Latest planning applications for the Westfield Ward

 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 

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7 Bachelor Hill York YO24 3BD

Single storey rear extension 

Ref. No: 19/02030/FUL 

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Former Lowfield School Dijon Avenue York

Non-material amendment to permitted application 17/02428/FULM – Alterations to bedrooms, house types, elevations, roof mounted PV, masterplan, FFL’s & boundary treatments 

Ref. No: 19/01856/NONMAT

This application contains a large number of details changes to the Lowfield plans. Some were submitted as long ago as August but have not been subject to local consultation. Many are minor in nature or will have little impact on the existing local community. Some are more far reaching including a proposal to remove the existing perimeter metal railings and replace with a wooden boarded fence.. Leaving aside the additional costs involved in such a proposal, the railings are valued by some neighbouring house owners as they offer good security. They also allow wild animals such as hedgehogs to move freely around the neighbourhood. We think that individual neighbours should have been consulted on these changes.

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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/

NB. The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

Some progress but more local issues reported in west York

The hedge which was obstructing the snicket linking Gale Lane and Bachelor Hill has been trimmed back.
Unfortunately the potentially hazardous thorn hedge branches on the Tithe Close snicket (they are at eye height) still need to be cut back from the footpath in two locations
Ideal growing conditions mean that hedges and bushes can quickly obstruct footpaths. This one is near the Dickson Park. We hope that all residents will check their boundaries
We’ve reported littering of the children’s playground at the Cornlands Park. Mostly beer cans! Unfortunately the spring closing mechanism on the fence gate is not working. This means that dogs can access the area. This may lead to fouling problems. We ask users to make sure that the gate is kept closed./
Continuing problems with litter on some snickets in the Thoresby Road area. There is a growing need for some enforcement action.
Some Councillors are now pressing for the Councils weed treatment schedules to be made public. Scenes like the above on The Reeves are not uncommon these days.

More problems with hedges blockng footpaths

Pedestrians should take care when using the Tithe Close/Tedder Road snicket. A potentially hazardous thorn branch is overhang the path at eye height.
The Reeves snicket is also being obstructed. We’ve reported the increase in litter in the area.
Even more overgrown is the snicket link from Gale Lane to Bachelor Hill. More dumped rubbish also reported.
Although attractive, the roses on Dickson park also need trimming back from the footpath
Similar problems on Askham Lane
Potholes a problem for cyclists at the Dijon Avenue/Lowfield Drive junction
At the same location there is little evidence of weed treatment.

Wild flower conservation work on Bachelor Hill amenity area this week

Extensive conservation work is taking place on the Bachelor Hill amenity area this week.

Wild flowers were planted on the area a few years ago.

An section of Bachelor Hill is now managed as a wildflower grassland. The Council leaves it through the growing season to flower and set seed.

Cutting and removing the arisings takes place in late summer/autumn to maintain low nutrients (which promotes species diversity).

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) were there today cutting and are returning tomorrow to remove the arisings.

We’ve suggested that bark or wood chippings be put down at the Askham Lane entrance to the area to ensure that access is possible in wet weather.  The weeds and grass also need to be strimmed from the gate.

The similar path at the Tennent Road entrance (see below) seems to be working well.

Bark path needed at Askham Lane entrance to Bachelor Hill

Entrance to Bachelor Hill from Tennent Road

 

Action on Bachelor Hill by local Councillor Andrew Waller

Can and litter collected over the weekend

Cans and litter collected over the weekend

Fly tipping reported last week still not cleared

Fly tipping, reported last week, still not cleared

Andrew Waller was out and about helping to tidy up Bachelor Hill this weekend

A large number of cans were removed.

Some fly tipping, first reported on 5th February, was still there and has been reported again as has a full poop scoop bin.

Bachelor Hill is one of the areas targeted for a clean up as part of the “Great British Spring Clean” which is taking place on the afternoon of Saturday  4th March

See http://www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk/

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In the meantime users of the area are being asked to use the new litter bin which has been provided and to do a little self help litter control.

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York Council fails to tackle Westfield Issues – Bachelor Hill & Community Centres

There have been a couple of set-backs this week as decisions taken by the Council have only gone part of the way towards solving issues raised by local residents in the Westfield area.
Bachelor Hill

Residents had petitioned the Council to secure the rear entrance snickets which serve their properties. The request followed years of problems with anti-social behaviour in the area (although the report from officials claimed that there had been no recent reports to the police).  The snickets are not short cuts and can only, legitimately, be used to gain access to adjacent properties. Requests for prompt action were rejected this week, although the site will join the list, with dozens of other locations where action may be taken at a later date.

Foxwood and Chapelfields Community Centres

Foxwood Community Centre

Foxwood Community Centre

Each centre will receive a grant of £4000 a year. Although an improvement on what was on offer from the last Council (zero!) it will not be enough to allow the centres to re-employ a part time caretaker. In turn, this means that opening hours will continue to be dependent on the availability of volunteers. The Council have, however, identified a specific fund which will be used to keep the buildings in good structural condition (although, as they own the buildings, they pretty much had to do that anyway).

There are growing concerns that the Council is being unrealistic in expecting volunteers to take on an increasing burden in maintaining local community facilities.  Sadly so far the Council have chosen not to consult residents on the options that they are considering. Sources within the Council suggest that it plans to reduce still further the standard of maintenance of public open spaces and that it is expecting local people to fill the gap.  We doubt that will happen particularly at a time when the Council continues to  waste money on “free” newspapers, “free” bus travel for under 18’s etc while continuing to rack up the amount that it borrows (and hence the interest charges that it must pay each month).   

Cornlands Road park

The Council has agreed to close off one of the entrances to the Cornlands Road park. However the area remains insecure and needs further investment if it is to become a well used community asset.

Cornlands park entrance to be closed

Cornlands park entrance to be closed

Nature area on Bachelor Hill being neglected by York Council

Access footpaths and steps badly eroded.

Access footpaths and steps badly eroded.

The decline in the appearance of Bachelor Hill which started in 2012 seems to have accelerated recently.

3 years ago the Council promised a new abundance of wild grasses and flowers when they began transporting material from a development site in Poppleton.

Detritus pilled up at Tennent Road entrance

Detritus pilled up at Tennent Road entrance

For a while a local friends of Bachelor Hill group struggled to keep the area tidy, but now it is strewn with litter and cans.

The access gates at both the Tennent Road and Askham Lane entrances are broken and obstructed by vegetation.

Bottles cans and litter blight what was to have been a nature conservation area

Bottles cans and litter blight what was to have been a nature conservation area

Footpaths and access steps have been eroded.

In 2013 the Council said that wildflowers would start to germinate that spring. They promised to maintain the area and would continue to cut most of the grass.

In winter a pond usually develops on part of the site.

Askham Lane entrance gate broken

Askham Lane entrance gate broken

We don’t think that the Councils policy of benign neglect is working. There are still security issues on parts of the boundary which need to be addressed while the wildflower meadow is a bit of a let down.

They must do better than this