York Council neglecting problems with speeding traffic?

Following the embarrassing failure of the 20 mph speed limit project (where on many roads average speeds were found to have risen following the installation of the new signs) it appears that the York Council is turning a blind eye to speeding problems.

Wetherby Road VAS

Wetherby Road VAS

Many residents had pointed out that risks were greatest at locations where motorists routinely exceeded 40 mph.

Despite this, the Councils web page, which is devoted to addressing speeding concerns, has not been kept up to date.

The page (click to access) claims to provide links to an “on line” Police form that can be completed by those wanting vehicle speeds checked. In fact the links are broken (although you can access the form direct by clicking here).

Nor is the Council reporting back on the results of speed checks that have been undertaken. The last list dates from November 2015 but does not include any speed data

There are several problem locations in west York.

These  include St Stephens Road while the frequent activation of the Vehicle Activated warning  Signs on Wetherby Road and Green Lane suggests that many drivers still do not stay within the 30 mph limit.

North Yorks speed camera vanThe Police have 3 safety camera vans. However they tend to visit the same locations in the York area on a regular basis. Clearly they can be assured of regular fine income from sites like those on the A64, but this is at the expense of high profile “reassurance checks” in residential areas.

Recent figures suggest that the vans now concentrate mainly on the A64 and A59 near York.

The Police have singularly failed to produce statistics which confirm whether deployment of the vans has reduced accident rates on particular stretches of road.

Nor do they report whether average speeds have been reduced at sites that they visit regularly.

So, all in all, we think that the speed awareness partnership needs to up its game in and around the City.


“Benefit Cap” hits 92 claimants in York. Five are over £100 a week worse off

The government introduced a maximum level of benefit which can be claimed. The Benefit Cap will only affects residents getting Housing Benefit or Universal Credit. If the cap affects you, your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit is reduced.

You can use the benefit cap calculator on GOV.UK to find out how the benefit cap affects you.benefots-cap

From 7 November 2016, different rates for the Benefit Cap – one for Greater London and one for the rest of the country – were introduced.

For anyone getting Housing Benefit, outside Greater London, the cap is:

  • £384.62 a week for a couple – with or without dependent children
  • £384.62 a week for a lone parent with dependent children
  • £257.69 a week for a single person without children

Some people are exempt from the cap. These include anyone getting Working Tax Credits, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or if they have reached the age of entitlement for getting Pension Credit.

In York 92 claimants have been affected by the cap. The average reduction has been £51.21 per week.

However, figures published by the York Council this week reveal that 5 households have suffered a reduction of over £100 a week

No report on the consequences of the change has yet been considered by the York Council.