We’ve commented before, that the number of high profile PCSO patrols in the area does have an effect on anti social behaviour problems.
With lighter nights, and dry weather, now with us problems are increasing.
There have been more problems recently particularly in the Foxwood area where misuse of mopeds has become endemic in at least the Bellhouse Way area.
It is a similar picture in Chapelfields, where a poll currently being undertaken by LibDem Councillors has revealed that “moped gangs” are now the most serious crime issue on the estate.
71% say they are a problem.
Its clear though that the local police force simply don’t have enough officers to be able to offer reassurance patrols as often as residents would like.
There is still time to respond to the Police and Crime Commissioners survey on neighbourhood policing. It is she who ultimately is responsible for Police budgets in York and North Yorkshire.
It is she who will have to allocate more resources to tackle neighbourhood issues.
Residents should make these points when they respond to the survey. Click here
It is also vitally important that residents, who witness anti social behaviour of any kind, do report the issue to the police (via 101)
High winds have been blamed for he increase in litter seen today. Insecure recycling has been blown around many suburbs with the Council struggling to catch up on their collection schedules post New Year.
Full litter bin on Bellhouse Way
Leaf and tree detritus in gutters on Askham Croft
Litter blown by high winds today in St Stephens Road
Surface water problem at junction of Ashford Place and Ascot Way
Waterlogged verges are being damaged by vehicles
Foxwood Residents Association Volunteers made a start on clearing dead vegetation from the Foxwood Park this morning.
It is hoped that a bulb planting day will be organised next week
The cycle path markings on Bellhouse Way have been repainted. Much improved for both cyclists and pedestrians
Last Thursdays decision meeting considered a large number of proposed changes to parking restrictions in the City. The results have now been published by the Council click here
A large number of representations were made by Councillors and residents who attended the meeting. These included Westfield Councillors Sheena Jackson and Andrew Waller
Foxwood Lane junction
Changes to parking restrictions on Foxwood Lane (Bellhouse Way high numbered end) junction, Cranfield Place (outside community centre) & Morrell Court (junction) were considered by Cllr Ian Gillies. He declined to make major changes to the existing arrangements. However, he did agree to;
- move the street name sign at the junction of Bellhouse Way and Foxwood Lane
- provide white bar road markings to protect the access to four driveways at the entrance to Cranfield Place
The Foxwood Residents Association will discuss the issues at its meeting on Wednesday.
It is likely that they will ask that Councillors pursue;
- In the case of the Foxwood Lane junction, the provision of an off-street lay-by at this location which will have the effect of pulling parked vehicles back from the sight line &
- In the case of Cranfield Place, it is suggested that portable parking cones be provided for use (by event organisers) at the Foxwood Community Centre on the carriageway outside the front door. It is suggested that these might be supplemented by a “please use car park to rear” sign which could be attached to the boundary wall.
The meeting also declined to introduce parking restrictions at the junction of Askham Lane and Vesper Drive.
However, the Council’s Assistant Director is to write to the police in relation to taking action against obstructions caused by vehicles on grass verges (and regarding devolution of powers – which would allow Council enforcement staff to take action on issues like these).