Scarborough Bridge consultation #York #Micklegate

TO HELP provide better accessibility, connectivity and more capacity, City of York Council is consulting with residents, commuters and visitors on the construction of a new shared use bridge over the River Ouse.

The new bridge will replace the current crossing adjacent to Scarborough Bridge, providing a much wider and accessible facility. The current narrow crossing is used by over 2,600 pedestrians and 600 cyclists on average each day. This is despite it having steep steps and being inaccessible for people with mobility issues.Bridge proposal

The new bridge will be suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, pushchairs, wheelchairs and those with mobility issues. It will include ramps, as well as stepped access so that a wider range of users are catered for. Furthermore, the new bridge will be accessible during flood events, which the current footbridge is not.

This new bridge will provide a traffic-free, scenic and direct link for residents, commuters and tourists, on foot or bike, between York station, the city centre and residential suburbs located on the opposite side of the river.

This will also improve the connectivity of the National Cycle Network (routes 65 and 658) as well as providing an improved traffic-free route to the York Central site to the west of the station.

People will be able to view the plans and discuss this proposal with the project manager at an exhibition in the York Train Station foyer from 1pm – 6pm on Wednesday 12 July, and 8am – 1pm on Thursday 13 July.

Have your say by sending your comments to scarboroughbridge@york.gov.uk or post to: Scarborough Bridge Consultation, City of York Council, Transport Projects, Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York YO10 3DS.

The council, in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme and Network Rail are undertaking the consultation. All feedback will be carefully considered and included in a report to the executive member for transport and planning for a decision on how to proceed later in the summer.

For more information visit www.york.gov.uk/scarboroughbridge


Event: Everything is possible: The #York Suffragettes @YorkTheatre

It is 1913. Women across the country, outraged by inequality and prejudice are beginning to rise up and demand change. In York, a revolution is about to take place as an ordinary Heworth housewife risks her life and her family to join the fight. And she’s not alone. Across the city, women run safe-houses, organise meetings, smash windows and fire-bomb pillar boxes. It’s dangerous, it’s exhilarating, it’s groundbreaking and in 2017 the amazing story of York’s suffragettes will be told for the first time.

Everything is Possible is York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre’s latest large-scale community production. The play will be performed on a spectacular scale with a cast of around 150.
The performance will start outdoors at the York Minster Piazza at 7.15pm before moving onto the stage at York Theatre Royal. Join us as we raise the purple, green and white flags and cry “Votes for Women!” Please note, only the evening performances will be starting outside.

Tuesday 20 June 2017 – Saturday 1 July 2017
Time: 7.30pm also 2pm Saturday matinee
Venue: York Theatre Royal

#Micklegate by-election 2017 retains status quo

Micklegate Byelection result

The elections are over for the time being and the Green4Micklegate Team would like to express heartfelt thanks to all voters, supporters and volunteers who have helped us during this long election campaign in Micklegate. We have fought a serious campaign in Micklegate and have done remarkably well given the squeeze in minor party votes that we have seen in the general election which has also had a knock-on effect in the by-election.

Firstly, I would like to give credit where credit is due. Congratulations to Cllr Jonny Crawshaw to his successful election campaign. It seems that Micklegate stays the rainbow ward with cross-representation. I am looking forward to work with Johnny and hope we can maintain working in the ward above party lines in the interest of the residents of Micklegate.

A particular thanks to our candidate: Rosie Baker. Rosie joint the Green4Micklegate team just after moving to Clementhorpe and hit the ground running. She has worked tirelessly in the campaign and secured our place as the main challenger to the Labour Party in the ward. I am very glad, that she already committed to stay involved in the Green ward team and support me in the ward work.Turnout2017

Very positive was the increased turn-out in the election with more residents involved in this election than last time. I hope all residents stay involved and actively participate in our ward committees, surgeries and consultations.

We cannot pretend that this election night has been a good night for the Greens or for Green policies, but that simply means that we will all have to continue to work hard for the things that are so important to us in Micklegate, York and the UK.

Cllr Lars Kramm

#York Let’s change the voting system to Proportional Representation – #Pledge4PR!

Let’s Make Votes Matter!

A General Election has been called for 8th June. We need to make this the last one held under our broken voting system! York Green Party decided no to file a candidate in York Central this election. Unfortunately a tactical decision forced under the current unfair first past the post system. On June 8th York Green Party is still going to be vigorously campaigning to win two council seats in the Micklegate and Hull Rd by-elections, where we are the main challenger to Labour. We will also be contesting the York Outer seat after it has become clear that neither the Lib Dem nor Labour Parties were willing to form some sort of alliance with paired standing down to increase the chances of defeating the current Tory MP.

However, following extensive discussion and consideration of the situation in York Central constituency through two members meetings we have decided to withdraw the Green candidate nomination in order to play our part in securing progressive MPs in Parliament.

We know this will disappoint some of our supporters (and please others), but we feel that in the local circumstances this is the right course of action this time to minimise the risk of contributing towards victory for a Conservative candidate. We will use this action to highlight the need for a proportional voting system, as used in more progressive institutions such as the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments, the London Assembly etc and many other countries.

Andy D’Agorne said “We will still be actively involved in debating the issues such as the crisis in our health and social care, local threats to health and environment such as traffic pollution, fracking and the damaging consequences of this government’s policies. Increasing our council seats from 4 to 6 will make us far more effective as a force for change within York, working where we can in partnership with other parties, businesses and community organisations.”

BUT, we need to fix the system!




#MICKLEGATE WEEKLY LIST OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS received between 25th February – 10th March 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: 17/00179/ADV
Location:       York Sea Cadet Corps 22 Skeldergate York YO1 6DH
Proposal:       Display of 1no. non illuminated fascia sign (retrospective)
Applicant:      Mr Paul Sutermeister
Consultation Expiry Date        3 April 2017
Case Officer:   Elizabeth Potter        Expected Decision Level DEL
Ref No: 17/00345/FULM
Location:       The Chocolate Works Care Home  Bishopthorpe Road York YO23 1DE
Proposal:       Variation of condition 2 of permitted application 16/00363/FULM to amend external appearance of west elevation
Applicant:      Mr Andrew Pollintine
Contact Mrs Julie Smyth
Consultation Expiry Date        3 April 2017
Case Officer:   Erik Matthews   Expected Decision Level DEL
Ref No: 17/00391/FUL
Location:       31 Nunthorpe Grove York YO23 1DT
Proposal:       Single storey side extension and single storey rear extension incorporating external balcony
Applicant:      Mr And Mrs Lawson
Contact Mr Derek Wright
Consultation Expiry Date        3 April 2017
Case Officer:   Carolyn Howarth Expected Decision Level
Ref No: 17/00489/FUL
Location:       50 Kyme Street York YO1 6HG
Proposal:       Two storey and single storey rear extension
Applicant:      Mr Roy Evans
Contact Mr Paul Martin
Consultation Expiry Date        3 April 2017
Case Officer:   Heather Fairy   Expected Decision Level DEL
Ref No: 17/00128/TCA
Location:   14 St Georges Place York YO24 1DR
Proposal:   Various tree works including the felling of a Cherry tree in a Conservation Area
Applicant:  Mrs Rebecca West
Contact      Mrs Sarah Holder
Ref No: 17/00101/TCA
Location:   St Georges House 29 St Georges Place York YO24 1DT
Proposal:   Prune Oak tree in a Conservation Area
Applicant:  Mr Max Reeves
<Ref No: 16/02802/FUL
Location:   61 Albemarle Road York YO23 1EP
Proposal:   Single storey rear outbuilding to replace existing outbuilding together with new stepped access arrangements and enlargement of rear gate
Applicant:  Mr & Mrs Greenbrown
Contact      Mr Paul Butler
Ref No: 16/02793/FUL
Location:   Mobile Broadband Network Ltd Telecommunications Mast Albemarle Road York
Proposal:   Replacement 9.7m monopole (retrospective)
Applicant:  MBNL & EE Ltd
Contact      Mr Alan Neale
Ref No: 16/02796/FUL
Location:   41 Nunthorpe Crescent York YO23 1DU
Proposal:   Two storey side extension and single storey front and rear extensions
Applicant:  Mr & Mrs Darran Smith
Contact      Mr Andy Sykes
Ref No: 16/02763/FUL
Location:   Nostalgia Publications 91 – 93 Nunnery Lane York YO23 1AH
Proposal:   Change of use of ground floor retail unit with associated alterations to form health clinic (use class D1) and one self contained apartment
Applicant:  Mrs Sarah Thio
Contact      Mr John Dougal
Ref No: 16/02683/FUL
Location:   61 Nunnery Lane York YO23 1AH
Proposal:   Change of use from dwelling (use class C3) to House in Multiple Occupation (use class C4)
Applicant:  Mr John Verity
Contact      Robert Smith
Ref No: 16/02574/FUL
Location:   105 Bishopthorpe Road York YO23 1NY
Proposal:   Change of use of part of dwelling (use class C3) to a mixed use comprising dwelling and children’s day nursery
Applicant:  Mrs McNichol
Contact      Mr John Howlett
Ref No: 16/02425/LBC
Location:   Trinity Services (Uk) Ltd 112 Micklegate York YO1 6JX
Proposal:   Repair and repaint shop front and front elevation, alterations to existing non illuminated hanging sign, and display of vinyl lettering in shop window (retrospective)
Applicant:  Mr Hugo Hildyard
Ref No: 16/02111/FUL
Location:   Walker Nicholas Architects Ltd 42 Oxford Street York YO24 4AW
Proposal:   Extension to existing building to create additional office accommodation on first and second floors above rear ground floor parking area, including demolition of existing garage
Applicant:  Walker Nicholas Architects Ltd

#Micklegate Post Office will close temporarily

Micklegate Post Office

Back in 2007/8 Green activists have been out knocking on doors, helping to collect signatures calling for action to keep Micklegate Post Office open.

The Post Office has decided to change the Post Office on 95 Mickegate (YO1 6LE) to one of their new main style branches. Their aim is to create a more modern and convenient retail experience for customers that will also incur longer opening hours on Saturdays. The new-look Post Office is schedules to open at the current location on Saturday 15 April 2017 at 13:00 – it will need to close for refurbishment on Tuesday 04 April 2017 at 17:30.

The new Post Office opening hours will be Monday to Saturday 8:30 to 17:30. The new Post Office will have the same wide range of products and services with a wider selection of on demand travel money and a low level serving counter and a hearing loop for better accessibility.

Cllr Lars Kramm said, “With Post Offices closing up and down the country and Micklegate ward has already been hit by the loss of two other post office branches at Albemarle Road and Bishopthorpe Road in the last ten years, I am glad the refurbishment is a clear commitment of the Post Office to its current location and the services to our local community in Micklegate.”

Recycling collection day changes in #Micklegate

From 3 April 2017 City of York Council is changing the day they collect recycling in some areas of Micklegate ward.  All households with a day change will receive a letrecyclingter and a new rubbish and recycling calendar. Letters are being posted throughout March, so please look out for it. This letter will include details of the new day they will collect your recycling and a reminder of what you can recycle. If your street is listed below but you have not received a letter, please contact ycc@york.gov.uk  with ‘waste changes’ in the subject or call 01904 551551.

Further information on https://www.york.gov.uk/wastechanges

–          Bishopthorpe Road

–          Clock Tower Way

–          Joseph Terry Grove

–          Mount Vale

–          St Aubyns Place

–          St Georges Place

–          The Mount


The new collection calendars will be available via the CYC online waste collection calendar from mid to late March 2017.