Graffiti blitz continues

Local Lib Dem councillors are keeping up the fight against graffiti. Having secured action to remove graffiti on St Helens Road bridge (with Network Rail) and at the Moor Lane pedestrian crossing near the Tesco roundabout, the latest outbreaks that have been reported for cleaning up are at:

  • Tadcaster Road phone box, opposite the fish & chip shop
  • Cable box at the junction of Eason View and Don Avenue
  • St Helens Road
The local Lib Dem team are taking action to get graffiti cleaned up as soon as it appears

The local Lib Dem team are taking action to get graffiti cleaned up as soon as it appears

Footpath improvements gather pace

Local Lib Dem councillors Stephen, Ashley and Ann are pleased to report more progress in fixing footpath problems in the Woodthorpe and Dringhouses area.

The latest batch of footpaths to be repaired are at:

  • Silverdale Court (next to the garages) – pictured below
  • Carron Crescent (outside no. 8)
  • Orchard Way (outside no. 32)
  • Aldersyde (at the entrance to Aldersyde Court) – repeat repair after a HGV crushed some of the paving slabs
  • North Lane (outside no. 55)
Silverdale Court footpath repairs

Silverdale Court footpath repairs










In addition an area for repair has been marked out on Eden Close where a utility cover poses a trip hazard due to the disintegration of the tarmac surface.

Marked for repair - pavement on Eden Close

Marked for repair – footpath on Eden Close


Footpath faults fixed

We recently reported that Cllr Stephen Fenton had undertaken a survey of footpaths around Woodthorpe and identified faults that needed fixing. We are pleased to report some early successes.

A raised metal cover which posed a trip hazard at the junction of Ryecroft Avenue and Chantry Close has been rectified (pictured below).

Ryecroft Avenue

A section of pavement on Annan Close which was badly cracked has been resurfaced (pictured below);

Annan Close

Two trip hazards identified on Carron Crescent have been marked up for repair (pictured below).

Carron Crescent

Also in Woodthorpe, some much-needed repairs have been carried out on a crumbling section of the Alness Drive road surface (pictured below).

Alness Drive

Santa needs more socks!

 Santa socksNimble fingered residents are being asked to join in the Santa’s Socks appeal and create Christmas stockings which will be filled with sweets and passed to food banks in York and to local charity IDAS (the Independent Domestic Abuse Service) for distribution to their clients.

The Santa’s Socks initiative is a community arts project organised by the council’s York Learning team, encouraging groups and individuals to make stockings which, once filled, will be donated to local families and children. Residents are invited to sew, knit, crochet, felt, quilt or embroider their stockings.santa spin

Councillor Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism said: “Last year residents, craft groups, knitting circles and other organisations all set to work and generously produced over 400 amazing Christmas Stockings and we hope that even more will be created this year. They were greatly appreciated and we hope that residents will again have fun supporting the initiative for a very worthwhile cause.”

Each stocking should measure approximately 40cm long and 25cm wide. The shape may be inspired by classic stockings, Victorian or elf boots or any other Christmassy stocking shape. Templates are available online.

All socks should be completed by Wednesday 25 November and when finished contact or Claire Douglas, York Learning on 07990 774420. Photos of completed socks or work in progress will be shared on York Learning’s facebook and twitter sites to inspire others. Finished Santa Socks can be handed in to City of York Council, West Offices or any library.

Santa’s Socks is one of many York Learning community arts projects, which this year has included the mass portrait project, Face of York, a mosaic arts project at Acomb Explore and a family learning project discovering more about the past and present at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church.

Co-op car park clean up

We are pleased to report that following action by local Lib Dem councillors, the items that had been flytipped in the car park at the rear of Woodthorpe Co-op have been removed.

Bin bags dumped in the corner of the car park

Bin bags dumped in the corner of the car park

What appears to be a pool table and a settee

What appears to be a pool table and a settee

As was reported recently in Woodthorpe FOCUS, Cllr Stephen Fenton has met with the Co-op estates team to discuss much-needed improvements to the area around the shops. Stephen has received assurances that this work is scheduled, and will make sure that this commitment is followed through.

And although the fly-tipping has gone, the car park needs a thorough clean, as it is being gradually overgrown by weeds, pictured below.

Some weed killing and clearing is in order

Some weed killing and clearing is in order


Authorities call time on drunks in York

York drunkA new partnership is launching its first campaign to clamp down on the anti-social behaviour of a minority which can blight the majority’s enjoyment of the beautiful City of York.

City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police and British Transport Police have welcomed the involvement of train operating companies, York Racecourse and city centre licensed premises, as well as Make It York and the proposed York Bid.

The campaign complements other initiatives used to quell anti-social behaviour on race and match days and the positive effect of the Alcohol Restriction Zone (ARZ) which extends within the city walls, along Micklegate and the area around the station.

There will be a heightened presence of officers from British Transport and North Yorkshire Police – including special constables – and Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers from the multi-agency Community Safety Hub. Every Saturday throughout September, starting on 5 September, these officers will remind people travelling by train to the city, arriving at York station and those out and about in the city centre, to respect the city they are visiting and enjoy themselves responsibly. They will be doing this alongside any necessary enforcement action on trains, at the station and throughout the ARZ.

Planning committee to discuss multi use plan for Leven Road property

Leven Road

Leven Road

A proposal to turn a home in Leven Road into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) will be decided at a Planning committee meeting being held on 3rd September. HMOs are houses which are let as individual rooms but where occupants share communal facilities.

They are often used by students.

Only the largest buildings are usually considered for this type of use and it is relatively unusual for a property in the Dringhouses area to be considered for such a purpose (although there are 3 other HMOs within 100 metres of the property concerned).

The proposal – if approved – would see a 3 bedroomed semi turned onto a 4 bedroomed HMO. The property has been operating as an HMO for over a year without planning permission

The application has been “called in” for consideration by the committee because of fears about anti social behaviour and parking. The street is residential in nature and there are concerns that the transient use of the property might conflict with local amenity

The Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Planning panel has objected on the following grounds,

“The internal layout conflicts with the guidance on room size for HMO’s, specifically Room 3 (a bedroom) is less than 6.5 square metres in floor area. In addition there are concerns regarding the safety and visual impact of each of the four occupants having a motor vehicle to park on or near the property. There are concerns that such a change of use will form a pattern and have a negative impact on the character of the local area and concerns if the property was to be occupied by students in term time only there would be a loss in council tax revenue”.

Three residents have also objected raising concerns about lack of parking space, noisy outdoor games and the use of the property as a “party venue”

Council officials are recommending that planning permission be granted.

Residents may attend the meeting and  register to speak on the proposals if they wish

Action on Acomb Wood Drive street lights

Stephen has secured action to cut back trees that are obscuring street lights on Acomb Wood Drive.

Some trees have been cut back to allow light through

Some trees have been cut back to allow light through

But some lamps remain entirely obscured by branches

But some lamps remain entirely obscured by branches

Two trees have already been cut back, but others are the responsibility of the Woodland Trust. They Trust have said that they will instruct their estate contractor to trim back the branches in early September.

We will monitor the situation to make sure that this happens.