Coronavirus Update

Update 1600 hrs 2nd Feb 2020: The Council has now shared a briefing with Councillors which they say can be shared with residents. We’ll leave the Councillors to dissemination the information as they judge necessary. The papers do confirm that the infected couple appear to have had few contacts in the City and none on the University campus. The bulletin still fails to say when the couple arrived in the City and which locations they visited.

Today’s developments

York University has said that the ill student, who has a confirmed case of the virus, was not on campus or in student accommodation either before or after they displayed symptoms (suggesting that they had recently arrived in the country, although this is not confirmed).

Apparently the Department of Health and Social Care, working with Public Health England, are quoting patient confidentiality as the reason why the movements of the affected victims have not been revealed.

Usually patients will waive their rights regarding the revelation of their movements.

It is perhaps easier to understand why the names of those concerned may be withheld, not least because it may deter others with similar symptoms from coming forward.

We understand that the Councils Public Health Director has now issued a confidential briefing to Councillors. Why it should be regarded as confidential is anyone’s guess.

At least one Councillor is understood to be asking searching questions about progress being made on finding recent arrivals from China who may be in York.

Questions are also being asked about the need to deploy hand sanitisers in public buildings in the City.

What’s on in York: University of York Choir & Symphony Orchestra at York Minster

Wednesday 14th June 2017


From £5

Benedict Nelson baritone

Peter Seymour, John Stringer conductors

Walton     Crown Imperial

Berlioz     Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale

Walton     Belshazzar’s Feast

Belshazzar’s Feast became an immediate success after its first performance, in Leeds, in 1931. Walton’s music drama uses colourful and dramatic writing for choir and large orchestra to tell the story of the Babylonian king who saw the writing on the wall. Soloist Benedict Nelson is one of the most exciting baritones of his generation, equally at home on the concert platform and opera stage. Berlioz’s Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale opens with a sombre funeral march and ends with a triumphal choral finale.  Written for the coronation of Edward VIII, the stirring march Crown Imperial was first performed at the coronation of King George VI.

The concert is part of the University of York’s Festival of Ideas; the University Choir is sponsored by Evans Property Group, Tribal and Schroders.

Tickets:  Front Nave: £28 (concs £26)

Rear Nave:  £24 (concs £23)

Unreserved side aisles: £10 (concs £8), students £5

From University of York Concert Box Office:  01904 322439 (open Mon-Fri, 1.00-3.30pm) and online BOOK TICKETS

Community Stadium not on agenda for next planning committee meeting

Confirmation that the Community Stadium project is slipping further behind schedule has come with the publication of the agenda for the Planning Committee scheduled to take place on 19th March.

Community Stadium Nov 2014

Community Stadium planned for Huntington

This was to have been the meeting at which that the proposals would have been considered.

The timescale for a July 2016 opening for the stadium always looked very tight given the controversial nature of the “enabling” retail development. The project subsequently was thrown into disarray when first the Highways Agency suspended the scheme and then a “war of words” broke out between Council officials and the Knights rugby club, who were to have been one of the major users of the Stadium.

 A date has been reserved in the Councils calendar for a meeting on 27th March but It now seems unlikely that the planning application will be determined before the new Council’s Planning Committee has its first meeting in June.

It looks increasingly likely that the new Councillors, who will be elected on 7th May, will have a can of worms to sort out.

The March Planning Committee will, however, consider some important issues

George Hudson Street student flats

The committee will consider a change of use from offices to student accommodation comprising of 58 self contained units with associated facilities including shop, cycle store, managers office, communal lounge, gym and laundry. A new shop front to the proposed entrance on the George Hudson Street elevation will be provided. The building is Listed.

Del Monte Site, Skelton

The committee will have a second go at approving a new 60 home development at this former factory site.

Naburn Lock caravan park

The committee are being asked to agree that this 100 pitch caravan park be allowed to open throughout the whole year

New teaching block at the University of York

Proposal to build a 13 metre high, 4240 sq metres floor area, teaching block on a site on Spring Lane previously occupied by staff housing

Housing development on Grain Store site, Water Lane

An application for approval of appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of 215 new dwellings, following the grant of outline permission in 2012