The cost of the pavilion is controversial because it is being partly funded from monies generated by building on playing fields at Lowfield.
More modest changing facilities would have allowed the surplus to be used to provide an all-weather games area to replace both the facilities lost at Lowfields and also the Kingsway West children’s games area which the Council demolished earlier in the summer.
The Council has still not made any public announcement about the replacement games area which could be located on Thanet Road.
Telephonica and Vodafone have started an upgrade of their mobile phone network in west York.
The programme involves upgrading their local phone masts and base stations.
Local Councillors are being consulted on the changes.
One – on Acomb Wood Drive – has already been subject of some comment as the height of the mast is being increased significantly.
Most of the others are more simple equipment replacements which the companies say will improve 3G phone coverage in the area.
Cllr Andrew Waller is keeping an eye on the plans. He has already pointed out that the location of the phone equipment outside the Acorn Rugby Club car park on Thanet Road, obscures sight lines for those exiting. He hopes that any new equipment might be set back a little to address this issue.
The Toucan crossing at the junction of Kingsway West and Thanet Road has been completed and is working.
Unfortunately the Council didn’t take the opportunity – when plant was in the area – to resurface the hammerhead on Kingsway West which is very uneven and represents a hazard for cyclists.
The change coincides with the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit outside the Lidl store
Sadly the Council has also failed to upgrade the bollard on the Foxwood lane cycle path approach to the crossing. The wooden bollard has been a source of complaint for several years. It lacks effective reflectors and, during foggy weather or on dark nights in heavy rain, it becomes virtually invisible for cyclists. The expectation had been that the council would either remove the bollard altogether or at least replace it with one that could be seen at night.
The weather has been against the contractors this week, but it looks like they will finish installing the new Toucan crossing at the end of Kingsway West this week. The Council also intends to install speed humps on Thanet Road so the work will resume later in the year. We hope that they will resurface the hammerhead in Kingsway West and remove the dangerous post on the cycle path while they are in the area.
A littler further down Gale Lane the yellow lines in the Stuart Road hammerhead have been renewed.