Two payphone kiosks, criticised for their appearance by local residents, will not be removed say BT.
The kiosks, one on Beagle Ridge Drive/Foxwood Lane the other on Kingsway West, have been damaged are often covered in graffiti, weeds and fly posters.
BT says that despite the growth in mobile phone use, the payphones are still occasionally used.
They acknowledge though that the payphone on Foxwood Lane isn’t working. It will be repaired.
BT promise that the payphones will also be thoroughly cleaned inside and out.
Day time only operation now proposed. Concessions for moped riders.
A report on the Low Poppleton Lane spy camera controversy has been published. We pointed out two months ago that the number of motorists caught by the Number Plate Recognition cameras seemed to be disproportionately high.
Over 2500 drivers (now increased to over 3300) had been caught misusing the “bus gate” in just 5 months. The Council is currently pocketing around £30,000 a month in fine income.
Motorists contacted us to say that the signage was unclear (from the Boroughbridge Road direction). It was a problem for drivers of high cab mobile homes (there is a caravan site nearby). Others claimed that Sat Nav systems didn’t recognise the restriction.
We asked that the report reviewed these issues and that a survey of offenders be undertaken to try to understand why so many were ignoring the restriction.
The report fails to address these fundamental questions.
The Councils own consultation exercise found that most respondents were opposed to the bus lane, many saying that it was unnecessary since the sugar factory had closed, while others pointed to additional mileage, and risks encountered, by using the northern by pass.
A meeting next week is being recommended to introduce revised hours of operation. The restriction will apply only between 7:00am and 7:00pm.
In addition, powered two-wheel riders will be allowed to use the road as may taxi drivers. The latter two changes would bring the restriction into line with other bus lanes in the City.
Any revision would be introduced on a trial basis, raising again the question of whether Sat Nav systems would be updated to reflect the restriction.
Officials say that revised road markings have been introduced by there remains a suspicion that the Council has not yet got this right.
The York Council has shed some light on what they told the Spark developers in the spring of this year.
Copies of Email exchanges have now been published on the “What do they know” web site. Click for details
As early as last April, York council officials knew that the developer was intending not to provide cladding on the external face of the containers. This would have breached planning conditions.
Spark was advised that they had to apply for a variation to the planning permission.
This they subsequently did but the application was refused.
Spark have since said that they will appeal against the refusal.
It also appears that the Council was aware that Spark were borrowing significant sums of money to fund the £500,000 set up costs for the development. It is unclear from the exchange whether the Council’s position as the land owner and preferential creditor was, and remains, fully indemnified.
At a meeting held in April, Spark were seeking an extension to the “June 2020 end date” for their lease. They were told that this was not possible, although one official hinted “if the venture is well supported and doing well then they (sic) maybe opportunities”.
Another Spark tenant (“Once across the Garden”) announced this week that they are moving from Spark.
NB. Spark started trading in May 2017 having, by then, been on site for over 6 months.
The York Council is set to abandon its plan to remove the mini roundabout on Wigginton Road at its junction with Fountain Street.
Most respondents to a consultation exercise said that the mini roundabout was essential for drivers wanting to turn right at the junction.
There has been some scepticism about the plan which is aimed to reduce bus journey times past the hospital by 90 seconds in the AM peak.
The Council will, however, press ahead with a reconfiguration of the Wigginton Road/Haxby Road junction.
The changes are expected to cost around £200,000
A copy of the report can be read by clicking here
New Wigginton Road/Haxby Road junction plan
The Wetherby Road roundabout improvement is on course to meet its expected Spring 2019 completion date. In total the improvement will take around 40 weeks to construct.
Wetherby Road speed sign missing for over a year now
The design of the improvement has raised concerns that the speeds of vehicles leaving the junction may be higher than are currently recorded.
In turn, that has prompted some residents on Wetherby Road to ask for the missing flashing speed warning sign to be reinstated. The sign on the odd numbered side of the road has been missing for over a year now. When it was last in place, around 20% of passing vehicles caused it to operate.
A petition is being collected asking for the flashing signs to be modernised. Residents are also calling for an occasional visit by the North Yorkshire Police speed camera van. There are already signs in place warning that there are speed cameras in the area (there aren’t any fixed cameras in this location or anywhere else in York for that matter).
Nearby York Civic Trust engineers have confirmed that they will complete the restoration of the stonework on the Acomb War Memorial before 11th November.
A Service of Remembrance is scheduled to take place then with wreaths being laid at around 11:00am.
The York Council has not yet confirmed that it will complete work on trimming trees and branches in the garden of remembrance before the service. Work on providing an improved access for disabled people is also outstanding.
Bogus speed camera sign on Wetherby Road
Work on Wetherby Road roundabout proceeding on schedule
Acomb war memorial
Following yesterdays appeal by residents living in Welborne Close for improvements to roads and footpaths in their area, people living in Hope Street have added their voices to the campaign.
In the City centre street, which lies close to Walmgate, parts of the carriageway have worn away with the surface of the road now turning to dust. This is particularly dangerous for cycle and moped riders.
Footpaths also have become a patchwork of temporary reinstatements.
The Council will be considering its budget plans for next year shortly and campaigners will be seeking a substantial increase in allocations for road and footpath resurfacing across the City.