Only one plot remaining at Hob Moor “Hobstone” development

Only one of the new houses being built on the Windsor Garth development is still for sale according to developers.

Hobstone brochure

The remaining property is a 2 bedroomed house which is listed at £170,000.

14 of the 55 units being built on the site are for sale (the rest will be rented by Yorkshire Housing)

The development has been criticised, not least for it’s high density levels. Originally the site was to have had only 29 units constructed. They would have been restricted to the “footprint” of the old school building.

Completion of the development later this year can’t come soon enough for existing residents living  in the area.

They blame construction traffic for damage to local roads, footpaths, verges and the Moor itself.

Liberal Democrats announce details of 47 candidates for York Council elections on May 7th

A full list of candidates for the York Council elections on May 7th is now available from the LibDem web site.

Local residents Sue Hunter, Sheena Jackson and Cllr Andrew Waller will contest the Westfield ward for the LibDems

Local residents Sue Hunter, Sheena Jackson and Cllr Andrew Waller will contest the Westfield ward for the LibDems

Wherever possible, local ward branches have selected candidates who live in or near the neighbourhoods that they seek to represent.

The other parties have also announced most of their candidates and it looks like around 200 – a record number – will be contesting the elections which take place on the same day as the parliamentary poll.

Click here for details of the LibDem candidates.

Policy manifestos are expected to be published in early April

The current make up of the Council is

Lab – 21

LibDem – 9

Tory – 9

Green – 2

Ind Lab – 2

Ind – 4

Askham Lane residents petition for pedestrian crossing

Residents are looking forward to welcoming back the lollipop lady to the crossing point on Askham Lane shortly.

To help her—and make crossing safer throughout the whole of the day—parents have asked Andrew Waller to push for the installation of a pedestrian crossing..

petition form - click

petition form – click

Copies of the petition can be obtained by ringing Andrew on York 337757 or by downloading from here

The campaign is also aimed at improving  parking discipline  where pedestrians are being put at risk

The petition reads

For many years the community has benefitted from a school crossing patrol on Askham Lane but since Christmas the council has not been able to provide this, and residents are concerned that there is  risk to pedestrians (young and old) on what is a very busy road.

We the undersigned request that a pedestrian crossing is established at the crossing point on Askham Lane to Westfield School. This is to assist with the safe crossing by residents, especially school children, on this busy road.


7 flats proposed for empty storage space above Front Street shops

Latest Planning applications Westfield Ward

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference






1 - 9 Front Street

1 – 9 Front Street

Location:       1 – 9 Front Street York

Proposal:       Conversion of vacant first floor retail space to 7 apartments with external alterations including replacement windows, cladding and rear entrance

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Site location map click to access

Site location map click to access

Ref No: 15/00178/FUL

Applicant:      Mr John Skelton  Contact Mr Dean Starkey  Consultation Expiry Date        16 March 2015 Case Officer:   Victoria Bell   Expected Decision Level DEL

This is the block next to the new Boyes store which is currently being renovated.  The plan to provide more homes linked to the reuse of empty space will be welcomed by many, and would make a contribution to our Acomb regeneration project.


Location:       All Wrapped Up 9 Front Street York YO24 3BW

Proposal:       Change of use from shop (use class A1) to restaurant/ cafe(use class A3)

Ref No: 15/00067/FUL

Applicant:      Mr Simon Ryde   Contact Mr Dean Starkey Consultation Expiry Date        16 March 2015  Case Officer:   Victoria Bell   Expected Decision Level DEL


Location:       17 The Gallops York YO24 3NF

Proposal:       Erection of boundary fence

Ref No: 15/00180/FUL

Applicant:      Mr Ian Wright   Consultation Expiry Date        16 March 2015 Case Officer:   Sandra Duffill  Expected Decision Level DEL


Location:       2 Otterwood Bank York YO24 3JS

Proposal:       Single storey side extension and conversion of garage to habitable room

Ref No: 15/00189/FUL

Applicant:      Mrs C Leach     Contact Mr Paul Butler  Consultation Expiry Date        16 March 2015 Case Officer:   Sandra Duffill  Expected Decision Level DEL


Location:       3 Osprey Close York YO24 2YE

Proposal:       Crown reduce by 2m to Shape Oak Tree protected by Tree Preservation Order No.: 26

Ref No: 15/00332/TPO

Applicant:      Mr Tony Fairburn        Contact Mr David Gregory        Consultation Expiry Date        16 March 2015 Case Officer:   Esther Priestley        Expected Decision Level


Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.

  1. The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received.


On Thursday 12th February 2015 a new cafe opens in Acomb at Foxwood Community Centre… but this will be no ordinary café.

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Each month a local business will be showcased aimed at highlighting the many and various local small businesses in the area.

February’s event will feature Rose’s Button Box, owned by  a local craftswoman, Julie Nacey,  who  will be bringing along her beautiful home sewn gifts for all the family including her new Easter range.

Acomb Explore will also  be popping along  bringing books for sale, and free books for babies under 5.

The café, open between 09.30am and 11.30am,  will be serving a variety of fresh baked refreshments including scones and cakes.

Sue Galloway from Foxwood Residents Association commented:

“There are a surprising number of  local crafts people who are designing and making innovative items and we wanted to highlight their skills.  Some of these businesses are extremely successful and this is one way of bringing their skills to a wider audience. It is also a good way of exchanging skills as well as having a friendly chat over a cup of tea.  Each month we will be featuring a different local business and we are keen to hear from local entrepreneurs who can contact me on York 01904 794111”..

The craft cafe will open on the 2nd Thursday of each month 9.30-11.30 am at Foxwood community centre, Bellhouse Way, York, YO24 3HY.


Westfield Liberal Democrats reveal their team for May’s local elections. 

The candidates – Sue Hunter, Sheena Jackson and Cllr Andrew Waller- all live in the ward.


Andrew Waller who regained the seat in the by-election caused by the sad death of Cllr Lynn Jeffries in October with a 25% swing from Labour, will be joined by two fellow local residents.

Sue Hunter who runs the local Florists and former local youth worker Sheena Jackson.

Cllr Andrew Waller said

“I believe it is important that anyone who seeks to represent a local community should have a stake in  that community. 

We need mature Councillors with good all round experience of life and a commitment to improving local public services”.

 “This is a very strong team and will ensure that Westfield once again has three hardworking local councillors in May.

I am pleased over recent years to have worked with Sue and Sheena and their commitment to the local community has been demonstrated beyond doubt.

I have worked with Sue through Acomb Alive! and with Sheena through the youth groups in Chapelfields and the Urbie Bus which the council used to run. It has been the axing of these valued services which have drawn Sheena into working with the local Lib Dem team”.

The team will be supported by Steve Galloway who represented the Westfield area on the Council for 38 years. He will act as their election agent.

Further details of the candidates