Mobile Youth Club

The police sent us this notice about a mobile youth club (age 10+) at Melrosegate field (Fourth Avenue). It’s provided by Inspire Youth, and funded by City of York Council’s local ward committee.


Lockdown Banner

The Derwenthorpe Lockdown Wall Hanging, was unveiled at the Derwenthorpe Arts Festival. It was created by Derwenthorpe crafters during lockdown. Many hours of work went into the banner, which depicts many aspects of Derwenthorpe during lockdown, through the four seasons of 2020: from Zoom craft group meetings, to Christmas decorations, spring flowers and summer cygnets. More information about the Craft Group can be found on their page:

Derwenthorpe Spring and Summer Banner, depicting Derwenthorpe Houses
Spring and Summer
Autumn and Winter
Development JRHT Ponds

Pond maintenance works

JRHT are planning works on the ponds at Derwenthorpe, during 2022. DRA has been asking for some of this work –for example stabilisation of the banks– for a long time, so we’re pleased to see it going forward now.

If you have any questions about the works, please email, and we’ll put the questions to JRHT if we do not know the answers.

The following is JRHT’s description of the works:

Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust logo.

Derwenthorpe pond remediation works

This leaflet has been produced to inform Derwenthorpe residents of upcoming works around and within the two ponds. The works are a combination of maintenance, repairs and upgrades to the existing infrastructure and will be completed gradually over the course of 2022.


The two ponds at Derwenthorpe are a significant part of the drainage scheme for the whole development and this is their primary and most important function. They are designed to take surface water run off via a number of inlets and slow it down before it enters Osbaldwick Beck. There is also an element of filtering by the reed beds as their root networks trap silt and filter out some incidental pollution that is washed off the roads by rainfall.

In slowing down the water they act as flood attenuation for Derwenthorpe and parts of Osbaldwick by preventing rapid rises of the water level in the beck which could then lead to flooding.

The ponds have also become home to a variety of wildlife and were designed to be an attractive part of the overall landscape providing important secondary functions of aesthetic, amenity and natural habitat value.

In 2021 JRHT drafted a scope works in liaison with specialist consultants. The works package picks up a backlog of maintenance tasks and repairs known issues with parts of the infrastructure, such as the nesting islands and decking area at pond one.

What is included in the works package?

The following items are included in the package.

  • Ecological assessments and newt surveys.
  • Surveys of all inlets and outlets.
  • Subsequent clearing of debris from all inlets and outlets.
  • Repairs to inlet and outlet components.
  • Repairs to fencing and railings around inlets and outlets.
  • Installation of new fencing or railings where lacking.
  • Installation of new security grilles where lacking
  • Removal of vegetation from the base of the maintenance slipway.
  • Removal of silt build up to maintain safe working capacity.
  • Reduction in the extent of reed bed encroachment.
  • Replacement of deck area at pond one.
  • Reinstatement of bank areas adjacent to deck.
  • Repairs to adjacent path where slippage is occurring (tarmac and kerbs).
  • Installation of new, higher spec nesting islands.

What will be the impact on residents?

Some of the work listed above may cause disruption to residents in the form of noise from works equipment, contractors’ vehicles, and path/road closures. We will work closely with contractors and residents to mitigate this as much as possible. We will ensure that no work begins before 08:00 and that all work is completed by 17:00 each day. Any road or footpath closures will be kept to a minimum.

Small works areas will be closed off in sequence (i.e. around an inlet) with heras fencing. We expect to close the footpath leading past the deck during works to that area.

The most significant disruption will be during the removal of silt which will require heavy plant and/or large pumps to be working for longer periods.

More information will be available once a contractor has been appointed.

What will be the impact on wildlife?

In order to minimise the impact of the works on wildlife, we have appointed ecologists to carry out an ecological assessment and survey the ponds for great crested newts. The timing of the rest of the works package will depend on the outcome of these surveys and will take into account bird nesting and presence of any protected species such as newts.

Some of the works require the water level in pond one to be reduced by pumping. This will inevitably impact on any wildlife using the pond at the time as it will reduce the surface area and depth of the water significantly. It will also expose areas of bank that are usually submerged which may affect amphibians or invertebrates living in those areas.

The pond will be allowed to refill naturally and therefore, depending on rainfall, the pond may take some time to refill.

The partial removal of some of the reedbed in pond one will reduce this habitat but is necessary to maintain the designed capacity of the pond. By their nature reed beds will gradually encroach across areas of open water, especially relatively shallow areas such as the Derwenthorpe ponds. By trapping silt and sediment, they gradually form new ‘land’ in which to root themselves. This causes the water holding capacity of the area to reduce.

Why are these works necessary?

The works related to maintaining flow and capacity within the drainage scheme are critical to the overall flood prevention strategy of the whole of Derwenthorpe. For example, if a pond inlet became blocked residents would experience localised flooding during rainfall at the various drains leading to that inlet.

Other works such as the replacement of fencing are about maintaining a safe public environment and some, such as the replacement of the nesting islands are about improving the ponds for wildlife.

Once JRHT has completed this work package and we are confident the ponds are in a fit and proper state, future maintenance will be carried out via the Derwenthorpe Estate Charge.

Who is paying for this work?

JRHT is funding this works package from our own funds. The aim is to get the ponds to a state where a maintenance contract can be put in place with a suitable contractor, the costs of which will then be covered by the Derwenthorpe Estate Charge and not JRHT.

Residents Meetings

AGM: Wed 18 May 2022

The Derwenthorpe Residents’ Association’s Annual General Meeting (DRA AGM – see why we do acronyms?) will be back in the Energy Centre, at 7:30pm on Wednesday 18 May.

Full agenda and papers will be available at The agenda, minutes of 2021 AGM, and Core Team report are already available. See the “Next Meeting” link.

The agenda will include the latest updates on Phase 5, and adoption of roads on Stephenson Quarter, then around the flats, and on the rest of the estate.

Note that we’ve moved from Dropbox to, because Dropbox downgraded their free service. The listing of papers will look a little different. I think it’s better, but we’d love to know what you think.


DGG and DPAC meet Wednesday


Derwenthorpe Governing Group (DGG) and Derwenthorpe Partnership Advisory Committee (DPAC) are meeting next Wednesday evening in the Energy Centre on May 4th – Star Wars day! The first meeting starts at 6:30 pm.

Full details, including published papers are available on our web site at

Note that we’re trying out instead of – so the list of papers will look different. Any bookmarks you have at won’t work. If you want to bookmark DRA content, bookmark the relevant page on our web site. Please let me know if you have any trouble accessing the papers.

All residents are welcome to both meetings. DPAC includes City of York council members, and representatives of our near neighbours, so neighbours are welcome, too!


  • Updates on road adoptions, central square, and phase 5.
  • Community grants.


  • Communications
  • Resident involvement
  • Subgroups
    • SSC Liaison
    • Heat Group
    • ABC:D
    • Landscape Strategy
    • Development Liaison Group
  • Electric Vehicle Charging

Full agendas and papers on the web site.


Ukraine Refugee Action

At our last All Residents’ Meeting, we discussed what we can do together for Refugees from Ukraine. Of course, we can individually do the usual things like donating to relevant charities, sponsoring a refugee through the government, and reducing use of fossil fuels to reduce our imports from Russia (and save money, and save our environment). But the question was “what more can we do collectively”?

York City of Sanctuary say that they have plenty of offers of one bedroom accommodation, but not enough for family groups (child, mother, grandmother for example), so “if you have one or two bedrooms to offer, maybe contact neighbours to see if they would also take Ukraine refugees. We might be able to then share the families but keep them close to one another.”

So, if anyone at or near Derwenthorpe would like to talk about these options –especially sharing hosting– please fill out this form, and we’ll see what we can do together.

Note, we won’t share these details with anyone. We’ll just use them to set up a meeting, or a WhatsApp group or similar, depending on the number of responses.

Residents Meetings

ARM minutes published

Draft minutes of our last All Residents’ Meeting (16 March) have been published. You can download them from – look for the “next meeting” link.

Our next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 18 May, 7:30pm in the Energy Centre.

Also, look out for:

The Derwenthorpe Arts Festival Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April.

Community Activity Network meeting Tues 10th May, 7pm at the Energy Centre, and

Responding to Anti-Social Behaviour and Other Conflicts: A Community Restorative Justice Approach 7:30pm to 9pm on Thursday 14th April in the Energy Centre.


ARM tomorrow (Wednesday) evening.

Our next ARM is tomorrow evening. Among other things, we’ll be talking about the heat price review which happened last week. And we’ll be talking about Ukraine, too.

Details, as usual, at

The meeting will be on Zoom again – check the web page for the link. The meeting will be recorded to help the minute taker, but the recording will not be made available for viewing.

We’re doing this online mainly because the Energy Centre room was unavailable, but also have you seen the COVID case rates going through the roof again? Of course, it doesn’t seem to be as dangerous these days – if you’re properly vaccinated and if you’ve no particular vulnerability  – but there’s a lot of it about!

Minutes of the last meeting are available on the web site, and we’ll post some additional papers before the meeting.


House guide additions

Ever wondered how those timers work on your cooker hob, how to turn off your fridge, how to unclog your dishwasher?

We’ve added user manuals, and spare parts sources, to our house guide.

Hey, in the original guide, we even have a user manual for your toilet!

These guides are all for appliances supplied with my house (on Lotherington Mews). If you have different appliances in your house or flat, please let us know, and we’ll update the page!


Road works on Lotherington

JRHT have placed a notice on their Facebook page regarding the City of York Council’s adoption of roads on Lotherington Quarter. The next stage is an inspection of the roads as they have been constructed. This requires digging of pits so that an inspector can see whether further works are required before the council will take responsibility for (adopt) the roads.

David Wilson Homes’ subcontractor Hughes Bros Ltd will be on site from week commencing 14 February (update: they’re now expected to start work in the week beginning 28 February*). They’ll start at the entrance to Lotherington Quarter (see image below). If we’re lucky, they’ll find not problems and move on to Seebohm. More likely, they’ll have to dig more pits, and will start by working their way around Lotherington Mews, then Lotherington Avenue. Residents will be informed in advance, and may be asked to move cars.

It is hoped that each trial pit can be completed in 2-3 days, and JRHT say they will do their utmost to keep residents informed and minimise disruption wherever possible. 

Once Hughes Bros have finished on Lotherington Quarter, they’ll move on to Seebohm Quarter, and then Rowntree Quarter.

After the inspections, it’s possible that DWH will be required to carry out repairs before the roads are adopted.

For more details about all of this, please see JRHT’s notice on their Facebook page. You’ll find a contact address there if you need more information.

First trial pit locations: at entrance to Lotherington Quarter.

update: JRHT emailed to say they’re now expected to start work in the week beginning 28 February.