The Council re-roofing contractors are making good progress on the blocks of flats in St Stephens Road area.The blocks in that road are scheduled to be completed by the end of June.
The programme will then move into Thoresby Road and The Reeves with work there scheduled to finish at the end of July.
The programme will then move on to High Moor Road, Wains Road, Thanet Road and Dringfield Close before moving on towards the City centre. The programme is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.
Following the embarrassing failure of the 20 mph speed limit project (where on many roads average speeds were found to have risen following the installation of the new signs) it appears that the York Council is turning a blind eye to speeding problems.
Many residents had pointed out that risks were greatest at locations where motorists routinely exceeded 40 mph.
Despite this, the Councils web page, which is devoted to addressing speeding concerns, has not been kept up to date.
The page (click to access) claims to provide links to an “on line” Police form that can be completed by those wanting vehicle speeds checked. In fact the links are broken (although you can access the form direct by clicking here).
Nor is the Council reporting back on the results of speed checks that have been undertaken. The last list dates from November 2015 but does not include any speed data
There are several problem locations in west York.
These include St Stephens Road while the frequent activation of the Vehicle Activated warning Signs on Wetherby Road and Green Lane suggests that many drivers still do not stay within the 30 mph limit.
The Police have 3 safety camera vans. However they tend to visit the same locations in the York area on a regular basis. Clearly they can be assured of regular fine income from sites like those on the A64, but this is at the expense of high profile “reassurance checks” in residential areas.
Recent figures suggest that the vans now concentrate mainly on the A64 and A59 near York.
The Police have singularly failed to produce statistics which confirm whether deployment of the vans has reduced accident rates on particular stretches of road.
Nor do they report whether average speeds have been reduced at sites that they visit regularly.
So, all in all, we think that the speed awareness partnership needs to up its game in and around the City.
A combination of wet weather and poor parking practices has seen several verges in the area churned up.
Among the worst is on on St Stephens Road where part the public footpath has been uprooted making it virtually impassible for pedestrians
Among other conclusions the report reveled that it costs £35 per sq mtr to repair damaged verges in the City.
We hope that the authorities will take prompt action to prevent damage of this sort and that proposals to provide more lay-bys in the area are implemented quickly
The Council has not said why it is set to discuss the issue halfway through winter or why the plan had not been included on its “forward plan” of decisions.
According to the Press, it says it will pay for any changes using “contingency” funds (which have been available since last April).
The decision to salt the 24 bus route will be welcomed. It was a major bone of contention in 2013.
The Council have been lucky that in the intervening period the City has enjoyed relatively mild winters.
We can’t expect that to continue.
Thanks to the hard work of the residents association, and the support of local Councillors, another parking lay-by is now under construction in St Stephen’s Road
The campaign to have the Thoresby, St Stephens, Cornlands and Tennent Road estate given a “make over” has gained substantial support from residents.
The main areas for improvement so far identified include:
1. Repairs to verges and protective posts (or selective bitmacing)
2. Verge trimming
3. More car parking.
4. Weed removal.
5. Repairs to gates and fencing.
6. Snicket and other resurfacing
7. Gulley cleaning
8. A major spring clean of communal areas, garages, snickets, forecourts including painting street furniture, replacing notices etc etc.
9. Trees/hedges cutting back from paths and boundaries.
Housing is the one area where there haven’t been any cuts.
Over £13 million is held by the Council in reserves(!)
Yet this decline happens?
Drivers living in the Kingsway West, Windsor Garth and St Stephen’s Road areas have started a campaign aimed at persuading the Council to restart its car park provision programme.
The programme, which provided dropped kerbs/verge crossovers and parking lay bys, was a victim of Labours cuts to ward committee budgets in 2011.
Although some work has continued using tenants estate improvement budget funds, provision has fallen behind demand.
Some spaces intended for residents use on Ascot Way are being monopolised by visitors.
Now additional pressure is being felt by on street parking spaces as the Council moves to redevelop garage areas while parking restrictions, on the link access to the new development on the Our Lady’s school site, seem inevitable.
In the meantime some drivers are parking on grass verges causing considerable damage and disfiguring the neighbourhood.