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
Anyone for a shower?
There are still too many blocked drainage gullies in parts of York. This mornings rain demonstrated the scale of the problem with flooding at the bottom of Hamilton Drive East a particular hazard. There were similar if less spectacular problems on Nigel Grove and Foxwood Lane. All have been reported for attention
Foxwood Lane among those to be upgraded.
The Council is to upgrade the Belisha Beacons at 14 pedestrian crossing sites in York
New beacon design
A report says,
“There are 43 zebra crossings across the city and outlying villages. A
zebra crossing is required by law to have a black and white striped pole
with a flashing yellow globe on each side of the crossing. If there is an
island in the middle, additional beacons may be provided as considered
appropriate. For years this equipment remained fairly standard, but in
the last decade new products have come onto the market using high
intensity light emitting diodes (LEDs) to enhance the conspicuity of
In recent years 9 zebra crossings have been upgraded to high
conspicuity units as part of road safety schemes. Feedback on these
has been very positive. The remaining 34 crossings have equipment of
variable age and condition”.
The new design is promised to be more visible with diodes also lasting longer than older type.
The work is expected to be completed before the end of January.
Crossing sites to be upgraded
The Toucan crossing at the junction of Kingsway West and Thanet Road has been completed and is working.
Unfortunately the Council didn’t take the opportunity – when plant was in the area – to resurface the hammerhead on Kingsway West which is very uneven and represents a hazard for cyclists.
The change coincides with the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit outside the Lidl store
Sadly the Council has also failed to upgrade the bollard on the Foxwood lane cycle path approach to the crossing. The wooden bollard has been a source of complaint for several years. It lacks effective reflectors and, during foggy weather or on dark nights in heavy rain, it becomes virtually invisible for cyclists. The expectation had been that the council would either remove the bollard altogether or at least replace it with one that could be seen at night.
Bollard is a danger when visibility is limited.