York Council says, “Recycle old Christmas lights to Acomb”
The York Council is planning to offer its old Christmas decoration lights, no longer required for the City centre, to Acomb and Haxby.
The lights have become surplus to requirements following the decision by the York Business Improvement District (BID) to invest heavily in their own displays. These have already been reinstalled on the Bar Walls in preparation for this year’s festivities.
Christmas lighting in Front Street has improved significantly in recent years thanks to the efforts of local traders and residents.
Acomb Front Street is changing rapidly as the effects of the recession wear off and the efforts of the local trader’s organisation Acomb Alive bear fruits. There are few empty premises in the area while some independent traders may also be set to benefit from budget changes announced on Monday.
But there may be a feeling that the “hand me down” lights proposal once again fails to recognise what is needed to give Front Street a major lift. Residents, in survey after survey, have criticised the uneven surface in the pedestrian area and have called for a holistic solution.
This would involve the owners of the private forecourts, which would have to be incorporated into any paving scheme, cooperating. In turn this could only happen if a full time precinct manager were to be appointed and funded by the Council.
That initiative doesn’t seem to be any closer.
Meanwhile the Council is considering commissioning more reports into the ailing City Centre retail economy. They have been shocked by the decline of Coney Street as a shopping destination, although they claim that the “high street decline” is less pronounced in York than in other City’s.
Visitor numbers – who are not necessarily shoppers – have increased over the last 5 years.
Nevertheless parts of the City, including the Councils own Guildhall building, are looking shabby and need urgent attention.
The Foxwood Residents Association has announced the prize winners in its inaugural Christmas house lighting competition.
Top prize went to a home in Bellwood Drive
Runner up prizes went to homes in Linnet Way, Spindle Close, Reynard Court and St Josephs Court.
Top neighbourhood display was judged to be the homes in the Accent housing estate .
More on the Foxwood RA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FoxwoodResidentsAssociation/
Lots of nominations already including houses on Tedder Road, Slessor Road, Reynard Court, Spindle Close, Bellwood Drive, Salmond Road and Linnet Way
Judging starts at 6:00pm on Wednesday 20th December.
Final nominations by Email please to Foxwoodra@btinternet.com by 6:00pm 18th December.
With thanks to Syue Hunter, the Acomb Alive team and Minster FM who made yesterday so successful.
Next market on Friday 16th December
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
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
Only 5 days left to make a donation
When recent pledges are added in, we understand that less than £1000 is now needed to meet the appeal target for Christmas lights in Acomb.
However the appeal closes on Tuesday
The independent Acomb Alive traders group are already gearing up for Saturday 26th November when a big “switch on” is planned. Minster FM will entertain the crowds from 2:00pm while a special guest will switch on the lights at 4:00pm
Christmas trees have already arrived (right).
You can help push the appeal to its target by donating “on line” here https://www.spacehive.com/lightupacombthischristmas
26th November will also see the return of the popular Acomb Market on Front Street. It will be open between 9:00am and 5:00pm
More Christmas festivities are planned in December.