Win free loft insulation

With temperatures rising and spring in the air, it’s easy to forget how cold a home has been over the winter months. The Energy Saving Trust and City of York Council are urging residents to act now, prepare for the next cold snap and have a go at winning £250 of loft insulation.
Half the heat generated in a typical home is lost through the walls and loft, so insulating a properly can save around £250 a year in heating costs. To give a helping hand, North Yorkshire & Humber Energy Saving Trust advice centre in partnership with City of York Council, are offering one lucky winner the chance to win £250 worth of loft insulation to help keep them snug and cosy throughout the next big freeze.
There are two ways to enter:
1. Come along to visit the Energy Saving Trust stall at the council’s Climate Week event in St Sampson Square on Friday 25 March 2011. The stall will be there all day and, as well as entering the loft insulation competition, visitors can pick up plenty of energy-saving advice and top tips on saving money by living more sustainably.
2. Email the Energy Saving Trust at with your full name, address and telephone number.
Anyone wanting free, impartial advice about saving energy and money, call the Energy Saving Trust advice centre for free impartial advice: 0800 512 012. We’re here to help.

Watch the Royal Wedding in style

The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Susan Galloway, is opening the famous doors of the Mansion House to offer residents the chance to watch the Royal Wedding in style.
On Friday 29 April, guests are invited to watch the big day on a big screen, in the State Room of the historic home.
For a day to remember, visitors will be met by a band of musicians from Shepherds who will be playing in St Helens Square as they arrive from 10am.
There will be a champagne reception and light refreshments and the Mansion House will be specially decorated, so visitors are asked to dress for the occasion – including hats.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Lord Mayor and Sheriff’s charities – the British Heart Foundation and Our Celebration
During the event there will also be an opportunity to take part in a raffle for a chauffeur driven day trip for two in a Silver Cloud Rolls Royce to the Arboretum at Castle Howard.
Tickets are now on sale for £20 from Guildhall Reception and are strictly limited in number, so please call 01904 551010 to book a place now.

Gale Lane/Cornlands Road/ Kingsway West

Gale Lane is closed today near its juction with Danesfort Avenue to allow for major carrigeway patching works to take place.

We have reported that the security fencing on the White Rose site has fallen blocking the adjacent snicket.

We have also reported several potholes and damaged road humps in the Kingsway West area

Welfare Benefits Advice at Priory Medical Centre in Acomb

Future Prospects are offering benefits and income checks and help to make claims to patients registered at the Cornlands Road Surgery. The project started in March 2011, will run for a year and builds on the work already done in Kingsway West and Westfield Ward to increase residents’ income through welfare benefits awards and promote financial inclusion.
The service has been funded through City of York Council’s ‘One City’ approach to reduce the impact of the economic downturn, Railway Housing Association and Joseph Rowntree Trust, as a result of coordinated bids by local residents associations and partnership agencies.
A similar integrated service at Clifton Medical Practice has resulted in £150,000 in additional annual income flowing into the local area and the aim of the service is to replicate this success for local people accessing the Cornlands Road Surgery.
Patients can book appointments at the surgery and home visits are available to people with mobility difficulties.
For more information contact Pauline Golden on 01904 634748 or email


Ring Road opening

In our review of the last 4 years we today take a look at 2008.


The official opening of the new Askham Lane roundabout was set for 11th March.

The new “Explore” library on Front Street had also opened. On offer to residents was everything from language lessons to Indian Head massage. It was to see user numbers treble.  Over 90% of residents gave the new “Explore” library the thumbs up in a survey undertaken later in the year.

The Knavesmire Nursing home on The Green had closed and there were problems with vandalism. The building remains empty although the lease in now nearing its end.

Work on the new York High school building was on target.

 Resident planted bulbsflourished on Askham Lane, Foxwood Lane and Gale Lane……. In response to a survey, 66% of Lowfields Residents said that they had seen a PCSO patrol in the area.

Some rear access snickets in Chapelfields got gates to improve security…… Tenants in Thoresby Road were balloted on having an off street parking area provided (which later was constructed)

A row erupted on the Council as Labour tried to divert more funds into Christmas lights and fireworks by reducing the highways maintenance budget. Their plans were defeated.

The “Kingsway Project”, which was aimed at improving the well being of low income residents living in the Kingsway West area, was conceived. The project was so successful it is now being rolled out in other parts of the City.


Residents supported the provision of a low cost food store on the site of the, soon to be replaced, Edmund Wilson Pool.  Work on the replacement swimming pool on Cornlands Road had started.

Residents said that the old Lowfields school site should be reserved for elderly person’s accommodation (it will be marketed shortly|)………High efficiency “Passivehaus” homes came to York for the first time.

A survey revealed anti crime measures to be Hob Moor resident’s top priority……… High winds damaged some trees in the area while residents asked for metal railings to be provided around the Bachelor Hill amenity area……. Building works at The Burn started……… There was an outbreak of graffiti in the Front Street area. The new CCTV camera played a part in identifying those responsible.


Lidl were announced as the successful bidders for the Edmund Wilson pool site,

The High Schools temporary home at Lowfields was damaged in an accidental fire. Everyone rallied round to minimise disruption.

Foxwood Lane flooded badly as all 3 pumps the pumping station failed. An automatic alarm system was subsequently fitted.

A new seat was provided on Front Street and the Ward committee funded a “big clean up” when rubbish wagons toured the area collecting unwanted items.

The Council launched a bid for funding to reduce congestion on the ring road. It included 3 new park and ride sites.

Lowfields residents opted to have the road humps removed from their street after the High school moved……… A new zebra crossingwas installed on Cornlands Road and, in the same area, tenants got double glazing following a request from us. (The Council recently decided to extend the double glazing programme to all Council homes in the City)

Grass cutting starts

Weather permitting the Council will be starting the cutting of highway verges, housing sites and other open spaces next week.

To avoid damage to the grass and an unsightly finish, any areas that are found to be too wet will be left uncut.

Any areas containing spring bulbs will also be left uncut.


There’ll be some road works going on in the area for a few weeks.
At the moment a new bus stop being constructed on Front Street near the Severus Street junction.
This is in preparation for the conversion of the nearby Zebra crossing into a Toucan.
Some footpath widening works will take place between Severus Street and Manor Drive.
The Vehicle Activated Speed warning signs will be fitted on Green Lane before the end of the month (the work should not interfere with traffic flow).
The one way signs for the Gladstone Street area will be fitted in early April.

Green Lane roadworks

Yorkshire Water have written to us to say “As part of our ongoing investment programme to improve and maintain the high standard of water quality, we have a statutory obligation to undertake work.
We plan to refurbish the water mains in your area. The work will involve us replacing approximately 250 metres of water main on Green Lane between properties
73 – 97, starting during the week commencing 14 March 2011. We will be on site for approximately 3 weeks.
In order to carry out this work safely it will be necessary to use traffic lights”.

Sue to stand down as Councillor for Westfield

Sue is presented with a limited edition picture of the Minster to commemorate her 32 years as a Westfield Councillor

Cllr Sue Galloway has announced that she will not be seeking re-election when the City Council elections take place on May 5th.

First elected in 1979, Sue has represented the Westfield Ward, without a break, for the intervening 32 years.

During that time she has served on most Council committees and is currently the Councils second longest serving member.

She was the Executive member with responsibility for Social Services during the first Liberal Democrat administration in 2003 and pioneered in 2006 the ”Telecare” system which is now revolutionising how elderly people live safely in their own homes in the City.

She is one of the driving forces behind York’s increasingly successful performance in the “Britain in Bloom” contest.

She also led on the successful “Kingsway Project” – an initiative which has seen unemployment fall in one of the poorer areas of the City and which is now being expanded to include other neighbourhoods.

Sue became Lord Mayor in May 2010 and has already helped to raise over £30,000 for her charities (British Heart Foundation & Our Celebration)

Commenting Sue said

“Obviously, after such a long time, I will be sad to leave the council and in particular to have less contact with residents in the Westfield area.

The City has changed dramatically over the last 30 years. When I first entered politics the Liberal Party had only a small number of Councillors but this grew over the years, until in 2003 we had a landslide victory at the polls.

I like to think that I have made my mark on the City during that time.

The numbers using the Councils Social Services continues to increase and we are lucky to have a dedicated team of carers to look after them.

In my own ward all the local schools have been modernised  

New public transport services,  like that provide by the ftr, were the stuff of science fiction comics in the 70’s.

We should not forget that it is only relatively recently that we got a northern by pass. Until that time HGVs regularly chugged their way through the City centre causing pollution and congestion.

I was delighted when the new Energise sports centre was established on Cornlands Road – and amazed when over 400,000 used it in its first year.

The “Explore” library in Front Street has also been hugely popular and has set new standards for public access which will now be rolled out to the rest of the City.

But the time has come to pass the reins on to someone younger.

I wish whoever is elected as my successor on May 5th every success in representing the Westfield community”