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The York Council has been criticised for not keeping its web site up to date.
Residents wanting to check when local roads may be closed for resurfacing and repair will find that information for 2016 has not yet been updated.
The web site promises that
Roadwork schemes which are planned for 2016 will be listed below, per ward, once the annual funding and plans are agreed. Where available: clickable reference numbers show the location of the road works on a map clickable street names show further information
However 4 months into the financial year – and with resurfacing works already underway – no information has been provided.
The lack of information has been criticised by local Councillors who were investigating the mysterious appearance of a sign on Windsor Garth indicating a road closure to accommodate much needed resurfacing work.
Carriageways and footpaths in the area have been badly damaged by vehicles accessing the Hob Stones development.
A start on resurfacing work has been expected next week but this seems highly unlikely in view of the most recent planning delays
Details of the proposed changes to the Hob Stones development on Windsor Garth can now be found on the Council’s web site
The planning application can be read by clicking here
An explanation for the proposed changes from the builder can be found by clicking here
Residents have until 9th August to record any objections.
Unfortunately, the applicant appears to have attempted to drown the application in a sea of documentation much of which replicates the papers submitted 3 years ago. Hopefully the Council will reorder the papers to make it clearer just precisely what changes are being proposed.
Only one of the new houses being built on the Windsor Garth development is still for sale according to developers.
The remaining property is a 2 bedroomed house which is listed at £170,000.
14 of the 55 units being built on the site are for sale (the rest will be rented by Yorkshire Housing)
The development has been criticised, not least for it’s high density levels. Originally the site was to have had only 29 units constructed. They would have been restricted to the “footprint” of the old school building.
Completion of the development later this year can’t come soon enough for existing residents living in the area.
Residents have raised concerns about damage to Hob Moor being caused by building works on the former Our Lady’s school site.
Parts of the moor have become waterlogged while local roads and footpaths have been damaged by access traffic.
Several sets of speed humps are now dangerous for cyclists.
Parking on the access road to the site is not possible forcing vehicles onto local residential roads. In turn this has made access for domestic delivery vehicles awkward.
The York council has yet to confirm that roads and footpaths will be included in the forthcoming years resurfacing programme. In the meantime emergency repairs are required.
Developers plan to tear down Our Lady’s housing site railings.
They say it will improve “permeability”
Retention of the railings was considered to be important by local residents, and supporters of the Hob Moor conservation area, as it provided some guarantee that domestic use would not creep onto the moor.
The railings will also provide good quality security for the gardens of the residents of the new homes.
The railings are relatively new and have a longer life than the proposed close boarded wooden alternative.
Details can be found by clicking here
The Council have not given a date by which residents objections must be received although they hope to determine the new planning application (using delegated powers) on 25th June.
A fire has broken out at the former Our Lady’s school building on Windsor Garth.
The building has been empty for over a year and was due to be demolished this week.
Builders have moved onto the Our Lady’s school site and have started to fell trees.
The Our Lady’s school buildings will be demolished within the next 3 weeks.
Work has already started to provide an electricity power supply to the new housing development.
The whole scheme, which involves the erection of 55 new homes, is expected to take about 12 months to complete.
The building contractors have said that all site traffic will follow the Kingsway West/Ascot Way/ Ashford Place/Windsor Garth bus route to access the site.
Residents remain concerned about the poor state of the roads on the route, and in particular the rapidly deteriorating road humps, although whether it would be worth completing permanent repairs before the heavy traffic moves on, is open to question.