West York – The week in photos

Cllr Sue Hunter is encouraging residents to adopt local verges and amenity area and plant flowers. Grants may be available from the local Ward Committee for bulbs and containers

Lowfields verge flowers

Lowfields verge flowers

Windsor Garth

Windsor Garth

The Ward committee will be balloting residents shortly on their priorities for using the delegated budget. Among ideas put forward by residents are plans to lop trees and overgrown hedges.

Next Ward committee newsletter will include ballot paper

Next Ward committee newsletter will include ballot paper

Overgrown trees on Kingsthore reported by Andrew Waller

Overgrown trees on Kingsthorpe reported by Andrew Waller

More overgrown trees this time on Grange Lane

More overgrown trees this time on Grange Lane

Trustees have now signed a formal lease for the Foxwood Community Centre. It means that the centre will be largely free from Council control but will have to raise most of its income from lettings. It is now run entirely by volunteers.

Community Centre lease signing

Cllr Stephen Fenton Dringhouses ward (extreme left*) and Cllr Sheena Jackson Westfield Ward (extreme right*) and Trustees sign the Community Centre lease on Wednesday. (*not politically!)

Meanwhile Sheena has been out and about in the Foxwood area reporting issues for attention

Obstructed path

Obstructed path

In the Cornlands Road area, while out delivering the latest Focus newsletter, we spotted several issues requiring attention. These included  offensive graffiti on the Tithe Close snicket. Issues have been reported using  https://www.fixmystreet.com/

We'll be keeping an eye on drainage and gutters channel as tree begin to shed their leaves. There is an almost continual problem in St Stephens Road

We’ll be keeping an eye on drainage and gutter channels as trees begin to shed their leaves. There is an almost continual problem in St Stephens Square

It's some times difficult to know whether an item has been dumped or left out for the scrap merchant

It’s some times difficult to know whether an item has been dumped or left out for the scrap merchant

Andrew Waller has commenced a survey of the Askham Lane/Grange Lane area

Survey launched this weekend

Survey launched this weekend

Grange Lane field entrance 2

One of the issues being probed is whether residents would like to see kissing gates installed on the accesses to the local parks and open areas. At present there are problems with motorcyclists riding near where children play

That was the week that was in west York

Thanks to the work of volunteers aided by the community payback team the garden at the Foxwood Community Centre is now looking amazing.

garden8 Garden 4 CC garden 2

The next Foxwood Residents Association meeting on Thursday will give those attending a chance to see the work that has been done

Meanwhile the prize winners in the Foxwood Residents Association annual flower basket competition have been announced.

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Elsewhere local Westfield Ward Councillors have been out and about reporting issues

Dumping behind Beaconsfield Street off School Street

Dumping on Beaconsfield St back lane.

Epicormic leaf growth on some tree trunks like this on Gale Lane is causing visibility problems

Epicormic leaf growth on some tree trunks like this on Gale Lane is causing visibility problems

Blocked gully on Gale Lane

Blocked gulley on Gale Lane. Several have been reported for cleaning by Cllr Andrew Waller

Success for Cllr Sheena Jackson who has had the damaged bollard at the entrance to Fir Heath Close repaired

Success for Cllr Sheena Jackson who has had the damaged bollard at the entrance to Fir Heath Close repaired

More dumping on the Bachelor Hill snicket

More dumping on the Bachelor Hill snicket

Westfield Ward Committee meeting scheduled

Foxwood Community Centre

Foxwood Community Centre

The next Westfield Ward Committee meeting has been scheduled to take place on  Wednesday, 22 June 2016 at 7.00 pm. The venue will be the  Foxwood Community Centre on Cranfield Place.

It will be the first opportunity since last October for local residents to quiz elected representatives and officials on progress being made with ward budget priorities.

Over £50,000 was made available to spend in 2015/16.

The budget for Westfield ward in 2016/2017 is £53,266. Part of this money (£17,180) comes from the highways budget, and has to be spent on improvements such as resurfacing, footpaths, cycle-ways and lighting. 

The other part of the budget (£36,086) may be used for community, environmental and social care projects.

Residents have already given a view on priorities for the area with the following changes being proposed:

  • Trim back overhanging trees and bushes
  • Provide more off street car parking
  • Improve communal areas and around traffic islands (weed removal, resurfacing, railings, etc.)
  • Improve security (CCTV, target hardening etc.)
  • Provide more litter bins
  • Provide more “poop scoop” bins
  • Subsidise Community Centres
  • Subsidise events for elderly people
  • Subsidise events for children and teenagers

The Council has been asked to update the Ward pages which appear on its web site.  

In some cases the news section hasn’t been updated since last year.

The links to local Residents Associations also reveal that key information – such as the dates that skips will be visiting – has also not been updated.