Following a period of public consultation, double yellow lines have been installed at a number of locations in Dringhouses where problem parking was an issue:
- Junction of Ainsty Avenue and Mayfield Grove
- Junction of Nelsons Lane and Breary Close
- Junction of Cherry Lane and St Edwards Close
The proposal to extend the double yellow lines outside the doctor’s surgery on Moorcroft Road has been put on hold as objections were received from residents. This will now go back to an Executive Member Decision Session for further consideration (date to be confirmed).
The Co-op has closed another of its food stores in west York, with the closure of its Tadcaster Road shop.
This latest closure follows the recent sale to McColls of the former Co-op store in Woodthorpe. It also comes hot on the heels of the sudden closure of the nearby Dringhouses Post Office and Mace store, with still no news as to when those will re-open.
A phone call from Cllr Stephen Fenton to Co-op HQ revealed that the Tadcaster Road store will re-open on Thursday 1 February as an ‘Applegreen‘ petrol station. On their website, Applegreen say this about their retail offer:
“It’s not just our well stocked and conveniently organised shops catering for the myriad needs of today’s motorist but also our partnerships with top food and beverage outlets such as Costa Coffee and Subway which underpin our commitment to providing a consistently high quality offer to our customers.”
Stephen has asked Applegreen whether they plan to stock a similar range of groceries and household goods to the former Co-op store.
TalkTalk have announced their Ultra Fibre Optic cable-laying plans for early February, with the focus now solely on the ‘narrow trenching’ phase of the works.
Work will take place on Sandmartin Court, Carrfield, Chantry Close, Sherringham Drive, Grassholme, Crummock, Chaloners Road, Gower Road, Herdsmans Road, Wains Road, Trent Way, Allendale, Deepdale, Heron Avenue, Ryecroft Avenue, Skiddaw, Lowick, Wordsworth Crescent, Summerfield Road, Arundel Grove, Ullswater, Acorn Way, Moorcroft Road, Don Avenue, Swale Avenue.
A team of six residents and two local ward councillors braved the elements to do a litter pick in and around the old Askham Bar Park & Ride site on Sunday 21 January. Over 30 bags of litter were collected.
Two of the brave volunteers!
Stephen looking a bit bedraggled!
Local Lib Dem councillors are continuing to press Post Office Ltd for answers on when Dringhouses Post Office will re-open.
As we reported last November, the Post Office have apparently failed to adhere to their own Code of Practice, which applies to “the handling of the localised changes that can and do happen across such a large network for all sorts of reasons. When these changes do happen, whether they are planned or whether they occur without warning, we will always ensure that the minimum access criteria outlined by the Government are met and that the needs of customers are taken into account as much as is possible.”
The Post Office’s most recent statement is as follows: “We sincerely apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused by the continued temporary closure of Dringhouses Post Office. We understand and appreciate how much communities rely on our services and would like to reassure customers that we are working hard to restore services to the community as quickly as possible.”
Cllr Stephen Fenton has again written to Post Office Ltd to demand answers, and request an urgent meeting.
To make matters worse, the Mace store has closed. A spokesperson for Mace said: “The vast majority of our stores are owned by independent retailers, as was this store on Tadcaster Road. Unfortunately the owner has taken the decision to close the store and at present we are unable to confirm whether it will reopen.”
The store’s closure means that the Tadcaster Road area has no newsagent which delivers newspapers, which is a blow to many residents.
In August 2017 Cllr Stephen Fenton took a photo (below) of flytipping at the Askham Bar recycling banks and reported it to City of York Council’s Neighbourhood Enforcement team. They investigated, and a case went to the Magistrates Court on 2nd January. The defendant failed to attend and so the Court issued a warrant for the person’s arrest.
It’s good to know that these cases are pursued where evidence can be found. Flytipping can be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org for investigation.
The new year edition of FOCUS for the Tadcaster Road area has been published and is now being delivered to households by local volunteers.
TalkTalk have announced their Ultra Fibre Optic cable-laying plans for the second half of January.
‘Advanced civils’ work will be done on Leven Road, Kinbrace Drive, Lindale, Bannisdale, Skiddaw, Tarbert Crescent, Cairnborrow, Moor Lane, Wansbeck and Crummock.
‘Narrow trenching’ work will be done on Jervis Road, Lerecroft Road, Orrin Close, Nevis Way, Eden Close, Wansbeck, Cairnborrow, North Lane, Lowick, Alness Drive, Troutbeck, Bannisdale, Stonethwaite, Grassholme, Miterdale, Lindale and Quaker Green.
The £62k scheme to improve play areas at Nelsons Lane and Woodthorpe Green got started during the week commencing 8 January. The improvements are part-funded by the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee.
Initial work has focused on removing the equipment that isn’t to be retained and start the preparatory work for the new equipment to be installed.
Nelsons Lane – all existing play equipment removed
Woodthorpe Green – toddler play equipment retained (and to be re-painted when the weather is a bit warmer)
The new year edition of Focus for the Chaloners Road / Eason View / Thanet Road area of Dringhouses has been published, and is being delivered to homes by local volunteers.