New Foxwood Playground Launched

Foxwood Playground

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Magwick joined local residents and Council staff at the launch of the new playground on Foxwood Lane today. The equipment is already proving to be very popular with children with an estimated 500 having already visited the playground. It is hoped that a similar facility will be provided on the Grange Lane park later in the year.

Local Councillor Steve Galloway said, ” The playground is proving to be very popular with children. Working with the local Neighbourhood Policing Team, the Council is trying to provide facilities which address some of the boredom issues raised by younger teenagers. I am grateful to the staff who have worked very had to provide this new facility which has the advantage of being both robust and challenging for active youngsters”

New Neighbourhood Policing team/Opening hours of Acomb Police office

Residents can contact the local Police team at the following Email addresses:


  • lindsey.robson


  • mark.antonelli
  • paul.maloney


  • chris.upton
  • jan.overhill
  • chris.simpson
  • matthew.cockerill
  • grace.holohan
  • laura.nunnen


They can, of course, also be contacted via 0845 60 60 24 7

The newly re-opened Acomb Police Station on York Road is available as follows:

  • Monday / Saturday 10am to 12 noon
  • Tuesday / Friday 2pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday / Thursday 6pm to 8pm

Local Roads & Footpaths Included In 2010/11 Resurfacing Programme

Last night the list of roads to be resurfaced by City of York Council over the next year was agreed by Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Ann Reid.

The list was boosted by an extra £1m investment in resurfacing that was agreed as part of the Liberal Democrat budget last month. The extra money was invested following the results of the public consultation which showed that the condition of roads and footpaths was the top priority for residents.

A number of roads and footpaths in Westfield have been included on the list, they are:

Hamilton Drive/Tudor Road Roundabout

Queenswood Grove(part)
Tithe Close
Parker Avenue
Hotham Avenue

It was also agreed that investigative work will take place with a view to carrying out surface water drainage improvements near the shops on Cornlands Road and on The Green (near Weatherby Road).

The programme, which was also included in the Lib Dem budget, has been ongoing for the last two years and aims to make minor improvements to drainage to help cut down on flooding caused by heavy rain.

Once details of when the work will take place are available I will post them here.

York To Have Lowest Charge For Council Services In Yorkshire

Once again York residents will pay less for Council services than anywhere else in Yorkshire. The Council element of Council Tax (i.e. the amount set by the Council, not including Fire and Police Authority charges or Parish Council precepts) for an average Band D property in York will be £1091, compared to £1236 in Ryedale and £1277 in Harrogate.

The table below shows the levels of Council Tax set by Councils in Yorkshire for 2010/11.

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New Vehicles Set To Boost Dial & Ride Service


City of York Council’s popular Dial and Ride services is set to benefit from two brand new vehicles later this year after the decision was taken to allocated extra funding to the scheme.

The Dial and Ride service provides a door to door service to a variety of locations across the city including Clifton Moor, Monks Cross and the city centre, as well as providing transport to the new Energise swimming pool and sports centre. 

The new buses (which will be similar to the one pictured above) offer better access for disabled people with a single low step entry and a ramp to the side door, which provides easier access compared to a rear wheelchair lift.

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Liberal Democrat Budget 2010/11

On Tuesday the Liberal Democrat Council Executive agreed its budget proposals for 2010/11. The budget is designed to help prepare York for the economic recovery, while ensuring investment in vital services such as adult and children’s social care.

In preparing our budget we were also very keen to ensure we responded to the city wide budget consultation which went out in December.

Some of the budget highlights include:

Transport: To help boost the city centre economy, car parking charges will be frozen as will Park and Ride charges. Everyone except the owners of the most polluting vehicles will see ResPark charges frozen while charges for visitors to ResPark areas will be cut from £1.10 to 90p.

There will be more congestion busting improvements to the outer ring road. Following the completion of improvements to the Hopgrove roundabout there will be improvements to the A19 and A59 roundabouts.


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20 mph zones

Labour plan to introduce a city wide 20 mph speed limit.

They intend to scrap the current, LibDem backed, policy of applying the most appropriate speed limit to address the safety record of individual roads.

Instead of being able to focus enforcement action on roads with a proven accident record, under Labours scheme Police resources would be stretched to breaking point.

Congestion Charging

Labour Councillors have revived their idea of a “congestion charge”. It would mean drivers paying extra to access the City and is similar to the one introduced in London.However, unlike London, York doesn’t have an alternative like the “Tube”.

The move, which is promoted in a survey recently issued by the Council, has produced an angry reaction from traders, drivers and the Liberal Democrats. Spokesman Steve Galloway has condemned the tax as “unnecessary, ill-judged and likely to be highly damaging to the local economy. Customers and jobs will be lost to local competitor City’s like Leeds”. “What is needed is for more investment by the government in public transport and congestion relief. Instead Labour nationally gives priority to the south east while locally they are even opposing new off road cycle routes which could help to ease congestion”.

“Energise” Pool success


Our new local swimming pool and sports centre is proving to be a big hit with residents in the Westfield area and beyond.

Dec 2008 Edmund Wilson baths 7,362 users

Dec 2009 with the opening of Energise 9,500 users

Dry sports Dec 2008 Edmund Wilson Gym + Oaklands Sports Centre 9,400,

Dec 2009 Energise Sports Centre 10,000


Although not popular with everyone, the ftr has become a familiar sight on the number 4 bus service which serves the Westfield area. The Council’s agreement with First on the use of the ftr extends to May 2011. There has been some speculation that the ftr will be switched at that time to another route in the City. This speculation is premature as the Council and First are just starting discussions about more general improvements to bus services across the City and these are unlikely to be concluded before Autumn 2010