A number of commercial properties, owned by the York Council, remain empty.
They include 1 Shipton Road (Ashbank), 17/21 Piccadilly, Clementhorpe Maltings (Lower Darnborough St), ,former Railway Canteen (Holgate Rd) and the Parkside Commercial Centre.
Some are being actively marketed but it seems that the Railway Canteen may simply be demolished. It was originally purchased, many years ago, for possible use as a community centre.
The Parkside Commercial Centre has also been empty for several years. Its sale was agreed in 2010 but little progress has been made since. Guildhall sources blame planning delays. Planning permission for a 3 storey office building was granted in July 2013.
Meanwhile York’s longest void Council house remains unoccupied. 102 Foxwood Lane has been empty since sewage problems were discovered. The Council blames Yorkshire Water for the delays in bringing the 2 bedroomed bungalow back into use.
It is something of a mystery why they haven’t taken legal action to have the drainage problems resolved.
This section of Foxwood Lane has a record of flooding issues. They are one of the reasons why residents have opposed building on Acomb Moor which is located further up the Lane.