The Friends of Hob Moor held a successful ‘Butterfly Walk’ on Sunday 7 August.
Despite a stiff breeze, there were lots of butterflies for the large group of walkers to catch and learn about (the butterflies were all safely released!)
You can keep up to date with activities on the Moor at https://fohm.org.uk/
The media are reporting that there will be further delays before the “Hob Stones” development will be occupied. The development, located on the former Our Lady’s school site next to Hob Moor, has been branded the unluckiest development in Yorkshire.
The school closed in 2012
The high density development was subject to objections from local residents and amenity groups when it sought planning permission in 2013.
Building work started in May 2014.
Still no sign of repairs on the carriageway in Windsor Garth
Later the appointed building contractors went bust adding another 18 months to the development timetable.
Now it appears that some of the houses, and an access road, have not been built in the correct positions. Although the variances are claimed to be very small it means that a retrospective planning application will be needed to regularise the situation.
This will mean a further delay of about 3 months before the homes are occupied.
The development has been heavily criticised by neighbouring residents who have lived with a “nightmare” of poorly parked vehicles, road damage and congestion caused by building trucks for the last three years.
At the time of writing no revised planning application had been submitted by the developers Yorkshire Housing to the York Council.
At about 8.50am on Tuesday 15 December 2015, the victim was walking along the track on Hob Moor Fields towards York, when he was approached by two men who were walking in the opposite direction, towards Acomb.
One of the men put his arm out and stopped the victim, and asked him to hand over any money or his watch. When the victim hesitated, he asked him again. The victim complied and handed the man £18 and his watch. Both of the men then ran off in the direction of York.
The first man is described as white, aged in his early twenties, 6ft 2ins tall, athletic build and broad shoulders. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black Adidas hoody which was pulled up over his head, light grey tracksuit bottoms and black trainers. He had an Irish accent.
The other man is described as white, aged in his early twenties, 6ft tall and average build. He had the lower half of his face covered with possibly a black scarf and only his eyes were visible. He was wearing a black hoody which was pulled up over his head, loose fitting blue jeans and black Nike trainers. He had a Yorkshire accent.
PC Amanda Popely, of York Police, said: “I am asking for witnesses who saw anyone in the area of Hob Moor Fields at the time to contact the police, as they may have important information that could assist the investigation.”
If you have any information about the theft, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Amanda Popely or York Police. You can also email email@example.com. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12150221963 in connection with this incident.
Balsam bashing on Hob Moor 6.00 pm Thu 9th July.
All help welcome!
Meet Hob Moor side of tunnel.
Gloves / tools provided.
The new Council has suspended the letting of a contract to build on the garage site on Newbury Avenue.
The scheme, hatched by the last Labour administration, had been pushed through against strong opposition from residents who lived in the area. Most objectors had pointed to the lack of alternative car parking space on the estate and to problems with the road network (which is limited to a single entry route from Kingsway West).
The problems had been exacerbated by the Council’s decision to almost double the number of homes being built on the nearby Our Lady’s school site.
One idea, thrown out by Labour, had been a proposals that anyone affected by the new buildings, and who did not have an off-street parking space, would be offered a free dropped kerb/verge crossover.
The Council were asked to look at other sites including the derelict land to the rear of the Library on Front Street. A site which is very well located for the kind of amenities that the elderly occupants of the flats are likely to need.
Local Councillor Dafydd Williams was blamed by many for the decision. He was forced to quit his Westfield seat in May and seek election in a ward located on the other side of the City. The Councillor who claimed responsibility for the proposed development (Simpson-Laing from Acomb) lost her seat at the elections.
The project suspension will provide another opportunity for the issues surrounding this development to be reviewed.
NB Cllr Sue Hunter (Email firstname.lastname@example.org) is making efforts to revive the local Residents Association. The last Association collapsed 2 years ago when most of is members resigned in protest against Labour’s controversial local development decisions.
Yorkshire Housing has appointed new contractors to complete homes at three developments which had been on hold due to contractor Southdale Homes going into administration.
Esh Construction will take over work at Hob Stone which is located off Windsor Garth in York.
Work on the site is expected to recommenced later in July. Some of the properties are expected to be occupied before the end of the year.
18 months ago, the development met a lot of opposition when it was revealed that the Labour Council would almost double the number of houses to be built on the former school site.
Since then, progress has been very slow with growing concerns about the development’s impact on the neighbouring Hob Moor nature area as well as pressures on local transport systems
We have asked Network Rail to clean up the graffiti that blights the underpass that connects Hob Moor with Little Hob Moor.
The response received is disappointing, committing only to address the problem “within our ongoing maintenance and repair programme” and with no timescale for action.
The new development at the former Our Lady’s school site has been hit by the failure of its building contractor.
All the “for sale” units have been reserved and work is well advanced.
Media reports say that Southdale have gone into administration but the effect – if any – on the controversial Hob Moor development is unclear.
The developers – Yorkshire Housing – have not issued a statement nor has the York Council which claimed to have facilitated the development
There is no information on the Hobstones web site
Last November Southdale described the development as;
“Fourteen of the 55 homes at Hobstone will be for sale and the rest of the homes will available to rent at below market rates to families on average or low incomes.
Located on the site of the former Our Lady’s Primary school the houses look out onto Hob Moor. Built by Southdale and designed by award-winning architects Brewster Bye, the homes offer high quality energy, efficient accommodation with decent sized rooms and tasteful fittings”.
The for sale units proved to be popular with prices around £170,,000.
The development became controversial when the Labour Council almost doubled the number of units to be built on the former school site with local residents voicing concerns about “over-development” and fearing an adverse impact on Hob Moor and local traffic volumes.
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.
They blame construction traffic for damage to local roads, footpaths, verges and the Moor itself.