Following the move not to allow Cabinet members to take decisions in “private” sessions, the gap has been filled by Council officials who are queuing up make the most use that they can of their “delegated” powers.
This week, the much delayed project to replace the (admittedly odious) bus shelter on Rougier Street next to Roman House was formally shelved.
Developers had been planning to convert Roman House into flats. There were concerns that a new shelter might be damaged during building works.
It now appears that the flats project has been abandoned and new owners are looking into providing a hotel on the site.
The scheme is being funded by the – time limited – “better bus fund” . This is the same fund that the Council misused to subsidise their ill fated Lendal Bridge adventure.
With little prospect of the development on Rougier Street starting in the near future. it would have been sensible to divert the funds into sub-urban areas where bus stop and information facilities have had little improvement during the last 4 years.
Instead officials decided to mothball the project. (Their decision rather strangely refers to the shelter being located in the Skelton ward !!)
Separately – and not yet formally reported to the Council – we understand that improvements to the Theatre Royal bus stop have also been suspended. Apparently English Heritage were concerned that the works might endanger the adjacent listed buildings.
The improvements to the Theatre frontage include glazing the area between the columns.
It appears however that these glazing panels – rather than filling in the gaps in between the masonry – will actually be recessed further back.
This raises concerns that a litter trap – or worse – is being constructed.
Clifton Moor link foot and cycle path click to access
Plans to connect the two sides of the Clifton Moor retail park are being redesigned following the opening of the DFS store.
A new combined cycle/foot path has been approved. The costs will be born by developers and land owners.The design is reproduced right
Burdyke Avenue plan click to enlarge
Obstructions on Burdyke Avenue have been causing delays to local bus services. The Council plan to install a parking lay-by with associated parking restrictions. Telecoms equipment in the verge means that the project will cost £55,000.
The plan doesn’t provide any additional parking space and an alternative, which would have utilized gardens for parking, does not appear to have been fully explored.
Estate car parking is an increasing issue.
Labour slowed the improvement programme when they took office in 2011. Until then most wards had allocated money for dropped kerbs, lay-bys and off street parking near flats.
The installation of matrix reinforcement on verges was also being developed as a way of protecting them.
In a further leap back into the dark ages, it appears that the convention that the spokespeople for each Group represented on the Council (together with local ward members) are given the opportunity to comment, before delegated decisions are taken, has also now been abandoned.