We are pleased to report that the council’s Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers have been actively pursuing issues across Dringhouses &Woodthorpe ward.
The team has received complaints about worsening litter problems in the area around York College, and in response have been patrolling the area and advising students that littering is an offence.
Whilst on patrol, the team has witnessed littering offences, and have issued:
- Two litter Fixed Penalty Notices (one relating to College students)
- Three litter warnings (all related to College students)
- Two littering offences pending further investigation (both relating to College students)
There are also plans to install a ‘No flytipping’ sign on Moor Lane.
One fixed penalty notice has been issued for cars advertised for sale on the highway.
The team has been dealing with an ongoing noise complaint for dog barking, and has successfully served a noise abatement notice on the residents.
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.
The Moor Lane Car Park (former Park & Ride site next to Tesco) is now a pay and display car park with 500 spaces run by the York Council.
With the larger and free park and ride site nearby, not surprisingly the car park is little used.
The Council has been approached by the Principal at York College to help facilitate their parking arrangements during the summer period while building works are undertaken on site.
Council officials have agreed that 50 spaces will be provided at a flat rate of £2 per day for use by York College during the period 7 July to 31 August 2014.
A review will take place at the end of this period.
The York College has been fined £175,000 and ordered to pay £45,000 in court costs over the death of Lydia Bishop at its nursery.
It is unclear where the money to pay the fine, from the publicly funded College, will come from.
Yorkshire MEP Edward McMillan-Scott is ‘delighted’ with the increase in people in apprenticeships in York and North Yorkshire, he said during a recent visit to York College.
Edward visited York College following the announcement that almost 860,000 people were on apprenticeships in the UK in 2012/13. This means that more people than ever before are in apprenticeships and that the government has created over 1.5 million new apprentice places since 2010.
Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, Cllr Keith Aspden and Cllr Ann Reid visited York College, one of Yorkshire’s major apprentice providers, on Friday to learn more about their efforts to increase the number of people in York and North Yorkshire who are in apprenticeships.
During the visit they met with Denise Morrison, assistant principal for employer engagement at York College and Finance Assistants, Megan Geyerhosz (aged 20) and Hannah Smith (aged 18). Both Megan and Hannah studied an apprenticeship in Level 3 Business Administration and are about to embark on a course in Book Keeping and Accounts to help them in their roles in the Finance office.
Edward McMillan-Scott, Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire and Humber and Vince-President of the European Parliament, commented: “I am delighted that over 25,000 apprenticeships have been created in York and North Yorkshire since 2010. Apprenticeships are a crucial part of the Liberal Democrat strategy to build a stronger economy. I congratulate York College for their efforts towards increasing the number of apprentices in our region. I hope that many more businesses in York and across North Yorkshire will be encouraged to employ apprentices as a result of the success that both employers and trainees locally are achieving.”