Nearly 7,000 York school pupils set to take walk to school week in their stride

Twenty two York schools including 6,900 pupils are set to take part in walk to school week from Monday (22 -26 May), which aims to encourage even more children to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

The campaign  is targeted at families who normally take the car and encourages them to consider walking or cycling to school instead.

Andrew Bradley, sustainable transport manager at City of York Council, said: “Walk to school week is always a popular campaign. It provides a great opportunity for pupils, parents and teachers to look at how they travel to school and the benefits that walking can bring, such as pupils being more alert in the classroom. This also helps towards the sixty minutes of recommended daily exercise.

It is recommended that children aged five to sixteen do at least sixty minutes of physical activity that gets their heart beating faster than usual and they need to do it everyday to burn off calories and prevent them storing up excess fat in the body.

Regular activity is also important for adults and it is recommended that adults make sure they’re active for just 30 minutes each day, or 150 minutes a week.

Find out more about changing the way you travel in York at: www.itravelyork.info

Vandals attack wall in Foxwood

Disappointing to see that a flower bed wall in Corlett Court has been damaged by vandals. Hopefully the culprits will be identified and forced to pay for repairs! The area will be tidied up prior to permanent repairs being completed before the end of the month. 

Elsewhere the Foxwood Residents Association are meeting tonight. One of the issues to be considered may be the location of additional car parking in the area. Following the completion of the bays in Oldman Court it is hoped to extend the lay-by in Spurr Court. After that it is up to residents to decide where the next bay goes.

Some suggested locations for additional parking bays

What’s on in York: Vikings – Rediscover the Legend

Yorkshire Museum :

Fri 19 May – Sun 5 Nov :

10.00am – 5.00pm :

£7.50 & concessions

May _19VikingTwo of the most significant and internationally recognised collections of Viking Age treasure in Britain will be brought together for the first time in a major new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum in 2017.

Featuring some of the most exciting Anglo-Saxon and Viking discoveries ever made, the exhibition will explore how the Vikings transformed life in Britain.

Star objects from the British Museum will feature alongside the Yorkshire Museum’s world class collections and will be interpreted in new ways to give a fresh perspective on how Vikings shaped every aspect of life in Britain.

It will also feature ground-breaking research by archaeologists and new discoveries by metal-detectorists which will challenge our perceptions of what it means to be Viking.

The exhibition will open at the Yorkshire Museum and then tour to the University of Nottingham Museum, The Atkinson, Southport, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Norwich Castle Museum.

Tickets :
Adult: £7:50
Child under 16 – Free with a paying adult
Access Ticket – £4
With a York Card – 20% off a day ticket

For more infomation please visit our website.

Policing concerns at record high levels in Westfield

Early results from a survey of residents opinion on public service standards have revealed that over a third of respondents rate policing in the estate as “poor”. When asked about Policing services residents rated it as

Vandalism a growing problem

  • Good – 13%
  • Satisfactory – 49%
  • Poor – 38%

This represents a marked decline from previous results

Many residents, responding to a separate Westfield Focus survey, said that they hadn’t seen a Police Officer or PCSO in their street during the previous 4 weeks

The Lib Dems have now announced that they would give the North Yorkshire police force an extra £2.8 million a year

Liberal Democrats have announced they would boost investment in police forces by £300m a year. This is in stark contrast to the Conservatives who have overseen devastating cuts to community policing. Theresa May as Home Secretary and now Prime Minister has cut policing budgets by over £2bn, eroding the very fabric of community policing.

Under the Liberal Democrats North Yorkshire would see a funding increase of £2.8 million a year. This could be used to restore a visible policing presence in the community and ensure the police have the training and tools to deal with the changing nature of crime.

“This investment in our police is absolutely vital. Under Theresa May – first as Home Secretary and now as Prime Minister, our police have had to deal with the most brutal of cuts. These are now cutting into the bone.

“Our police work tirelessly to keep us safe and this Government has completely betrayed them.

“Only the Liberal Democrats have a credible plan to reverse the increase in violent crime, boost community confidence and ensure the police have the resources they need to keep us safe.”

 

  •  On policing cuts: According to figures from the National Audit Office (NAO), from 2010/11 to 2015/16 central government grant to police and crime commissioners and their equivalents in London including specific grants and council tax freeze grants has reduced £2.2 billion in real terms. This represents a 22% real terms reduction. – http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7279/CBP-7279.pdf
  • On police strength: At 31 March 2016 total strength of the 43 police forces in England & Wales reached just over 124,000 FTE officers. This is the lowest number of police officers recorded under the current strength measure. This is not a pattern we see in Scotland where police numbers have seen year on year increases almost continuously since 1985.
  • On neighbourhood policing: In the PEEL report Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabularies warned that the neighbourhood policing model was under threat due to funding cuts. The report stated:
  • Since 2015, there has been a substantial drop in the proportion of people who say they have seen the police, on foot or in a police car, regularly, in their area. Our research shows that, now, fewer than one in five people feel there is a regular uniformed police presence in their area. Where neighbourhood teams exist, police officers are routinely taken away from their local areas to meet demands in other parts of the force area, leaving a reducing number of PCSOs as the mainstay of community teams. – https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/wp-content/uploads/state-of-policing-2016.pdf

What’s on in York: Explore a Story

York Explore Library :

Thu 18 May :

1.30pm – 2.30pm :

£2

Bog Baby Mud Pie‘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.

Available to pre book by coming into any York library or by telephone on (01904) 552828 or york@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Friends of Dringhouses Library Coffee Morning & booksale

Dringhouses Library :

Thu 18 May :

10.00am – 12.30pm :

Free

CakeCome along to our coffee morning and booksale. Join us for some chat with friends and neighbours, some tasty cakes, and some bargain books!

All proceeds go to the Friends of Dringhouses Library, who support the library to be the best it can be.

Friends of Dringhouses Library is a group of local people who want to help Dringhouses Library to thrive and deliver a wide range of activities.

Their role includes fundraising, supporting one-off activities, acting as a link between the library service and the wider community, and promoting Dringhouses Library and Explore York Libraries and Archives.

Special offers available on the day, like buy a coffee and cake and get a free book!

For more information please call Lucy on (01904) 552674 or dringhouses@exploreyork.org.uk.

 

Views of older people sought in York survey

City of York Council and its partners are asking for older people across the city for their views on how we as a city can keep them healthier, happier and more independent for longer.

The survey asks for answers and suggestions on a range of issues including; social life, health, their local community and how they access information.

The survey, which is open for comments until Tuesday 30 June, will be distributed by partners across the city. Residents will also be able to pick up a survey from any of the Explore Library Learning Centres across the city or take the survey online at www.york.gov.uk/consultations.

The last citywide older people’s survey was held in 2008 and led to some really positive outcomes following feedback from residents. These included the introduction of a handy person service, a toe nail cutting service, and the Age UK first call information service.

Martin Farran, corporate director of health, housing and adult social care said: “Older people bring a great deal of knowledge, skill and energy and contribute enormously to the city.

“We are interested to know how our older residents currently live, the issues they face and to hear ideas on how we can keep older people healthy, happy and independent for longer.”

George Wood, Chair of the Executive Committee from the York Older People’s Assembly said: “This is a real opportunity for older people across the City to have their voice heard and to impact in a very real way on the future planning of services.”

The survey is being conducted collaboratively between the York Older People’s Assembly, Age (UK) York, Healthwatch York, York Council for Voluntary Services, York Blind and Partially Sighted Society, York Alzheimer’s Society, the Vale of York CCG, the Police and Crime Commissioner and City of York Council.

For more information, or to take the survey online, visit www.york.gov.uk/consultations.