Vital road link resurfaced as wind brings down branches in parts of Westfield

The Council has finished resurfacing the carriageway linking Askham Lane and The Green. The road had become badly potholed with the road humps posing a particular threat for cyclists. The Council completed the resurfacing work this week

In the same area, residents continue to complain about vehicles parked on the bend. They obstruct traffic and cause sight line problems. The Council will be asked to consider introducing restrictions on this section of road.

Recent winds have brought down several branches from trees in the Wetherby Road and Askham Lane areas. The problems has been exacerbated by lack of routine maintenance to highways trees in recent years. In some cases branches are fouling over head communications cables while in others public footpaths have been obstructed. It is hoped that some maintenance work will take place this winter.

York Police appeal for information on Acomb Chemist burglaries

The Police have issued a statement saying,

“In the last couple of weeks we have had a number of reports of burglaries at chemists in the Acomb area of York.

We ask if you have any information in relation to this please contact us on 101 quoting incident 12170164309.

We also ask that if you see any suspicious behaviour around such premises please report this to the police.”

There’s still time to take part in the first Acomb Fun Run

Young people are being reminded to book their place in this weekend’s inaugural Acomb Fun Run, where limited places are still available.

The Acomb Fun Run will take place on Sunday 23 July at Carr Infants and Junior School, which will see 4-14 year olds invited to take part in a 2km run. Each participant will receive a medal.

Other friends and family members will also be able to participate in a 1km run on the day. The event is free to attend and people are advised to book in advance at

Councillor Nigel Ayre, executive member for leisure, culture and tourism said: “This promises to be a great event hoping to inspire people to try something new in a fun and family friendly environment. Events such as these are all part of our efforts to help people to get active and have fun while doing so.

“Places for the fun run are limited so we would encourage people to book in advance and hope they enjoy the day.”

The fun run is the first of two summer events taking place in Acomb to try and get people to be more active.

A week later, on Saturday 29 July, Energise will then host the inaugural Acomb Family Triathlon. This event will see families challenged to a 400m swim (16 lengths), a 1.2km bike ride and a 1km run. Entry is just £10 per family and every participant will receive a medal and be able to enjoy an activity area for all the family to enjoy. Tickets can be bought at Energise or online, for more information visit

The events are being held in partnership with Energise and Carr Infants and Carr Junior School and are supported by City of York Council.

Police appeal for information after 13 year old boy assaulted on number 1 bus in Acomb

 North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses and information following an assault on a 13-year-old boy on the number 1 bus travelling from York city centre in the direction of Acomb on Monday 3 April 2017.
 At around 4pm the boy was sitting at the front of the bus on the top deck. The bus had just left the Blossom Street bus stop when a man described as white, aged in his 50’s of large build with a bald head and grey hair to the sides, wearing a grey round neck jumper and carrying a white carrier bag sat next to the boy. The man is believed to have assaulted the boy by grabbing his face and elbowing him in the chin, causing the boy to fall backwards. The man then left the bus at the Front Street bus stop in Acomb.
The 13-year-old victim did not suffer any serious injuries, but has been left shaken by the incident.
Police are conducting enquiries and are requesting the public’s assistance to help determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
We are appealing for information from anyone who witnessed the incident and in particular from a man who it is believed challenged the suspect following the incident.
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact us on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC 1742 Pauline Law. You can also email
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12170056449.

Spruce up planned for Front Street Acomb as flowers bloom

Spring flowers are making Acomb bright this week.

Sue Hunter visits the new community garden which is taking shape on Front Street

The Ward Committee agreed earlier in the week to fund the provision of additional flower tubs outside Acomb Explore Library

This follows hard work by local residents a couple of weeks ago who cleaned up up the Front Street area as part of the Great British Spring Clean initiative

Next up will be a coat of paint for the cycle stands in the shopping area.

The ward committee has also agreed to get on with leveling the footpath between Gale Farm Court and the car park.

Footpath will be leveled

The agenda has been published for the next Ward Committee meeting which will will take place on

Wednesday, 29th March, 2017 7.00 pm
  • Venue: Gateway Centre Church

Contact: Kay Bailey  Neighbourhood Manager


No. Item
1. What is missing for older and vulnerable residents in the ward – Joe Micheli

What is missing for older and vulnerable residents in the ward/how can we bridge the gap and the new Local Area Coordination –workshop and group discussion facilitated by Joe Micheli, City of York Council, Adult Social Care Head of Commissioning.

2. Update on the Lowfield Green Development

Update on the Lowfield Green Development- with Roy Wallington

3. Setting of Ward Priorities

Setting of Ward Priorities

4. Ward budget

Ward budget – an update on recently funded projects and timetable for year 2017-18

5. Have your say

Q&A with ward councillors

What’s on in York: Market Day and Christmas lights turn on in Front Street on Saturday

The Christmas tree in Front Street has been erected today.

Unfortunately, Council officials have apparently asked for signage advertising Saturday’s market and Christmas lights switch on to be removed.

If true, we find that quite extraordinary.

It is only a month since the same officials said that dozens of fly posters, adverting a visiting circus, could remain for up to 4 weeks.

Now a locally organised event is targeted for enforcement action.

Not good enough
Christmas Tree in Front Street

Christmas Tree in Front Street



Acomb Christmas lights appeal hits target

The appeal to raise funds for festoon lighting in Acomb shopping centre has hit its target.

Over £6,485 has been raised by the appeal which was organised by Acomb Alive, the independent traders group.

It is expected that the lights will be put up shortly and a “switch on” is planned for Saturday at 4:00pm 


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Business rate valuations mostly up in Acomb

Community centre faces 50% hike in Rates

Sanderson House faces rates hike

Sanderson House faces rates hike

Further detail has emerged of the new Business Rates that will be payable in Acomb and elsewhere in the City.

Generally, valuations have increased by around 10% although there are very wide variations.

This means that most shopkeepers in the area will pay more than they currently do when the valuations are introduced next year.

Examples of valuations – which can be found on the government web site by clicking here – are shown in the table below.

Business rates in Acomb

The figures quoted do not indicate the actual amount which is paid. A multiplier – which changes each year – is applied get the actual amount to be paid.

Still there are some shockers on the list not least the huge hikes in rates for the Community Centres in Chapelfields (+50%) and Foxwood (+17%). Charities do get relief on their rate payments but the changes are difficult to understand against a background where some businesses, like Ladbrokes bookmakers, will enjoy reductions of around 7%.

Elsewhere Liberal Democrat Councillor Sue Hunter has backed the idea of a new investment scheme for Front Street and called on the council “to give Acomb the support it deserves”.

A recommendation for a “wider renewal and reinvigoration scheme” was agreed by York’s Executive Member for Transport & Planning at a meeting yesterday in response to petitions presented by Lib Dem councillors in Acomb and Foxwood.

Over the summer, Cllr Sue Hunter organised a petition signed by over 800 residents calling for action to fix pavements in Front Street to help those who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters, and support the local shopping area. Meanwhile, Cllr Sheena Jackson organised a petition calling for improvements to the pavements around Foxwood Shops.

In response to the petitions, it was agreed that standard repairs will continue and that further work is carried out to appraise the possibilities for a wider renewal and reinvigoration scheme for both locations and a report prepared for the Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement. (more…)

New Business Rate levels in York

It looks like the new Business Rate levels announced by the government on Friday will have little effect in York.
Business rates

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In the main, business rates will increase in London and the south east.

The proposed new rate levels in the north of England are, at worst, steady but some areas – including Scarborough – are set to see reductions.

There were hopes that sub-urban shopping areas in York might benefit from lower rates but this has yet to be confirmed.

In Acomb, some long term empty properties do get a rates discount when brought back into use.

The York Council has so far made no comment on the new valuation lists which it received last week.

Business rates explained

All UK firms pay a tax on the shops, offices, warehouses and factories that they use. All businesses with properties that have a rateable value over £12,000 have to pay Rates. They are the third biggest outgoing for many small businesses after rent and staff costs.

Empty commercial properties brough back into use in Front Street are entitled to a Business Rates discount

Empty commercial properties brought back into use in Front Street are entitled to a Business Rates discount

Every five years the underlying value of properties is assessed to determine their “rateable value”.

That figure broadly represents the yearly rent – the rentable value – for which the property could be let. The revaluation published yesterday, is based on rentable values on 1 April 2015 and comes into effect on 1 April 2017

The rateable value is then combined with the “multiplier” – a figure set by the government each year – to determine the final bill.

When Business Rates are revalued the government provides a transitional arrangement, to help companies adapt. The transitional arrangement will limit the amount that bills will go up each year, offering a financial cushion that, in the first year, will apply to over 600,000 properties, according to the government.

At the moment, English authorities keep hold of 50% of locally-collected Business Rates. The other half goes into a central government pool and is redistributed back to the local authorities according to need.

The government is working towards allowing local authorities to keep 100% of business rates (with a proportionate reduction in other grants).