Middlethorpe Grove footpath work to get underway

City of York Council has issued letters to residents on Middlethorpe Grove confirming that footpath reconstruction work will get underway on 11 June, and is expected to last for 16 weeks. The hours of work will be 8am to 3.30pm.

The scheme involves installing a pin kerb to the front of the footway, relaying the flags and replacing broken ones. Vehicle crossings will be reconstructed in concrete. Tactile crossing points will be installed across junctions. Residents within the area to be reconstructed are being offered a discounted extension or new vehicle crossing to be constructed as part of this scheme, at cost.

The map issued with the letter indicates that the footpaths on both sides of Middlethorpe Grove will be reconstructed from the junction with Hunters Way to the junction with Dringthorpe Road. This is welcome news, as it had been suggested by the council recently in a footways map accompanying an Officer Decision Report that only the even numbered side of the street would be reconstructed.

 

 

Talks on UFO restoration work

On 8 May Cllr Ann Reid joined fellow Lib Dem councillor Andrew Waller to meet with representatives of TalkTalk and council officers. The meeting followed a letter sent by Cllr Waller to TalkTalk last month expressing concerns received from residents with respect to the work being conducted as part of the Ultra Fibre Optic roll out.

A summary of residents’ issues raised were:
• Verge conditions – stones and gravel prevent grass growing or safe cutting by machines
• Tarmac on concrete driveways –uncertainty as to when tarmac will be replaced with concrete
• Cutting of other cables in the highway
• Bus routes blocked
• Pedestrians put onto the road due to closed footpath

There are concerns about the state of verges across Dringhouses

On communications, a new leaflet has been developed to encourage residents to call the Careline if there are issues and to reinforce the message that the crews will be returning to streets after the initial engineering works. There have been instances of other utilities having cables in the ground where they are not meant to be and this has resulted in some residents having telecoms cut (there is a BT Openreach worker with the teams at all times)

It was accepted that there needs to be a clearer communication of plans to residents and ward councillors in relation to:
• Replace temporary tarmac in concrete driveways with concrete (on like for like basis)
• Restoration of verges with re-soiling (replacing the rubble) and grass seed (within the timeframe when it is not too warm/dry for seed to successfully germinate)
• Step up tool box talks to gangs to reinforce customer service requirements
• Review pinch points where there are so many crews and vehicles that it starts to impact on transport in an area
• Review locations where pedestrians needed to go onto the road due to the works

There will be a new inspection regime to respond to residents’ concerns and ward councillors will be asked to check that issues raised by residents have been addressed before final sign off.
It is planned to have a web page for updates, and Frequently Asked Questions, and a summary of the position with roads which have been completed through the process.

Representatives from TalkTalk will give an update at the joint Dringhouses & Woodthorpe and Westfield Ward Committee meeting on 5 June at 6.30pm at the indoor bowls club on Thanet Road.

Latest planning applications for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward

 Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

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Astonthorpe House 308 Tadcaster Road York

Proposal              Erection of 975mm high brick wall and railings to side boundary with pedestrian and vehicle access gate as detailed on drawings A224/200; 205 and 206.

Ref         18/00232/CPD

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Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

Latest planning applications for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward

 Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

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Aldersyde Court Aldersyde York

Conditions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 – 16/02512/LBC 

Ref. No: AOD/18/00134 

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Aldersyde Court Aldersyde York

Conditions 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 16 – 16/02511/FUL 

Ref. No: AOD/18/00130 

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Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nurseries Ltd 312 Tadcaster Road York YO24 1HF

Fell Holly tree in a Conservation Area

Ref. No: 18/00985/TCA 

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Rathbone House 292 Tadcaster Road York YO24 1ET

292 Tadcaster Riad

Internal and external works in connection with conversion of office to 5 residential units with single storey rear extension and demolition of 2 outbuildings

Ref. No: 18/00824/LBC 

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Rathbone House 292 Tadcaster Road York YO24 1ET

Conversion of office to 5 residential units with associated alterations, single storey rear extension and demolition of 2 outbuildings

Ref. No: 18/00823/FUL 

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Pout Cosmetics Ltd 24 Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York YO24 1LQ

Change of use from garage to training room and office to include new roof coverings and wall finishes

Ref. No: 18/00825/FUL 

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Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

Tree roots thought to be cause of Tadcaster Road drain problems

A number of blocked drains on Tadcaster Road are thought to have been caused by tree roots.

Cllr Stephen Fenton recently reported three blocked drains near to the entrance to Little Hob Moor. Investigations by council officers have indicated that a likely cause of the blockage is tree roots in a Yorkshire Water sewer.


We’ll be pressing for action that will enable the drains to be unblocked  as soon as possible.

Woodthorpe gears up for Royal Wedding festivities

Two local groups in Woodthorpe are inviting residents to get together to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

On Thursday 17th May from 1.30 to 3.30pm Dementia Yorkshire is hosting a Royal Wedding themed afternoon at St James the Deacon Church Hall on Sherringham Drive, with light refreshments and organised activities on offer.


Then on the big day itself, Saturday 19th May, the Woodthorpe Community Group invites local residents to a Royal Wedding Street Party on Woodthorpe Green from 2pm to 4.30pm. As well as refreshment stalls there will also be family games on the Green. Bring your picnic blanket or folding chairs and make it a fun afternoon! In the event of wet weather, the event will move indoors to St James the Deacon church hall.


 

 

Latest planning applications for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward

 Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

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7 Orrin Close York YO24 2RA

Proposal              Erection of single storey extension extending 5.39 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 2.8 metres and a total height of 3.9 metres

Reference           18/00778/LHE

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Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

Further improvements for Woodthorpe shops

Local Lib Dem councillors have welcomed further steps to improve the area in front of the shops on Moorcroft Road.

Thanks to funding from the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward committee, a raised bed has been installed by Brunswick Organic Nursery, based at Bishopthorpe. The bed will be looked after by local volunteers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ward committee is also paying for the perspex in the community noticeboard to be replaced, as it is quite badly scuffed and scratched which make it difficult to read notices. The frame could also do with a lick of paint.