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Summer evening Park & Ride service from Askham Bar


Users of York’s popular Park & Ride service will be able to enjoy the attractions in the city centre for longer this summer after it was agreed that the timetable should be extended into the evenings for a ten-week trial period.

City of York Council and bus operator First York have agreed that Service 3 buses from the Askham Bar Park & Ride site will operate until 10.20pm on summer evenings.

The move will give visitors to the city more time to enjoy its diverse range of attractions, as well as making it possible for those attending Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, which will be open next to Clifford’s Tower from Monday 25 June to Sunday 2 September, time to catch the last bus back to the Park & Ride site after evening performances.

The last Service 3 Park & Ride bus from Tower Street currently departs at 8.05pm from Monday to Saturday and at 6.05pm on Sundays. For the duration of the ten-week trial, there will be additional departures every half hour up to 10.20pm. The buses will also stop at Rougier Street and at the Railway Station in the city centre.
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What’s on in York: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Six Impossible Things

Fairfax House :

Thu 14 Jun :

7.00pm – 8.30pm :

£14.00 (Members £12.00) Includes refreshments

Ben Russell, Curator of Mechanical Engineering at the Science Museum, considers the ‘Impossible’ in the Age of Reason … unimaginable new technologies, mind-blowing scientific discoveries and revolutionary new ideas. Challenging everything that had gone before, these advancements brought into sharp focus the tensions between imagination and wonder, rationality and reason. In doing so, they provoked controversy, and pushed the boundaries of what Georgian Britain was prepared to believe in.

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What’s on in York: Explore a Story

Jun _14 Explore A Story The Gruffalo

York Explore Library :

Thu 14 Jun :

2.00pm – 3.00pm :


‘Explore a Story’ is an interactive storytelling session for 2-5 year olds. The session uses props and games to get the children involved in bringing the stories to life. The sessions give children the opportunity to use and develop their imaginations within the storytelling, and helps to develop their creative skills beyond the sessions also.

This interactive style of storytelling shows the children different ways to read a story and opens up and re-imagines how the stories are put together.

Come with us through the swishy swashy grass on a bear hunt, with teddy to the moon, or on a perilous quest to find some secret treasure. They are encouraged to bring their own ideas and build them into the session on a journey through the imagination.

Tickets £2 per child. For children aged 2 – 5 years old.

Available to pre book by coming into any York library or by telephone on (01904) 552828.

Local business support company set to fold

A successor to the  Business Link organisation which provided support for companies throughout North Yorkshire is set to fold.

It was renamed YNY Ltd a few years ago but has declined in significance as Local Enterprise Partnerships began to grow.

At one point Business Link Yorkshire had employed over 400 people.

YNY had a turn over of only a few hundred pounds when its last annual accounts were published. It has no staff and no identified capital assets.

The York Council is set to formally resign from the organisation in July

New ways to support rough sleepers year-round

 Big-hearted residents are being asked to consider year-round ways to support rough sleepers into safer more stable lifestyles.

The generosity of people to people sleeping outside at Christmas and this year’s snow has been overwhelming, say homeless charities and the council. This helped to continue work to ensure every rough sleeper is offered a bed and support into safer more stable lives. with the result that on 28 February, just five were sleeping outdoors.

The Salvation Army, Changing Lives, Carecent and Peasholme and other hostels have been flooded with donations of bedding, clothing, food, toiletries and gifts which have been given to people sleeping on the streets and to those who are setting up a new home.

Knowing that many people want to help people who are homeless year-round, the hostels and charities are suggesting some ideas to help support people off the streets:

Please offer your skills:

  • Volunteer with Changing Lives, Restore and Carecent or contact York CVS to offer your time and skills to help homeless people. Maybe you can cut hair or teach cookery, perhaps you could train someone in plumbing or teach guitar? Please contact the charities or York CVS at, 15 Priory St, York, North Yorkshire YO1 6ET, tel: 01904 621 133

Please offer accommodation:

Please offer household goods:

  • Donate clean bedding, towels, toiletries and kitchen utensils to help people who are moving into accommodation. Please hand it in to Peasholme Centre, 4 Fishergate for distribution to York’s hostels.
  • Donate reusable furniture to York Furniture Store on 01904 426444, which helps homeless people furnish their homes. They’ll pick up items for free.
  • Donate food to York Foodbank tel or visit or to Carecent call 01904 624244 or visit

Please offer to fundraise:

  • Fundraise or donate to recognised charities working with rough sleepers and homeless people. Changing Lives, Salvation Army,

Please help rough sleepers off the street:

  • Report the location of rough sleepers 24/7 to Streetlink on 0300 5000914 or Streetlink passes this information to The Salvation Army which regularly visits rough sleepers to help them into accommodation and safer, more stable lives.
  • Please urge them to go to our hostels. We will do our utmost to help them off the streets and into safer, more stable lives.

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Plan for improvements to Railway Station precinct welcomed

Unanswered questions about cost and sources of funding

The Council has published consultation plans which could dramatically change the area around the entrance to York railway station. The idea revolves around demolishing the Queen  Street bridge.

Although the basic plans have been around for more than a decade the Council has now committed to implementation before 2022.

It will however be a very expensive project to implement (demolition of the Queen Street Bridge alone will cost over £7 million) and the consultation papers are largely opaque on costs and sources of funding. Until more financial details emerge, the plans will simply be the latest is a series of artists impressions.

No journey time impact figures are provided.

Still the basic principle of separating pedestrian movements from traffic has to be right while the removal of cars from the portico and Tea Room Square will be welcomed by many.  Replacement car parking is promised on the west of the station.

Bus stops will remain “on street” but are rationalised over a longer distance.

Full details, including an explanatory video, can be found  by clicking here.


Rose Theatre shoots up but chaotic scenes at Castle car park

Contractors are making good progress in erecting the “Rose Theatre” in the Castle car park. It is due to open in a few weeks’ time.

Rose Theatre 10th June 2018

Sadly, all is not well with car parking in the area. What is left of the adjacent Castle car park was “rammed” before lunchtime today.

No “alternative parking” direction signs were in place. Space may be available at both the Piccadilly multi story car park and St Georges Field but neither are sign posted.

Car parking space availability signs still not working

The Council has been heavily criticised for failing to repair the parking space signs which are located on the arterial roads leading into the City. They failed about 4 years ago and, despite promises that they would be reactivated once the City’s gigabyte broadband network was working, we seem to be no closer to restoring a system which worked well in the last decade.

Nor has the web-based system been upgraded.

Anyone visiting the web site will be told all the spaces at each car park are apparently available.

In reality, the site hasn’t been updated for several years.

When performances start at the Rose Theatre things are likely to get worse.

On line web site information hopelessly out of date

Advanced signage is essential if more and more cars are not to circle the City centre seeking somewhere to park. They would potentially add to congestion and pollution.

The York Council has had plenty of time to sort out this problem.

City traders, who are likely to suffer most, have a reasonable expectation that facilities, which worked well in the last decade, can be reactivated in June 2018.

Latest planning applications for the Westfield Ward

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

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference


Scope 61 York Road Acomb York YO24 4LN

Formation of new access to first floor flat to include external door in existing shop front

Ref. No: 18/00966/FUL 


61 Gladstone Street Acomb York YO24 4NQ

Change of use from dwelling (use Class C3) to House in Multiple Occupation (use Class C4)

Ref. No: 18/00856/FUL 


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

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