Raceday traffic arrangements

Traffic management measures are introduced in the Knavesmire area for days when race meetings occur. How race day traffic will be managed depends on the expected attendance numbers for each individual meeting.

Ebor Meeting

Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 August 2011
• Directional signage will be placed on major arterial routes to the city to encourage traffic to approach the racecourse via A1237/A64. Further signage within the city boundaries will reinforce the preferred route of approach.
• No Waiting Cones on Knavesmire Road, Campleshon Road, Albemarle Road (Part), Knavesmire Avenue, Bishopthorpe Road (part) and one side of Church Lane, Bishopthorpe.

Departure Phase Only – approximately 4:30pm to 7:30pm
• The traffic lights at Sim Balk Lane/Tadcaster Road junction will be turned off. During these hours there will be NO RIGHT TURN permitted in or out of Sim Balk Lane.
• Campleshon Road will be one way from St Chads Church with access only for buses / taxis / cycles from the junction of Lorne Street towards Knavesmire Road.
• Campleshon Road junctions with Albemarle Road, Curzon Terrace, and Knavesmire Crescent will be closed to vehicles.
• Knavesmire Road will be one way from Campleshon Road to Tadcaster Road. No access will be available from Tadcaster Road along Knavesmire Road towards the racecourse.
• Temporary Traffic signals will be in place at the junction of Knavesmire Road and Tadcaster Road.
• Traffic from car park A, on Knavesmire Road, will only be permitted to turn left when exiting onto Knavesmire Road, in addition at the junction with the Tadcaster Road vehicles from car park A will only be permitted to turn left, away from the city.
• Temporary Traffic Lights will be positioned at the car/coach park exit on Bishopthorpe Road.
• Traffic will be monitored.

Green Belt development at Askham Bryan

Council officials are recommending approval for a green belt development at Askham Bryan College.
A report to a Council committee is being considered on 18th August.The report says

“Application at: Land Lying To The North Of The Science Building Askham Bryan College College Service Roads Askham Bryan York Reference:11/01155/FULM
For:Erection of 7 single storey buildings forming an equine hospital and training centre with associated outdoor facilities, car parking and new access


1.1 The application is for an equine hospital that would entail 7 no. Single storey buildings within the grounds of Askham Bryan College. The proposed site would measure (along the northern boundary) approx 142 meters by a varying depth of 80 to 90 metres. The site is presently used for tractor training. A weather station in the form of a tall pole with guy rope attachments is located towards the eastern end of the site. The eastern boundary of the site is defined by a row of tall conifer trees, with a mature hawthorn hedge forming the northern boundary along the York Road frontage. A row of poplar trees defines the western boundary, whilst to the south of the site is the remainder of the college campus and its associated buildings. The site is within the boundary of a Major Developed Site in the Green Belt as identified in the Proposals Map of the City of York Development Control Local Plan and Policy GB10.

1.2 The proposed development site would be accessed from York Road to the north; the vehicle access would be in the north east corner of the site. There would be a visitor car park to the front the site, and the lorry park and staff parking would be accessed through an electronic gate. There would be pedestrian access on the southern boundary for students.

The proposed buildings would include:

1.3 An administration building which includes the reception area, waiting area, offices, staff room, dispensary, and laboratory. The building would be sited adjacent to the vehicle entrance and would be 14.2 metres by 23 metres and would be 5.1 metres to the ridge height. The building would be on a blockwork base with steel profile sheeting walls and roof.

1.4 The stable block/intensive care block is an L shaped building sited to the south of the proposed car park. The building would include a triage area with a number of stables and intensive care stables. The building would also include two staff bedsits and a staffroom/office. The building would measure 12.7 metres along its shortest elevations and 25.95 metres along its west elevation and 34.4 metres along its south elevation, the building would be 4.5 metres to the roof ridge. The building would be on a blockwork base of varying heights with steel profile sheeting walls and roof in green.

1.5 There would be a forge measuring 7.3 metres by 4 metres, and 3.2 metres to the ridge height and the external material would be steel profile sheeting.

1.6 The adjacent hay barn would be 11.85 metres by 4.45 metres, and would be 4.15 metres to the ridge height and the external material would be steel profile sheeting.

1.7 To the west of the stable block/intensive care block is the theatre block this measures 36.5 metres by 19.2 metres and would be 5.65 metres to the roof ridge. The building includes a number of different types of theatres and associated facilities.

1.8 The lameness building measures 24.77 metres by 25.38 metres and 6.1 metres in height to the roof ridge. The building would be on a blockwork base of varying heights with steel and ventilated steel profile sheeting walls and roof in green. The building would provide further stables, MRI, Ultra sound, X-ray, scint bone scan, and an office.

1.9 To the north of the lameness building, adjacent to the paddocks is the isolation block which is 11.4 metres by 5.1 metres, and 3.15 metres to the roof ridge.

1.10 The applicant, Minster Veterinary Practice, operates from five locations in and around York at Salisbury Terrace, Haxby, Earswick, Copmanthorpe and Poppleton, and has existing affiliations with Askham Bryan College. The Poppleton site houses the present equine part of the practice. The applicant would like to provide a better service and facilities and has aspirations of the proposed development to attaining RCVS Tier 3 status. The applicant contends that the provision of such a service can only be provided by the provision of a new facility, which in turn would generate other opportunities.

1.11 The proposed development would employ 23 staff, transferred from the other surgeries. It is intended that the existing surgeries will remain open with the exception of equine services at Poppleton.

1.12 Revised plans have been submitted for the theatre building, the administration building, and the stable block/intensive care block. The original plans had shown 2 bedsits and 3 intern flats. However there was no justification for the three flats, and staff living on the site 24/7 (as their only residence), and as such this was removed. The revised plans now show only two bedsits in the proposed stable block/intensive care building.

1.13 There is an extant planning permission on this site for an equine, farm animal, and small animal hospital (07/00753/FULM). The application was approved by West and Centre Planning sub Committee on 21 June 2007.The previous application has been made by the same applicants as in this case. The reason the development was not constructed was due to cost”.

Bus service changes

We reported on changes to bus services affecting the west of
York in July. The changes will be implemented from 28th August. Details are now
appearing on websites like

First http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/york/travel_news/service_updates/

Transdev http://www.yorkbus.co.uk/news

Pullman http://www.yorkpullmanbus.co.uk/local-bus-services

The Yorkshire travel planner should be updated shortly http://www.yorkshiretravel.net

The Council has to invite tenders to operate subsidised bus services.

Some of the tenders received were substantially below those
that were eventually accepted.

Arriva in particular decided to withdraw their tenders after
the final deadline. Not necessarily in the best interests of taxpayers or bus users
(if the Council ends up not being able to buy as many services as they had
hoped to)

Transdev seem to have picked up some additional contracts

Solar expedition on 2 wheels

Solar expedition on 2 wheels

Mon 22 Aug, 6.45pm to 8.45pm – Guided cycle ride
starts from underneath Clifton Bridge, Water End

2-hour exploration will take you along the recently improved Orbital route on a
mix of on and off road routes. Ride suitable for those who are confident on
roads and in traffic. Ride not suitable for trailers or recumbent cycles.
Please ensure you bring lights, as the ride will finish in the dark. You need a
road worthy bike, spare inner tube, suitable clothing and a drink. Children
under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Fiona Barker on (01904) 553440 or e-mail
fiona.barker@york.gov.uk for further
information if required.

York’s brightest

Latest figures released by the government confirm that York has
one of the best qualified workforces in the country.

Only 7.5% of residents aged between 16 and 64 have no

This compares to 12.8% in the rest of Yorkshire and 11.1%

Thoughts for the day

A mate of mine recently admitted to being addicted to brake fluid. When I quizzed him on it he reckoned he could stop any time…..

My son’s been asking me for a pet spider for his birthday, so I went to our local pet shop and they were £70!!!
Blow this, I thought, I can get one cheaper off the web.

Just heard there was an explosion at a pie factory in Huddersfield.
3.1415927 dead

I was driving this morning when I saw an RAC van parked up. The driver was sobbing uncontrollably and looked very miserable.
I thought to myself ‘that guy’s heading for a breakdown’.

Elderly persons homes consultation

City of York Council is currently carrying out a review of its Elderly Persons Homes in order to work out how best to cope with demand in the future.

Some of the options under consideration include building a new, larger care home on the Lowfields school site.

Letters and consultation questionnaires are being sent to our current residents of the Council’s homes, day/respite care users and their relatives.

There will also be various opportunities for the wider public to share their views on the proposals including a series of public meetings, one of which will be held in Westfield.

The dates/venues for the meetings are as follows:

• Thursday 1st September, 7.00-8.30pm – Gateway Centre, Acomb
• Monday 19th September, 2.00pm – as part of York Older People’s Assembly’s open meeting at the Friends Meeting House, Friargate.

The consultation period is due to end mid-October when the consultation feedback will be collated and form part of a report to Cabinet on 1st November.

You can read more about the options included in the review at

Lowfields care home proposals

Events at Explore Acomb Library Learning Centre

Ask a policeman!
Tuesday 16th August Time 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Suitable for 5-11 year olds Price £2 per person £5 per family (max 2 adults 3 children) Meet North Yorkshire Police, and hear all about their work. Get up close to a police car, see the equipment the police use and ask everything you have always wanted to know about the police.

The Art of the Railway Poster: a practical workshop
Friday 19th August 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Price £7.00 (YorkCard) or £8.50 Come along and have a go at producing your own poster in the style of an old Railway advertising poster, using a selection of media including acrylic paints. All materials will be provided.

Tickets and further information available from Explore Acomb Library Learning Centre
Tel. 01904 552651 email acomb.library@york.gov.uk

A19 roundabout a success

new A19 roundabout

Observations over the last 8 weeks have found that congestion at the A1237/A19 junction has substantially reduced since the newly remodelled roundabout was opened. For the first time for several years there is now “free flow” for vehicles travelling west to east through the junction – other than at peak periods. Delays on the A19 have also been substantially reduced.
East to west delays are also down but the main relief for this journey will only be realised when the A59 roundabout is also enlarged. This part of the scheme is dependant on funding for the “Access York” Park and Ride programme which is currently being assessed by central government. A decision is expected towards the end of the year.
There was a lot of opposition to improving the A1237 from Labour and Green councillors. They were wrong in this case.
Similarly, the improvements at the Blossom Street/Queen Street junction have reduced delays and traffic engineers in the City can take a lot of credit for both schemes. They maximise the capacity of a highways network which , in York, is always going to be constrained by the historic layout of our streets, the rivers and – of course –the level of funding available for improvements

York Economy

The City’s economy has changed beyond recognition over the last decade. A declining manufacturing base had been replaced by expansion in Technology and Higher Education. The tourism sector has shown sustained growth.
As a result, on average, 300 additional jobs have been created each year and unemployment levels continue to be well below the regional and national average. Our economy has been more resilient to the recession, and its outfall, than any other in the north of England.
It is surprising therefore that the Chamber of Commerce should today sound a panic warning highlighting an apparent conflict between conservation of our built and natural environment and commercial growth.
There is no reason why there should be conflict. Indeed, one of the reasons that key investors relocate to York is because of its environment.
There is a significant reliance on the public sector in the City. However, many of these jobs are in – or associated with – Higher Education. That deserves to be identified in a separate – presently less vulnerable – sector of the economy. It is certainly one that is spawning a range of new businesses. Increasing numbers of graduates are looking to make their permanent homes in a City which already has a more highly skilled workforce than its competitors.
Ironically the Chamber cites the controversy over the Union Terrace car and coach park as a sign of lack of a will to encourage the private sector. Yet the expansion of St John’s would effectively mean an even higher proportion of public sector jobs in the City. In any event, most commentators – although not as yet the council’s Labour Leadership – now accept that both parking and additional floor space for St Johns can both be accommodated on the site (and nearby).
In an article in today’s Yorkshire Post, Micklegate ward Labour councillor Julie Gunnell claims – without any evidence – that York had “missed” expansion opportunities in the past. Maybe so. But isn’t this the same Councillor who campaigned so stridently against the redevelopment of the old Terry’s factory site? Delays to that project pushed the eventual approval of planning permission into a period when the economic cycle was in decline. Hence much of the site is effectively now mothballed.
It will be interesting to see how entrepreneurs line up on the Oakgate proposals for Monks Cross. The project would see a new Marks and Spencers (home ware) shop established together with either a new Sainsbury’s or a John Lewis store. Most publicity so far has been about the community benefits – most notably the provision of a Sports Stadium – but over 500 permanent new jobs could also be created by the development.
The planning application will be the first key test for a new Planning Committee which will need to balance community interests, including the viability of the retail sector in the city centre, with what is a rare large scale investment opportunity.