Foxwood Lane access
The Foxwood Residents Association have today launched a project aimed at getting the footpath which links Osprey Close to Foxwood Lane (opposite Foresters Walk) designated as an official Public Right of Way (PROW).
Doubt had been cast on the status of this well-used path by the landowners who are we understand objecting to its inclusion on the definitive footpath map.
The path forms part of a network of walks which are particularly popular with dog owners.
The landowners stopped grazing the field last year. As a result, sections have become overgrown
About 6 years ago the owners tried to get Acomb Moor (of which the affected fields form part) allocated as development land. This proposal was rejected in 2015 but a public inquiry into the Council’s new “Local Plan” is due to start shortly and there are concerns that the green belt boundary may once again be brought into question.
Confirmation of the line of the path would help to ward off any change and would also allow much needed repairs to be undertaken to the access stile
To register a Public Right of Way, at least 20 people are needed to sign a document saying that they have used the route during, at least, part of the last 20 years.
It is clear from the wear on the entrances to the path that many people do use it.
If you are prepared to sign an evidence form confirming that you have used the path during the last 20 years (or more) please Email: firstname.lastname@example.org We will arrange for a form to be sent to you.
Following the delivery of a newsletter over the weekend several people have already come forward and offered to fill in evidence of use forms.
York station train services amongst most unreliable in country.
According to the web site https://www.ontimetrains.co.uk train service reliability in York ranks at 2521 out of 2605 stations in the country.
Amongst eye catching stats on the site is the revelation that, during the last 12 weeks, only 4% of the morning peak journeys from York to Manchester Airport left and arrived on time. A significant proportion of passengers have been eligible for compensation
The Tory transport minister Chris Grayling has been heavily criticised in the region for presiding over a series of timetabling blunders.
These have been exacerbated by the industrial action taken by one of the rail unions.
Local rail services are slightly more reliable at weekends. Most delays occur during the working day.
16% of journeys are delayed by 10 minutes or more.
3% have been cancelled altogether.
Some passengers have experienced very long delays
Andrew Waller who is backing the petition
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
Cllr Andrew Waller has today handed a petition to the City of York Council asking them to address speeding concerns on Wetherby Road.
The move comes only a few days before work at the nearby roundabout junction with the A1237 is due to reach its final stages. Residents are concerned that the easier access to and from the roundabout will result in higher speeds in the built-up area.
About twelve months ago a flashing speed warning sign was removed form the road. The petition calls for it to be reinstated and the Police mobile camera van to pay occasional visits to the street.
When the flashing sign was working around 39% of passing vehicles trigger it, suggesting that there was already a speeding issue on the road.
Some residents have suggested that any new sign should display the actual speed of the passing vehicle. This type of sign has proved to be effective in neighbouring counties in reinforcing the speeding message to motorist.
The petition will now be considered by the Council prior to a report and recommendations for action being published.