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Rubbish from homes in Poppleton and Rawcliffe not collected today

The York Council says it will collect garden waste tomorrow morning from 33 streets in Poppleton and Rawcliffe.

They were unable to collect them today due to a power outage which affected the site where waste is processed. Using manual rather than electronic processing has taken longer than usual, so they have not been able to complete the rounds.

The Council asks those affected to leave their bins out by 7:00am, Saturday 26 May

Full list of streets affected is:

Poppleton area: Allerton Drive, Bankside Close, Beech Way, Brackenhills, Chantry Avenue, Chantry Gap, Chantry Grove, Easthorpe Drive, Ebor Way, Hawthorn Close, Lime Garth, Littfield Close, Little Garth, Main Street, Midway Avenue, Montague Walk, Nether Way, Nursery Road, Riverside Drive, Sandy Ridge, School Lane, Springfield Road.

Rawcliffe: area Blenheim Court, Cathness Close, Connway Close, Greenwich Close, Hatfield Close, Highgrove Close, Holyrood Drive, Marlborough Close, Osborne Drive, Somerset Close, St James Close

York Minster plans changes to the Precinct

Pedestrianisation of Duncombe Place back on the agenda

York Minster is consulting on plans for the area surrounding the Cathedral. 

The Minster authorities are preparing a masterplan to explore how the Precinct could evolve in the future to meet the changing needs of its community and visitors. The Minster Chapter recognise that it is a sensitive and complex area of the City and its future care must be planned for carefully.

The intention is that the masterplan will be adopted as part of the City’s planning policy. It will provide the Minster with a clear strategy for the next twenty years and will be used to secure funding for individual projects.

The Minster is working with the City of York Council, Historic England, a wide range of stakeholders and the community to get the best plan in place. It is at a very early stage. An exhibition in Deans Park explains what they hope to achieve through the masterplan process.

Residents and visitors are being invited to give their ideas, suggestions and thoughts.

You can download the full masterplanning PDF here

Your can take the online survey and provide feedback here

or if you prefer, print the survey here and send back in via post to Masterplanning, Church House, 10-14 Ogleforth, YO1 7JN

The consultation will run until midnight on Saturday 30 June.

This is a welcome initiative from the custodians of York’s best known landmark.

The City can’t stand still and some proposals – including the pedestrianisation and paving of Duncombe Place – are long overdue.

However, the devil (him again) will be in the detail and not everyone will share the Chapters view that Deans Park should be a more lively place. An “oasis of calm” in a busy world might get more votes!

Finding funding for the public infrastructure works is likely to be a particular challenge 

Still there is room for improvement and most would be delighted if the historic St Williams College building was brought back into use. 

Crime survey started

click to go to survey

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has started an “on line” survey which she says is aimed at getting residents views about neighbourhood policing.

In some ways this is well timed as the summer period invariably brings a peak in some forms of crime – notably anti-social behaviour.

We have already seen an escalation in complaints about the “mad moped” brigade while environmental crime (e.g. dumping, dog fouling) are still at high levels. However, they are yet to reach the heights seen last year when the police presence was very low.

Since then there has been a gradual and welcome improvement with more patrols by PCSOs evident.

The survey begins by asking about satisfaction with a range of public services. There will be a suspicion that this will be to allow the PCC to say that the quality of policing is more highly rated than, say, road maintenance. The real comparison is with historical performance.

The effectiveness of policing  has never been the same in sub-urban parts of York since anti-social behaviour activities were centralised into a “hub” at West Offices. Almost overnight communication channels between residents and named police officers were broken, losing a valuable channel of information about the causes of crime and those responsible.  The boundaries of the neighbourhood policing units seem to have been in a constant state of flux.

Lists of local officers need to be regularly updated and included on public noticeboards, social media pages etc.

The local activities web page for York South famously is only updated a couple of times a year, although there are many more things going on than are publicised.

The survey fails to probe whether residents have confidence in the criminal justice system in its entirety. Many reported crimes go undetected while courts seem to lack effective powers to deter repeat offences.

The police seem reluctant to publish performance stats at a neighbourhood level. Information is available at https://www.police.uk/ but accessing it is awkward. Residents Associations no longer routinely receive information. Many Neighbourhood Watch organisations have folded in recent years.

We hope that the results of the survey will be published at neighbourhood level.

Work set to start on Wetherby Road roundabout plus other roadworks in York

Work will begin next month to upgrade the first of seven roundabouts on the outer ring road in a bid to cut congestion and journey times.

Wetherby Road roundabout will be widened to create a three-lane approach and two-lane exit. Cyclists will also benefit from a council-funded off-road cycle route between Rufforth and Acomb.

Work will take place every weekday from 7:30am to 4:00pm, with the potential for evening, weekend and some overnight work at points before the improvements are complete next spring. Motorists can expect minor delays at as the roundabout’s approaches and exits have a reduced, 30 mile per hour limit throughout the works.

The total £38 million programme is funded through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and will take up to four years to complete all seven roundabouts.

The council is also asking for views on proposals to upgrade the second roundabout in the scheme, at Monks Cross. You have until Friday 1 June to comment on the plans, which can be viewed online at www.york.gov.uk/yorr, at the council’s West Offices on Station Rise, YO1 6GA.

All comments will be reviewed and changes to the design made where possible. The decision on the final layout will be taken at a public Executive Member for Transport and Planning Decision Session meeting later in the year.

Heslington road junction set to be improved

City of York Council is warning residents and visitors to expect disruption whilst we make improvements to the junction of Heslington and Cemetery Road.
The improvements include, replacing ageing and failing traffic signals, enhancing the pedestrian crossing facilities at the junction and adding a cycle lane on the Barbican Road approach.

The work is scheduled to start on Monday 4 June and is expected to take four weeks to complete. Work will be carried out Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5.30pm and also take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 3pm.

Four-way traffic management will be in place at the junction and it is likely that the work will cause significant disruption to traffic. We are aiming to keep this to a minimum by working in phases to allow the junction to function as well as possible. However, residents, businesses and visitors are advised to expect delays.

Temporary crossing points will be available at all times to ensure that all currently available pedestrian crossings are maintained. Traffic marshals will also be on site to assist pedestrians crossing the road.

The five year traffic signal asset renewal programme was given the green light by the councillor responsible for transport and planning in November 2015.

The total replacement programme will cost £2.62m over five years and will be funded through the capital programme budget and the existing Local Transport Plan budget.

For information on travelling in and around York visit www.itravelyork.info/roadworks

What’s on in York, Acomb Fun Run on Sunday

May _27Fun Run

Carr Infant & Junior School :

Sun 27 May :

9.00am – 12.00pm :

Free

Hosted by Carr Infants and Junior School, this is a FREE event for the people of Acomb and the surrounding areas consisting of: 2km Junior Indiviual run around the perimeter of the enclosed school fields for 4-14 year olds – we have a capacity of 100 participants for this event. A ticket will be required for each runner. All finishers of this race will receive a medal.

  • 1km Fun Run for all around the perimeter of the enclosed school fields in which parents, grandparents and any family members of all ages are encouraged to join. Parents and family members wishing to take part in the fun run for all please select a ticket per individual for this event.All finishers will receive a certificate.

The event is FREE to participate, however booking is required.

9:00am : Registration opens – sign in and collect your race day number

9:45am : Group Warm Up

10.00am : 2km Junior Individual run starts

10:30am : 1km FunRun for all starts

12noon  : Activity Village closes

There will be an Activity Village located adjacent to the finish line. This will include; Activities and Information Stalls. Complimentary bottle of water for all participants.

This event is for ages 4-14 years old and family.

For more information or to reserve a place please visit our website.

Latest planning applications for the Westfield Ward – Morrisons plan garden centre greehouse

The Council says that it has now fixed the problems with its planning portal which resulted in several duplicate applications being published. These applications had been determined up to 4 years ago.

We’re not so sure that all the problems have been rectified, as a number of new applications – some several weeks old -have now suddenly appeared. Some are backdated by several weeks on the validation pages.

They include a proposal for a garden centre style greenhouse at Morrisons on Front Street.

Below is the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.  Some may already have been publicised.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

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3 Westfield Court Acomb York YO26 5FA

Fell Maple; reduce lateral spread of Lime over property by 3.5 – 4 meters – tree works in a Conservation Area

Ref. No: 18/01149/TCA 

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66 Green Lane Acomb York YO24 4PS

First floor side and rear extension

Ref. No: 18/00917/FUL 

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Morrisons Front Street York YO24 3BZ

Erection of detached garden centre shelter

Ref. No: 18/01030/FUL 

Morrsons application

 

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Acomb Branch Library Front Street York YO24 3BZ

Continued use of portakabin as standby point with associated parking space for ambulance

Ref. No: 18/00938/FUL 

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7 Tennent Road York YO24 3HQ

Erection of single storey extension extending 3.9 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 2.4 metres and a total height of 3.5 metres

Ref. No: 18/00977/LHE 

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60 Gale Lane York YO24 3AA

Hip to gable roof extension, dormer to rear and single storey rear extension.

Ref. No: 18/00921/FUL 

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Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

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

Footpath pitches, gardens and broadband works

We understand that the damaged goal posts on the Foxwood Park will be realigned by the Council. The damaged is understood to have been caused by plant. 

Nearby we’ve asked for the goal posts on the Grange Lane Westfield park to also be realigned. There is a long outstanding request for the to be repainted. Kick about sessions at Energise and on Chesney’s Field are due to start at the end of June. They are being organised by the York City FC Foundation

A new safety surface has been provided on the area used for children’s activities at the Foxwood Community Centre

Foxwood residents are asking for volunteers to help on Saturday morning to put the final finishing touches to the, increasingly impressive, community garden on Bellhouse Way

Finally Talk Talk have given an undertaken to make good the damage caused to verges and paths during their recent excavation works (see below for programme)