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18 March 2019

A varied events calendar this week in York is promised for visitors & residents

As always, lots of entertainment is planned in and around York this week from 18th – 24th March. From theatre to music, poetry to reggae, there’s something for everyone… 

1. Club Tropicana, Grand Opera House, York, Monday to Saturday

GEORDIE Joe McElderry leads the cast in a new Eighties musical from the producers of Hairspray’s UK tour, inviting you to embark on a trip back to a summer of love and smash-hit classics at the Club Tropicana Hotel.

The X Factor winner and Joseph star will be joined by EastEnders’ Neil McDermott, Kate Robbins from Spitting Image, Wicked star Emily Tierney and former Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah in her musical theatre debut. One notable song will be missing: Club Tropicana, no less.

2. Benidorm Live, Leeds Grand Theatre, Monday to Saturday

WELCOME to the official world premiere of Derren Litten’s stage spin-off from his decade-long ITV comedy series. Litten has written a new set of Alicante escapades for the Solana regulars Jake Canuso (Mateo), Janine Duvitski (Jacqueline), Adam Gillen (Liam), Sherrie Hewson (Joyce Temple-Savage), Shelley Longworth (Sam) and Tony Maudsley (Kenneth).

3. The Remains Of The Day, York Theatre Royal, Tuesday to Saturday

STEPHEN Boxer and Niamh Cusack lead the cast in Out Of Joint and the Royal & Derngate Northampton’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s story of memory, regret and undeclared love, re-imagined for the stage for the first time.

Novelist and playwright Barney Norris has created the stage version in collaboration with Ishiguro, depicting the memories of a proud butler, as we discover the shocking, morally compromised truth behind the manicured gardens and grand receptions of an English stately home.

4. SparkPlug, York Theatre Royal Studio, Tuesday and Wednesday

DAVID Judge’s punchy and poetic exploration of family, race, identity and love recounts the experiences of a white man who becomes the adoptive father, mother and best friend of a mixed-race child, David. This lyrical and energetic monologue considers what family means in today’s society.

5. The Turk, York Theatre Royal Studio, Thursday

MICHAEL Sabbaton presents his compelling tale of mystery, sentience and loss inspired by an 18th century “thinking machine”. “The Turk’s story is one of great intrigue that influenced engineers, scientists and poets alike in the developing fields of automation and later in artificial intelligence. In the show, I present this as a haunting, philosophical adventure of purpose, being and loss”.

6. Mike + The Mechanics, York Barbican, Tuesday

GENESIS founding member Mike Rutherford teams up with British R&B singer Andrew Roachford and Canadian-born vocalist Tim Howard for a show with two sets and no support act.

Their Looking Back Over My Shoulder Tour for 2019 showcases The Mechanics’ latest album, Let Me Fly, as will as such hits as The Living Years, Silent Running and All I Need Is A Miracle.

7. Lee Scratch Perry, Fibbers, York, Friday

HERE comes pioneering reggae and dub artist and producer Lee Scratch Perry, still innovating at 82.

“Welcome back to York the Mark E Smith of reggae with an arsenal of feelgood tunes,” says Fibbers boss Tim Hornsby. “With an ace band launching into the songs as soon as he shouts the titles, he skips from his Upsetters classics, such as Zion’s Blood, to Marley’s Sun Is Shining and an epic remodel of Exodus retitled Sexy Dust.”

8. Hue & Cry, Selby Town Hall, Friday

SCOTTISH siblings Pat and Greg Kane mark the 30th anniversary of their third album, Bitter Suite, with stripped-back renditions of Looking For Linda and Michael Marra’s Mother Glasgow and more besides. Expect songs from their Seduced And Abandoned debut and Remote follow-up too.

9. Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood, National Centre for Early Music, York, Wednesday

JAZZ chanteuse Jacqui Dankworth and American pianist-vocalist Charlie Wood present Just You, Just Me: A Concert of Duets, Celebrating A Century of Song. Ray Charles & Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, George & Ira Gershwin and Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway all feature.

10. European Day of Early Music, NCEM, York, Thursday

LIAM Byrne and lutenist Jonas Nordberg’s delicious sonic combination of viol and lute from 17th century France will be streamed live across Europe and recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3. One to soothe Theresa May’s croaky voice.

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12 March 2019

York is set to welcome new luxury apartments in Ryedale House on Piccadilly

The development of Ryedale house, a former office block, is underway to create 77 luxury apartments in Picadilly located in York’s historic city centre. The latest computer generated image has been created which shows a top floor kitchen overlooking the River Foss and the historic Clifford’s Tower beyond.

Other apartments will have views across the city centre towards York Minster. But the luxury flats, due to be completed by mid 2020, will will be priced from £250,000 to £1.25 million.

Ryedale House, which was built alongside the River Foss in the 1970s, has lain unoccupied for the last 15 years. Property developer Newby is converting the eight storey building into one, two and three-bedroom apartments in a £43 million scheme. The image has been released as Newby opened the doors to the public for the first time at an open day on Saturday 9th March when a show suite and floor plans were unveiled.

“All of the apartments will feature floor to ceiling glazing, to make the most of multi aspect city centre views. Some apartments will also benefit from balconies overlooking the historic city,” said a spokeswoman.

“All apartments feature open plan living areas and the fit out will be to a high specification, including Vessini bathrooms and bespoke kitchens. An impressive hotel-style lobby with concierge will greet residents and the building will also include secure underground parking, lifts to all floors, cycle stores and generous storage lockers to all apartments. Commercial units will be developed on the ground floor for cafes and small retail stores.

Nick Moody, of Newby, said “Ryedale House is an imposing building on the York skyline, and there has been much speculation about how it would be regenerated. We are delighted to now be able to unveil our collection of luxurious one, two and three-bedroom apartments in this prime city centre location.

“We have, as always, worked closely with architects, the local council and conservation experts to deliver a development worthy of its magnificent setting. The views from the full height windows are breathtaking, taking in everything from York Minster to Clifford’s Tower, making the open plan living spaces something really very special.”

“We are confident that these unique apartments will exceed all expectations, and we can’t wait to let people take a look for themselves.”

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5 March 2019

City of York Council profits from £11million over 4 years of property sales

SELLING public spaces made City of York Council more than £11 million in the last four years, it has emerged. In this article Cllr Ian Gillies, York council leader, and York Central MP Rachael Maskell offer contrasting opinions on the benefits this strategy offers York and its future generations.

Meanwhile, we can see that research by The Bureau Of Investigative Journalism and Huffington Post found that since 2014, more than 12,000 public spaces around the UK have been sold by councils, raising £9.1 billion.

City of York Council, the research found, sold 26 spaces between 2014 and 2018, raising £11,007,413. Sales included Oliver House in Bishophill Junior for £2.6 million, Haymarket car park in Peasholme Green for £2.15 million, Grove House Care Home in Penleys Grove Street, which raised just over £1.6 million, and Stonebow House in April last year, for £750,000.

Cllr Ian Gillies, York council leader, said: “When we sell old and outdated facilities it allows us to provide more appropriate extra care facilities and support for older people, built to a higher specification than the ones we sell. We have also transferred several buildings and land to the local community and sold heritage assets to organisations who have shown that they are better able to care for and maintain them.”

Cllr Gillies said the council had invested more than £76 million to buy new assets to rejuvenate the city centre and invest in the renovation and development of historic buildings, such as a £20 million investment in York’s Guildhall. He added: “We have also agreed the largest capital programme the council has ever seen with £155 million to bring forward the York Central scheme which will deliver up to 2,500 homes and a minimum of 76,000sqm of new commercial space. This will provide essential new homes and facilitate economic growth that will create an estimated 6,000 new jobs, with £117 million agreed to build 600 new homes and £56 million to improve the York Outer Ring Road.”

York Central MP Rachael Maskell said the council “should be playing a vital role in protecting the interests of York residents now and in the future”. She said: “Instead this report shows how our council has sold off £11 million of our valuable assets in a completely unsustainable way that has robbed our future generations for a quick financial fix. I’ve repeatedly called for the care home closures to be halted.

“In addition to the council’s own land sales, with the sell-off of the Post Office, Bootham Park Hospital, the Barracks at Towthorpe, Strensall and Imphal Barracks on Fulford Road and much of Network Rail’s land, we are also seeing the Government facilitate the sale of York’s public land at a dramatic and unprecedented rate. Instead of these sales benefitting the people of York, these sites are due to be sold off to the highest bidder and all profits extracted from the city and used to plug holes in national budgets.”

Cllr Gillies said the council’s portfolio of buildings and land was reviewed on a regular basis to “deliver the council’s ambitions”, make sure they are “fit for purpose”, and to improve other services, such as care homes.

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