Former Acomb kebab house seeks alcohol license

The Council has received an application for a premise license for 2 Front Street (which used to be a Kebab house).

If approved, the application suggests that it would be open between 4:00pm and either midnight or 1:00am.

The application would permit take away sales of alcohol.

Residents have until 4th March to table any objections.

Details read here

Bistro to give Front Street another boost

Conlans opening on 26th November

Conlans opening on 26th November

A new Bistro is to open on Front Street.


Conlans Bistro will take over the vacant tea room premises near Morrisons and will be open from Tuesday 26th November.

The Bistro is inviting “the people of Acomb Village and beyond to our pre-opening event on Friday 22nd November, between 2 and 6pm”.

They are also offering a special “Christmas Feast” for £35. Telephone York 289641 for details.

Acomb Front Street to let

The opening will come as a further boost to the Front Street area following the news of a £30,000 regeneration grant.

However there is still a lot of empty property in the street.

Hopefully the recovering economy will see these premises reoccupied shortly.

Licensing application for Front Street premises

Conlans Café at 6a Front Street

Application for the grant of a premises licence to allow for

  • Recorded Music Mon – Sat 07:00hrs-23:00hrs      Sun  08:00hrs-22:00hrs
  • Supply of AlcoholOn and off sales Mon – Sat  12:00hrs-23:00hrs       Sun 12:00hrs-22:00hrs
  • Opening Times Mon – Sat 07:30hrs      – 23:00hrs Sun 09:00hrs-22:00hrs

The last date for representations is 26/11/13. Quote reference CYC 0227496a

All applications can be viewed in full at the council offices with prior notice.  Contact the licensing section on 01904 552512 for an appointment to view.  Representations must be made in writing in and sent to the Licensing Office, Hazel Court EcoDepot, James Street, York YO10 3DS.

Representations must relate to one or more of the 4 licensing objectives of the Act namely, prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.

Front Street assault – police plea for witnesses

Man’s cheekbone broken in York pub assault

Marcia Grey

Marcia Grey

Police are investigating an assault outside a pub in York which left a man suffering from a broken cheekbone.

The victim, aged 29, was having a drink outside the Marcia Grey in Acomb at around 6pm on Thursday 17 October 2013, when he was approached by a man who punched him twice in the face.

He was admitted to York Hospital where he underwent treatment for his injuries.

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the assault or knows who is responsible to contact them with information.

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for PC Damion Liversidge or York police.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to

If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12130180978 when passing information about this incident.

Acomb is coming alive in run up to Christmas

Acomb Front Street is getting into the Christmas spirit with twenty five Christmas tree brackets for small trees above shop fronts being put into place as part of a wider package of investment by City of York Council.

£30,000 is being invested to support businesses in Acomb and to help act as a catalyst for community-led economic development in the area.

Acomb Alive

The move was stimulated by the formation of the “Acomb Alive” group last year.

The York Council had been heavily criticised by traders and local residents when it abandoned its Acomb Office base in 2012 and subsequently slashed the funds available for Ward Committees to invest in the area.

The investment will see £24,000 investment on Front Street to install electricity points, repair and replace flower tubs, remove damaged and unneeded street furniture as well as new signage and seating.

The remaining £6,000 has been granted to kick-start an events programme to encourage footfall to the shopping area and to hep bring a flavour of the city centre to the important local shopping area.

Derisory funding allocation to Acomb by Council

Front Street

Front Street

We understand that the York Council is being recommended to allocate only £30,000 to a much needed regeneration project in the Acomb Front Street area.

That is just 0.1% of the Council budget that is available for economic development projects in the City.

The Labour Council has been blamed for the stark decline in the area over the last 2 years. The decline started with the council closing its Acomb Office before reducing the number of litter bins in the area.

Ward Committees in Acomb and Westfield, which had over £80,000 a year to invest in local public services, lost their budgets.

Fly tipping in Front Street back lane

Fly tipping in Front Street back lane

Local Traders fought back with an “Acomb Alive” campaign and a successful festival was held in the summer.

But the whole area needs a lift with the removal of weeds, road repairs, repainting and replacement of street furniture all high priorities. Dumped rubbish needs to be systematically removed, fences repaired, graffiti removed and walls rebuilt.

Some broken bus timetable information boards have been out of service now since 2011. A lasting memorial to neglect.

The £30,000 can be compared to the single £500,000 project which is currently seeing Kings Square in the City Centre being repaved.

Well fancy that! Click to enlarge

Well fancy that! Click to enlarge