JRHT have responded to complaints about vandalism and litter in the Teal Drive play area.
They are considering whether the children’s slide can be repaired. It may have to be removed. The playground is likely to be closed in the interim.
Residents had complained about the amount of little in the park.
Elsewhere in the estate the hedge which lies between Wenham Road and the Foxwood Park will be cut down shortly (it blocks an access path) and leaf detritus will be swept up.
Wenham Road hedge will be lopped and leaves swept up
The slide in the playground has been vandalised and may have to be removed.
Litter is a constant problem on the playground
Nearly 10 years after the Almond and Cream production blocks at the Nestle/Rowntree site fell empty, plans to turn the building into residential accommodation look set to get the go ahead next week.
The planning committee is being recommended to approve the conversion of the building and as action the erection of a nearby “convenience store”. There will be 37 x 1 bedroom, 205 x 2 bedroom and 16 x 3 bedroom apartments.
5 affordable units will be provided (off site)
Imaginative plans would see the Grade 2 listed library building converted into communal use.
The conversion will make it one of the largest brownfield residential development in the city and should reduce the pressure to build on greenfield sites.
However only 173 car parking spaces are being provided meaning many of the flat dwellers will have to forgo private car ownership (or use a car club). With visitor parking also required we do doubt whether this arrangement will work.
Council officials are suggesting that the first occupiers are offered the following measures/initiatives to promote and incentivise sustainable travel whilst also reducing dependence on the private car;
- The choice to first occupiers of either a free bus pass or cycle/cycle accessories to the maximum value of £200
- A contribution of £200 per residential unit to be used towards the provision of a car club vehicle at the development and incentives including free membership and drive time credits per residential unit.
The Council still talks about the vehicular link from Haxby Rd to Wigginton Rd – of which this projects access road would be part – as a public transport link. Many will feel that such a new link could provide more general congestion and pollution relief for the area.
Nevertheless, it presents a bold move forward in addressing the demand for new housing in the City and one that we hope planners will grasp
Rowntrees promise early action
87% of residents, responding to the survey that we took in the area a few weeks ago, said that they would like to see the Woodlands play area off Bellhouse Way reopened at least during day light hours at weekends.
10% were undecided on the issue with only 3% opposing the proposal
The equipment has been unavailable for several months now because of health and safety fears.
However many residents have pointed out that young children trying to climb the 2 metre high railings, which surround the play area, are probably at greater risk
The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust has now responded to the local Residents Association promising that – following some minor works – the area will be reopened within a couple of weeks.
Elsewhere in the Woodlands estate, survey respondents were critical of the mowing arrangements for verges. They had been left uncut for so long that, after cutting, the area resembled a hayfield.
A site meeting to discuss the problem has taken place.
The Trust also plan to do some maintenance work on their shrub beds.