms) or a 1.99% increase (the maximum that the government will allow unless a ridiculously expensive referendum is held)

If you opt for a referendum, then you are offered a choice of paying £5 year more, between £5 and £10 and over £10 a year.

There are only limited opportunity on the survey to mention crime concerns although one of the response boxes does allow you to write in that you think your additional contribution should be ringfenced to address, for example, anti-social behaviour issues.

Uber and out

….or not as the case may now be in York!

The council decided last night that – because of data protection issues and complaint  levels – Uber’s York private hire license would not be renewed.

Whether it will make much difference remains to be seen.

The committee heard that the vast majority of Uber drivers in the City do not live in York anyway.

The company has a right to appeal.

Whatever people views might be about this particular company, many customers these days clearly do want to use an “App” to summon private hire vehicles. Knowing in advance the likely cost of a journey, and when the vehicle is likely will arrive, are viewed as advantages. Automatic billing is another plus point as is the opportunity for drivers and passengers to record their views on the quality of their journey experience. .

There seems to be a window of opportunity for an enterprising local company to set up a service using one of the rival IT platforms. Hopefully this would guarantee at least some “tech savvy” local drivers would have the opportunity to benefit from any growth in demand for private hire cars in York.

Currently the City has around 800 licensed private hire and taxi drivers. Of these, 10 locally registered Uber drivers.


York businesses benefit from £700,000 rate relief

Over 1,000 small businesses and charities in York will benefit from £700,000 in business rate relief over the next few months.

No business or charity with a rateable value below £200,000 will have to pay an increase in their business rates in 2017/18.

The decision follows a recent business rates revaluation exercise carried out by Central Government, which saw many businesses facing rates rising 12.5% or more. The decision will mean that £700,000 in government money will be automatically redistributed to businesses across the city, without the need for an application process.

Keep an eye out for vulnerable neighbours this winter

With cold weather forecast over the coming days City of York Council is reminding residents to stay well this winter and to look out for vulnerable neighbours and relatives.

Winter is here. The cold weather can have a significant impact on people’s health and with the cold and icy conditions vulnerable people can tend to stay at home.

Top tips for supporting older vulnerable neighbours, friends and relatives, include:

  • Make sure they’re warm enough – the temperature in  their home should be at least 18oC, particularly if they are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over, and they may need to  wear several layers of clothes to stay warm.
  • Make sure they are well stocked up on food, drink and medicines they may need.
  • Try to make sure they have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.
  • Information about social groups and activities for older people is available through  or by contacting Age UK York on 01904 627995.
  • For more information about Age UK’s national Spread the Warmth campaign visit or see   more information about keeping well during winter.

Councillor Carol Runciman, executive member for adult social care and health, City of York Council, said: “For hundreds of older and vulnerable people across the York area the winter can be a lonely and difficult time.

“Simply popping in to check on vulnerable neighbours or make time for elderly relatives and friends to make sure they are warm, happy and healthy can make such a difference.”

The council is also reminding people to stay well this winter, here’s our top tips:

  • At the first sign of a cough or cold, get advice from your pharmacist
  • Speak to your pharmacist about important medicines you should have in stock
  • It is important to keep warm in winter, so heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F)
  • Make sure you get your flu jab from your GP or pharmacy
  • For information and advice visit