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).

Mental health services in Acomb

The future of NHS services in the Acomb area may become a little clearer at a meeting scheduled to take place next week

Acomb Gables (formerly Garth)

A Council meeting will be told that following a building programme at Acomb Gables on Oak Rise Dementia male beds will be re-provided within this unit.

Meadowfields (York) provides female dementia care.

The change will bring all dementia care within the York locality which will be important due to the connection with the acute hospital and physical healthcare. The transfer of the unit is anticipated during Winter 2016/17.

The Community Mental Health Team currently has office space and a small number of clinic rooms at Acomb Gables. Estate works have been agreed as part of the plans to bring Mental Health Older People beds into this unit. As part of these plans additional clinic space has been developed and will be available from Winter 2016/17.

However there is still no real news on the choice of location at which the City’s new mental health hospital will be built.

CCTV appeal after Acomb hair salon purse theft

 Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after a purse was stolen from a York hair salon.

At about STILL 11STILL 20.50am on 6 April 2016, a man entered the salon in York Road, Acomb. He behaved suspiciously, and approached a hair stylist while holding a large piece of newspaper. He pointed to this, and to a poster on the wall, then left the building.

About ten minutes later, the stylist checked her handbag and discovered her purse was missing. It is believed the suspect used the newspaper to distract the victim and act as a shield when he stole her purse.

The victim went to the bank to cancel her cards, and there had been no unauthorised transactions. At about 2.30pm the same day, a member of the public found the victim’s purse on the road nearby. The purse was handed in to police and returned to the victim. A sum of cash was missing from it.

Despite extensive enquiries since the incident, officers have been unable to identify the suspect.


Police are appealing for anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV images to get in touch, as he may have important information that could assist the investigation.

Please dial 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Alastair Foy, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote reference number 12160059331.