We continue to receive complaints about irresponsible and inconsiderate parking across the ward, most recently on Tadcaster Road near to the Co-op garage.
The photograph below taken earlier this week shows, incredibly, a car parked slap bang in the middle of the footpath whilst the driver went into the Co-op.
The police have been notified.
Local Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton is taking action in response to residents’ concerns about the damage being done to the grass verges in front of 302 Tadcaster Road, the site of the former Knavesmire Manor Hotel.
There is significant renovation work being done to the building, and a new property has been constructed to the rear, which is now on the market. The verges to the front of the former hotel have ben turned into a mud bath.
Stephen has asked council officers to take action that will lead to the verges being reinstated to their former state.
The St Leonards Hospice Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 26 November from 1pm to 4pm.
There will be entertainment from Prima Vox Choir, a BBQ, festive refreshments, crafts, gifts, tombolas, prizes and lots of fun. Admission will be a £1.00 donation for adults. It is hoped that Santa will have time in his busy schedule to fly in with his sleigh!
A number of instances of vandalism on Tadcaster Road appear to have taken place overnight on Friday 14 October / Saturday 15 October.
The bench at the junction with Ainsty Grove has been ripped from its moorings – the feet are badly damaged and it looks as though the bench will need to be replaced.
Bench at Ainsty Grove
Some of the contents of a skip appear to have been removed and dumped on the verge. The litter bin by the Pulleyn Drive bus stop had been shunted into the middle of the footpath, and the phone box opposite the fish & chip shop has been put out of action by the handset being ripped out.
Damaged phone box
Items dumped on the verge
Stephen has reported the damage to the Police. If any residents have any information about who might be responsible, please call 101.
Residents may have noticed near the junction of Tadcaster Road and St Helens Road the appearance of a small box and a camera.
This equipment relates to the ‘Traffic Signal Asset Renewal’ (TSAR) project which is focused on replacing life-expired traffic signal installations. The junctions that are to be treated will be prioritised based on their age and condition, with the oldest and most unreliable junctions treated earlier in the programme,
The aim is to replace old equipment, not to revisit the fundamental operation of junctions or make significant changes to their operation.
The survey cameras are collecting traffic information so that when the new equipment is installed, the traffic plans can be implemented using up to date information.
Progress is being made with the construction of the long-awaited cycle path linking the Revival estate (on the old College site) with the green lane path. The new path, which will run alongside the College playing fields, will provide residents with quicker and safer access to Bishopthorpe and the Knavesmire.
Construction of the path could not begin until the local newt population had been trapped and relocated.
We have asked that the trees that are obscuring the footpath on Tadcaster Road, opposite The Square, are cut back as soon as possible. Council officers have responded to say that the work should be done during the week commencing 12 September.
Tadcaster Road tree in need of a trim
In better news, the hedges that were severely narrowing the footpath and cycle track at the junction of Moor Lane and Tadcaster Road have been cut back (pictured below). This has however revealed a lot of litter that had been lurking in the hedge, so we will be doing a litter pick blitz in this area at the weekend.
Moor Lane hedge looking trimmer
We are calling for action to improve the appearance of one of the main southern entrances to the city.
Motorists coming off the A64 onto the A1036 Tadcaster Road are currently greeted by overgrown weeds on land around the new Askham Bar Park & Ride site. We have contacted City of York Council officers, and First York who operate the Park & Ride site, to try to get some action taken to make the area look more presentable.
Exit from the Park & Ride site
Cyclists travelling into the city also face problems navigating bushes which are overhanging the path opposite the Sim Balk Lane junction.
Cycle path obstruction
We have also asked that weeds are removed from the ‘Welcome to York’ sign and flowerbed at that junction.
The Community Payback team is working its way along Tadcaster Road re-painting the white railings.
Re-painted railings at the Little Hob Moor entrance
Stephen has contacted the Probation Service to thank them for the good job being done, which is helping to make the area look a lot smarter.
Further information about Community Payback can be found at http://hlnycrc.co.uk/what-we-do/community-payback/
We have been able to arrange for two street cabinets on Tadcaster Road to be repainted after they were daubed with graffiti – a BT cabinet opposite the junction with Nelsons Lane and a Northern Power Networks box at the junction with Middlethorpe Grove.
Ashley Mason with the newly repainted Northern Power Networks cabinet
Freshly painted BT cabinet
Sadly our local graffiti artist with the yellow pen has been at it again, this time attacking the traffic box opposite the junction with Middlethorpe Drive. We have asked the council to arrange for it to be repainted.
The latest bad art job