A petition has been handed to the York Council demanding that roads in the Kingsway West/Ascot Way area be improved before there is any additional development in the area.
At the moment the only access to the estate – which contains over 600 homes – is via the section of Kingsway West lying between Danesfort Avenue and Ascot Way.
Residents point to congestion problems for buses, emergency vehicles, bin wagons and delivery lorries.
The numbers of off-street parking spaces has been criticised. Residents feel this will get worse following a decision to demolish garages on Newbury Avenue.
The petition was prompted by an announcement that the Lincoln Court sheltered housing building would be expanded. In addition, the adjacent Windsor Hose site will become a centre of excellence for disabled children.
The principal route into both these developments would be along Kingsway West and Ascot Way.
Campaigners have called for a service road access to be created from the adjacent Hob Moor Oaks school site where many of the disabled children spend their school hours.
The future of the Multi User Games Area (MUGA) on Kingsway West is also under threat as officials are understood have targeted it for use as a building compound
The petition reads;
“We the undersigned request the York Council to undertake the following improvements prior to any further building work starting in the Hob Moor area
- Improve the access road along Kingsway West/Ascot Way, removing, where necessary, the grass verge
- Provide dropped kerbs or lay-by parking where this doesn’t already exist
- Provide alternative, modern, children’s play facilities before any existing provision is removed”.
The petition is being backed by local Councillor Andrew Waller.
The planning applications are expected to be considered by the Council at a Planning Sub Committee meeting taking place on 6th December starting at 4:30pm