Local Lib Dem councillors are in discussions with McColls to try to get a much-needed deep clean of the larger of the two car parks to the rear of the Moorcroft Road shops.
The car park, which McColls has responsibility for, is in a very untidy state, with weeds, brambles and overgrown vegetation gradually taking over the perimeter, and major issues with litter and dumping. There is also a black Peugeot car which has been there for sometime, and appears to have been abandoned – the tax expired in April, two of the tyres are flat and one of the headlights is smashed.
Weeds and litter
Cllr Stephen Fenton has met on site with the McColls area manager to discuss a plan of action, starting with McColls instructing their property management team to undertake a thorough deep clean of the car park. Stephen has also approached DVLA about the abandoned car – as it is on private land, there is nothing that the council can do.
Another concern is the seemingly increasing use of the car park as a ‘park & ride’ car park, with people parking up and getting the bus into town. This reduces the parking spaces available to shoppers and those visiting the nearby doctors and dentists surgeries. Stephen discussed with McColls the possibility of erecting some ‘Customer Only Parking’ signs to deter long stay parking.
Get you valuables security marked today by the York South Neighbourhood policing team
11:00am until 12 noon on Westhorpe at the junction with Leeside.
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
56 Eden Close York YO24 2RD
Crown reduce by up to 2.4 metres Oak protected by Tree Preservation Order no.29.
Ref. No: 18/01775/TPO
46 Hunters Way York YO24 1JJ
Rear and side dormer windows and velux to the front elevation.
Ref. No: 18/01616/FUL
13 Slingsby Grove York YO24 1LS
Non-material amendment to permitted application 17/00842/FUL to alter details to external wall on east side elevation.
Ref. No: 18/01617/NONMAT
294 Tadcaster Road York YO24 1ET
Re-roofing of house in Welsh Slate.
Ref. No: 18/01547/LBC
6 Kinbrace Drive York YO24 2XX
Single storey rear extension.
Ref. No: 18/01485/FUL
27 Middlethorpe Grove York YO24 1JW
Dormer windows to side and rear.
Ref. No: 18/01417/FUL
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
TalkTalk have issued an updated timetable setting out when tarmac strips in concrete driveways will be replaced with concrete.
Meanwhile local Lib Dem councillors are continuing to keep up the pressure for proper reinstatement of grass verges where damage has been caused by UFO cable laying. The dry weather has meant that very little of the grass seed put down has grown, and in some places the lack of mowing has allowed large weeds to grow.
A damaged verge on Leven Road
In response to a question about plans to reinstate verges, TalkTalk told us that “We are required to ensure that a reasonable amount of growth has happened within 12 months following being reseeded, which we will make sure is the case. At this time there are no signs of concern as the current weather may have impacted any immediate grow.”
A litter bin next to the Askham Bar recycling banks has been removed, after it became a magnet for persistent flytipping.
Flytipping at Askham Bar
The bin has been relocated to Thanet Road, next to the bus stop opposite Eason View. Rather than relocate the old battered bin, it has been upgraded to a new dual use litter / dog waste bin.
New bin on Thanet Road
Summer holiday activities for young people, funded by the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward committee, are in full swing.
Successful skate park sessions, run by York City Knights Foundation, have been held at Moor Lane Youth Centre and on the Revival estate off Tadcaster Road.
On Friday 3 August at 10am the first of three outdoor activity sessions takes place on Woodthorpe Green.
Free outdoor activities for young people over 7 years of age get underway in Foxwood, Woodthorpe and Dringhouses next week.
The sessions, which also ran during the Easter and half-term holidays, are organised by the York City Knights Foundation and are funded by the Westfield and Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committees.
Skate park sessions are taking place on the following dates in July:
- Monday 23 July, 2pm to 3.30pm – Moor Lane Youth Centre on Wains Road
- Wednesday 25 July, 2pm to 3.30pm – Foxwood Community Centre on Bellhouse Way
- Monday 30 July, 2pm to 3.30pm – Foxwood Community Centre on Bellhouse Way
In August, the focus switches to ‘inflatable football’ sessions:
- Wednesday 1 August, 10am to 11.30am – Foxwood Park on Bellhouse Way / top of Ashbourne Way
- Friday 3 August, 10am to 11.30am – Woodthorpe Green
- Wednesday 8 August, 2pm to 3.30pm – Foxwood Park on Bellhouse Way / top of Ashbourne Way
- Friday 10 August, 2pm to 3.30pm – Woodthorpe Green
- Wednesday 15 August, 10am to 11.30am – Foxwood Park on Bellhouse Way / top of Ashbourne Way
- Wednesday 22 August, 2pm to 3.30pm – Woodthorpe Green
Leaflets are being delivered across Woodthorpe by developers who are promoting their ambition to build 500 homes on Green Belt land off Moor Lane.
Barwood Land’s Moor Lane flyer states that “the site was included previously within the emerging City of York Local Plan for up to 500 homes.” It fails to mention however that in the Local Plan that is currently with Government inspectors, the site is proposed to get formal Green Belt protection!
The developers state that they are developing a ‘hybrid planning application’ for the site.
A number of residents who live on Moor Lane and on streets off have contacted us to say that they haven’t received the leaflet, but streets much further away, such as St Helens Road, have received it.
Stephen, Ann and Ashley at the proposed development site
Dringhouses & Woodthorpe’s Liberal Democrat councillors will continue to oppose plans to build on this site.
In response to concerns raised by residents about dog fouling, a sign has been installed on North Lane in Dringhouses reminding irresponsible owners of the penalties of not picking up after their dog.
The sign has been funded from the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee budget.