The Foxwood Residents Association has now served notice on the owners of the land that the Foxwood Lane/Osprey Close Public Right of Way crosses.
This forms part of the proposal to have the path included on the definitive rights of way map.
The York Council will now consider the proposal.
The link has been used by residents for over 30 years. It starts on Foxwood Lane, near the former kennels site, and finishes at the kissing gate access on Osprey Close.
Many “evidence of use” forms have already been submitted. There is still time to confirm that you have used at least part of the claimed route at some time over the last 20 years. Even a couple of years occasional use helps to build the evidence base.
If you would like to fill in a form please Email Foxwoodra@btinternet.com and they will email a blank one to you.
When the PROW is confirmed it will be possible to seek repairs to the stiles and kissing gate on the route.
The application processes does normally take several months to conclude.
Residents are urged to report any dangerous potholes on their local road or footpath before the bad weather sets in.
Potholes invariably get bigger in icy conditions.
Reports can be made “on line” 24/7 using the “report it” web site https://www.york.gov.uk/reportproblems click
The Council have been busy today relaying the road surface at the top end of Foxwood Lane. The carriageway there had been subject to repeated problems with potholes. They posed a hazard for cyclists in particular
We’ve reported a pothole that was developing on the surface of the road in Walker Drive
Foxwood Lane access
The Foxwood Residents Association have today launched a project aimed at getting the footpath which links Osprey Close to Foxwood Lane (opposite Foresters Walk) designated as an official Public Right of Way (PROW).
Doubt had been cast on the status of this well-used path by the landowners who are we understand objecting to its inclusion on the definitive footpath map.
The path forms part of a network of walks which are particularly popular with dog owners.
The landowners stopped grazing the field last year. As a result, sections have become overgrown
About 6 years ago the owners tried to get Acomb Moor (of which the affected fields form part) allocated as development land. This proposal was rejected in 2015 but a public inquiry into the Council’s new “Local Plan” is due to start shortly and there are concerns that the green belt boundary may once again be brought into question.
Confirmation of the line of the path would help to ward off any change and would also allow much needed repairs to be undertaken to the access stile
To register a Public Right of Way, at least 20 people are needed to sign a document saying that they have used the route during, at least, part of the last 20 years.
It is clear from the wear on the entrances to the path that many people do use it.
If you are prepared to sign an evidence form confirming that you have used the path during the last 20 years (or more) please Email: email@example.com We will arrange for a form to be sent to you.
Following the delivery of a newsletter over the weekend several people have already come forward and offered to fill in evidence of use forms.
Two payphone kiosks, criticised for their appearance by local residents, will not be removed say BT.
The kiosks, one on Beagle Ridge Drive/Foxwood Lane the other on Kingsway West, have been damaged are often covered in graffiti, weeds and fly posters.
BT says that despite the growth in mobile phone use, the payphones are still occasionally used.
They acknowledge though that the payphone on Foxwood Lane isn’t working. It will be repaired.
BT promise that the payphones will also be thoroughly cleaned inside and out.
Telephone kiosk in Foxwood Lane
Pressure is mounting on BT to either replace or remove several telephone kiosks in west York. Over the years the payphones have fallen out of use as more and more people now have mobile phones.
The telecoms giant now spends little on kiosk maintenance and many are showing signs of wear and tear.
That in Foxwood Lane is covered in the remains of fly posting, is being overgrown by weeds, has an instrument that is dirty and, generally, it has become an eyesore.
The kiosk on Kingsway West is similar.
Fault and vandalism levels are high on these neglected phones so, even if you needed to use one, the chances are that it would be out of service.
So perhaps the time has come to waive them goodbye?
Some red (K6) kiosks like those in Duncombe Place are “listed” and cannot be removed.
If you spot an issue with a public payphone you can report it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some parking restrictions expected
The City of York Council will start work week commencing 26th February 2018 to reconstruct the footway shown on the plan below. This scheme is programmed to take 2 weeks, weather permitting.
The work consists of excavating the current tarmac surfacing, laying two new layers of tarmac and reconstructing tactile crossing points where required. Parking will be suspended during working hours.
The Council has finally got round to removing the self seeded bushes which blocked sight lines from the bus shelter on Askham Lane. The bushes had grown to the point where the footpath was being impeded in summer. Now the original hedge around the field should be able to reassert itself.
Following work by Cllrs Sheena Jackson (pictured) and Andrew Waller several potholes on Foxwood Lane were filled in by workmen this morning.
Sheena with the potholes that she reported
Workmen filling in potholes today