So how did the first days shopping go around York


Local shopping streets like Foxwood Lane/Beagle Ridge Drive mostly continued trading through the lock-down. All but the hairdressers are open. No problems with parking today and a few shoppers around at lunchtime

Coop on Beagle Ride Drive has been popular throughout the lock-down period
Secondary shopping area

Acomb is York’s second largest shopping area. Its focal store (Morrisons) has remained open throughout the pandemic and has undertaken an increased number of home deliveries

Acomb Car park about 505 full at lunchtime today
Most shops in Acomb have reopened. Exceptions are hairdressers, a charity outlet and cafes (although outside/takeaway service available.
A “nail bar” will open ins an empty unit shortly
Specialist shopping streets

Bishopthorpe Road has established a reputation for itself as a bijou shopping destination with good quality independents predominating. It became mired in controversy a few weeks ago when local Councillors campaigned successfully for the road to be closed to southbound vehicles. It is unclear how this has affected trade but the area was generally quiet today at lunchtime. Road works start on nearby Nunnery Lane this evening. Most shops are open. There was limited space in the dedicated car park

The contraflow cycle “lane” is controversial. The existing northbound cycle lane has been abandoned.
The bollards were placed on the road to encourage social distancing.
Road works starting this evening

We’ll take a separate look at how the first day of the city centre shopping arrangements have gone.

Coronavirus York updates – 11th April 2020

Death toll in York & Scarborough

THIRTY-nine people have now died after contracting coronavirus (COVID-19) in the York Trust Hospital Foundation


UPDATE Saturday 11th April 2020 12:00 noon

Tesco Askham Bar 50 in well managed queue. Car park busy. Open until 10:00pm today but CLOSED TOMORROW (Easter Sunday);

Tesco Express Acomb Wood Drive, 6 in queue. Open until 10:00pm today. Normal hours tomorrow (Sunday i.e. 7:00am – 10:00pm);

Lidl Thanet Road 15 in queue. Open until 10:00pm today. CLOSED TOMORROW (Sunday),

Coop Beagle Ridge Drive, 6 in queue. Open until 8:00pm. Open 7:00am – 8:00pm tomorrow (Sunday).

Sainsbury’s Beckfield Lane – Open today and tomorrow 7:00am – 11:00pm

Morrisons Front Street. Open until 8:00pm. CLOSED TOMORROW (Sunday),

NB. Least busy times supermarket shopping time are normally late evenings


Getting reports of long queues at some supermarkets today. Several are closed tomorrow (Easter Sunday). Also very long queues at Fish and Chip shops yesterday (Good Friday).

On the other hand, Morrisons staff working very hard to fulfil delivery orders during what must be a busy weekend. Delivery van working till after 11:00pm last night. DPD and other delivery firms also proving to be very reliable. Credit to their supply chains.

Still no word on when (if) Deliveroo will extend deliveries to areas like Foxwood.

Coronavirus York updates – 8th April 2020

Advice for cyclists

Some good advice taken from the Minsterfm web site.—wednesday-8th-april-live-local-updates/

One family group of cyclists was seen wobbling down the A1237 today. Parallel routes are safer! 


bicycle crop

Police are sharing safety advice for cyclists as more people take to two wheels for their form of daily exercise.

Despite quieter roads, police are warning cyclists they still need to take safety seriously, as well as observing new rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Government measures allow “one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household”.

The government goes on to say: “When doing this you must minimise the time you are out of your home and stay at least two metres away from anyone else that isn’t from your household.”

Major Collision Investigation Sergeant Kirsten Aldridge said:

“While North Yorkshire roads are quieter, there are still lots of things cyclists need to be mindful of.

“Firstly, quieter roads have led to some drivers dramatically exceeding the speed limit. While we’re trying to enforce this as widely as possible, it puts cyclists and pedestrians at significant risk.

“Secondly, the government measures make it clear that cyclists need to practice social distancing and should only ride alone or with people from the same household. Please remember that, as our officers are out on patrol ensuring people follow these rules.

“Finally, we’d remind drivers that they should always expect the unexpected around each corner, especially at the moment, and pass cyclists at a minimum distance of 1.5 metres when it is safe to do so.”

North Yorkshire Police has also noticed that many new cyclists are taking to the road, including families with children who have started cycling as their one-a-day form of exercise.

The force is sharing the following seven safety tips with novices:

    • Plan your journey in advance and advise someone of where you are going and when you intend to return, especially if you are cycling in a remote location.
    • If you are riding as a family with young children, consider riding routes with dedicated cycle paths to ensure the safety of young children and pedestrians. Please remember that if you are cycling on the roads that vehicles such as HGVs, are still regularly travelling routes in order to move much-needed supplies. Large vehicles might scare and unbalance young children on bicycles when overtaking them.
    • Ensure that your bicycle is road-worthy. If it has been unused for a while, ensure that the mechanisms such as brakes and gears are working and that tyres are pumped up before starting any ride. Brake failure can cause a serious collision.
    • Think about your positioning in the road and whether you can be seen by other road users. Wearing reflective clothing and ensuring that your bike is fitted with lights and/ or reflective discs helps with visibility. Assuming a position towards the centre of the lane where possible maximises the rider’s line of vision and means that other road users have a clear view of you.
    • If you are riding with protection around your face ensure that this does not restrict your head movement and that you are able to look around freely without restriction so that safety checks can be carried out.
    • If you’re riding with your family, help motorists overtake you with the safe distance of 1.5 metres, promoted by our Close Pass campaign, by filtering down to single file.
    • Effectively communicate with other road users, by using hand signals when turning left or right. Try to make eye contact with other road users and pedestrians to ensure that they have seen you.

Sgt Aldridge added: “As long as people follow the government’s rules about how they exercise and observe social distancing while they do it, we want to give people the knowledge they need to ride safely.

“North Yorkshire is a beautiful county with a strong cycling scene and 6,000 miles of roads. That’s plenty of road for everyone if all road users stick to the law, take sensible precautions and look out for one another.”

Takeaway deliveries in west York on Google Maps

Google maps is now listing takeaways that do home deliveries.

Download the app from

In west York they list Buongiorno (tel. 07985 797754), Bengal Lounge (tel. 01904 796666), Taverna Yamas (tel. 07960 920979), Woodthorpe Spice (tel. 01904 700070), Salsa Pizza (01904 788888), Pizza Hut (01904 606222), Tea on the Green (01904 789380) and several others. 

Not sure how up to date it is. 

More deaths from coronavirus at York Hospital

A total of 19 patients with confirmed coronavirus have now died at York Hospital, following a further three fatalities.

Grass cutting and weed control

This service continues.

The Council are maintaining the public highway, which includes highway verges and pavements to keep them in a safe and accessible condition, because:

 • If the grass gets too long it will grow onto pavements causing slip/trip hazards and cause sight line issues at junctions

• if weeds grow on pavements they will become unsafe to walk on

• it will cause longer term damage to pavement surfaces, causing the breakup of the surface

• If we don’t keep the weeds under control at the beginning of the year this will put greater pressures on the service for the whole year.

 All frontline staff, whether gardening or street cleaning are working alone to ensure social distancing.

NB. Please also keep boundary hedges/tree cut trimmed back from public footpaths

Food deliveries

The Council says that  “Staff and volunteers of our community hubs and in the customer centre are continuing to work incredibly hard to support residents who need it. We have attached a document (who we are helping) which sets out who is deemed to be ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’ and the types of support we are offering them and others in communities across the city.

 The extremely clinically vulnerable above are supported by food parcels from community hubs.Government guidance on this group and how to protect and work with them  Click 

 In terms of wider support for residents who have asked for help with food:

 Those who are generally able and financially secure but who are not able to shop are given a list of food delivery businesses and/or link them to the COVID-19 Mutual Aid facebook groups *

  • Older or disabled residents who need help with shopping and are financially secure are referred to specialist voluntary organisations such as Age UK, Good Gym
  • The medically shielded are delivered the Government-provided food which the council supplements especially for those with special dietary needs eg diabetics or coeliacs
  • People eligible for Food Bank vouchers are sent a delivery from the food bank where appropriate
  • People struggling for other reasons ie anxiety, caring responsibilities, mobility etc are delivered a Council-sourced food box put together at the hubs.

 In addition, parents of children eligible for Free School Meals are given vouchers.

 As well as this support volunteers are helping to check on people’s wellbeing by calling individuals to check they are ok and also chat to them for a while to help them feel they aren’t alone.

 Vulnerable people who can ask City of York Council for help on or 01904 551550.Anyone can ask for help from   if they don’t currently get help from CYC or the NHS, or have any help from family or friends”.

*NB. The Council have still not published a list of shops undertaking home deliveries despite many requests.


Morrisons now providing an “essentials” telephone ordering/doorstep delivery service for the vulnerable


Yorwaste has become the latest employer to deploy theuir workfioece in support of street level public services.

Business grants

The Council started to make payments to local businesses on Monday. They will be working over Easter to complete the process. They are also making checks to weed out any fraudulent claims.

We have started making payments, with several million pounds worth of grants processed today. This is an entirely new process and we have a duty to quality assure every payment and protect York businesses grants from potential fraud. We have had 2,500 applications so far and need to run each one through the government’s anti-fraud software before we can process payments; this is to verify bank account details of organisations which have never had a financial relationship with us before. We’ve started contacting businesses as part of that process and appreciate your patience with us whilst we carry this out. Please remember we will only ask you to verify your details and would never ask you to make payments.

Support for children and young people

Kooth ( is commissioned by TEWV to offer mental health and well -being support to young people in York and North Yorkshire aged 11-18 years. The service provides young people with:

  • An opportunity to access support services anonymously
  • Access to BACP accredited counsellors via online chat
  • Access on to online articles and magazines written by counsellors
  • An opportunity for young people to write their own articles and to share their story
  • Young people can set their own personal goals and are supported by the counsellors online
  • Young people can access the support service from any internet device, 365 days a year.


  • If you have significant concern regarding a vulnerable pupil please contact MASH: 01904 551900, out of hours: 0845 0349417
  • If parents have questions regarding childcare, i.e. OOSC/PVI please direct them to:

House building

 To The Council says it is working to avoid delays to the council’s ambitious housing projects which might incur costs or slow the delivery of much-needed homes.

 Lowfield Green

Following a 48-hour pause on construction at Lowfield Green (to complete a thorough risk assessment) a new site working procedure has been drawn up which allows construction of the 140 new homes to continue. The new way of working also keeps building contractor Wates’s employees and their self-employed contractors safely on site.

 Ordnance Lane

Momentum around resident engagement has kept going! A workshop for residents on intergenerational living moved online to involve 19 residents and officers. It used a combination of pre-recorded presentations and a live panel with local residents taking centre stage.

Corona virus update – 31st March 2020

Police advice on staying safe live video tomorrow (Wednesday)

At 1pm on Wednesday 1 April, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be live streaming safety advice, along with colleagues from North Yorkshire County Council. Find out how to keep yourself and your family safe whilst staying at home and saving lives. The broadcast will also include advice for businesses. Watch LIVE on YouTube:

Public service monitor

Police appeal on gangs of youths

If you see people congregating in groups please contact Police on 101 as soon as you can so the Police can respond accordingly. This action is in relation to recent Covid-19 regulations and groups causing general ASB. #stayhome #staysafe

Waitrose moves to help vulnerable with home delivery priority

To support our elderly and most vulnerable customers, we have decided to give them priority access to our home delivery and Click & Collect slots.

These customers are being identified using data we currently hold. We are actively working with the UK government to identify further vulnerable and elderly customers.

We are working with the UK Government to identify customers who are vulnerable to Coronavirus. If you believe you should be considered vulnerable, please use the Government service website to identify yourself.

  • You can register for yourself or someone else
  • The government will share details of those who are registered with us in the coming days
  • We’ll be in touch to let you know when you’ve been added and can book slots

Register on GOV.UK

We’re doing all we can to make more delivery and Click & Collect slots available soon.

Home food deliveries

Sainbury’s will try to help any vulnerable persons who is unable to secure a delivery slot. The contact telephone number is 08000 525500

Morrisons have already announced a basic box of essentials delivery service

Coop reduces store opening hours

Coop opening hours are changing to 7am-8pm. Petrol stores will remain open until 11pm.

Some Coop stores are closing but none so far in York

Rough sleepers

The Council says that all rough sleepers accepted accommodation and stayed in it on Friday night. Using hotels and hostels, temporary and Housing First accommodation, we have enough for all known rough sleepers and can provide them with food too.

“The situation is very fluid regarding individuals who may choose to leave the accommodation provided: there is no enforcement around them staying in it”.

Council ready to process £40m coronavirus support grants to local businesses


Following further guidance from the Government, City of York Council will now distribute government support grants of up to £25000 to York businesses.

Many small businesses which receive small or rural business rates relief will receive a payment of £10,000.

Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, with a rateable value of under £51,000, will receive either £10,000 or £25,000 grants.

The council has created a short web form to gather the information required by the government, including VAT registration details.

The secure web form can be found at . 

Any business wanting to find out more about the grant process should contact

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:

“The Council has been working hard to to deliver these support packages as quickly as possible, and to date, we have already applied the business rates holiday to over 4000 accounts and have now created a secure new system to process grants totaling nearly £40m across 2500 eligible businesses. 

“We have already created our own local support package totaling £1 million to support small and micro businesses in the city, on top of existing government support, and we will continue to act swiftly to support local businesses through these extremely challenging times.”

The council has written to all 2500 businesses it has identified as eligible for the grants.

With many business owners unable to access their premises, the council wants to reach as many businesses as possible through local media, social media and partners and representative bodies across the city.

Councillor Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, said:

“We’re determined to overcome these obstacles and get these grants to York businesses, and that is why we have contacted all 2,500 businesses identified as eligible for the grants.

“On top of delivering the government’s support, we’ve developed our package to help our creative and resilient business community through these difficult times,  including the deferral of rent for our commercial tenants and having made commitments to support our key suppliers.

“We’re also working with York BID, Make it York, the region’s Local Enterprise Partnerships and other partners to speak up on behalf of our business community.”

“Any business can get up to date advice and guidance through our support page”

Which businesses are eligible?

  1. Small Business Grant Fund

Under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) all businesses in England in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system will be eligible for a payment of £10,000, in line with the eligibility criteria.

  1. Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) businesses in England in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the following cash grants per property.

  • Eligible businesses with a property that has a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000
  • Eligible businesses with a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000

Corona virus update – 23rd March 2020

Morrisons offer food in a box for a week

The discount supermarket chain has just launched a new initiative of special food boxes, aimed at getting foods to people who are struggling to place orders online.

According to their website, each box includes ‘a selection of everyday items’ dependent on current availability of food and household goods .

There are two options: vegetarian or meat.

Elderly or vulnerable customers – such as those with underlying health issues who have been ordered to remain indoors – will be prioritised.

The boxes are fairly affordable at £30, with a £5 delivery fee on top (so £35 in total) and will feed two adults for one week.

As an example, the vegetarian box might contain canned baked beans, soup, dairy products, rice and pasta (yes, really), carrots and more.

Meanwhile, in the meat version, you also get chicken or beef.

But if you’re allergic, be careful as no guarantees can be made for specific requirements – so read the label before you dig in.

Latest planning applications for the Westfield Ward

 Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference


Morrisons Front Street York YO24 3BZ (Proposed garden centre)

Condition 3 of 18/01030/FUL.

Ref. No: AOD/18/00284 


Watermeadows Ltd 19 York Road Acomb York YO24 4LW

Demolition of existing garage and erection of two dwellings and associated works and infrastructure on Severus Street

Ref. No: 18/02006/FUL 


Lincoln Court Ascot Way York

Three storey rear extension to accommodate 10no. new flats with communal facilities, single storey front extension to form new main entrance, erection of plant room to side, reconfiguration of parking provision and associated landscaping works including new boundary fencing

Ref. No: 18/01872/FULM 

NB. This may prove to be more controversial than expected as the application – together with one already submitted for the adjacent Windsor House site – would see more of the playing field (including the kick about area) lost than was anticipated.


Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.

The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received


Front Street racial abuse incident – Police seek witnesses

Officers are appealing for information and witnesses following a hate related public order crime.
The incident occurred at Morrisons on Front Street, Acomb when a man was subjected to threatening and racially abusive language.
The offence occurred at around 3pm on Wednesday, 20 June.
Anyone with information which could assist the investigation is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, selecting option 2, and ask for PC David Ellison. You can also email
If you wish to provide information anonymously then information can be given to the independent charity Crimestopper on 0800 555 111.
Please quote reference 12180110039 when providing information.

Contact details: DAVE ELLISON Incident reference: 12180110039

Latest planning applications for the Westfield Ward – Morrisons plan garden centre greehouse

The Council says that it has now fixed the problems with its planning portal which resulted in several duplicate applications being published. These applications had been determined up to 4 years ago.

We’re not so sure that all the problems have been rectified, as a number of new applications – some several weeks old -have now suddenly appeared. Some are backdated by several weeks on the validation pages.

They include a proposal for a garden centre style greenhouse at Morrisons on Front Street.

Below is the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.  Some may already have been publicised.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference


3 Westfield Court Acomb York YO26 5FA

Fell Maple; reduce lateral spread of Lime over property by 3.5 – 4 meters – tree works in a Conservation Area

Ref. No: 18/01149/TCA 


66 Green Lane Acomb York YO24 4PS

First floor side and rear extension

Ref. No: 18/00917/FUL 


Morrisons Front Street York YO24 3BZ

Erection of detached garden centre shelter

Ref. No: 18/01030/FUL 

Morrsons application



Acomb Branch Library Front Street York YO24 3BZ

Continued use of portakabin as standby point with associated parking space for ambulance

Ref. No: 18/00938/FUL 


7 Tennent Road York YO24 3HQ

Erection of single storey extension extending 3.9 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 2.4 metres and a total height of 3.5 metres

Ref. No: 18/00977/LHE 


60 Gale Lane York YO24 3AA

Hip to gable roof extension, dormer to rear and single storey rear extension.

Ref. No: 18/00921/FUL 


Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.

The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

Morrisons in Acomb applies to sell alcohol until midnight each day

Morrison’s supermarket in Acomb has applied to open from 7:00pm until midnight each day.

Morrisons Acomb

The license application to the City of York Council also means that alcohol sales would be available for the same period.

A similar application has been submitted for Morrison’s Foss Islands store.

There have been sporadic problems with anti social behaviour at night in the Front Street area and the car park has been a magnet for some trouble makers. The store is also located quite close to residential properties so there is bound to be anxiety about the impact of the proposal.Morrisons Oct 2015

Representations to the application must be made in writing to City of York, Licensing Services, Hazel Court EcoDepot, James Street, York. Y010 3DS. Representations must be received within a 28 day period beginning the first day after the application is made.    Residents have until 20th November to raise any objections with the Council Email: Tel 552512

The store currently opens between 8:00am and 9:00pm each day except Sunday when the hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm

A similar application for extended hours was recently submitted by the Lidl store on Thanet Road.