Fulford & Heslington Liberal Democrats

Cllr Keith Aspden

Welcome to Keith's new webpage, now part of the York Liberal Democrats website.

Keith Aspden and the Local Liberal Democrats work all year round for Fulford and Heslington, keep up to date with local news and campaigns posted here.

Keith Aspden is the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Fulford and Heslington Ward and was first elected to represent Fulford in 2003, then re-elected in 2007 and 2011. Following boundary changes he was elected to represent the new ward of Fulford and Heslington in 2015 and 2019. Keith lives locally, on Heath Moor Drive, off Heslington Lane.

In May 2013 Keith was elected Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on City of York Council.

Keith has been a member of Fulford Parish Council for many years, currently as Vice Chair. Outside of politics, Keith enjoys being involved in a number of community groups in the local area and in his spare time he enjoys playing squash and badminton.

Keith is always keen to hear from residents in Fulford and Heslington about local issues and concerns, so please do contact him using the links provided.

Fulford Flood defence update meeting

Fulford residents are being invited to join local councillor Keith Aspden for a virtual presentation and Q&A on the 14th December 2021 at 6pm to discuss the latest update on the joined-up plan for local flood defences in the village.

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Ward funding helps local school celebrate its 250th anniversary

Councillor Keith Aspden and the Fulford and Heslington ward committee have supported Fulford’s St Oswald's Primary School’s 250th birthday by granting £1,500 from its ward budget for an anniversary project, which displays the original school foundation stones.


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Local councillor to host Fulford Flood defence update meeting

Fulford residents are being invited to join local councillor Keith Aspden for a virtual presentation and Q&A on the 27th September 2021 at 5pm to discuss the latest update on the joined-up plan for local flood defences in the village.


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Keith pushes for Heslington pedestrian improvements


Keith has secured £5,000 Ward Committee funding to improve the footway surface, off University Road. This footway is used by village residents to access the local bus stop, but is currently very difficult with a wheelchair, mobility scooter or pram. The funding will be used by the Council, in partnership with the University, to improve and extend the footway, later this year.

New Bus Shelters!


Keith has welcomed the news that City of York Council, working with the Parish Council, have recently installed new shelters in Main Street and Crossfield Crescent in Fulford. The new shelters will also have new real time displays fitted shortly. The Parish Council are due to consult with local residents in Selby Road to see if the bus stop pole there should be replaced with a shelter later this year.

Green Bin and Waste Update

Thanks to the residents that completed the Council’s recent waste consultation.


In light of a Government announcement of plans to standardise waste collections across the country, the Council has decided not to proceed with any changes to the frequency of bin collections until it is clearer  what the Government plan. We have ensured, however, that some of the positive changes are put in place now and we’re pleased to let you know;

● That the garden waste season will be extended by one month, to run from the beginning of March to the end of November, starting in March 2022.

● That glass, cans and plastics can now be placed in the same box or boxes (2 boxes per household). Paper and card must however be kept separate. Recently you may also have been aware of issues in the  collection of green waste due to a national shortage of HGV drivers. The Road Haulage Association say there are about 100,000 lorry driver vacancies in the UK.

The Council has recently been able to hire additional drivers to help address this issue and are working hard to make collections on the normal scheduled day, or within 24 hours. However, some collections may be delayed or missed. Please refer to the Council’s updates for information about collection problems in specific areas. Some households are being asked to leave bins out, while others will need to take their bins in until the next scheduled collection.

You can check the status of collections here: www.york.gov.uk/WasteCollectionUpdates

Fulford Show 2021 to go ahead!

Fulford Show will be going ahead this August after last year’s show had to be canceled because of Covid restrictions. The show, to be held from 1-5pm on Bank Holiday Monday, August 30, will be opened on the School Lane playing field by the Lord Mayor of York Cllr Chris Cullwick and the Lady Mayoress.


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£10k to be invested in local play areas

Fulford Parish Council and the Outgang playing field Committee have been successful in securing £10,000 of funding from the Council's Community Challenge Fund to carry out improvements at the Fordlands Road play area in Fulford and the Outgang playing field in Heslington.


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Covid-19 support

If you're struggling to manage, or you don't have any support, but need it because of COVID-19, we may be able to help you through this difficult time. Contact the Council by email: [email protected] or telephone: 01904 551550.

For information on available support and guidance please visit


Fulford library is open!

Fulford library is now open for browsing, borrowing and computer use. The Explore team is keeping the visitors feeling safe by restricting the number of customers allowed in the library, providing hand sanitising stations, requesting everyone to wear masks, social distancing and quarantining their books.


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