Woodthorpe shops phone box set to be axed

British Telecom have announced plans to remove the phone box located outside the Woodthorpe shops on Moorcroft Road.

No consultation planned by BT on phone box removal

No consultation planned by BT on phone box removal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sign that has been put up by BT makes it clear that no consultation is planned, nor does it give any clue as to when the phone box is likely to be removed.

Councillor Stephen Fenton recently asked for repairs to be made to the kiosk (which have been done), as part of efforts to improve the environment around the shops.

New waste and recycling collection calendar on its way

City of York Council is encouraging residents to look out for their new waste and recycling calendar for 2015/16, which will be hitting doormats soon.

New calendar out soon

New calendar out soon

From this week households across the city will start to receive their new calendar which outlines when collections are taking place between November 2015 and October 2016, including collections over the Christmas and New Year period.

The council announced earlier this year that residents are set to benefit from two additional garden waste collections this autumn, at the end of the current collection season, as well as improved recycling collections over Christmas.

This will ensure that the maximum time residents will wait for their recycling collection is three weeks, instead of four weeks. The extra garden waste collections will give residents an opportunity to dispose of autumn green waste before winter sets in.

The new calendars also provide tips and advice on what items can and can’t be recycled including paper/cardboard, glass, plastic bottles, cans/tins and if applicable garden waste.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “We are pleased to be improving recycling collections for residents over Christmas as they have asked us to help them to recycle more of their waste. By working together we can reduce the cost to the council of Landfill Tax and to help us become the Greenest City in the North.  We encourage residents to look out for their new collection calendars which will be hitting doormats soon and to let us know if they have not been received by the end of October.”

Flats, rural properties and also city centre properties serviced by St Nicks recycling team will receive collection information in December. For any queries about the St Nicks recycling service in the city centre please go to http://www.stnicks.org.uk/ or telephone 01904 411821.

Residents are asked to ensure their bins or boxes are presented by 7am on the day of their collection, but no earlier than 7pm the evening before.

Residents can find their additional collection dates on the new calendar and also online.

Look up collections at www.york.gov.uk/refuselookup . Households which have not received their calendar by the end of October can contact the council on 01904 551551 ycc@york.gov.uk for a replacement copy.

Find out more about waste and recycling in York by following @CYCWaste on Twitter or ‘like’ CYCWaste on Facebook.

York teenagers survival guide published

The latest edition of the Young People’s Survival Guide to York has just been published ready for the academic year ahead.Teenagers suvival guide 2016

This pocket-sized guide – also available online at http://www.yorksurvivalguide.co.uk/ – lists places to go to and people to contact for help and advice, and is aimed at people aged 16-25 in York although it could help anyone.

It’s got clear and up-to-date facts and hints from how old a babysitter should be to where to go if you are have to leave home. Who to talk to about feeling anxious? How to claim Universal Credit? Where to look for volunteering opportunities? How to open a bank account? Find out about local courses or the minimum wage – the Young People’s Survival Guide to York has it covered.

Split into different sections covering rights, health – including mental health – relationships, parenting, housing, money, learning and working and so on, it has a directory at the back of local and national agencies.

The guide is published by a local charity, York Action on Young Homeless, and produced in partnership with Castlegate, part of City of York Council’s support and advice services for young people.

“It is given out free to young people in York each year through lots of local organisations including schools, housing workers, youth workers and GP surgeries. Do pick up yours.”

To pick up a free copy, call in to Castlegate, 29 Castlegate, York YO1 9RN on Monday to Thursday 1- 5pm and Friday 1- 4.30pm.

Faulty speed sign removed from Moor Lane in Dringhouses

VAS sign when it was installed several years ago

Cllr Ann Reid with the VAS sign when it was installed several years ago

The Vehicle Activated Sign on Moor Lane at the Moorcroft Rd junction has been removed as it failing to lit up properly when activated by a speeding car.

It has been returned to the manufacturer and Officers are considering if it should be replaced in advance of any repairs.

The Council have been asked to consider installing a newer type of sign which displays the actual speed of an approaching vehicle.

They are increasingly used in other parts of the country.

Fly tipping removal costs £68,652

Instances of fly tipping in York have increased in each of the last 3 years.

Over £68,000 was spent last year cleaning up the mess. However only one perpetrator was prosecuted.

Part of the issue can be traced back to the closure of the Beckfield Lane amenity site.

There have also been problems with some waste collection rounds while the charges for the removal of bulky waste have rocketed.

 

Fly tipping

Details of Ward Committee funding revealed

£42,036 boost for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward

Details of how much local communities will have to spend through new Ward Committees have been confirmed as part of plans brought forward by the Liberal Democrat-Conservative Executive.

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The proposals, which are opposed by the Labour Group, will see Ward Committees given an allocation of a £925,000 budget to fund projects such as street clean-ups and offer grants to local voluntary groups.

The process for allocating highway improvements has been partly localised as part of the plans as has some social care funding.

Work will also be undertaken by council officers to identify further budget areas which could be devolved to communities.

Local Councillors are expected to announce shortly how they intend to consult over the use of the different funding streams

. Re-establishing proper Ward Committees was a key part of the Liberal Democrat manifesto

The proposals begin the process of devolving power and budgets to local residents and community groups.

This enhanced pot of money will give wards the opportunity to tackle local priorities and develop community initiatives.

It increases overall funding to nearly £1 million from the £75,000 in grants available under the previous Labour Council.

A LibDem spokesperson  commented,

“It is disappointing although perhaps not surprising that the Labour Group is opposing the moves. The previous Labour Council removed ward credits, stripped power and budgets away from local communities, and spent four years ignoring local residents.

The new Executive trusts elected ward councillors to work with their communities and make the right decisions – rather than impose everything from West Offices like the previous Labour administration.”

Tadcaster Road revival continues

The Tadcaster Road retail and cultural revival continues, with the opening in recent weeks of Booboracum, near to the Post Office.

Booboracum

You will find a friendly welcome from Sandra and Sam and a range of prints, greeting cards, silk scarves as well as glasswork and large canvasses. There are a range of gifts, and Booboracum can also create a personal themed item or piece of art or writing for you.

You can also relax with a cup of tea or coffee and a snack.

Find out more at www.booboracum.com