All issue will be reported. We expect to have some good news to report later this afternoon!
The planning department have confirmed that the new – and now operational – Buongiorno cafe and restaurant on Acomb Wood Drive has the necessary planning permission. The was confusion in November when a “change of use” planning application was withdrawn.
It turns out that the Council advised the owner that a “change of use” planning permission was not necessary as the existing take away permission also covered the use of the premises as a cafe.
“Change of use” would only be required if there were proposed alterations to the shop front, display of advertisements, or the installation of any external flues.
We wish the new business every success.
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
Chicken Express Unit 3 Acomb Wood Shopping Centre Acomb Wood Drive York YO24 3XN
Change of use from former takeaway establishment (use class A5) to coffee shop and restaurant (use class A3)
Ref. No: 18/02633/FUL
This property is located in the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward. The unit will become an Italian restaurant. See licensing application (click)
Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site. http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/
The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received
The Buongiorno restaurant at unit 3a at the Acomb Wood Drive has applied for a license to supply alcohol. The application is for sales on all days of the week.
Representations to an application by any responsible authority or any other person must be made in writing to City of York, Licensing Services, Hazel Court EcoDepot, James Street, York. Y010 3DS.
Representations must be received within a 28 day period beginning the first day after the application is made.
Any representations on the application must be made before 24th December.
With the frosty weather apparently still not behind us, highway engineers will be casting worried glances at vulnerable carriageway surfaces.
Some are already showing signs of cracking. These include Acomb Wood Drive which is on a bus route.
Further along the same bus route the surface of part of Ryecroft Avenue is beginning to disintegrate.
It appears that the Council have also halted this years footpath resurfacing programme.
They should have completed work in the Foxwood area by now. There are rumours of budget overspends (not born out by reports to Council monitoring committees) but regrettably officials have yet to confirm a revised resurfacing timetable.
Hopefully tomorrows Council budget decisions will concentrate n providing adequate funding to sustain basic street level services like these.
The Council has cut the hedge back from the corner of Osprey Close and Acomb Wood Drive.
The hedge had grown on “no mans land” over the years to the point where it was obstructing access along the footpath in summer.
The street name plate was also obscured.
Nearby, work on lopping trees in Acomb Wood near Hawkshead Close is due to take place during February and March. The programme of works, which were agreed with local residents last year, is expected to take 6 days to complete.
The first residents knew of a plan to extend alcohol sale times at the local Tesco express store on Acomb Wood Drive was when one found a vandalised notice in a hedgerow.
It was unclear where, or for how long, the Council notice had been displayed but the date for representations had already passed.
Late night alcohol sales – in this case the application would allow sales from 7:00am to 11:00pm seven days a week – are an issue in the area where an adjacent pub already supplies on premises needs.
Residents only find out about licensing applications if they happen to access an obscure part of the Councils web site. On the page, they can download the latest list.
There is no option for interested parties to be alerted to changes through text or Email alerts.
We think that the Council needs to up its game on consultation and make use of increasingly sophisticated social media channels.
It still hasn’t rolled out the much-promised personal account system which it claimed would allow every individual citizen to interact with the authority.
6 months after access to litter reports was rolled out – with some success – other service reports are still dogged by inadequate feedback systems.
Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs)
Worse still is the publicity given to TROs. This is a statutory activity. The Council is required to advertise any proposed changes to parking, access, speed limit and other transport restrictions.
For many years, the draft orders appeared on an obscure page in the local paper.
One would reasonably think that in 2017 the orders would also be displayed on the Councils web site.
It appears not.
Use the search facility on the Councils web site and no TROs are displayed.
It is almost as if the Council didn’t want drivers to find out what they are planning to do!
If objections to an draft Order are received, the Council is required to consider them and make a public decision on each.
One of the TROs currently out for consultation concerns Thanet Road where a 20-mph speed limit – and traffic calming measures – may be introduced.
Anyone searching for Thanet Road on the Council web site will be disappointed.
It is a shame that the Council doesn’t make better use of its web site, Facebook and Twitter together with more traditional methods like noticeboards.
The noticeboards in Windsor Garth and Ascot Way (both close to Thanet Road) have not had any notices of any sort displayed on them for over a year!
The York Council has announced which roads and footpaths will be resurfaced this year. The programme is the biggest for several years with, in total, £8,091,500 is due to be invested.
This represents an increase of 27% over the previous years budget
Around 100 individual roads are listed for resurfacing.
In the Westfield area, the programme includes £1/4 million for work on the following roads and footpaths
|Askham Lane (part)||Carriageway||Westfield||£59,000|
|Acomb Wood Drive||Footpath||Westfield||£12,000|
|Foxwood Lane (part)||Footpath||Westfield||£8,500|
The full programme can be viewed by clicking here
Following action by Cllr Sheena Jackson, the hedge has been cut back from the footpath at the junction of Osprey Close and Acomb Wood Drive.
Sheena is also following up issues with holes which have been dug near the children’s play area on Chesney’s Field (Foxwood Lane). They are a potential hazard.
Cllr Andrew Waller has reported another instance of dumping on Bramham Road.
Meanwhile visitors accessing the City from the Selby – York cycle track get their usual colourful welcome. We’ve reported a plague of graffiti which dominates all the bridgeworks on the route.