Footpath closed. Queue forms
The Hob Moor to Tadcaster Road cycle/pedestrian route under the East Coast Railway line is now closed.
The closure is poorly signed from the Gale Lane and Windsor Garth access points onto the cycle path.
There is a diversion signed from Hob Moor Terrace but not using a route that visitors would find easy to follow.
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Developers plan to tear down Our Lady’s housing site railings.
They say it will improve “permeability”
Retention of the railings was considered to be important by local residents, and supporters of the Hob Moor conservation area, as it provided some guarantee that domestic use would not creep onto the moor.
The railings will also provide good quality security for the gardens of the residents of the new homes.
The railings are relatively new and have a longer life than the proposed close boarded wooden alternative.
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The Council have not given a date by which residents objections must be received although they hope to determine the new planning application (using delegated powers) on 25th June.
The pedestrian and cycle tunnel under the East Coast main railway line will be closed from tomorrow for 3 weeks.
The closure – which has not been widely advertised – is in connection with major electricity supply cable work taking place in the area
The tunnel forms part of the orbital cycle route which is used by hundreds of cyclists each day.
NB. Powergrid have also given notice of a supply cut in the Foxwood Lane area on Monday 16th June from 10:00am to 2:00pm
A fire has broken out at the former Our Lady’s school building on Windsor Garth.
The building has been empty for over a year and was due to be demolished this week.
After only a few days work on site, residents are already raising concerns about the timing and scale of work being undertaken on the development at the former Our Lady’s school site.
Most concerns related to the removal of mature trees during the nesting season. It appears though that the trees removed so far are in line with the permission granted by the Planning Committee for the scheme, although confirmation of that – and any impact on bats which are known to roost in the area – is awaited.
Some work was apparently taking place on Saturday afternoon. Working hours were restricted by the planning permission.
Another issue raised was the width of the access road from Windsor Garth which is currently narrower than is normally required for access to new developments (5 metres).
Former Council Leader Andrew Waller has written to senior officials at the York Council raising concerns.
The former school buildings are due to be demolished over the next few weeks.
Our Lady’s school site clearance started
Builders have moved onto the Our Lady’s school site and have started to fell trees.
The Our Lady’s school buildings will be demolished within the next 3 weeks.
School to be demolished in a few days time
Work has already started to provide an electricity power supply to the new housing development.
The whole scheme, which involves the erection of 55 new homes, is expected to take about 12 months to complete.
The building contractors have said that all site traffic will follow the Kingsway West/Ascot Way/ Ashford Place/Windsor Garth bus route to access the site.
Crumbling road surfaces on Windsor Garth
Residents remain concerned about the poor state of the roads on the route, and in particular the rapidly deteriorating road humps, although whether it would be worth completing permanent repairs before the heavy traffic moves on, is open to question.
Hob Moor schools
Hob Moor Oaks and Acomb amongst those affected
Industrial action by NUS members is expected to close several schools in York on Wednesday.
Several others – including Westfield and Hob Moor primaries- will provide reduced services.
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