City of #York Council is encouraging people across the city to ‘Ride to Work’ this week as part of a national campaign to encourage cycling as part of the daily commute.

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Cllr Lars Kramm, Green Party (Micklegate) cycles every day to work.

The campaign aims to get more people incorporating cycling into their lives, helping to keep them fit and healthy, reducing congestion and improving air quality.


By signing up to the national Love to Ride UK initiative, which runs Ride to Work Week, people can enter a monthly prize draw to win great prizes including a £500 city break or bike shop vouchers. Visit www.lovetoride.net/york for more information.

Councillor Lars Kramm, Green Party Councillor for Micklegate Ward cycles every day to work and to his council commitments. He said: “In a congested city like York it is so much more convenient and quicker to cycle. Going by car makes journey times unreliable and parking is so much easier. Cycling is one corner stone of our vision of a city with less traffic, better transport and healthy residents. We, the  Four Green Councillors want for example:

  • to ensure, that  everyone has a good local primary school within walking or easy cycling distance of where they live. Every school should be a good school
  • to ensure the Local Plan protects, expands and enhances natural green spaces that act as the city’s lungs, providing clean air, safe walking and cycling routes and preserve wildlife and habitat
  • to develop a strategy to create a ‘Dutch-style’ off-road cycle network throughout the city, building on existing off road routes and main roads to make day to day cycling a safe attractive norm for more residents
  • follow-up the introduction of a city-wide 20mph limit in residential areas with further engagement with local residents and schools (not done particularly well by the last Labour administration and not supported by the current LibDem-Conservative Coalition) to embed a low speed culture in the city, which is fundamental to encouraging more walking and cycling

Tracey Carter, who works for City of York Council, regularly cycles to work. She said: “Cycling to work is an easy way to keep fit and active, especially as I spend my working day in meetings or sitting at a desk. It’s quicker and more enjoyable than bus or car and easy to plan exactly how long my journey will take, because I know I won’t get stuck in traffic. I arrive feeling energised and it really does help to clear my head at the end of a busy day – even when it rains!”

Councillor Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Finance, Planning, Transport and Planning is Cllr Ian Gillies, said: “We all know that moving more is key to staying healthy whatever our age. Cycling to and from work or school is a great way to incorporate exercise into our hectic lives, while at the same time reducing congestion and improving air quality.”

The Ride to Work Week campaign is just one of a number of initiatives in York to encourage people to make ‘easy travel swaps’, walking or cycling where possible, rather than making all their journeys by car.

More information about cycling and walking in York is available at


City of York Council can also offer support and advice to businesses to encourage their staff to make sustainable travel choices. Visit www.itravelyork.info/for-business/ for more information.


#York Central Pop-up Events 10 & 16 February

York Central Partnership are holding a series of pop-up events over the coming weeks as part of the ‘stage 1’ planning consultation that we have talked about at our forum meetings.
These events aim to provide opportunities for York residents and visitors to the city to share their views and aspirations for York Central, and actively inform the development of the York Central proposals.  The feedback received from these events will shape the masterplan.  A summary of the comments and explanation of how these views have fed back into the emerging masterplan will also be shared in the next stage of engagement.
Please feel free to share the pop-up event details with family, friends and neighbours and drop in if you are passing.
  • Tim Peake’s Spacecraft Exhibition – Saturday 10 February, 10am – 3pm, National Railway Museum (city entrance)
  • Jorvik Viking Festival – Friday 16 February, 10am – 3pm, St Helen’s Square (gazebo)

#York Disability Pride weekend 1-3 December

We are delighted to advertise the forthcoming events for York Disability Pride weekend, marking the UN International Day of People with Disabilities 2017. The weekend is organised by York Independent Living Network, York Human Rights City and Explore York, supported by York St John University and funded by the York Committee at JRF.
Disability Pride: A weekend of power and performance.
Join us over the weekend of 1st, 2nd and 3rd December 2017 to celebrate disability pride in York, with comedy, theatre, dance, music, spoken word and art.
Friday 1st December, 6. 30-9pm – Disability Pride Cabaret.York St John University, Temple Hall. Compered by comedian and activist Laurence Clark the evening presents a showcase of York’s disabled people’s artistic talent. Book here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/disability-pride-cabaret-york-fri-1st-dec-2017-tickets-39451517551
Saturday 2nd December, 11-4pm -What is Disability Pride? York Explore Central Library. Beginning with a live video link to Urbino, Italy and the sharing of some short disability films with the Eleanor Worthington Prize, then followed by an afternoon of poetry, debate, doodles, zine making and
more. With spoken word by Say Owt, including Jackie Hagan of ‘Some People Have too many legs’ and others.
Sunday 3rd December, 12-3pm -Pop up Disability Cinema. York Explore Central Library. One disability feature film, some film shorts, possibly popcorn, all about disability and then a bit of a debate about what it all means. Titles to follow.
All events are free and will include BSL interpreting. We plan for an inclusive event, but please let us know if you need us to do anything to facilitate access.
For more details see yiln.org.uk, or email admin@yiln.org.uk

#Micklegate Neighbourhood Plan goes in the next round

Last Thursday, City of York Council has formally approved the applications for a Micklegate Neighbourhood Forum and Micklegate Neighbourhood Area. It has taken a long time but finally, the Neighbourhood Plan creation goes into the next round.

Micklelegate is the first inner-city area in York to have formed a neighbourhood forum which hopes to create a first Neighbourhood Plan for an inner City in York. With more than 12,000 residents this is an ambitious project.

You can find the report to the Executive member here:

The applications were reported to, and approved by the Executive Member for Transport and Planning at his Decision Session on Thursday 19th October. The formal decision will be posted on the website below in due course:


Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved and we hope that more Micklegate residents now get involved in the details and help to shape the plan and the neigbourhood.

More information can be found on the Council Website, on Facebook or on the Forum website.

#York Quaker Peace Talks 2017


As last year we would like again to highlight a couple of York Quaker Peace Talks:

Come and hear Wayne Sharracks from Veterans for Peace
“Why War Is Not The Answer” – 7pm Thursday 26th October at Friargate QMH
As with last year, the series opens with a speaker from Veterans for Peace. Ben Griffins blew us away with his tales from inside Britain’s military and we’re sure that Wayne Sharracks will be equalling enthralling. As a young recruit turned peace activist, he’s keen to talk about Britain’s policy of recruiting under-18s – one of the last countries to do so.

Also coming up…
November 23rd: Peace, Protest and Policing
A bishop, an activist and a senior police officer discuss the balance between maintaining peace in the community and the right to protest. Bishop Graham Cray is a resident of Kirby Misperton, where fracking is taking place. Ian Conlan lives near by and has been arrested whilst peacefully protesting at a different fracking site. Superintendent Adam Thompson is an advocate for Human Rights within North Yorkshire Police.

January 25th, 2018: Does Prison Work?
The government are trying to build a brand new super-prison 10 miles from York, alongside the site of Full Sutton prison. Tom Newell, retired prison governor and Graham Holgate, serving prison officer plus special guests, will discuss a topic that often gets overlooked.

February 22nd: Breaking the Cycle of Violence with Moazzam Begg
Moazzam is a former Guantanamo detainee and a passionate speaker. He’s also a big fan of York! This time, he’s been invited to address the connections between the Iraq war which began in 2003 and the rise of ISIS in recent years.

All talks start at 7pm and are held at Friargate Quaker Meeting House.

Further information on: http://www.yorkquakers.org.uk/news.html

St Nicks Autumn Fayre on Saturday 14 October

Join St Nick’s annual celebration of nature’s harvest with  fun activities for all ages:AutumnFayre2017_LocalLinkAdvert

  • Apple Olympics, Longest Peel Contest and other playful opportunities
  • Bake off – donate a cake/pie containing some British fruit into the contest and have a chance to win a prize: please apply by getting in touch by 12th October. Or come and be a judge on the day; for £5 you get a plateful of cake to try and help decide the winner. Last year’s winner of the public vote was Bistro Guy but any good baker has a chance – will it be you this time?
  • Willow weaving with Angela from Yorkshire Hurdles
  • Foraging walk with Carl from York Timebank
  • Brilliant Birds! (for ages 4+) with Phil from EcoSapien: What’s that small bird singing in the trees? What’s that giant one on your roof? Learn how to identify your local birds from sight and by recognising their calls. We will have binoculars for you to borrow.
  • 2-3:30pm Soundscapes and poetry workshop, 3:30pm storytelling with Nettlefoot Kate
  • Bring your bicycle along to have it checked by Ey-Up Cycling
  • Music
  • Eco-Crafters – have a go at needle felting or another craft activity

Autumnal goodies to try and/or buy from St Nicks:

  • apple juice and other produce
  • cider from Coleman’s Cider Company who, besides making great Yorkshire cider, use fruit that would otherwise go to waste by swapping apples for cider or apple juice with their local communities. They also give their apple pressing waste to local farmers as cattle feed so we love the way they operate as much as their Eldferflower cider – come along to try it!

Stalls of local groups and businesses to browse:

The event is kindly funded by:

Free entry, donations welcome

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St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST

Planet South Bank Repair Café returns! #Micklegate

Following Planet South Bank’s successful first Repair Café in April, Planet South Bank is putting on another event on Saturday 21 October (10.00am-1.00pm) at Clements Hall in Micklegate.

The date falls in International Repair Café Week 2017 (14-22 October) when communities around the world will be organising similar events. There are now over 1,300 Repair Cafes operating globally, with 92 in the UK.

As before, they will be relying on volunteer experts to do the repairing, and would like to hear from anyone with appropriate skills to help them. They have got some volunteers already, but could do with more to help with electrical and electronics (computers, DVD/CD players, etc.), as well as general repairs (eg furniture), clothing and accessories. To volunteer, contact info@planetsouthbank.org.uk.

More information on the Planet South Bank website.

But the best way to get updates on the Repair Café is to join the Facebook event for it; but they will post further information on their website too. You can also follow Planet South Bank on Twitter @YorkPlanetSBank

#MICKLEGATE LIST OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS received between 28th August– 22nd September 2017

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Micklegate ward. Full details can be found by searching for the application reference. Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

Ref No: 17/01955/ADV
Location:       49A Blossom Street York YO24 1AZ
Proposal:       Display of 2no. non illuminated wall signs and 1no. non illuminated hanging sign
Applicant:      Mr Aligul Kala
Consultation Expiry Date        16 October 2017
Case Officer:   David Johnson   Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02150/FUL
Location:       Reel Cinema Blossom Street York YO24 1AJ
Proposal:       Change of use of screen no.5 to restaurant and replacement of 5no. windows to side elevation with metal louvres
Applicant:      Everyman Group
Contact Mr Sam Harper
Consultation Expiry Date        16 October 2017
Case Officer:   Lindsay Jenkins Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02151/LBC
Location:       Reel Cinema Blossom Street York YO24 1AJ
Proposal:       Internal and external alterations in connection with conversion of screen 5 into ancilliary restaurant including internal ducting and plant and replacement of 5no. windows to side elevation with metal louvres
Applicant:      Everyman Group
Contact Mr Sam Harper
Consultation Expiry Date        18 October 2017
Case Officer:   Lindsay Jenkins Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02182/FUL
Location:       16 Russell Street York YO23 1NW
Proposal:       Single storey rear extensions
Applicant:      Mr Christopher Mableson
Contact Mark Tabert
Consultation Expiry Date        16 October 2017
Case Officer:   Sam Blakeman    Expected Decision Level

Ref No: 17/02111/FUL
Location:       Brewdog 130 – 134 Micklegate York YO1 6JX
Proposal:       Variation of condition 9 of permitted application 15/02496/FUL to allow on site cooking
Applicant:      Brewdog Bars Ltd
Contact Mr Mark Shearman
Consultation Expiry Date        9 October 2017
Case Officer:   Erik Matthews   Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02122/FUL
Location:       12 Kyme Street York YO1 6HG
Proposal:       Alterations to existing rear extension to reduce size of roof and install 2no. rooflights, and new windows to existing rear dormer
Applicant:      Mrs Hildyard
Contact Mr Chris Walker
Consultation Expiry Date        18 October 2017
Case Officer:   Carolyn Howarth Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02135/LBC
Location:       Inner Concourse Railway Station  Station Road York YO24 1AY
Proposal:       Installation of interactive customer information screen on Platform 5
Applicant:      Mr Christopher Snape
Consultation Expiry Date        18 October 2017
Case Officer:   David Johnson   Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02219/TCA
Location:       13 City Mills Skeldergate York YO1 6DB
Proposal:       Reduce crown of Whitebeam tree by 30% in a Conservation Area
Applicant:      Mr Paul Middleton
Contact Mr Matthew Ward
Consultation Expiry Date        9 October 2017
Case Officer:   Esther Priestley        Expected Decision Level

Ref No: 17/02070/FUL
Location:       8 Albemarle Road York YO23 1FB
Proposal:       Single storey front extension, conversion of garage into living accommodation and erection of detached double garage and garden store to front
Applicant:      Mr & Mrs Malcolm Brown
Contact Mr Moray Mackay
Consultation Expiry Date        18 October 2017
Case Officer:   Carolyn Howarth Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02092/ADV
Location:       Brewdog 130 – 134 Micklegate York YO1 6JX
Proposal:       Display of externally illuminated fascia and hanging signs
Applicant:      Brewdog Bars Ltd
Contact Mr Mark Shearman
Consultation Expiry Date        2 October 2017
Case Officer:   Erik Matthews   Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02093/LBC
Location:       Brewdog 130 – 134 Micklegate York YO1 6JX
Proposal:       Alterations to shop front including display of externally illuminated fascia and hanging signs
Applicant:      Brewdog Bars Ltd
Contact Mr Mark Shearman
Consultation Expiry Date        4 October 2017
Case Officer:   Erik Matthews   Expected Decision Level DEL


#York Council are consulting on an Animal Welfare Licensing Policy (ends 13/11/2017)

City of York Council are consulting on an Animal Welfare Licensing Policy.

The Council issues licences for the following activities relating to the welfare of animals:

  • Animal boarding establishment licences
  • Dangerous wild animal licences
  • Dog breeding establishment licences
  • Horse riding establishment licences
  • Pet shop licences
  • Zoo licences
  • Performing Animals (registration)

The Council has not previously had a Policy document of this nature which consolidates all the legal requirements for these licensing regimes. Micklegate Councillor Lars Kramm has question the absence of such a policy earlier this year in a meeting of the Community and Environment Committee and asked for a policy to be developed and residents to be consulted on the content.

The Council is now seeking the views of all interested parties on this policy.

The results of the consultation will be considered by the Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory Committee.

The policy is available on the councils website https://www.york.gov.uk/consultations and you can read the draft policy here.

Any comments must be received by no later than 13th November 2017, they should be sent to:

Email: licensing.unit@york.gov.uk<mailto:licensing.unit@york.gov.uk>

Licensing Unit
City of York
Council Eco Depot Hazel Court
YO10 3DS

City of #York Local Plan Pre-Publication Consultation (ends 30/10/2017)

The 6 week consultation on the ‘Local Plan Pre- Publication draft (Regulation 18 Consultation, Sept 2017) document began today (18th September). This will end on 30th October.
All consultation material is live on the Council’s website (www.york.gov.uk/localplan )
The Local Plan and proposals maps are available to view in all the city’s libraries and in addition, the supporting documents are available to view in the West Offices customer centre.
CYC has produced a special edition of the council’s newsletter Our City,
which will be distributed to all York households over the next few weeks.
In addition drop-in sessions will be held across the city. At these sessions the public will be able to view the documents, speak to officers and pick up a response form.
– Monday 2nd October at Strensall & Towthorpe Village Hall, Strensall (3pm-7:30pm)
– Wednesday 4th October at Fulford Social Hall, Fulford (3pm-7:30pm)
– Thursday 5th October at Clifton Library, Clifton (3pm-7pm)
– Monday 9th October at Tang Hall Library, Tang Hall (3pm-7:30pm)
– Wednesday 11th October at West Offices, York City Centre (3pm-7:30pm)
– Monday 16th October at Acomb Explore Library, Acomb (3pm-7:30pm)
– Tuesday 17th October at York Sport, Heslington (3pm-7:30pm)
– Wednesday 18th October at Oaken Grove Community Centre, Haxby (3pm-7pm)
Following this consultation a Publication Local Plan will be prepared for consultation
in early 2018.
If you require any further information on the consultation please contact Strategic
Planning at localplan@york.gov.uk or on (01904) 552255.