Lowfields misery continues

The Lowfield Action Group Facebook page makes it clear that residents have major concerns about the current development works in the area.

There are continuing complaints about noise, dust and working hours extending beyond those approved in the planning permission.

Communications from the Council have been minimal although another exhibition is promised prior to the main contractor starting on site. The current contractor is only undertaking clearance and layout works.

One piece of good news is that work on providing an additional 3 parking spaces on Tudor Road is due to start next week.

The Council latest planning application, which should have been determined by the end of April, it is still outstanding.

There is still no sign of a planning application for the Care Home much less the health centre and “police station”, not that they were ever likely to materialise anyway.

“Yorspace” are apparently still trying to raise funds for their “communal living” scheme while the Councils decision to sell them land at a discounted rate may yet prove to have been illegal.

Hopefully the new Council will be able to find someone competent and sensitive to local residents views when they decide who will lead on housing and planning matters for the next 4 years.

Certainly communication and supervisory systems need major improvements.

Foxwood woman fined for dog offence

Two women sentenced following noise complaints against dogs

Two dog owners in York were ordered to pay a total of £2421.74 by York Magistrates on 7 May after failing to comply with the conditions of a noise abatement notice.

Lesley Smith (aged 62 of Hinton Avenue, Foxwood, York) received multiple complaints from neighbours in 2016 following continuous disturbances from her four dogs in the early hours of the morning.

Ms Smith’s dogs were also left outside for up to two hours on an evening, causing further noise disturbance to the neighbours despite numerous warnings, an abatement notice and a caution being issued.

City of York Council Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers carried out surveillance of a property belonging to Samantha Flower (aged 42 of Lincoln Street, Leeman Road, York), after they received multiple complaints from neighbours in 2017.

Council officers employed noise monitoring equipment and noted over 15 barks in one minute after 11pm during a visit to Miss Flower’s property in February 2019.

Appearing at York Magistrates on 7 May, Miss Flower pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the conditions of a noise abatement notice and was fined £120, ordered to pay costs of £100 as well as a surcharge of £30.

Ms Smith pleaded guilty by post to failing to comply with the conditions of a noise abatement notice and was fined £450, ordered to pay costs of £1676.94 as well as a surcharge of £45.

Noise complaints about Acorn Rugby ground event

We understand hat several residents complained about noise coming from an event taking pace at the Acorn Rugby ground yesterday (Sunday evening). The source of the complaint seems to have been bands playing outdoors. They stopped at 9:00pm.

We understand that this was a charity event although it is unclear whether it formed part of the councils summer holidays “Shine” programme as stated on publicity posters.

It is the second time that complaints about events at the rugby ground have been made. The organisers of another charity event, held in August, had resorted to sellotaping posters to the outside of local noticeboards, causing damage in one case. (information is posted within the noticeboards upon request)

Fly posting is often a source of complaint when fairs visit Thanet Road (as they will shortly).

New licensing arrangements, introduced a few years ago, mean that organisations no longer have to apply for special licences to organise events like these. Instead they rely on a  general license issued on request by the Council to land owners. (in this case the land is owned by the Council but it is on a long lease to the club).

Licences can be revoked if terms and conditions are not observed.

In this case, the frequency of outdoor events may be approaching the point where the license could be reviewed.


Former owner of noisy bar in York gets six month’s conditional discharge for second breach

A city centre bar has been sentenced to six month’s conditional discharge and ordered to pay a total £1,179.43 for breaching a noise abatement notice a second time.

Today’s prosecution (27 March 2018), follows one last year on15 February 2017 when the former owner of Macumba Bar of Coffee Yard, York was ordered to pay a total £1,434 York Magistrates Court following a breach of the noise abatement order.

Following the case last year, the council received further complaints about loud music from the bar in April 2017. A warning letter made the bar’s management aware of the complaints and reminded them that the noise abatement notice originally served on 30 June 2016 was still in force. That notice had been served on Hayati Kucukkoylu (aged 50 of Boltby Road, York), then the licence holder, designated premises supervisor and director of the company. The notice immediately prohibited the playing of music at a level deemed to be a statutory nuisance.

Then on 9 and 10 September 2017, four more complaints about loud music at Macumba were received by the council. Officers on the council’s noise patrol service visited the complainants between 1-1.30am on 10 September. They heard music being played at a level loud enough to keep nearby residents awake and which was in clear breach of the noise abatement notice.

The mitigation put forward by Mr Kucukkoylu was that he is no longer involved in the business.

Howling dogs’ owners fined £1,000

A couple of dog owners who pleaded guilty for the noise nuisance their dogs created, were yesterday (12 April) given fines totaling £1,039 by York Magistrates Court.

A couple of dog owners who pleaded guilty for the noise nuisance their dogs created, were yesterday (12 April) given fines totaling £1,039 by York Magistrates Court.

Wilfred Weston and Audrey Weston both of Burton Green, York were each issued with a noise abatement notice in 2012 because of their dogs’ howling and barking at their address.

Both Mr and Mrs Weston were each ordered to pay a £138.00 fine, £30 court surcharge and £351.85 costs each.

York students not so noisy!

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There were fewer complaints about noise nuisance in York last year than in previous years.

A freedom of information request has revealed that the York Council received 1584 noise complaints in 2014/15.

This was down from the 1614 received in the previous year.

The Council was unable to say how many complaints had concerned properties occupied by students but, of the 47 noise abatement notices served, none were for properties occupied by students.

 In 2012/13 the figure had been 10.

Extra noise patrols in York in run up to Bonfire Night

Bonfire night can be fun for all, but if it creates nuisance to neighbours, the council can take enforcement action. That’s the message from City of York Council this autumn.

Midsummer bonfire against a night sky, moon

The council is reminding residents that garden waste can be disposed of by composting, recycling or through the green bin rather than heaping it on a bonfire – especially if it’s damp. Gardeners can use a topical check list of bonfire night do’s and don’ts relevant at any time of year:

• It’s best to burn materials when they are dry

• Household rubbish, rubber tyres or anything containing plastic foam or paint should never be burned and should be disposed of at York’s household waste recycling centres

• Never use engine oil, meths or petrol to light the fire

• Try and light fires when light wind will carry smoke away from your neighbours

Thanks to funding from the Safer York Partnership, the council will be running extra noise patrols to help tackle the problems of excessive bonfire smoke and noise in the days surrounding the event.

The council has put together a helpful list of do’s and don’ts for bonfire night events, but it will also be happy to offer practical advice to those holding their own fireworks events, if require d.

We will be running extra patrols on 5 November to help tackle any potential problems. Residents can call the council’s environmental protection unit (EPU) on 01904 551555.

Extra noise patrols will run on:

Thursday 31 October, 10pm-1am

Friday 1 November, 9pm-3am

Saturday 2 November, 9pm-3am

Sunday 3 November, 6-11pm

Thursday 5 November, 10pm-1am

Residents can contact the EPU on: Environmental.protection@york.gov.uk

There is more information on bonfires at: http://www.york.gov.uk/info/200360/air_pollution/486/air_pollution/2

Labour Council targets “noisy” students

Ahead of the autumn festivals and to help students settle into the new academic year, City of York Council has said that it will be running additional ‘noise patrols’ this autumn and issuing waste disposal reminders.

Noisy students

The council’s environmental protection unit will be carrying out extra noise patrols at the start of the new academic year, and around Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night at the end of October and early November.

As part of their welcome to the city (!) – which includes advice on waste disposal – noise patrol officers called out to investigate reports of noise will be helping establish acceptable noise levels.

These patrols will run during Fresher’s Weeks: 16-19 September for York St John University and 29 September-3 October for the University of York, plus on Sunday 6 October. On each night the Noise Patrol will operate from 10pm to 1am in addition to its regular hours of 9pm to 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.

The noise patrols will also operate over these same hours on Halloween on 31 October and on Bonfire Night on 5 November.