Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward news: Councillors update, December 2015

Published Monday, 7th December 2015

Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward councillors update - December 2015

One of the challenges of being a Ward Councillor is communicating with everyone in the ward in order to keep you updated on what has been happening. We (Cllr Stephen Fenton, Cllr Ashley Mason and I, Cllr Ann Reid) have therefore decided to use this Ward page as another way to let you know what we have been up to. We will take it in turns to update you monthly and I am kicking this off.

I hope that you know by now that the new Council administration has invested £1million in the new look Ward Committees. This will give residents a very real opportunity to influence how money is spent in Dringhouses and Woodthorpe.

We have a total ward budget of £23,785 (although this has been reduced to £18,188 this year as we have started the process late.) This is split into the general ward budget, a community care fund, and an annual Pride in York fund along with a one off Pride in York fund and £13,991 to spend on highway issues.

In order to make sure that we spend our money wisely we have revamped the Ward Team with representatives of community groups, Friends groups, churches and schools as well as the relevant Council Officers. The Ward Team has set ward priorities and considered applications for grants against those priorities. We have also reviewed the lively discussion that took place at the last Ward Committee meeting in October and will be directly commissioning schemes that residents felt were important.

Every Ward has been tasked with reviewing the amount spent on grounds maintenance – grass cutting, weeding, pruning etc and identifying where money could be saved or a community group might take on some of the work. The one off Pride in York fund can be used to remodel an area to make it cheaper to maintain in the future or to help a set up a group that would maintain a community space  in the future.

All the actions of the Ward Team will be reported to the next Ward Committee meeting on 20 January 2016, but in the meantime we would love to hear from anyone who wants to apply for funding for a project or wants to suggest something that the Ward budget can be spent on.

We are pleased to report that 2 new community groups are up and running in the Ward. The Revival development has set up a residents group following on from the problems that arose around parking. However they are looking at more things than parking and can be found via their Facebook page.

Meanwhile Woodthorpe Community Group has been formed and they have been busy carrying out a survey to find out what people like about living on Woodthorpe and what improvements can be made. Their first event is 'Carols by Candlelight' at Love to Eat on Moor Lane, on Saturday 12 December from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

The 3 of us have, of course, been out and about dealing with all the minor niggling issues that arise and reporting issues such as street lights that are not working, blocked drains that are causing flooding and potholes. Again, please contact us if there is something we could help with.

Can we take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Councillor Ann Reid

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