No, not a reference to the influence of the Green Party.
More the steady advance of weeds on amenity paving areas, back lanes, snickets and on footpaths. Weed growth is heavily influenced by weather conditions, of course, but the Council doesn’t help by being secretive about when they have scheduled weed treatments for this year. Treatment hasn’t always been effective in the past.
A national research organisation has published statistics which is claims means there are still pockets of “child poverty” in the City.
The new LibDem led Council will be expected to make an early difference in this area.
We have long campaigned for the York Council to devote more resources to improving public services in poorer neighbourhoods. The symptoms of derivation include lower life expectancy levels and poor health. The latter is often connected to the availability of healthy living facilities and advice. Obesity levels in children are also an issue in many areas.
The report published by “End Child Poverty” uses national data to estimate the likelihood of child poverty in each ward in the City.
This data is tabulated. Hull road, Guildhall and Westfield are the three most vulnerable areas.
York is far from being the most needy
City in the country.
….but there is sufficient objective and anecdotal evidence to suggest that local policies are failing.
The new Council could make a start by withdrawing the threat to build on open spaces and sports facilities in the Westfield area.
The Lowfield Action Group Facebook page makes it clear that residents have major concerns about the current development works in the area.
There are continuing complaints about noise, dust and working hours extending beyond those approved in the planning permission.
Communications from the Council have been minimal although another exhibition is promised prior to the main contractor starting on site. The current contractor is only undertaking clearance and layout works.
One piece of good news is that work on providing an additional 3 parking spaces on Tudor Road is due to start next week.
The Council latest planning application, which should have been determined by the end of April, it is still outstanding.
There is still no sign of a planning application for the Care Home much less the health centre and “police station”, not that they were ever likely to materialise anyway.
“Yorspace” are apparently still trying to raise funds for their “communal living” scheme while the Councils decision to sell them land at a discounted rate may yet prove to have been illegal.
Hopefully the new Council will be able to find someone competent and sensitive to local residents views when they decide who will lead on housing and planning matters for the next 4 years.
Certainly communication and supervisory systems need major improvements.
Two women sentenced following noise complaints against dogs
Two dog owners in York were ordered to pay a total of £2421.74 by York Magistrates on 7 May after failing to comply with the conditions of a noise abatement notice.
Lesley Smith (aged 62 of Hinton Avenue, Foxwood, York) received multiple complaints from neighbours in 2016 following continuous disturbances from her four dogs in the early hours of the morning.
Ms Smith’s dogs were also left outside for up to two hours on an evening, causing further noise disturbance to the neighbours despite numerous warnings, an abatement notice and a caution being issued.
City of York Council Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers carried out surveillance of a property belonging to Samantha Flower (aged 42 of Lincoln Street, Leeman Road, York), after they received multiple complaints from neighbours in 2017.
Council officers employed noise monitoring equipment and noted over 15 barks in one minute after 11pm during a visit to Miss Flower’s property in February 2019.
Appearing at York Magistrates on 7 May, Miss Flower pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the conditions of a noise abatement notice and was fined £120, ordered to pay costs of £100 as well as a surcharge of £30.
Ms Smith pleaded guilty by post to failing to comply with the conditions of a noise abatement notice and was fined £450, ordered to pay costs of £1676.94 as well as a surcharge of £45.
Below are the latest planning applications
received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.
Full details can be found by
clicking the application reference
application would see a major change to the design of replacement buildings at
the site of 61a Gale Lane. Planning permission for the demolition of the
bungalow was sought in 2017. Now it is to be replaced by 8 flats and 2 semi
detached bungalows. There may be issues with parking provision and traffic
generation on what is a busy junction. ——-
61A Gale Lane York YO24 3AD
Erection of no.8 one bedroom apartments and
no.2 two bedroom semi-detached bungalows following demolition of existing bungalow.