Some reports of highway defects are being knocked back with “no further action required” responses this year.
One of the deficiencies of the Councils “report it on line” system is that no reason for inaction is given. There was a time when a pothole might go unfilled because it didn’t meet what were styled “the Councils intervention level”. Basically they weren’t judged to be deep enough.
Eventually frost damage would, of course, ensure that it did become bad enough to justify filling.
But there are some very uneven roads which are, perversely, being judged as safe these days
Council officials are also reluctant to send warning letters to drivers who have damaged verges, even when it is obvious who is responsible,
One piece of better news, with local Councillors reporting that work on finishing drainage work on the Osprey Close footpath will recommence shortly. The footpath may be diverted around the worst of the mud with further repairs to the land drains taking place when the area dries out.
A council report says that all but one outstanding applications, for a Public Rights of Way in the City, have now been processed for a decision.
Unfortunately the outstanding application is the one for Acomb Moor (the link from Foxwood Lane to Osprey Close).
The Council promised to determine this by the end of February.
Following our story yesterday, were advised that the Osprey Close footpath obstruction has resulted from drainage works undertaken in the area.
The residents association is pressing local Councillors to provide a hardcore surface to ensure that walkers can at least get past the mud.
In that respect the path provided by the Council for the Hawkshead Close access into the wood.
NB. We’ve asked for the Osprey Close area to be swept to remove tree detritus and the remains of last years weed growth which can still be found in some gutters.
Over the last few days contractors have been working on the Council owned section of Acomb Wood near the top of Osprey Close.
They put some hard core down near the entrance gate (good) but they have left a large spoil heap blocking the popular footpath access to the wood.
They have also erected Council owned barriers on the PROW footpath link to Acomb Moor and Foxwood Lane beyond.
As well as the spoil heap, the actions of a tractor have reduced the path to an impassable quagmire. A spectacularly bad time of year to undertaken work like this.
It is unclear who is responsible for the work (the farmer has a right of access but he usually accesses his field direct from Askham Lane).
Only the Council would have any reason to work on this land – which is a publicly owned amenity area – but to do so without any warning or consultation is remarkably insensitive.
The residents association are planning to discuss the issue at their meeting next week.
There is scope for putting down hardcore on other sections of the popular footpath which goes through the Council owned part of Acomb Wood and which gets very muddy in places.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Council has cut the hedge back from the corner of Osprey Close and Acomb Wood Drive.
The hedge had grown on “no mans land” over the years to the point where it was obstructing access along the footpath in summer.
The street name plate was also obscured.
Nearby, work on lopping trees in Acomb Wood near Hawkshead Close is due to take place during February and March. The programme of works, which were agreed with local residents last year, is expected to take 6 days to complete.
The York Council has announced which roads and footpaths will be resurfaced this year. The programme is the biggest for several years with, in total, £8,091,500 is due to be invested.
This represents an increase of 27% over the previous years budget
Around 100 individual roads are listed for resurfacing.
In the Westfield area, the programme includes £1/4 million for work on the following roads and footpaths
|Askham Lane (part)||Carriageway||Westfield||£59,000|
|Acomb Wood Drive||Footpath||Westfield||£12,000|
|Foxwood Lane (part)||Footpath||Westfield||£8,500|
The full programme can be viewed by clicking here
Following action by Cllr Sheena Jackson, the hedge has been cut back from the footpath at the junction of Osprey Close and Acomb Wood Drive.
Sheena is also following up issues with holes which have been dug near the children’s play area on Chesney’s Field (Foxwood Lane). They are a potential hazard.
Cllr Andrew Waller has reported another instance of dumping on Bramham Road.
Meanwhile visitors accessing the City from the Selby – York cycle track get their usual colourful welcome. We’ve reported a plague of graffiti which dominates all the bridgeworks on the route.