The demolition contractors for the Windsor House/Lincoln Court/Hob Moor school developments have taken over the Multi User Games Area (MUGA) on Kingsway West.
It in no longer accessible for local children.
Councillors have reportedly agreed to it being used as a building compound.
Sections of the fencing around the area have been removed to allow access to a new service road. The entrance used by children has been secured.
While the loss of the play area is not unexpected following a controversial planning decision a few months ago, the failure of the Council to provide updates on when a replacement facility will be provided (and where) is very disappointing. The location favoured by Sports Clubs and local residents, is on the Thanet Road All Weather Sports area near the junction of Gale Lane and Thanet Road.
At one point the Council promised funding for a new facility but all has gone quiet since the LibDems took control of the Council at the beginning of May.
The loss of the sports facility comes in the wake of similar erosion of facilities in the Westfield area with the Lowfields playing field now being developed as is the Acomb Bowling Club.
The Our Lady’s school field was developed about 3 years ago.
Support for the provision of more public open space – possibly in the form of new strays – on the outskirts of the City is growing.
to consider revoking license on 8th April
The Clockhouse pub,
which is located on the corner of Kingsway West and Tudor Road, could face
closure. An application has been made for the premises license to be revoked.
It follows two years of complaints from nearby
residents. Most related to excessive noise from the premises.
The Clockhouse is probably
better known by its former name; The Acomb Hotel.
It has been a feature
of the social life of the west of York for over 70 years.
It has changed a lot over the years as it has
had to come to terms with the changing expectations of sub-urban drinkers.
it has majored on improved outdoor areas with children now well catered for.
But it is the evening
activities that have led to the licencing hearing. Many complaints
have been registered by nearby residents. Sound levels have been unacceptably
high with open doors and windows contributing to the problem.
In October 2018
fines and costs totalling £4889.26 were levied against the establishment by
There have since been
A list of the conditions
attached to the licence can be viewed by clicking
The Clocktower event
rooms are very close to adjacent properties. Ironically some were built on part
of the former hotel site.
It is this proximity
which may lead to a further change in role for the building.
Could the Council fund an upgrade of the Thanet Road Sports area?
The future of the all weather games (MUGA) provision in the Kingsway part of York remains unclear. Sport England – with the backing of local Netball and Football governing bodies – is insisting that, if the present facility is removed, then a similar provision must be made nearby.
In effect, Sport England have a veto over new developments if they involve the loss of sports fields. They can insist that a development application is referred to the Secretary of Sate for a decision.
The Foxwood Residents Association has also voiced its concerns claiming that a fitness trail – planned by officials for Chesney’s Field – would not meet the informal sports/leisure needs of the 8 – 13 age group. Instead they urge that discussions take place with the Acorn Rugby Club aimed at funding improvements, and wider access, to the floodlit area that is already in place on the Thanet Road Sports area.
York Council officials are being particularly stubborn on this issue. It is putting at risk a plan to modernise the sheltered housing flats at Lincoln Court.
Some flexibility, urgency and imagination in addressing the issues now needs to be shown by both Councillors and officers at West Offices.
A petition has been handed to the York Council demanding that roads in the Kingsway West/Ascot Way area be improved before there is any additional development in the area.
At the moment the only access to the estate – which contains over 600 homes – is via the section of Kingsway West lying between Danesfort Avenue and Ascot Way.
Residents point to congestion problems for buses, emergency vehicles, bin wagons and delivery lorries.
The numbers of off-street parking spaces has been criticised. Residents feel this will get worse following a decision to demolish garages on Newbury Avenue.
The petition was prompted by an announcement that the Lincoln Court sheltered housing building would be expanded. In addition, the adjacent Windsor Hose site will become a centre of excellence for disabled children.
The principal route into both these developments would be along Kingsway West and Ascot Way.
Campaigners have called for a service road access to be created from the adjacent Hob Moor Oaks school site where many of the disabled children spend their school hours.
The future of the Multi User Games Area (MUGA) on Kingsway West is also under threat as officials are understood have targeted it for use as a building compound
The petition reads;
“We the undersigned request the York Council to undertake the following improvements prior to any further building work starting in the Hob Moor area
Improve the access road along Kingsway West/Ascot Way, removing, where necessary, the grass verge
Provide dropped kerbs or lay-by parking where this doesn’t already exist
Provide alternative, modern, children’s play facilities before any existing provision is removed”.
The petition is being backed by local Councillor Andrew Waller.
The planning applications are expected to be considered by the Council at a Planning Sub Committee meeting taking place on 6th December starting at 4:30pm