Last minute decision to shelve green bin emptying in York

With garden waste collections (from green domestic bins) due to start again on Monday the York Council has made a last minute decision to abandon the service.

As recently as last week, the York Council, had said that – despite other authorities having also scrapped the service – they would still empty the green bins in York.

The lateness of the decision will make it difficult to roll out one of the suggested alternatives. Some taxi drivers had offered to deliver free composting bins to residents but it would take some time organise such a push.

In the meantime residents are being urged to “mulch” grass cuttings and store hedge clippings in gardens. No doubt some will also utilise the grey bins (the contents of which are now incinerated).

It is more important than ever to cut hedges back from public footpaths as this helps to sustain the 2 metre social distancing rule.

Corona virus update – 31st March 2020

Police advice on staying safe live video tomorrow (Wednesday)

At 1pm on Wednesday 1 April, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be live streaming safety advice, along with colleagues from North Yorkshire County Council. Find out how to keep yourself and your family safe whilst staying at home and saving lives. The broadcast will also include advice for businesses. Watch LIVE on YouTube:

Public service monitor

Police appeal on gangs of youths

If you see people congregating in groups please contact Police on 101 as soon as you can so the Police can respond accordingly. This action is in relation to recent Covid-19 regulations and groups causing general ASB. #stayhome #staysafe

Waitrose moves to help vulnerable with home delivery priority

To support our elderly and most vulnerable customers, we have decided to give them priority access to our home delivery and Click & Collect slots.

These customers are being identified using data we currently hold. We are actively working with the UK government to identify further vulnerable and elderly customers.

We are working with the UK Government to identify customers who are vulnerable to Coronavirus. If you believe you should be considered vulnerable, please use the Government service website to identify yourself.

  • You can register for yourself or someone else
  • The government will share details of those who are registered with us in the coming days
  • We’ll be in touch to let you know when you’ve been added and can book slots

Register on GOV.UK

We’re doing all we can to make more delivery and Click & Collect slots available soon.

Home food deliveries

Sainbury’s will try to help any vulnerable persons who is unable to secure a delivery slot. The contact telephone number is 08000 525500

Morrisons have already announced a basic box of essentials delivery service

Coop reduces store opening hours

Coop opening hours are changing to 7am-8pm. Petrol stores will remain open until 11pm.

Some Coop stores are closing but none so far in York

Rough sleepers

The Council says that all rough sleepers accepted accommodation and stayed in it on Friday night. Using hotels and hostels, temporary and Housing First accommodation, we have enough for all known rough sleepers and can provide them with food too.

“The situation is very fluid regarding individuals who may choose to leave the accommodation provided: there is no enforcement around them staying in it”.

Council ready to process £40m coronavirus support grants to local businesses


Following further guidance from the Government, City of York Council will now distribute government support grants of up to £25000 to York businesses.

Many small businesses which receive small or rural business rates relief will receive a payment of £10,000.

Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, with a rateable value of under £51,000, will receive either £10,000 or £25,000 grants.

The council has created a short web form to gather the information required by the government, including VAT registration details.

The secure web form can be found at . 

Any business wanting to find out more about the grant process should contact

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:

“The Council has been working hard to to deliver these support packages as quickly as possible, and to date, we have already applied the business rates holiday to over 4000 accounts and have now created a secure new system to process grants totaling nearly £40m across 2500 eligible businesses. 

“We have already created our own local support package totaling £1 million to support small and micro businesses in the city, on top of existing government support, and we will continue to act swiftly to support local businesses through these extremely challenging times.”

The council has written to all 2500 businesses it has identified as eligible for the grants.

With many business owners unable to access their premises, the council wants to reach as many businesses as possible through local media, social media and partners and representative bodies across the city.

Councillor Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, said:

“We’re determined to overcome these obstacles and get these grants to York businesses, and that is why we have contacted all 2,500 businesses identified as eligible for the grants.

“On top of delivering the government’s support, we’ve developed our package to help our creative and resilient business community through these difficult times,  including the deferral of rent for our commercial tenants and having made commitments to support our key suppliers.

“We’re also working with York BID, Make it York, the region’s Local Enterprise Partnerships and other partners to speak up on behalf of our business community.”

“Any business can get up to date advice and guidance through our support page”

Which businesses are eligible?

  1. Small Business Grant Fund

Under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) all businesses in England in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system will be eligible for a payment of £10,000, in line with the eligibility criteria.

  1. Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) businesses in England in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the following cash grants per property.

  • Eligible businesses with a property that has a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000
  • Eligible businesses with a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000