Bishopthorpe Ward Committee Meeting for Residents Tues 14 November

There will be a Bishopthorpe Ward Committee meeting for residents at 19.00 on Tuesday 14 November at Acaster Malbis Village Hall, Mill Lane, Acaster.
This will be chaired by Cllr John Galvin the Ward Councillor.
All residents of Bishopthorpe are welcome to attend.
Proposed Agenda:
– Police update – general issues and speeding (tbc).
– Neighbourhood enforcement matters – Jackie Armitage (Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer CoYC).
– Parking enforcement issues – Graham Titchener (Head of Parking Services – CoYC).
– Find out more about ward budgets and grants.
– Have your say.
For more info on Bishopthorpe ward, kindly visit:
http://www.york.gov.uk/BishopthorpeWard
Community involvement Officer:
Email: neil.gibson@york.gov.uk
Tel: 01904 552842

Bishopthorpe Parish Council’s Youth Awards – Nominations Needed

Bishopthorpe Parish Council’s annual Youth Award scheme has run each year since 2001. Two awards of £150 are made each year to young people aged 11 to 18.

Members of the Parish Council’s Youth Awards Committee make contact annually with local groups and posters are displayed round the village inviting nominations of young people from the village who have helped others during the previous year.

The Youth Award is presented to the two successful nominees at a ceremony in the Village Hall with their families and friends invited to attend. Their names are inscribed on a plaque that hangs in the entrance foyer at the Village Hall.

In 2012 the Parish Council contacted all previous award winners to ask about their lives since winning the award. It was clear from many of those who responded with an update that they have continued to help and support others both in professional and voluntary capacities.

At times there have been few nominations or none but nevertheless the scheme has been a success. Previous winners have been recognised for working with young and older people, within the church, school or organisations in the village and the wider world.

Anyone, including parents, friends, relations, teachers or employers may nominate a young person by explaining why they believe they deserve an award. Previous nominees – other than winners – can be nominated again. The closing date for nominations will be 15 December 2017 and further details will appear in Link nearer the time and on posters around the village. So – please look around at the young people in the village and the Parish Council looks forward to receiving your nominations. Send them to The Parish Council Clerk at Bishopthorpe Village Hall, Main Street, Bishopthorpe.

Sunday Bus Service to Restart on 2 April 2017

The local Sunday bus link from York city centre, via Bishopthorpe Road and Bishopthorpe village to Askham Bar will restart on Sunday 2 April 2017.
The service will be free to all passengers initially but First York is considering registering the service, which could mean applying a charge for the fares in the future.
The more it is used, the greater the chance that it will continue.
Timetable attached.

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City of York Council is running a session for residents on Saturday 15 October from 10.00-12.00 at Hazel Court

The session will be delivered jointly between a number of council teams and external agencies, including: the Environment and Community Officers, Neighbourhood Enforcement Team, Waste Management, Public Realm, York CVS and the Environment Agency. It will be delivered in a number of formats including practical demonstrations and display material and information on the following topics:

1. Get Ready for Winter – an opportunity to see and hear our plans for our winter maintenance programme, see one of our gritting vehicles in action and look at the ways in which you can get involved at a local level.
2. Promoting the ways in which residents can get involved in the many volunteering roles within the city including Snow Wardens, Litter Pickers, graffiti removal.
3. How to sign up to be a Flood Warden, including what the role involves, through the Environment Agency.
4. CVS will be there recruiting volunteers for their “Ready for Anything” – the voluntary sector’s emergency response campaign.
5. Promoting the Council’s commitment to digital solutions and the customers ability to report issues directly through our on-line reporting tool https://www.york.gov.uk/reportproblems plus the One Planet York App.
6. Promoting recycling and waste management.

Families Urged to Come Forward For Help With Winter Bills

Information from Rural Action Yorkshire
One-off grants are available to families and individuals on low incomes, to help with their winter bills. The payment is expected to be about £140.
Customers can either apply online via their electricity supplier or telephone them.
For support with the Warm Home Discount application and other energy matters such as debt or switching suppliers, contact Kate Unwin, the Yorkshire Energy Doctor, on 07738 818391 or 01757 249100.
Families can also talk to Warm and Well in North Yorkshire for a wider variety of support around being cold at home.

Call 01904 704177 or go to their website: http://first4contact.org

Bishopthorpe Library Coffee Mornings

Bishopthorpe Library holds a coffee morning on the first Wednesday of each month between 10.00 and 12.00. It is organised by the Friends of Bishopthorpe Library and drinks and delicious home-made cakes are available.

The last coffee morning on 6 July was well-attended by villagers of all ages between 1 and 80.

The next one will be on Wednesday 3 August – why not come along?

Dogs on the Acaster Lane Sports Field

We have received reports of dogs being walked regularly over the playing fields situated at Acaster Lane / Ferry Lane, despite there being signs forbidding it.
The groundsman often has to clean up dog faeces before he can cut the grass for the football and cricket fields.

Dog fouling is unsightly, unpleasant and can lead to toxocariasis in humans. Toxocariasis causes serious illness and even blindness.
This is clearly a health risk for the children and adults who use these facilities and we would ask that anyone walking a dog chooses another route.
Thank you.

Vernon House Update

City of York Council has agreed to let the Parish Council manage Vernon House for the benefit of users from the village. New doors will need to be fitted before Vernon House can re-open. This is to comply with rules under the updated Disability Discrimination Act. This work will commence on 4 September and it is hoped that Vernon House will be opened again shortly after this date. The laundry facilities will also have to be removed due to current Health & Safety regulations. Further details, when we know them, will be posted on the village notice board.