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Dunnington Parish Council

Annual Parish Resume 2022

Sunset over the village green.

We have decided to publish this resume of the various activities that Dunnington Parish Council have been involved with during the past year, and also try to give you a flavour of what we anticipate getting involved with in the coming year.

Crime prevention

Over the year there was very little crime reported. We receive a monthly log from North Yorkshire Police with the incidents that they have attended.


Our Highways Group met with City of York Highways Department and we proposed the following: 

  1. A 20mph limit be imposed through the village. 
  2. Church Lane be made one way with no access into York Street. This seemed the most sensible and safe way of overcoming this blind junction. 
  3. The A1079 Hull Road 40mph speed limit be extended to link up with the existing 40mph limit near the Twine and Barrel. Kexby Parish Council have also proposed that the 40mph speed limit be extended right through to Kexby which is something we are supporting.
  4. We have been fighting to establish a cycle lane on York Road for sometime now. Part of this initiative would see the speed limit on York Road reduced to 40mph. Unfortunately due to lack of funding this does not look like something that will happen soon.
  5. We have also asked that Eastfield Lane is closed off at the junction with the A166 near Panman Lane, Holtby. Access to the A166 will be granted to landowners and those who need access for agricultural machinery. This will make it much safer for walkers and cyclists.

Eastfield Lane Development

We have been monitoring the documents submitted by Barratt/David Wilson Homes and have continued to object to housing being put on a greenbelt site with no obvious means of access. We have been successful in opposing the extended working hours with the help of residents submitting their objections and will continue monitoring any future developments.

Traveller Encampment Stamford Bridge Road Lay-by

We invited City of York Council to our Parish Council meetings to express our dissatisfaction on the lack of progress moving the travellers from the illegal occupation of the Noodle Hill lay by to a more suitable environment. It would seem that there is a lack of willingness on behalf of City of York Council’s Housing department to address the problem. Both Ward Councillors Mark Warters and Martin Rowley have been actively pressing for this illegal encampment to be removed and we will continue with our quest to get the lay-by cleared and blocked off.


Phase 1 of the cemetery is almost full and planning permission has been granted for Phase 2 which should be open by early summer 2023.


Our Allotment Group have updated the Tenancy Terms and Conditions and now hold regular meetings with allotment representatives. Allotment rents for 2023 will remain at the same rate as 2022.

Public Footpaths

Following the public inquiry held earlier in the year in respect of the footpaths leading to Hagg Wood, we are currently awaiting the report from the Secretary of State to declare their findings. A public inquiry will be held at some time in the future in relation to the public footpath off Common Road.

Bull Balk Field, Stamford Bridge Road

An offer was made to the Parish Council to purchase the field by the owners (frontage holders). The Parish Council has confirmed their continued interest in purchasing the field but the matter has been put on hold by the frontage holders until the land is registered.

Late Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

We were certainly blessed with good weather on the day. Everything passed off smoothly and it was nice to see so many residents and visitors enjoying themselves. We were fortunate in securing a National Lottery grant to cover the whole of the costs. Three oak trees were planted on the Greens but due to the dry weather did not manage to establish and will be replaced by the contractor.

Methodist Church

Following the closure of the Methodist Church we were approached to see if we would be interested in acquiring the building. Having looked closely at the proposal and the associated costs it was deemed not to be financially viable.

Playing Fields

Reciprocal funding was made available out of the capital reserve fund to the Playing Fields Association towards the cost of replacing part of the main building roof and the installation of new solar panels on the roof which was also part funded by a grant from Sport England.


We are in talks with the Playing Field Association for the playpark to come under the control of the Parish Council. As we own the land and the equipment it makes sense for us to be responsible for it rather than the Playing Fields Association.

Thank You

The Parish Council would like to thank all those volunteers who give up their time to make this village a lovely place to live. The scouts and brownie leaders, the WI, the various sporting representatives, Friends of the Playpark, the In Bloom team, both Environmental groups, the Reading Room committee, the librarians and the Hassacarr Nature Reserve Team. If you can spare a few hours, we are sure that any one of these groups would welcome you with open arms. Our thanks also go to

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The Annual Parish Meeting will be on Tuesday 21st March at 7.30pm in the Reading Room. Don’t forget you can see Parish Council news and dates of our meetings here on our website. 

Elections for both Parish Council and City of York Council elections are to be held in May.

Chairman: Cllr Gill Shaw, 14 Holly Tree Croft, Dunnington, York, YO19 5RG
Tel: 01904 489107 - Email: