Planning Committee to decide on Wilberforce Trust application

The council’s Planning Committee will meet on Thursday 19 April to decide on the application by the Wilberforce Trust to build three three-storey blocks accommodating 30 apartments, and a two-storey office and community element, on its land to the east of St Leonards Hospice and The Square.

The officer report recommends that the application is approved. The report is available on the council website Here.

Date set for start of traffic signals work on Tadcaster Road

The Council is due to commence work to refurbish the traffic signal junction of Tadcaster Road and St Helens Road as part of the Traffic Signal Asset Renewal Programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The work will consist of:

  • Full renewal of the traffic signal equipment and ducting networks – this will include changes to pedestrian crossing equipment to facilitate Puffin style near side red /green man displays.
  • Conversion of the staggered pedestrian crossing on the south to a straight across crossing.
  • A new pedestrian crossing is to be provided on the northern arm

Works will start on Monday 30th April for the main civils / groundworks with all work expected to be fully completed by Friday 8th June 2018.

The hours of working will be 7:30am – 5:30pm, Monday – Friday and 9:00am – 3:00pm Saturdays. In order to safely install the duct crossings over the carriageway some evening works will be required. Works will be suspended between Wednesday 16th May and Friday 18th May and on Saturday 26th May due to York Race meetings.

Three-way traffic management will be in place at the junction during the works and motorists are expected to experience severe delays while the works are underway. Controlled pedestrian crossings will be provided during construction to allow pedestrians to cross the road safely. There may be some temporary footway closures in place, however full access will be retained to all businesses properties during these works.

The southbound bus stop on Tadcaster Road will be temporarily relocated during the works. It is not anticipated that there will be any diversions or suspensions to bus stops and services during the works. For more information on please visit www.itravelyork.info

Date announced for Post Office re-opening

A date has been announced – 13th April – for the planned re-opening of Dringhouses Post Office on Tadcaster Road.

The branch closed in November 2017, and shortly after the Mace store in which it was based also closed.

In an e-mail to local Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton, a representative from Post Office Ltd said:

“I can confirm that the branch is scheduled for re-opening on 13th April. The new operators of the business are attending training prior to this and they will also receive onsite support from 13th – 20th April. We do understand the importance of Post Office services within the local community and hope that this information will ease any further cause for concern.”


Cllr Stephen Fenton has welcomed the news: “Many residents have contacted me asking for information about when the Post Office will re-open, so it is great to have a proposed re-opening date. I am sure that the Dringhouses community will support the new business owners as they embark on this new venture.”

 

 

Latest plans unveiled for St Helens Road / Tadcaster Road crossing improvements

Council officers have unveiled the latest draft of proposals to improve pedestrian crossing facilities at the St Helens Road / Tadcaster Road junction.


 

The scheme was approved by the council’s Executive in June 2017, and is part of the five-year replacement programme to renew traffic signal assets within the city (the TSAR programme)

The changes proposed look to improve pedestrian facilities, bringing them in line with current guidance, while having only minor impacts to vehicle delay. The main changes proposed at this junction are as follows:

  • A new pedestrian crossing on the northern side of the junction (outside the Cross Keys pub)
  • The existing staggered pedestrian island over Tadcaster Road is removed from the southern arm and a straight across pedestrian facility is provided
  • The island in the southern arm has been removed to allow the stop lines to be brought forward to improve driver to pedestrian visibility at the junction
  • Guard rail to be reviewed and if possible rationalised
  • Full refurbishment of the traffic signal equipment and ducting network.  This will include changes to pedestrian crossing equipment to facilitate Puffin style near side red / green man displays
  • Implementation of MOVA (Micro-processor Optimised Vehicle Actuation) control strategy at the junction to reduce delays
  • Associated road marking changes to facilitate the above

Local Lib Dem councillors are inviting residents to let them have any comments on the proposed scheme, so that these can be fed back to officers. Please send any comments to Cllr Stephen Fenton at cllr.sfenton@york.gov.uk

Accessible roundabout installation underway at Woodthorpe Green

The installation of a new accessible roundabout at the Woodthorpe Green play area is underway. The roundabout is designed in such a way as to easily accommodate wheelchairs, and has been funded by a £12,000 grant secured by the Woodthorpe York Community Group.

Accessible roundabout

The wider playground revamp at Woodthorpe should be finally completed when snagging issues have been resolved. These are:

  • final fixing of equipment parts
  • repairs to paintwork
  • installation of a concrete pad under the bench
  • repairs to the picnic table seating area

Meanwhile at the revamped Nelsons Lane playground, outstanding issues are:

  • the installation of the slide
  • a replacement concrete pad under the bench
  • repairs to the old seating area

When all of these tasks have been completed and signed off as safe, the playgrounds will re-open.

Update on Middlethorpe Grove resurfacing work

The recent wintry weather has delayed the completion of the road resurfacing works on Middlethorpe Grove.

Middlethorpe Grove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the resurfacing work was completed successfully before the bad spell of weather came in, the joint cutting, road marking and verge seeding did not take place due to the snow. The joint cutting was further delayed by the snow on Thursday 8 March. It is hoped that this work will now take place, along with the road marking, during the week commencing 12 March. The reinstatement of all disturbed verges will occur during the week commencing 19 March.

Dringhouses Primary School pilots new road safety approach

Pupils in York are being asked ‘should you sack your chauffeur?’ as part of a drive to improve pedestrian safety at school gates.

Dringhouses primary is one of a number of schools that are piloting the scheme and are holding short assemblies to launch it this week (w/c 26 February).


The children will be shown examples of poor driving habits, illustrated in a lighthearted way, but with the intention that they will help to encourage their parents to drive and park more considerately.

Currently, the council receives frequent and numerous complaints about unsafe driving and parking outside schools. This partnership approach with schools aims to involve young passengers to encourage their drivers to behave in a more responsible way around the school, making it safer and more pleasant for everyone.

In addition, parking awareness road sign characters will be loaned to the schools and located to best influence driver behaviour. The campaign will be supported by monitoring and enforcement against illegal and inconsiderate parking.

If the pilot proves successful, it will be rolled out to other primary schools areas where inconsiderate driving and parking have been identified as a particular concern.

Gill Williams, headteacher of Dringhouses Primary School, said: “Inconsiderate and dangerous parking and driving during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times is a constant problem for our school.   There are road markings outside school to deter cars from parking close to the school gates, however a small minority of parents still choose to park on these lines or use the entrance to the school gates to drop off or do a U-turn.  It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured.

“We very much welcome this new safety initiative and hope that, by engaging the children in a fun and creative way, the importance of road safety awareness will be raised.”

Great British Spring Clean comes to Dringhouses & Woodthorpe

Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’ runs from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March, with three events planned in Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward:

  • Friday 2nd at 3pm – Litter pick on Hob Moor. Meet on Little Hob Moor at the yellow railings at the underpass entrance
  • CANCELLED Saturday 3rd at 11am – Litter pick and path clearance in Acomb Wood. Meet at the entrance to the wood from the Quaker Wood car park
  • CANCELLED Saturday 3rd at 3pm – Litter pick in the Askham Bar area. Meet in the old Askham Bar Park & Ride car park

Everyone is welcome!