Local Roads & Footpaths Included In 2010/11 Resurfacing Programme

Last night the list of roads to be resurfaced by City of York Council over the next year was agreed by Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Ann Reid.

The list was boosted by an extra £1m investment in resurfacing that was agreed as part of the Liberal Democrat budget last month. The extra money was invested following the results of the public consultation which showed that the condition of roads and footpaths was the top priority for residents.

A number of roads and footpaths in Westfield have been included on the list, they are:

Roads
Hamilton Drive/Tudor Road Roundabout

Footpaths
Queenswood Grove(part)
Ridgeway(part)
Tithe Close
Parker Avenue
Hotham Avenue

It was also agreed that investigative work will take place with a view to carrying out surface water drainage improvements near the shops on Cornlands Road and on The Green (near Weatherby Road).

The programme, which was also included in the Lib Dem budget, has been ongoing for the last two years and aims to make minor improvements to drainage to help cut down on flooding caused by heavy rain.

Once details of when the work will take place are available I will post them here.

New Vehicles Set To Boost Dial & Ride Service

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City of York Council’s popular Dial and Ride services is set to benefit from two brand new vehicles later this year after the decision was taken to allocated extra funding to the scheme.

The Dial and Ride service provides a door to door service to a variety of locations across the city including Clifton Moor, Monks Cross and the city centre, as well as providing transport to the new Energise swimming pool and sports centre. 

The new buses (which will be similar to the one pictured above) offer better access for disabled people with a single low step entry and a ramp to the side door, which provides easier access compared to a rear wheelchair lift.

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Liberal Democrat Budget 2010/11

On Tuesday the Liberal Democrat Council Executive agreed its budget proposals for 2010/11. The budget is designed to help prepare York for the economic recovery, while ensuring investment in vital services such as adult and children’s social care.

In preparing our budget we were also very keen to ensure we responded to the city wide budget consultation which went out in December.

Some of the budget highlights include:

Transport: To help boost the city centre economy, car parking charges will be frozen as will Park and Ride charges. Everyone except the owners of the most polluting vehicles will see ResPark charges frozen while charges for visitors to ResPark areas will be cut from £1.10 to 90p.

There will be more congestion busting improvements to the outer ring road. Following the completion of improvements to the Hopgrove roundabout there will be improvements to the A19 and A59 roundabouts.

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20 mph zones

Labour plan to introduce a city wide 20 mph speed limit.

They intend to scrap the current, LibDem backed, policy of applying the most appropriate speed limit to address the safety record of individual roads.

Instead of being able to focus enforcement action on roads with a proven accident record, under Labours scheme Police resources would be stretched to breaking point.

Congestion Charging

Labour Councillors have revived their idea of a “congestion charge”. It would mean drivers paying extra to access the City and is similar to the one introduced in London.However, unlike London, York doesn’t have an alternative like the “Tube”.

The move, which is promoted in a survey recently issued by the Council, has produced an angry reaction from traders, drivers and the Liberal Democrats. Spokesman Steve Galloway has condemned the tax as “unnecessary, ill-judged and likely to be highly damaging to the local economy. Customers and jobs will be lost to local competitor City’s like Leeds”. “What is needed is for more investment by the government in public transport and congestion relief. Instead Labour nationally gives priority to the south east while locally they are even opposing new off road cycle routes which could help to ease congestion”.

“Energise” Pool success

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Our new local swimming pool and sports centre is proving to be a big hit with residents in the Westfield area and beyond.

Dec 2008 Edmund Wilson baths 7,362 users

Dec 2009 with the opening of Energise 9,500 users

Dry sports Dec 2008 Edmund Wilson Gym + Oaklands Sports Centre 9,400,

Dec 2009 Energise Sports Centre 10,000

ftr

Although not popular with everyone, the ftr has become a familiar sight on the number 4 bus service which serves the Westfield area. The Council’s agreement with First on the use of the ftr extends to May 2011. There has been some speculation that the ftr will be switched at that time to another route in the City. This speculation is premature as the Council and First are just starting discussions about more general improvements to bus services across the City and these are unlikely to be concluded before Autumn 2010

Media release on City Strategy Budget

“Car parking charges in York will be held at current levels for the forthcoming year”, says Steve Galloway, as the Councils Strategy budget report is published today. “This should give retailers in York a big boost as many charges – including those at the 70p an hour Fossbank shoppers car park – have already been frozen for the last 3 years.

The Strategy budget plan for 10/11 is aimed at sustaining service levels while recognising and responding to the economic downturn”.  It will be presented to an Executive member decision meeting on 28th January. In the interim residents have the opportunity to make representations about the proposals. Key points from the plan are:

  • Car parking charges frozen for a further year
  • Car parking arrangements more flexible e.g. the 5 hour maximum stay time limit on short stay car parks will be lifted. The only deterrent to long duration occupation will now be financial.
  • New car park ticket machines to be installed which will accept payment by charge and credit card. Machines also allow for “off peak” discount parking rates.
  • The Esplanade car park is to be designated as “short stay”. This is aimed at encouraging use by shoppers traveling from west of City
  • 90% of ResPark charges are being frozen. Small/low emission vehicles will pay £44 a year with eligibility widened to cover vehicles in VED band C. Standard rate continues at £93. New premium rates introduced for large/high emission vehicles (£110).
  • Companions will be able to accompany blind passengers on York buses in future without charge
  • More is to be spent on flood prevention measures
  • Further work is to be done to ensure that the most appropriate vehicle speed limits apply across the City

Savings are being made in the Directorate against a background of a steep reduction in Planning and Building Control applications and hence fee income, which has resulted from the recession.  This could mean some job losses &/or short time working. It is intended to retain sufficient capacity to be able to respond to an upturn in the economy later in the year.For the first time, it is hoped that the elderly persons “free” travel concessions costs will be balanced by government grant.  

York taxpayers have suffered in the past with an estimated cumulative £1 million shortfall in government subsidy. £50 worth of travel tokens will continue to be offered to qualifying people with disabilities as an alternative to a bus pass. Any increase in park and ride fares will be restricted to 10p.

Steve Galloway says, “Once again, central government is transferring responsibilities onto local authorities and imposing additional costs. In the forthcoming year around £500,000 extra will be levied in Landfill waste taxes and in implementing  the mandatory waste management plan.

However I am delighted that we have been able to respond to resident’s requests for a more flexible car parking system. Payment by charge card will be more convenient and the abolition of the stay limit on short stay car parks should encourage visitors to spend longer in our shops and tourist attractions”. Further details of the budget will be made available in the run up to the Executives budget meeting which is scheduled to take place on 16th February. 

Snow

We’ve had some very bad weather over the last few days. Most residents have been very understanding and one even started a Facebook site in praise of the work of the Council gritting staff “Support and thanks for York and north Yorkshire’s snow and gritting teams”. The self help salt/grit bins located in the Westfield Ward can be found at the following locations .

Area

Street
Askham Lane Askham Grove End Of Cul De Sac
Askham Lane Vesper Drive Outside 22
Askham Lane Askham Lane Outside 186/188
Askham Lane Askham Lane Entrance To Westfield School
Askham Lane Parker Ave/Hotham Ave
Askham Lane/Chapelfields Grange Lane Opposite 60
Cornlands Cornlands Road Opp White Rose Pub
Cornlands Tennent Road Between 56/61
Cornlands Gale Farm Court Opposite 23
Cornlands Bachelor Hill Near 12
Cornlands Entrance To York High School/Energise
Dringhouses St James Place
Foxwood Pheasant Drive Opp No 14
Foxwood Linnet Way Opp 14/16
Foxwood Bradley Drive Side Of 25
Foxwood Beechwood Glade O/S 1
Foxwood Fir Heath Close O/S 5
Foxwood Askham Croft J/W Waterman Court
Foxwood Otterwood Lane Near J/W Foxwood Lane
Foxwood Foxwood Lane J/W Askham Lane
Foxwood Foxwood Lane Shops (New)
Front Street Entrance/Car Park Gale Farm Court From Front Street (New)
Front Street Chancery Court At Top Of Cul-De-Sac
Before Number 1
Front Street Front Street Outside Vyner House
Front Street Front Street Outside Library
Front Street Howe Street Jcn Severus Street
Front Street Acomb Green Near Junction With St Stephens Mews NEW.
Hob Moor Kingsthorpe Opposite 29/31
Hob Moor Stuart Road/Birch Copse
Hob Moor Danesfort Avenue J/W Middleton Road
Hob Moor Woodford Place Between 4 And 6
Hob Moor Thanet Road O/S Edmund Wilson Swimming Baths

Welcome To My Website

This website is edited by Steve Galloway who represented the Westfield area on the City of York Council between 1973 and 2011.

It provides information and commentary about what is happening in York with a focus on the Westfield Ward