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Praise for high profile neighbourhood policing in York

Success for four community-led York neighbourhood policing operations

Four major police operations in York have seen drugs taken off the streets, stolen property recovered, anti-social moped riders stopped and defective vehicles fixed.

Throughout February and March 2017, the York North Neighbourhood Policing Team launched four targeted operations, directly as a result of specific community concerns and information.

Operation Cocoon focussed on executing drugs warrants. Over the two-month period, nine warrants were executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act, resulting in nine arrests, the seizure of a substantial quantity of class A and B  drugs, and items of stolen property recovered and returned to their rightful owners. Officers involved in Cocoon also managed to locate and arrest three wanted suspects and a stolen car.

Operation Concept responded to concerns raised by the local community about cycling offences. It saw officers and PCSOs deployed to ‘hotspots’, and in the space of a month more than 50 Traffic Offence Reports were issued for offences such as cycling on the pavement, cycling with no lights and ignoring obligatory road traffic signs.

Reports of anti-social behaviour caused by moped users prompted Operation Confiscate. In a single month, officers stop checked about 50 such vehicles in the Rawcliffe and Clifton Moor areas of York. In all, 13 mopeds were seized for traffic offences, vehicle defects or lack of insurance.

Motoring offences were also the target of Operation Clutch, which involved officers checking vehicles and drivers. Nine vehicle defect notifications were issued, requiring them to be promptly repaired, two vehicles were seized for having no tax, several drivers were reported for no insurance and seven Traffic Offence Reports were issued for other motoring offences.

Officers have put social media to good use, keeping members of the public up-to-date on all four operations via Twitter, @snayorknorth, and the York North Police Facebook page, at

Inspector Lee Pointon, of York North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “It’s really important that we listen to the concerns of local residents, and deal with the issues that matter to them. Our four major operations were all based on information and intelligence provided by the local community – quite simply, we couldn’t have done it without them.

“I also want to make it clear that this isn’t the end of the matter. These operations secured excellent results, but they are not just a one-off, and we will continue to carry out targeted patrols, understand community concerns and act on their information.”

You can speak to your local Neighbourhood Policing Team by dialling 101 and selecting option 2.

Hard plastic recycling skip in Foxwood on Saturday

As part of the Community Centre relaunch event, there will be a skip on site from 11:00am to 1:00pm to collect  HARD PLASTIC.

These are the kind of items that are not taken by the normal recycling collections.

This is a “one off” opportunity to clear the garden of disused hard plastic items.

There will also be a limited supply of replacement recycling boxes at the event. 

NB. Recycling collection dates in Foxwood change from next week


Big programme of footpath and road repairs announced in York

The York Council has announced which roads and footpaths will be resurfaced this year. The programme is the biggest for several years with, in total, £8,091,500 is due to be invested.

This represents an increase of 27% over the previous years budget

Around 100 individual roads are listed for resurfacing.

In the Westfield area, the programme includes £1/4 million for work on the following roads and footpaths

Askham Lane (part) Carriageway Westfield £59,000
Morrell Court Carriageway Westfield £8,000
Severus Street Carriageway Westfield £46,000
Slessor Road Carriageway Westfield £5,000
Acomb Wood Drive Footpath Westfield £12,000
Bellhouse Way Footpath Westfield £60,000
Foxwood Lane (part) Footpath Westfield £8,500
Houndsway Footpath Westfield £10,000
Osprey Close Footpath Westfield £3,000
Pheasant Drive Footpath Westfield £14,000
Redcoat Way Footpath Westfield £4,000
Reynard Court Footpath Westfield £2,000
Stirrup Close Footpath Westfield £18,500
The Gallops Footpath Westfield £31,000

The full programme can be viewed by clicking here


Councillors try out limited vision tennis at Energise

Sheena Jackson (Westfield) and Stephen Fenton (Dringhouses) put on special glasses to demonstrate the impact visual impairment has for anyone playing sport.

The event took place at Energise at the weekend.

Stephen wore glasses that when playing gave him the experience of someone who has to live with “tunnel vision”.

The glasses Sheena wore completely blurred her vision and made things all fuzzy. Sheena said they “made you feel somewhat nauseus after a while when hitting a tennis ball”.

The ball that was used was a sponge ball which is used in short tennis and inside the ball was another ball the size of a golf ball with ball bearing inside which people with visual impairment would be able to hear when the ball was approaching them to enable them to make contact with it.

The Councillors said that the session was an interesting one and everyone who participated enjoyed that activities along with the glorious sunshine.

The local ward Councillors support the activities being put on at Energise. The weekend before they went along to see what coaching/drills/activities the new tennis section at Energise has to offer.

Latest planning application for the Westfield Ward

Below is the latest planning application received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the words highlighted in blue


73 Westfield Place Acomb York YO24 3HL

Single storey rear extension

Reference 17/00515/CPD


 Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.

The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received