Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Liberal Democrats

D&W Councillors

Welcome to our ward webpage, now part of the York Liberal Democrats website.

Dringhouses & Woodthorpe has three hardworking Lib Dem councillors; Stephen Fenton, Paula Widdowson, and Ashley Mason.

Our Councillors and the Local Liberal Democrats team work all year round for Dringhouses & Woodthorpe, keep up to date with local news and campaigns posted here.

Ward Funding boost

The Ward Team has considered a number of ward funding applications received, and is pleased to have been able to support the work of local community and voluntary groups

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Bus service cuts hit west York

Liberal Democrat councillors representing the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe and Westfield wards are meeting with the Managing Director of First York to discuss a sudden reduction in the frequency of some key services. The temporary ‘emergency’ service reductions on routes 1, 4, 6 and 12 will take effect from Saturday 28th August. The move has been prompted by a severe shortage of qualified driving staff due to the effects of Covid and Brexit.

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Consultation starts on Tadcaster Road improvements

A consultation has got underway on a proposed scheme to deliver improvements along Tadcaster Road aimed at supporting cycling, walking and bus travel.

The £1.4m scheme is to be funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transforming Cities Fund, and is planned to be delivered alongside a £5m investment by Government in improved drainage, lighting, road and footpath surfaces. These plans are at ‘feasibility’ stage and the purpose of this consultation is to inform the next stage of creating more detailed designs. Not all of the proposals included in this consultation may be feasible or affordable. The consultation started on Monday 23rd August and ends on 19th September. Consultation materials are available online at www.york.gov.uk/TadcasterRoad

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FREE summer kickabout sessions for local young people

Over the summer holidays York City FC Foundation is running a series of free kickabout sessions for young people in west York from 4 to 13 years of age. The sessions, which are funded by the ward committees of Westfield, Dringhouses & Woodthorpe and Micklegate wards, will be held on Chesneys Field, Woodthorpe Green and the Knavesmire.

Details of the dates and times of the sessions - and links to the websites to use to book a place - are set out below.

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York Open Studios starts this weekend

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July sees the opening weekend of the 2021 York Open Studios event. A map of the studios that will be open between 10am and 5pm is available HERE. The studios will be open again on 17th & 18th July.

  • 40. Caroline Lewis at 24 Hob Moor Terrace - Images of mainly Yorkshire inspired landscapes using collage, lino print and paint. Ghosts - images inspired by COVID19 and abandoned places using collage, transfer printing and paint.
  • 42. Angela Anning at 3 St Edwards Close - Highly textured art using wet felting and dry felting techniques to bond and sculpt natural materials: predominantly dyed silks, wools and cottons. Sometimes overlaid with hand or machine embroidery.
  • 43. Lucie Wake at 15 Slingsby Grove - Lucie captures the soul of her portrait subjects through her expressive use of delicious slabs of oil paint on canvas. It’s all about the eyes, they capture your attention.
  • 44. Pamela Thorby at 11 Middlethorpe Grove - Interstellar, fossil, microorganism or coral? Ceramicist Pamela Thorby makes stoneware porcelain sculptural vessels, imagined but reminiscent of a multiplicity of organic forms plus wheel thrown functional ceramics for the home.
  • 53 - Sarah King at 77 North Lane - Sarah uses a variety of soft pastel and pastel pencils on special paper and board, to create lifelike highly detailed portraits.

Date set for Thanet Road resurfacing

City of York Council will be carrying out road resurfacing works on Thanet Road from Monday 19th July for a period of four days (weather permitting). The works will be carried out between 9.15am – 4.00pm.

In order to carry out the work safely the use of a full road closure from, but not including, the junction of Eason View up to, but not including, the junction of Jervis Road will be necessary whilst works are taking place. Diversion routes will be in place for traffic.

All on-street parking will be suspended during the hours of the works for the full duration, but specific access requirements can be arranged by speaking to the site Traffic Management Operatives, who will coordinate with residents around the ongoing work operations.

In addition to the above, kerbing and drainage works will be undertaken on Thursday 15th July for a period of 2 days from 9.00am – 4.00pm. These works will be carried out under local traffic management, will not affect access/egress and the road will be open as normal. Parking will be suspended to enable the works to be undertaken.

Bus Service 4 will not be affected heading towards Acomb, but heading towards York Service 4 will divert via Chaloners Road, Moor Lane and Tadcaster Road.

Emergency services will be permitted through the works in any situation. Cyclists will be required to dismount and push their bikes along the footways.

As with any construction work, there is likely to be a certain amount of disruption and inconvenience to the public. However, the contractor will at all times try to keep any disruption to a minimum.

Ryecroft Avenue bus shelter improvements

Damaged and scuffed perspex panels have been replaced in the bus shelter on Ryecroft Avenue, opposite Carrfield. The shelter had been in a poor condition for some time, with scuffed and damaged perspex panels. A bench was recently installed in the shelter.

9th June 2021 - Latest planning applications

Set out below are the latest planning applications received by City of York Council for Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference.


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Wains Road e-scooter location confirmed

A small number of e-scooters and e-bikes are to be installed outside the Moor Lane Youth Centre on Wains Road. The location has been chosen in preference to sites initially suggested (on Grassholme and Nairn Close) which were adjacent to residential properties and were not supported by councillors or local residents. There will be space for up to five e-scooters / e-bikes.

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Askham Lane to close overnight for resurfacing

City of York Council will be carrying out road maintenance works on the stretch of Askham Lane just before the A1237 roundabout, starting on Wednesday 2nd June for 2 nights (weather permitting). The works will be carried out between 7.30pm – 5.00am.

In order to carry out the work safely, the use of a full road closure will be necessary whilst works are taking place. A diversion will be in place for traffic.

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