Police appeal after windows smashed on Bramham Road, York

Vandalism still a problem in parts of York

 North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a criminal damage that occurred on Bramham Road, York, on the evening of 29 March 2017.

It happened on Bramham Road at around 9pm on 29 March 2017 and involved a dark figure believed to be male approaching the address and throwing broken pieces of paving slab through the front windows.

We are conducting enquiries and are requesting the public’s assistance to help determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact us on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Gareth Foster.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12170053054.

Contact details:

gareth foster – #837
gareth.foster@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk | 101
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Carlton Tavern sale set to be halted

Carlton Tavern

Council officials are recommending that the Carton Tavern pub be listed as an “asset of community value“. If approved at a meeting taking place next week, the listing would give the local community 6 months in which to raise sufficient funds to purchase the property.

Marstons – the owners of the Tavern – announced last month that the site had been sold and that a care home would be built there.

There are similar plans for the nearby Oakhaven site.

The community value application has been submitted by a group calling themselves the “Friends of  the Carlton” . It is unclear what financial backing they have and they may face an uphill battle in the limited time available to raise the estimated £700,000 which would be needed to secure the future of the pub. They quote extensive community use as one of the justifications for the listing although this is disputed by the brewery.

Marstons letter of objection to the listing can be read by clicking here.

The decision meeting is taking place on Thursday 6th April

The care home plan has not yet received planning approval

Fossgate street entry gateway sign opposed by Council officials

Existing banner

A plan by York Civic Trust, which could have given the Fossgate area a boost, is being opposed by conservation officers at the Council.

The proposal would see the existing fabric banner at the entrance to the street replaced by a purpose designed metal equivalent.

The sign is intended to enhance the profile of a street which was badly affected by the 2015 floods. Now prospering once more and rapidly – with neighbouring Walmgate – becoming the City’s premier dining out location, the expectation was the the unique sign would have been broadly welcomed.

Indeed – unusually for York – there have been no objections to the plan with both conservation bodies and traders united in support of the proposals.

The design of the new sign celebrates the history of the street which contains one of the entrances to the 14th century Merchant Adventurers Hall.  It also reflects the role of the street as a former fish wharf.

Proposed replacement metal banner

The concern of the planners appears to revolve around the loss of a key streetscape view (although the new banner is in fact less intrusive than the existing signage).

The Council has allocated £500,000 in its budget this year to improve the environment in the street. It is widely expected that the street will be partly pedestrianised with the existing ugly bitmac carriageway being paved over.

The planning departments views represent the latest in a series of awkward positions taken by the Council.

They have approved plans for an ugly visitor centre next to Cliiffords Tower and nodded through a plan for an “arts barge” on a sensitive part of the river bank.

The Planning committee has yet to consider the even more bizarre plan to site shipping containers on Piccadilly, although the Council’s leaders have already endorsed that project.

The Fossgate proposal will be considered by a planning sub committee on 6th April. Background papers can be read by clicking here