City of York Council Library staff will be attending the next Ward Committee meeting on July 7th at Dringhouses School to outline the changes coming to the library soon, in particular the Explore concept and details of the new “self issuing” machines. Hopefully this will help scotch the rumour, put about during the election campaign that Dringhouses Library was at risk. As outlined in a previous Focus, the Liberal Democrat budget ensured that all of York’s libraries would stay open with a business plan supporting their evolution to Explore libraries.
The new ruling Labour Group on the Council has created a new Executive Member posts increasing the new “cabinet” from 7 to 8 at a cost of £14,700. They say that they will make savings through, as yet unidentified, savings by changing the committee structure. We say that if they are savings to be made they should be used to support the Council budget, not to line the pockets of Councillors.
At the Ward Committee in January, residents approved the priority list of schemes for the ward budget based on the ballot of all residents. As has been the case for a number of years, the rangers patrol scheme currently run by Group Response, topped the poll, 30 votes over the second place scheme. However, in recent months Group Response has been taken over by Kingdom and the service has been rather erratic.
This service has always been highly regarded by residents who appreciate the difference it has made to low level antisocial behaviour in various locations across the Ward. Imagine my surprise then, that within a week of being elected, the Labour Councillors reaction to the problem was to suggest cutting the grant altogether. They appear to have no knowledge of the scheme, the size of the grant, what the rangers do or how much it is appreciated.
I have asked for it to be discussed at the next Ward Committee meeting on July 7th so if you want to see the patrols continue then come along to the meeting at Dringhouses School to make your views known.
Residents and visitors to one of York’s most historic sites will now be able to find out more about its history, after the local Ward Committee funded a new information sign. A new sign was recently installed on the Tyburn on Tadcaster Rd, to allow people to find out more about the site, which hosted executions in York for more than 400 years. Executions at the Tyburn took place until 1801 when the events were moved to the castle. Possibly the most famous execution at the Tyburn took place in 1739 when notorious highwayman Dick Turpin was executed for horse theft.
Last year the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee agreed to spend £1500 improving the site by installing a new bench and cleaning up the area. The funding also included the installation of a new sign, which was designed thanks to a partnership with Dringhouses History Society who provided the historical information.
The Tyburn and the events that took place there are an important, if gruesome, part of local history. Thanks to this new sign and the work of the Dringhouses History Society local people and visitors to the city will be able to find out more about what went on there.
Dringhouses has a rich history and is a key gateway to the city so it was important to us to invest in restoring the Tyburn and promote pride in the area. York’s rich history is one of the things that make this city such an interesting and enjoyable place to live and visit so it is vital that we make the most of it.
On the final day before the election Labour have decided to circulate a letter implying that we will close Dringhouses library. They have left it this late so that we cannot respond. It is a lie, we are strong supporters of the library and will fight for it to stay open. Please don’t believe these lies.
Turf Tavern saved from redevelopment.
A CCTV camera is installed at Wains Grove.
The new 3 box system for recycling was introduced. 92% of residents said they preferred them.
Swale Ave footpaths have been re-laid and Eason View carriageway resurfaced
We finally get vandal proof bollards at Ashbourne Way
The Ward Committee pays for bollards to protect grass verges on Pulleyn Drive
Salt bags are provided to help combat the winter weather
Silverdale Court gets dropped crossings
The clock on St Edwards Church gets a facelift thanks to Ward Committee funding.
Leeside Park was refurbished and new play equipment provided
We fight against the proposal to build houses on green fields adjacent to Moor Lane
The first Cold Calling Zone was launched on St Helens Rd. There are now over 30 across the Ward
Verge crossovers were provided on Chaloners Rd to reduce on street parking.
Improvements were made to Hob Moor Tunnel to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists and to try and combat graffiti.
Moor Lane Bridge was rebuilt. Facilities for cyclists were improved and screening provided for the houses on Moor Lane
Some alarmist literature has been circulating in the area claiming that Police patrols are being cut. This isn’t true in Dringhouses and Woodthorpe.
There has been a police reorganisation, and the “Neighbourhood” and “Reactive” policing teams are now based at the Acomb Police Station.
Our Neighbourhood Policing team continues to be:
PC Colin Park and PC Mark Antonelli covering both Dringhouses and Woodthorpe and Westfield Ward.
PCSO Louise Harness covering Woodthorpe, Acomb Park, Middlethorpe and
Tadcaster Road South.
PCSO Angela Hollywood covering the Hob Moor area bounded by Thanet Road and Tadcaster Road as far as St. George’s Place.
PCSO Craig Bounphrey covering the Chaloners Road/Wains Road area.
Lindsey Stamp is the local Sergeant and Phil Cain the Inspector.
You can contact the Neighbourhood Policing team by telephoning 0845 6060247
Residents who wish to report an incident in person can visit the Acomb Police Station on Holgate Road. The desk is manned by volunteers and the current opening hours are: hours are:
Mon 10:00am – 12:00 noon
Tue 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Wed 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Fri 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Sat 10:00am – 12 noon