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Speed signs to be installed on Green Lane

We undertook a survey (right) in Green Lane during the summer. Several options were offered for improvements to the road layout some of which involved the provision of cycle tracks.

The majority of respondents rejected changes to the carriageway but, by a large majority supported, the provision of vehicle activated speed signs (similar to those in use on Wetherby Road).

The Council have now agreed to provide these signs. The work should be completed before the end of the year.

To ensure that the signs target vehicles midway along Green Lane, where speeds tend to be highest, they will need to be positioned outside no .49 for northbound traffic, and outside no .77 for southbound traffic. This is because the signs detect traffic around 75-100 metres in advance of their position to give motorists time to see and respond to their message. (The signs have to be attached to a lamppost as they need a power supply)

We hope that the new signs will help to control traffic speeds on the lane.

Acomb Explore Library news

Acomb Explore Library is now available on twitter. The account is @ExploreAcomb

And an upcoming special event………

Gothic Molly, also known as Helen m Sant, will host a storytelling event with a twist on Wednesday 8 December at 7pm.

Gothic Molly created the first ever tour of haunted pubs in York, and is well known for interacting with her audience through colourful storytelling.

During the evening at Acomb Explore visitors will be met by mysterious characters including, Saint Nicholas, the snow maiden, the witch Le Befana, and the Scandinavian Yule Goat.

Gothic Molly has been storytelling in York since 2003 and specialises in all types of story including historical, myths, legends, folklore, fairytale and ghost stories.

Tickets cost 5 per person and include minced pies and mulled wine. For more information and to books tickets contact 01904 552651.

Acomb “Explore” Library on Twitter

Explore are increasing their digital footprint by creating a Twitter account for the library that will promote events and services. They feel that this will allow them to acess to a wider and more diverse range of people in the community and give them the ability to reach people who are not traditional library users, letting them know about the evolving service and all the things on offer. For a short trial period this will focus mostly upon events at Acomb, although promotion will certainly be given upon request for any event that is happening throughout the service.The twitter account is @ExploreAcomb (direct link: http://twitter.com/ExploreAcomb) and it would be amazing if any of you who are twitter users would like to follow them.

Kingsway West possible highway change

Kingsway West possible highway change

Council officials have highlighted a cycle accident problem at the junction of Tudor Rd and Kingsway West. To help address this problem they are proposing some changes to the layout of the junction.

The existing layout, shown in the top left hand corner of the plan, encourages vehicles turning right from Kingsway West to emerge straight onto the roundabout without first making the right turn onto Tudor Road (see blue arrow on plan). This means drivers are choosing to effectively go through two road junctions in one movement which increases the risk of mistakes being made.

The preferred movement (see red arrow on plan) shows how drivers should make two distinct manoeuvres. To ensure the preferred path is followed officials are proposing the following changes at the junction (see attached plan).

· The addition of a build-out on the corner to the east of Kingsway West, and repositioning of the give way marking will provide a better position for drivers emerging from Kingsway West to make the preferred movement.

· Introduction of a splitter island at the junction of Tudor Road with the roundabout. This provides a barrier to vehicles turning directly onto the roundabout and ensures they will take the preferred path.

· Removal of an existing length of footway and reinstatement as verge so to discourage pedestrians from trying to cross at the proposed splitter island. Making the new island a pedestrian refuge was investigated but could not be accommodated due to insufficient road widths, so the proposed island is only to ensure the separation of traffic. However a new crossing point is proposed on Tudor Rd to cater for pedestrians wanting to cross close to the roundabout.

Hob Moor conservation

 Hob Moor has recently been entered into the Higher Level Environmental Stewardship scheme along with Bootham Stray and Clifton Backies, parts of the Knavesmire and Walmgate Stray. This scheme pays land managers to manage the land in a certain way for the enhancement or maintenance of existing landscape features, habitats and historical features.

 

For Hob Moor and the Knavesmire this means the Council will receive nearly £12,000 every year for the next 10 years to help pay for the management of the moor. The majority of this money is for the management of the grassland to try and improve its quality. Over past years the grassland has been deteriorating which is evident in the large numbers of thistles covering the moor. The management will involve more controlled grazing and weedwiping the thistles when the grass has been grazed down to a lower level. North Lane Field will be managed as a haymeadow so will only be grazed once the hay has been removed.

 

In addition to this money Hob Moor will recieve money to gap up and plant hedges around the boundary, which will then be fenced to stop the cattle trampling them. 2 new footbridges will be installed between the Moor and North Lane Fields to allow the cattle to be enclosed or kept out of North Lane Field but still allow pedestrian access and £16,000 will be provided for interpretation on site and online.

Digital TV Switchover Help

In 2011 the traditional TV signal will be switched off in the Yorkshire region and replaced with a digital TV signal.

Many people will already have the equipment they need to receive digital TV, but if you are not sure if you have the correct equipment or don’t know how to get ready for digital TV there is help available.

An explanation of what you need to do to make the switch to digital TV can be found here http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/.

There is also a dedicated help scheme for older and disabled people which is run by the BBC and can help with converting one of their televisions to digital in the run-up to digital TV switchover in their region.

You are eligible for help if you are:

· aged 75 or over,
· have lived in a care home for six months or more,
· get or could get, disability living allowance,
· attendance or constant attendance allowance, or mobility supplement,
· Or if you are registered blind or partially sighted.

Most people will be asked to contribute £40 towards the help but the service is free for people who are eligible and also get pension credit, income support, income-based jobseekers allowance or employment and support allowance.

In the run-up to switchover, every eligible person will receive a Switchover Help Scheme information pack explaining the options for switching to digital.

In the meantime, if you want more information for yourself or someone you know, please log onto www.helpscheme.co.uk

Westfield Ward. Self help salt bin locations: winter 2010/11

    ASKHAM CROFT JCN WATERMAN COURT

    ASKHAM GROVE END OF CUL DE SAC

    ASKHAM LANE OUTSIDE NUMBERS 186 & 188

    ASKHAM LANE AT THE ENT WESTFIELD SCHOOL

    BACHELOR HILL NEAR NUMBER 12

    BARKSTON AVENUE OUTSIDE NUMBER 26

    BEECHWOOD GLADE OUTSIDE NUMBER 1

    BRADLEY DRIVE AT THE SIDE OF NUMBER 25

    BRAMHAM ROAD OUTSIDE SANDERSON COURT HOUSE

    BRAMHAM ROAD OS NUMBER 8

    CHANCERY COURT AT TOP OF CULDESAC BEFORE NO 1

    CHAPELFIELDS ROAD JCN WITH MARTSON AVENUE

    CORNLANDS ROAD OPPOSITE THE WHITE ROSE PUB

    DANESFORT AVENUE JCN MIDDLETON ROAD

    DIJON AVENUE ENTRANCE TO LOWFIELD SCHOOL

    FIR HEATH CLOSE OUTSIDE NUMBER 5

    FOXWOOD LANE JCN BEAGLE RIDGE DRIVE OS SHOPS

    FOXWOOD LANE AT THE JUNCTION WITH ASKHAM LANE

    FRONT STREET OUTSIDE VYNER HOUSE

    FRONT STREET OUTSIDE LIBRARY

    GALE FARM COURT OPPOSITE 23

    GALE FARM COURT IN CAR PARK OFF FRONT STREET

    GRANGE LANE OPPOSITE NUMBER 60

    GROVE TERRACE JCN FRONT STREET

    HOWE STREET JCN WITH SEVERUS STREET

    KINGSTHORPE OPPOSITE NUMBERS 29 & 31

    LINET WAY OPPOSITE NUMBERS 14 AND 16

    OTTERWOOD LANE AT JUNCTION OPPOSITE NO.S 29 / 31

    PARKER AVENUE JUNCTION WITH HOTHAM AVENUE

    PHEASANT DRIVE OPPOSITE NUMBER 14

    STUART ROAD NEAR ENTRANCE TO BIRCH COPSE

    TENNENT ROAD BETWEEN NUMBERS 56 & 61

    VESPER DRIVE OUTSIDE 22

    WOODFORD PLACE BETWEEN NUMBERS 4 AND 6

White Rose Pub

White Rose Pub

Updated 5th November 2010: The building has now been demolished

Updated 13th October 2010: We understand that this empty building has been sold to a property developer.  He expects to submit a planning aplication for the erection of bungalows on the site shortly. It is possible that the building will be pulled down before the end of the year.

The new owners of the White Rose pub have been told to demolish the derelict building as quickly as possible. They have said that they will appoint contractors and hope to start work within the next 2 weeks.

The initiative by the Liberal Democrat team came after a weekend of vandalism to the building which left an unsightly mess. Broken glass was a particular hazard and this was cleaned up on the Tuesday.

However the Council does not have powers to require an owner to secure their property and the developers of the site are not local. Focus understands that they are developing similar redundant pub sites for residential purposes in the East Riding.

A planning application, which is in the name of Neil Farrar (reference 10/01862/FUL), for the erection of 6 semi detached bungalows on the site was submitted in September and could be approved within the next few weeks. The Council is currently awaiting additional details from the applicant.

If approved, specialist accommodation of this sort—which often appeals to older people—would be a welcome addition to the area. The location has the advantage of good transport links and is close to the new community and sports facilities recently constructed next to the High School.

The vandalism of the pub building has been condemned by local Councillors, the Police and residents.

Steve Galloway commented, “although the building had reached the end of its life, the mindless vandalism put the safety of passers by at risk while the building became a blot on the local landscape.

We just don’t need this kind of behaviour in our community.

We are working closely with the neighbourhood policing team to make sure that the reductions in anti social behaviour seen in recent years, are not jeopardised by a few inconsiderate individuals”

Good jobs news

I am pleased to announce the success of the Kingsway West Area Action Project, which aims to increase employment in some of York’s most deprived neighbourhoods.  There has been a significant fall in the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the areas targeted by the Project. Between April and July this year there was a drop in the number of claimants by 21% in Kingsway West, and by 19% in Chapelfields. This is a great success, especially when compared to the city average of 12%.  I think the Project is a fantastic example of how a multi-agency approach pays off, as the City of York Council is required to work with a range of agencies including the NHS, Future Prospects, North Yorkshire Police, York Young People’s Services and the Citizens Advice Bureau. The Project, which was launched as a pilot in Kingsway West in 2008, has since been expanded to the Foxwood and Chapelfields areas, with plans to spread the project to Clifton.