Police speed camera locations

North Yorkshire Police will be carrying out mobile safety camera enforcement on the following roads between Wednesday 16 November and Tuesday 22 November 2011.
• A64 westbound carriageway, Bowbridge Farm, Tadcaster
• Northfield Farm, Cobcroft Lane, Cridling Stubbs
• Skipwith Road, Escrick
• A63 Hemingbrough
• Church Lane, Wheldrake
• A63 Milford Hotel, Newthorpe
• A1246 Ledsham
• B1222 Stillingfleet Mine,Stillingfleet
• B1222 Stockbridge House, Cawood
• B1217 Saxton
• A19 Selby Road, Whitley
• Millfield Lane, Chappel Haddlesley
• Westcroft Lane, Hambleton
• A171 Jugger Howe opposite Springhill Farm
• B1460 Castle Road, Whitby
• A171 south of Scaling Dam
• A169 Whitby to Pickering Road near to Goathland
• A169 Whitby to Pickering Road at High Horcum
• A171 North of Whitby at Kempston Rigg
• A171 Mayfield Road, Whitby
• A1039, Filey Road at Flixton
• B1427 Queen Margarets Road, Scarborough
• B1249 at Staxton Wold near Staxton, Scarborough
• A165 Reighton by-pass between Sands Road and Hunmanby Road
• B1249 Foxholes to County Boundary
• A64 Malton by-pass, Malton east and westbound
• A64 Seamer by-pass, Scarborough
• A64 Seamer Road, Scarborough
• A64 between Whitwell Hill and Barton Hill
• A64 between Barton-le-Willows and Jinnah
• A64 between Barton Hill and Whitwell Hill

Askham Lane to be resurfaced

The carriageway in Askham Lane will be resurfaced next year at an estimated cost of £72,500. It is the only road in the Westfield Ward included on the provisional resurfacing programme for next year.
The footpaths in Acomb Wood Drive are on reserve list of work which may be completed if funds allow.
There is no funding allocated for continuation of the resurfacing programme in Chapelfields. It had been expected that the roads in the remainder of the estate would gradually be repaired following the start which was made in Chapelfields Road and Bramham Road.
No funding has been made available for resurfacing Vesper Drive and footpaths in the Huntsman’s Walk area also miss out.
In total the provisional budget announced for design purposes is £2.8 million. This compares to the £5.5 million approved by the former Liberal Democrat led Council for the current years budget.
The highways budget is usually increased before it is finalised in January.
Email us if you would like a copy of the complete programme which lists the work to be undertaken on 69 roads across the City.

Mystery Plays 2012 Auditions Wednesday 16th November Explore Acomb Library

It isn’t quite the Garden of Eden, but how do you fancy being Adam and Eve in the York Museum Gardens next August?

Auditions and drop in sessions start on Saturday (November 12) for the biggest outdoor theatre production York has ever seen – York Mystery Plays 2012. The main purpose of these preliminary auditions is to recruit some of the lead roles, including some of the most famous couples in history such as Mary and Joseph and Adam and Eve. But information will also be given on the many other ways people can get involved in the plays from costume making to stage management.

Liam Evans-Ford, community producer for the plays, said: “York Mystery Plays 2012 is looking for two brave souls with impeccable acting skills to play Adam and Eve. Both actors will be among the first to grace the stage each night – setting the scene for the whole production in front of 1,500 people.” “These first sessions are mainly for those wanting to take one of the main roles, but also for those interested in trying some acting in a relaxed and informal setting. People will not have to commit for all of August as we hope to get enough people to have two acting teams.” He added: “As well as casting actors we are also looking to recruit a team of enthusiastic volunteers to take part across the project from backstage to programme sellers. It’s a great chance to be a small or big part of this exciting project for York in 2012.”

The two main part audition sessions on November 12 and November 19 are now fully booked, but an extra date has been added on Saturday November 26 at Riding Lights Theatre, Lower Friargate. People wishing to book a time should book beforehand on: (01904) 715454.

Open Group auditions will also take place on the above dates from 11.30am to 1pm. These sessions are designed to be fun, with no pressure and will last no more than 90 minutes.

These will also take place on:

Monday 14th November Tang Hall Community Centre,
Fifth Avenue 7.30pm – Open Group Auditions
Wednesday 16th November Explore Acomb Library
Front Street 7.30pm: Open Group Auditions
Thursday 17th November Huntington School Studio Theatre
Huntington Road 7.30pm: Open Group Auditions

Drop in information sessions, for people wanting to find out more about getting involved in one of the many volunteer roles, such as stage management, stewarding, costume making and many more, can visit the same sites between 6pm and 9pm on the week day workshops and 10am and 6pm on the Saturday sessions. There will also be one on Tuesday 15th November at Tesco Supermarket, Clifton Moor.

Witnesses to serious collision sought

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road collision near Wigginton in York.
The collision occurred at around 8.30pm, on Sunday 13 November on Corban Lane, Wigginton, York, which is a link road between the B1363 and the A19 at Shipton.
The crash involved only one vehicle, a black Vauxhall Vectra car, being driven from Wigginton towards the A19.
The vehicle left the road to the nearside while negotiating a left-hand bend, hitting a large tree and then rebounding into the road.
The driver and sole occupant of the car, a local man in his forties sustained serious injuries and after being freed from the vehicle by Fire and Rescue officers. He was taken by land ambulance to York District Hospital.
The road was closed for approximately four hours while police carried out a full investigation of the scene.
Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the Vectra prior to the collision. Anyone with information should contact TC Zoe Billings, at Road Policing Group at Tadcaster, on 0845 60 60 247, quoting reference

Consultants report on car parking in York City centre

Haymarket car park could close

In September, the Council published a consultants report on the future of City centre transport systems in York. The proposals were referred by a working group for further development and consultation, with a promise that a further report “would be published before the end of the year”. As that deadline is fast approaching we are taking a closer look at some of the options included in the report.
Today we look at the car parking plans.
Perhaps first it needs to be said that the conclusions are marred by the fact that no costings have been undertaken and we still await the “modelling” work which will predict the effect that any road closures would have on other parts of the network. It is highly likely that many of the proposals will simply not be affordable in the foreseeable future.
Under the proposals, the number of municipal car parking spaces available in the city centre would be reduced by 350. This would be most noticeable on the west of the Ouse with Nunnery Lane being reduced in size, leaving only 206 spaces available (Nunnery Lane, Esplanade and Bishopthorpe Road).
The consultants want to close the Castle, Haymarket and Stonebow House car parks. A new multi storey car park would be built at the inner ring road end of Piccadilly. The Coppergate shopping centre car park would be converted for use by disabled pass holders only.
St Georges might accommodate a second tier but with a reduced footprint (leaving the rest as a park….. or water feature depending on the time of year!)
Other car parks – including, interestingly, Union Terrace – are regarded as important contributors to the economic health of the City centre and would be retained.
No reference is made in the report to “on street” car parking but is likely to be much more difficult to drive to spaces within the city walls under other proposals contained in the report.
The consultants refer to “pay on exit” being introduced at short and “medium” stay car parks…..although the latter were phased out some 4 years ago(!)
The report assumes an increase in park and ride spaces from 3750 to 5350.
Car park charges would be “sufficiently high to make park and ride attractive”
Resident parking discounts would be discontinued.
The consultants fail to appreciate that car parking revenue is one of the few ways in which York residents directly benefit from the City’s popularity as a tourist destination. Removing the York resident discounts would be hugely unpopular.
Rather the City should look to introduce a much more flexible system of charges which would encourage increased visits by providing off peak and frequent user discounts. The reintroduction of, fundamentally unreliable, electro mechanical exit barriers at surface level car parks would be a big step backwards. Instead use should be made of the new generation of smartcards which are now available.
The location of a large (450 space) car park on Piccadilly would mean a longish walk for shoppers carrying bulky goods.
It’s fair to say that the car parking proposals are amongst the least convincing of any included in the document.

Time to reinvigorate Acomb!

Green mould on Council noticeboard in Front Street

The Councils new policy of concentrating its resources on a City Centre “reinvigorate York” project is hitting Acomb hard.
They can’t even keep the Acomb Ward notice board free from grime and green mould growth
Nearby on Front Street, the hi tech bus journey planner terminal has been abandoned while further down the street offensive graffiti has appeared on one of the bus shelters.

Journey planner abandoned

Graffiti on bus shelter

With several empty shops now covered in advertising posters the image of the whole village is under threat.
Closure of facilities like the Councils Acomb office will only make things worse.
Time for a policy re-think by the Labour Council.

New Liberal Democrat officers

At a well attended meeting held on Thursday York Central Liberal Democrats elected a new team of officers:
• President: Martin Bartlett
• Chair: Steve Galloway
• Secretary: Richard Hill
• Vice Chair: Nick Love
• Treasurer: Stephen Fenton
• Membership Development: Nicholas Emmerson
York Liberal Democrats can be contacted via Email at libdem.york@btinternet.com