British Sugar plans now online – no mention of “large supermarket”

Plans, and “options”, for the redevelopment of the British Sugar site off Boroughbridge Road are now “on line” (click)

click to visit web site and complete survey

click to visit web site and complete survey

The web site claims that;

Redevelopment of the former industrial site can deliver around 1000 new high quality homes, new public open spaces and a community hub which could incorporate a new community hall, sports hall, nursery and primary school.

That is pretty much as expected.

The principle of residential development had enjoyed broad support across the Council.

The main concerns relate to transport issues and the nature, location and scale of any commercial and retail developments.

The consultation concentrates mainly on the location of open space and transport corridors.

It says absolutely nothing about the location and size of any “large supermarket” which Council leaders claimed a couple of weeks ago was an important feature of the scheme.

A small local store to meet the needs of the residents living on the development would be essential.

Another superstore would, however, raise all sorts of transport issues.

The most obvious community facilities (shops) don’t figure on the list of options for the “community hub” listed on the web site.

Nor is there any commercial development which could provide jobs within walking distance of people’s homes. Thus, an opportunity to establish a sustainable community, has been lost.

There are no traffic generation figures listed and the phasing of the development – and community facilities – is also very vague.

There is a final chance to see the plans at an exhibition which is taking place today Saturday 30 November at the former Manor School site, Low Poppleton Lane, York, YO26 6BB between 11am and 4pm.

Site tours will also be offered to those attending the event.

It’s a shame that the developers didn’t provide an “on line” Q & A section on their web site

St Nicholas Fayre in York from tomorrow

St Nicholas Fayre

St Nicholas Fayre

The St Nicholas Fayre returns with seasonal sparkle on Thursday 28 November for four days of festive trading.

The Fayre, now in its 22nd year, is a firm favourite in the market calendar and runs until Sunday 1 December.

Snug wooden huts and pretty lights will line Parliament Street and Coppergate with a traditional carousel in St Sampson’s Square.

Stall holders, dressed in Victorian costume, will be offering a huge array of gifts including jewellery, ceramics, seasonal drinks, Whitby jet, wooden gifts, children’s clothes, herbs and oils and decorations for the Christmas period.

Other markets taking place across the city include

  • the Made in Yorkshire art and craft market at the Guildhall,
  • the Medieval Market at Barley Hall and an Arts and
  • Crafts market at St William’s College.

St Nicholas Fayre is open from 28 November to 1 December from 9am until 6pm daily and runs alongside the permanent Newgate Market in the city centre.

For more information on specialist York markets see

Bistro to give Front Street another boost

Conlans opening on 26th November

Conlans opening on 26th November

A new Bistro is to open on Front Street.


Conlans Bistro will take over the vacant tea room premises near Morrisons and will be open from Tuesday 26th November.

The Bistro is inviting “the people of Acomb Village and beyond to our pre-opening event on Friday 22nd November, between 2 and 6pm”.

They are also offering a special “Christmas Feast” for £35. Telephone York 289641 for details.

Acomb Front Street to let

The opening will come as a further boost to the Front Street area following the news of a £30,000 regeneration grant.

However there is still a lot of empty property in the street.

Hopefully the recovering economy will see these premises reoccupied shortly.

Christmas lights switch on tomorrow

The festive season officially lights up in York with the First Day of Christmas, a celebration in St Helen’s Square to mark the start of the city’s season of goodwill, involving The Lord Mayor and special guests the York and Dishforth Military Wives Choir.

Christmas lights

The St Helen’s Square tree is the focal point in a chain of lights across the city. It will be switched on by the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York Cllr Julie Gunnell at a ceremony on Thursday 14 November which completes the festoon of lights across the city.

The event starts at 6.30pm to the tune of favourite Christmas songs from the choir, followed by the official switch on at 6.45pm.


Raising the Curtain On… Richard III

A unique insight into the play, the history and the myth of Richard III, combined with an opportunity to see the matinee production of the play.

Date  Sat, 23 Nov  2013  10:30 to 17:30  Cost £85.00    Book now

What is fact and what is fiction in Shakespeare’s famous play? Come and find out more about this infamous “son of York”, and get to grips with the text. Led by Juliet Forster, previously Associate Practitioner at the RSC, and historian Chris Green, participants will learn about the play Richard III, its writing and what sources Shakespeare drew on to create this legendary character.

The day includes some active exploration of the verse, a tour of the set and a ticket to watch the matinee performance of the play. The day will conclude with Q&A after the show. – See more here