Anyone for Footy?

It looks like Foxwood is getting a revived football team.

A team – based at the Beagle pub on Foxwood Lane – will play their fixtures on Chesney’s Field this season. They will play in division 2 of the York league

We understand that they are always on the lookout for new players.

The Westfield Ward Committee have allocated £500 to help the team get off the ground.

The first fixture, against Rufforth, is taking place on Saturday 1st September starting at 2:00pm.

More at https://www.facebook.com/thebeaglefc/

Anger as trees vandalised on Foxwood Lane

A number of trees on the amenity area next to Foxwood Lane were vandalised yesterday.

It is the second attack in less than 3 months.

The trees were provided through public subscription, so everyone in the community has an interest in bringing those responsible to book.

The local Police haven’t attended Residents Association meetings in recent months, so we hope that they will turn up on Wednesday and explain what they intend to do to address the increase in anti-social behaviour in the area.

If anyone can cast light on who is responsible for the vandalism please let us know.

 

 

Chesney Field meeting leaves many unanswered questions

Chesney’s Field development plan

Last nights “drop in” briefing, at which some residents were given the opportunity to see how Council officials want to see Chesney’s Field developed, produced more questions than answers.

The plan to fence off part of the popular piece of public open space had already got off to a poor start when it was found that neither local Ward Councillors not the Residents Association had been consulted.

It now appears that flyers advertising the exhibition were only delivered to a small number of properties. Attendance at the event was modest.

The Residents Association will be organising another meeting in August to review the proposals.

What is now clear is that the plans involve over 60% of the field being enclosed with 1 metre high railings. This is intended to accommodate the preferences of a football club (Woodthorpe Wanderers) which faces eviction from the Council owned pitches at Lowfields.

A shipping container storage type building may also be left on the field and some levelling work would be undertaken. The playground is unlikely to be affected.

Although officials say that access gates would remain unlocked, the fencing would effectively eliminate some types of sporting activity, such as cricket, and could inhibit other uses.  Activities would tend to concentrate around the perimeter, nearer to peoples homes.

There is an option to include an “outdoor gym” or “trim track” (the Acorn field or Foxwood Park remain other location possibilities for these).

Survey – click to complete

The Council says that – to make up for the loss of the playing fields at Lowfields which the Council hopes to build on – additional open space will be provided near the college on Tadcaster Road (over a mile from the existing pitches). Perhaps not surprisingly, the existing users of the Lowfields pitches feel that this is too far away to meet their needs (and is unlikely to address the concerns of playing field conservation bodies both local and national).

The £40,000 expenditure will be mainly used at Tadcaster Road.

Local Councillors will be consulting directly through a door to door survey over the next 3 weeks. Around 1000 homes will be visited.  Residents will then be able to give their verdict on whether they want to see any changes to the field.

Early responses to the survey suggest that most people would prefer the football club to stay at Lowfields.

One option would be for the Woodthorpe Wanderers football club to play on Chesneys Field – with the benefit of levelled pitches – but without any fencing.

As the concern seems to relate to the possible fouling of the pitches by dogs, additional poop scoop bins could be provided together with more warning signs. We think this will probably meet most peoples concerns. Any storage unit could be located more discretely behind the landscaping mound on the other side of Foxwood Lane

Residents are also being given the chance in the survey to say whether they want a fitness tract and/or outdoor gym.

The survey can also be completed “on line” click

The results are expected at the end of August

 

 

 

Chesneys Field future – meeting on Tuesday

The Council is delivering flyers inviting some people to an event where they say “improvements” to Chesney’s Field will be revealed.

The “drop in” is scheduled to take place next Tuesday at the Acomb Rugby Club starting at 4:00pm

The Council has not said what “improvements” they plan. They have not consulted either local Ward Councillors or the Residents Association.

A disrespectful approach destined to stir up the maximum amount of hostility and resentment we think!

 

Threat to future of Chesneys Field amenity area?

Reports are coming in that the York Council is in private discussions about leasing off the Chesneys Field amenity area,

Chesney’s Field

It is claimed that they hope to re-home the Woodthorpe Wanderers football team there when they evict that organisation as part of a controversial plan to build on the sports pitches at Lowfields.

Hitherto, it had been understood that any plans to build on the Lowfields playing field would be subject to the provision of additional sports pitches elsewhere in the area.

However, as the pitches at Chesneys Field have been rented out on a seasonal basis for over 25 years, to both football and rugby teams, it seems unlikely that site would meet the criteria set by bodies such as Sport England and the National Playing Fields Association.

Any attempt to limit public access to Chesneys Field is likely to be strongly resisted by residents.

The Foxwood Residents Association has invested heavily in the field. It is the only substantial area of publicly accessible open space available since railings were erected by the Rugby Club around the adjacent Thanet Road sports area.

Chesney’s Field Interpretation board unveiled last year

Following the upgrade made to the play equipment on Chesneys Field, residents have supervised tree and bulb planting, the installation of seats and an interpretation board. Litter is regularly cleared from the area by volunteers.

The investment made to improve the area has mainly been through residents own fundraising activities and co-operation with partners

The amenity area is generally well used against a background of under-provision of green space and play facilities in much of the Westfield area.

The issue is likely to be raised at a meeting of the Foxwood Residents Association which is taking place on Wednesday.

NB: We also understand that the Rugby Club may seek to revive the idea of erecting a stand and other facilities next to one of their pitches on the other side of the road. Residents will be watching any such proposal carefully and will insist on compensatory, publicly accessible, amenity land being made available if any is lost through development on the Thanet Road area.

That was the week that was in pictures

Work started on resurfacing Front Street. The road will be closed again tomorrow (Sunday) to permit the completion of the work

Work started on resurfacing Front Street. The road will be closed again tomorrow (Sunday) to permit the completion of the work

Cllr Sheena Jackson has started a survey aimed at finding out what improved leisure facilities youngsters in the Foxwood area would like to see.

Cllr Sheena Jackson has started a survey aimed at finding out what improved leisure facilities youngsters in the Foxwood area would like to see.

Cllr Sheena Jackson has been meeting with the Local Police Community Support Officer to discuss anti social behaviour issues in the area

Cllr Sheena Jackson has been meeting with the Local Police Community Support Officers to discuss anti social behaviour issues in the area

& a quick litter pick by Sheena in the Tedder Road park

& a quick litter pick by Sheena in the Tedder Road park

Lack of parking space on Windsor Garth is now a major issue. No sign of much needed matrix protection

Lack of parking space on Windsor Garth is now a major issue. No sign yet of much needed matrix protection

Developers will take down a section of the railings around part of the Hob Stones devleiopemtn in teh authumn. It is beign replaced with an ugly close boarded fence (which is 4 metres high on the north side)

Developers will take down a section of the railings around part of the Hob Stones development in the autumn. It is being replaced with an (ugly) close boarded fence (which is 4 metres high on the north side)

Unfortunately the Council has not updated the notices displayed on public noticeboards in the Kingsway area. There is a lot going on so this is a missed opportunity.

Unfortunately the Council has not updated the notices displayed on public noticeboards in the Kingsway area. There is a lot going on so this is a missed opportunity.

Road works starting on Windsor Garth link road upgrade on 30th August. Plan shows that speed tables will be repaired.

Road works starting on Windsor Garth link road upgrade on 30th August. Plan shows that speed tables will be repaired.

Deep clean needed on Windsor Garth

Deep clean needed on Windsor Garth

Recurrence of litter problems on Kingsway West/Green Lane snicket

Recurrence of litter problems on Kingsway West/Green Lane snicket & kick about area

Bus stop paving on Hamilton Drive West disappearing under verge. Reported by Cllr Sue Hunter.

Bus stop paving on Hamilton Drive West disappearing under verge. Litter reported by Cllr Sue Hunter.

Damaged Gully cover Danesfort Ave

Damaged Gully cover Danesfort Ave to be re-aligned to avoid flooding

Weeds and detritus reported on Gale Lane lay-by. We've asked for road markings on the adjacent Stuart Road hamnmerhead to be repaited

Weeds and detritus reported on Gale Lane lay-by. We’ve asked for road markings on the adjacent Stuart Road hammerhead to be repainted

Cllr Andrew waller has reported an overhanging tree Thanet Road

Cllr Andrew Waller has reported an overhanging tree Thanet Road

Litter and detritus on Chesney's Field snicket

Litter and detritus on Chesney’s Field snicket

All issues have been reported via https://www.fixmystreet.com/

 

Success as hedge trimmed from footpath but that graffiti!

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.

Acomb Wood Drive/Osprey Close hedge cut

Acomb Wood Drive/Osprey Close hedge cut

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.

Hole on Chesney's Field

Hole on Chesney’s Field

Cllr Andrew Waller has reported another instance of dumping on Bramham Road.

Dumping on Bramham Road

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.

Graffiti on cycle path brdige

Graffiti on cycle path brdige

Anarchists love graffiti

Anarchists love graffiti

Graffiti anarchists hate Communists (and spell checkers)

Graffiti anarchists also hate Communists (and, apparently, spell checkers)