Proposals for disabled parking on Piccadilly published

City of York Council has published proposed changes which would introduce new disabled parking to Piccadilly.

​​​​​​The changes were approved by the council’s Executive earlier this year following extensive consultation over the impact of new counter-terrorism measures to protect people using the city centre.

Three traffic regulation orders have been published, proposing:

1) Converting the current pay and display section between Lloyds Bank and Brighthouse into:

Blue Badge parking between 11am and 6am (overnight)
Loading bay from 6am to 11am
2) Converting the existing taxi rank on the opposite side of the road to:

Blue badge parking 11am to 6pm
Taxi rank 6pm to 6am (overnight)
Loading bay 6am to 11am
A third order allows any vehicle displaying a valid disabled person’s badge to access Piccadilly beyond the Merchangate junction – a practicality so that blue badge holders are actually able to access the new parking spaces.

These should create room for up to seven vehicles displaying valid badges to park between 11am and 6am, and another two from 11am to 6pm on the taxi rank side of the road. 

The cycle parking on Piccadilly remains unchanged.

The proposals and the reasons behind them can be inspected at Reception, West Offices, Station Rise, York, during normal business hours. 

Objections or other representations specifying reasons for the objection or representation should be sent in writing to arrive no later than 27 December 2019.

Director of Economy and Place
Network Management, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA
Email: highway.regulation@york.gov.uk
If objections are received, the proposals will be considered at a decision session for the Executive Member for Transport in early 2020.

You can view Executive’s original decision here while the consultation results and proposed mitigation measures are contained within Annex B.

NB. The future of the Airspeed site when the Spark container village leaves next summer has yet to be decided. It has been suggested that it could also be used for disabled car parking.

Nine men sentenced for urinating in public to pay £2,700

York Magistrates have ordered nine men to pay total costs of £2,772 for urinating in public, following joint action by City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police to tackle anti-social behaviour.

On Tuesday 5 November 2019, York Magistrates heard that Emlyn Thomas (aged 37 of Sutton Way, York) was seen, visibly intoxicated, by a BID Ranger at 9:10pm on Friday 9 August 2019. Mr Thomas was found, a short while later, urinating in the doorway of an Estate Agents on Micklegate, York.

Mr Thomas failed to attend court or submit a plea and was found guilty in his absence. He was fined £40 with a £32 surcharge.

Lyndon Johnson (aged 57 of Bishops Court, York) was also seen by a BID Ranger, urinating in Tower Gardens, York, at 8:55pm on Friday 2 August 2019. Mr Johnson pleaded guilty by post and was fined £80, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a surcharge of £32.

Simon Stone (aged 32 of Teal Drive, York) was found by a police officer urinating in a doorway on Coney Street, York, at 1:10am on Saturday 3 August 2019. Mr Stone pleaded guilty by post and was fined £80, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a surcharge of £32.

Adam Sutton (aged 29 of Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton) was seen by police officers, urinating against an alleyway opposite Knavesmire Public House, York, in the vicinity of a large crowd, at 5:30pm on Saturday 27 July 2019. Mr Sutton apologised for his actions and pleaded guilty by post. He was fined £350, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a surcharge of £32.

On Tuesday 19 November 2019, York Magistrates heard that Lewis Greenwood (aged 27 of Ploughmans Croft, Bradford) was seen by a police officer, urinating against a tree on the Knavesmire, York, at 5:15pm on Tuesday 21 August 2019. Mr Greenwood pleaded guilty by post and was fined £146, ordered to pay cost of £171 and a surcharge of £32.

Josh Raynor (aged 20 of Badgley Lane, Pudsey) was seen by a police officer, urinating against a wall between two businesses on Coney Street, York, at 10:30pm on Saturday 7 September 2019. Mr Raynor apologised for his actions during the incident and pleaded guilty by post. He was fined £109, ordered to pay cost of £171 and a surcharge of £32.

Craig Russell (aged 26 of Mayfield Drive, Armadale, Scotland) was spotted by police officers, urinating against the wall of St Martin’s Le Grand Church, Coney Street, York, at 10:50pm on Saturday 24 August 2019. Mr Russell pleaded guilty by post and was fined £128, ordered to pay costs of £171 and a surcharge of £32.

Daniel Boyle (aged 26 of Front Street, Acomb, York) was seen by police officers, urinating against the door of a business on Church Street, York, at around 1am on Saturday 14 September 2019. Mr Boyle apologised for his actions immediately and pleaded guilty by post. He was fined £158, ordered to pay cost of £171 and a surcharge of £32.

Tom Jeffrey (aged 32 of Thatch Leach, Oldham) was found by police officers, urinating in an area opposite the allotments on Albermarle Road, York, at around 6:30pm on Saturday 27 July 2019. Mr Jeffrey pleaded guilty by post and was fined £173, ordered to pay costs of £171 and a surcharge of £32.

Tom Brittain, Assistant Director for Housing & Community Safety, said: “Thanks to our neighbourhood enforcement officers and our colleagues at North Yorkshire Police and York BID for the continued joint effort to tackle anti-social behaviour in York.

“While we welcome people to York to enjoy the city, we will take action against people who spoil the city. All licensed premised are required to provide toilets for customers. To find out where your nearest toilet is, visit: www.york.gov.uk/map/PublicToilets.”

Inspector Andy Godfrey of York Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Urinating in public is offensive, unhygienic and illegal. It puts an additional burden on the council’s services as well as spoiling the city centre for others. These convictions should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks they can get away with it. We’ll continue to work with the City of York Council to keep York a safe and pleasant place to visit.”

ResPark plea for Albemarle Road area

Residents say they want a ResPark scheme on Albemarle Road according to a report being considered by the York Council next week. The move comes in the wake of a move to open up a Multi User Games Area (MUGA) for public use at the nearby Millthorpe School.

Part of the planned restrictions which also affect Philadelphia Terrace and Ovington Terrace

The proposal includes the extension of parking restrictions in the area. As we reported some weeks ago, there is already an issue with the narrow highway being obstructed as a result of parking. It is thought that ResPark would reduce the pressures on the street.

Officials say that they cannot complete the ResPark processes before the MUGA opens in the summer bringing the prospect of increased disruption for at least a limited period of time.

Bishopthorpe Road parking restrictions

The meeting will also hear about representations made regarding the installation of a pedestrian refuge in the Bishopthorpe Road area.

Planned parking Restrictions on Bishopthorpe Road

The original proposals attracted a large number of objections.

The plans include the creation of a “clearway” from the racecourse to Bishopthorpe Village.

Housing fraud prevention processes to be tightened in York

According to a report which will be considered by the Councils Audit committee next week more needs to be done to prevent fraudulent applications for Council houses.

There are concerns about sub letting.

The report says

The process for identifying housing fraud was found to be working reasonably well at the outset of tenancies in that the procedure for applying for properties is being followed with the necessary documents being obtained to support the housing application.

Applications for housing are input manually onto the housing system by Housing Registrations Officers based on a phone conversation or meeting with the applicant with no signature obtained to confirm the information on the application is correct.

Pictures were not routinely taken of tenants when they start their
tenancy nor is there an agreed process or timescale to take pictures of existing tenants.

This means that an important way to confirm that the
person living at the property is as expected is being missed.

Indoor tennis centre seeks planning permission in York

York St John University is seeking planning permission to replace the existing two outdoor tennis/netball courts with thee indoor tennis courts at the Mille Crux Sports Park at Haxby Road.

New tennis centre building

The application site comprises of an area occupied by two macadam surfaced outdoor courts to the east of the existing Hub building and sports hall. The courts are used for netball and tennis and are enclosed by 3m fencing and illuminated by 6 floodlights on 10m high masts. The site also includes a strip of playing field to the south of the courts and a section of the footpath to the north of the courts.

The application, which is recommended for approval, is being considered by the local planning committee on 5th December

York St John say they will implement a broad ranging Tennis Development Plan that will help support and maximising tennis participation at the facility for University students and local players of all ages and ability. The Plan will ensure the new facility will secure year round benefits to tennis in York across a wide range of areas, including;

  • A student tennis programme providing sessions for players of all standard from recreational tennis to BUCS team matches
  • An indoor coaching programme encompassing mini and junior tennis through to adult coaching
  • Development of effective links with local schools, providing opportunities for children to try tennis, and participate in programmes and competitions
  • Establishing weekly disability coaching sessions and competitions in connection with the York Disability Tennis Network
  • Enhance existing tennis programmes/clubs in the area, including the provision of access to local clubs through the winter
  • Providing an all year round competition venue, giving players within York and the surrounding area more competitive opportunities and providing a central venue for events
  • Providing a facility to host coaching education courses, and establishing and managing a workforce with the skills to facilitate tennis  development

The university have worked in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association and the scheme has been partially funded by them.

The Council says that it is considered appropriate to attach a condition securing adequate community use of the facilities.

Principal (Royal York) Hotel set to expand

The same meeting will hear an application from the Principal Hotel on Station Road to erect a 4-storey extension to create 45 bedrooms and reception/entrance space, reconfigured car parking and landscaping.

This application is also recommended for approval although the York Civic Trust has recorded an objection

York Council tackling nettles.

Contractors were out today removing nettle growth from the side of the Foxwood Lane footpath.

Contractors in action on Foxwood Lane

The nettles had been a nuisance during the late summer period although not, this year, as bad as in some previous years.

Mechanical treatment – often by local farmers – is usually an efficient and economical way of controlling weeds and cutting back hedges.

Meanwhile a Freedom of Information request has revealed that this year weed control contractors have only been paid part of the £37,020.89 value of the contract. The response says that £18,498.70 has so far been paid during the current year.

The response does reveal the amounts paid to specialist weed control contractors over the last 9 years.

Weeds blocking public footpath in Windsor Garth reported again this week
  • 2019/20 – A. Morrison’s & Sons £37,020.89.
  • 2018/19 – Munroe’s – £31,189
  • 2017/18 – Munroe’s – £31,189
  • 2016/17 – Munroe’s – £31,189
  • 2015/16 – Munroe’s – £27,192
  • 2014/15 – Dobsons – £68,538
  • 2013/14 – Dobsons – £66,867
  • 2012/13 – Nomix Enviro – £69,792
  • 2011/12 – Nomix Enviro – £79,036

Interestingly the York Council, in the Spring, accepted a tender the value of which was only half that submitted in 2011.

It was later discovered that the list of streets to be treated was incomplete.

There have been chronic problems with weed control during the summer and, as we reported a few days ago, many streets still require attention.

York Council publishes some delegated budget decisions

Sample of decision list 26th Nov 2019

For the first time the York Council has published a “decision notice” which indicates how some of its ward committee budget is being spent.

A copy can be downloaded by clicking this link

The list is far from comprehensive and concentrates mainly on the Haxby & Rural West Wards. Publication however represents a step forward.

The latest combined list of schemes can be found on the Councils web site by clicking here.  Several wards don’t seem to have made much progress in allocating their budgets.

To what degree residents feel involved in this process – and what progress has been made in implementing those decisions which have already been taken – is open to debate.

York parents fined £1800 following prolonged unauthorised school absences

Three York parents have been handed court fines this month after City of York Council took action following their children’s poor attendance at school.

The prosecution was heard by York Magistrates and followed numerous attempts by the authority and schools to engage the parents to give the children the education to which they are entitled.

In all cases, the parents had failed to provide the schools with acceptable reasons for much of their children’s absence and the schools had therefore marked the absence as unauthorised.

The prosecuted parents had, prior to court, failed to engage with the schools and local authority to support their children’s attendance and had also been issued with a fine as an alternative to prosecution. They had not paid it, prompting the council to prosecute.

All three parents were ordered to pay fines ranging between £131 to £660.

Maxine Squire, Assistant Director of Education and Skills at City of York Council, said: “We want all children to receive a great education and benefit from the rich opportunities and high quality of education that are provided by our schools, and working with families and schools to promote and maintain good attendance is vital in achieving this.

“We will always attempt to engage with parents to avoid further loss of a child’s education before we prosecute. This is used as last resort in order to ensure that children receive the education to which they are entitled.”