Lib Dems select local woman to contest Micklegate by-election


York LAileen in Micklegateiberal Democrats have selected local resident Aileen Hingston to contest the forthcoming Micklegate by-election

Aileen is a retired civil servant who has lived in Micklegate ward for 25 years. Her career involved health and social care, refugee issues, and economic statistics. She has been campaigning to resolve parking problems for residents and to improve local bus services.

The by-election has been triggered by the announcement that a Labour Councillor will resign at the end of March.

AIleen & City of York Councillors with Sarah Olney MP

Since the EU referendum Liberal Democrats have won more by-elections than all other major parties combined. Sarah Olney MP, the newest Liberal Democrat MP who won a by-election in Richmond Park last year, launched Aileen’s campaign in Micklegate last weekend.

Lib Dem candidate for Micklegate Aileen Hingston said:

“I love living in York, and particularly Micklegate with its fantastic heritage and green spaces. Since retirement I have enjoyed contributing to the local community, such as by volunteering in a charity shop. If elected I will continue the York Liberal Democrats’ strong record for protecting frontline services.”

“Micklegate had one of the highest Remain vote in York and residents are being let down by the national Labour Party’s failure to fight against a hard Brexit. Right now the Liberal Democrats are the clearest voice on European issues, which really matter in this ward.”

The by election has not yet been called but is expected to take place on 4th May. The vacancy occurred when Labour Councillor Julie Gunnel announced she was quitting following wranglings within the local Labour Council Group.

The Greens and Tories have already publicised their likely candidates names.

The Liberal Democrats came within a couple of hundred votes of winning the area in a similar by-election which took place in 2002.

To support Aileen’s Campaign email Derek Wann, to donate to Aileen’s By-Election Fund go to

Cycle hub set to become Environment Agency floods showroom

The Environment Agency say they want to establish a permanent exhibition of flood defence works at the former cycle repair workshop in Wellington Row.

They say that the show room would be open “2 or 3” days a week

They have submitted a “change of use” planning application

The showroom would be located only metres away from a key flood defence gate that is closed when the Ouse threatens to overtop its banks

What’s on in York: The Ebor Singers at York Minster

A Baroque Holy Week, by Candlelight

  • 25th Mar 2017



Complementing the liturgical season of Lent, The Ebor Singers explore Baroque music from across Europe for Holy Week.

We travel from Italy with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, a powerful depiction of Mary standing at the cross of Jesus; from France with Charpentier’s telling of Peter’s betrayal of Jesus in Le Reniement de St Pierre and Couperin’s Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres; and from England with Pelham Humfrey’s expressive verse anthem setting of Psalm 22, O Lord my God.

For more information, see:

The concert takes place in the Chapter House.

Tickets £12.00 (£10 Over 65, £5 NUS, U16s free with full paying adult)

What’s on in York: Raise Awareness of Visually Impaired Tennis

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Energise Sports Centre
Sat 25 Mar
11.00am – 4.00pm

This is open to everyone.

On Saturday 25th March between 11-4pm at Energise Sport Centre, there will be a chance for you to come and play Tennis with your friends and family.

This will be a great family centred fundraising and raising awareness event around what opportunities there are for Inclusive Tennis in York and also allowing you the opportunity to try out Visually Impaired Tennis.

Tickets cost £2 and all proceeds will be going towards the Regional Visually Impaired Tennis Tournament happening at David Llyods on Saturday 8th and 9th April.

If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact Hannah Higginson at or on (01904) 551431.


What’s on in York: inclusive tennis session at Energise

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Residents are being invited to try their hand at tennis at an inclusive tennis day at Energise on Saturday 25 March.

This event, which has been organised by City of York Council, offers the chance for everyone who enjoys tennis and would like to sample blind tennis to do so for a small fee.

This will be a great family event which looks to raise awareness of visually impaired tennis and what opportunities there are to play inclusive tennis in York. The day will also allow people to play tennis and blind tennis. If popular it is hoped further sessions will be arranged.

The event will run between 11am and 4pm and will cost £2 per person with all funds raised going towards the regional visually impaired tennis tournament hosted in York at David Lloyds on 8 and 9 April.

Cllr Nigel Ayre, executive member for culture, leisure and tourism said: “This inclusive event looks to make tennis an accessible sport for all. As well as learning new skills and keeping fit, the day will allow participants to build friendships both on and off the court and raise awareness of opportunities to play inclusive sport in the city. This event comes ahead of York hosting the regional visually impaired tennis tournament next month. All are welcome at this event and I would encourage anyone who would like to give tennis a go to come along and take part at Energise.”

The event is open to residents of all ages and abilities and no previous experience or special equipment is required.

For more information contact please contact Hannah Higginson at or on 01904 551431.