Wains Road parking bays take shape

New parking bays are taking shape on Wains Road, which have been jointly funded by the Ward Committee and the Estate Improvement Grant.

Wains Road layby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parking bays are being built outside the flats at the top end of Wains Road. The nature of the bend in the road has created parking difficulties at this spot, which the new bays will help to alleviate.

Unfortunately, some nearby grass verges have been badly damaged at the same time as the works have been done (pictured below). We will be asking that the contractors make good the damage that has been done (if vehicles are found to have been responsible).

Wains Road verge damage

Stephen secures enquiry into grass verge management

Local Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton has secured a scrutiny review into the state of grass verges across the city.

Stephen called for the review in response to local concerns about damage being done by vehicles parking or driving on the verges, particularly in suburban streets.

His call for a review was approved at the council’s Economic Development and Transport Policy and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 16th March. Details of the proposed scope of the review can be found here.

The cross-party review will look at the council’s current policies and legal procedures. It will also explore how the council can work in partnership with residents to protect and improve the condition of verges. A council survey in 2000 found that just over 11 miles of verges across the city were considered to be in a ‘poor’ condition.

'Grass' verges around Dringhouses are taking a hammering

‘Grass’ verges around Dringhouses are taking a hammering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen commented: “Since being elected last May, residents have raised concerns with me about the state of grass verges. Parking and driving over verges makes some areas of our city look like badly ploughed fields and these verges can cause problems for other motorists and pedestrians. However, there often seems to be a lack of clarity whether parking is allowed and what enforcement work currently takes place.

“With continued national funding cuts the council does not have money to throw at the issue so we need to look at what currently happens and how we can work in partnership with residents. I also want to look at what other councils have done to tackle the issue whether this be trees, posts, grass filled plastic cells or other solutions.”

Stephen is asking residents to e-mail him with examples of verges being destroyed by inconsiderate motorists, at cllr.sfenton@york.gov.uk

Grass verges take a hammering

Recent wet weather, coupled with the inconsiderate behaviour of some motorists, has led to grass verges around Dringhouses taking a hammering.

On many streets, such as Wains Road, Swale Avenue, Eason Road and Gower Road, verges are badly churned and rutted – see pictures below.

'Grass' verges around Dringhouses are taking a hammering

‘Grass’ verges around Dringhouses are taking a hammering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton is asking motorists to avoid making a bad situation even worse.

“Nobody wants to walk out of their front door to be confronted by a mud bath. With the ground sodden, it’s obvious that persistently parking on the verge will cause significant damage,” Stephen said. “I’d ask motorists to show some respect for our area, and not make a bad situation even worse.”

 

Parking restrictions set to bite

New parking restrictions on the Revival estate, off Tadcaster Road, are set to bite from Monday 14th December.

Masters Mews gate

After a two week ‘period of grace’, Minster Baywatch will begin proactive enforcement of the new restrictions on Masters Mews and Scholars Court from 14 December.

The restrictions have been brought in after letters to residents failed to stop a small but persistent number of motorists parking in front of the emergency access gates that lead out onto Tadcaster Road. It is hoped that the new restrictions will also help to address other types of inappropriate parking, such as parking across footpaths.

In response to concerns raised by residents, Cllr Stephen Fenton has asked that an additional bollard be installed on Masters Mews (pictured below) at a location where pavement parking is a problem.

Bollard

New parking restrictions for Mayfield Grove and Wains Road

The Council has published a report reviewing parking arrangements at several locations in the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward.
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The decisions, for four roads in the area which had been reported for action, were:

  • E1 – Ullswater/Acorn Way – Agreed no action to be taken.
  • E2 – Aintree Court/Mayfield Grove – Agreed to advertise no waiting at any time restrictions on Mayfield Grove for 10m either wide of the Aintree Court junction, plus 25m into Aintree Court.
  • E3 – Bramble Dene – Agreed no action to be taken.
  • E4 – Wains Road/Chaloner’s Road – Agreed to advertise no waiting at any time restrictions for 10m both sides of the junction.

Click the link below for details:

Revival double yellows

Local Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton has welcomed action taken to enforce parking restrictions at the entrance to the Revival estate off Tadcaster Road. More double yellow lines are planned to be installed following a recent public consultation. The measures are in response to dangerous and inconsiderate parking.

 

Revival ticket

Stephen is also in touch with council officers, who are in turn in contact with the developers and management company, about the irresponsible parking in front of the emergency access gates in the corner of Masters Mews.

Revival parking restrictions get the green light

We are pleased to report that there have been no objections to the recently advertised Traffic Regulation Order proposals for the Revival estate off Tadcaster Road.

Revival2

A works order for the additional lengths of yellow line to be put down will be issued shortly. However as the work is quite weather dependent there is not yet a firm date for when this work will take place.

We will keep residents informed as the timescale becomes clearer.

‘Revival’ parking proposals published

Proposals have been published by the council which would introduce waiting restrictions at a number of locations on the ‘Revival’ development off Tadcaster Road.

The proposals (details of which can be viewed below) are designed to improve safety at places that are adversely affected by indiscriminate / obstructive parking.

Revival letter pg2

Proposed lines to be installed:

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First phase of yellow lines:

Revival letter pg3

Hob Moor flats plan paused

Newbury Avenue garages

The new Council has suspended the letting of a contract to build on the garage site on Newbury Avenue.

The scheme, hatched by the last Labour administration, had been pushed through against strong opposition from residents who lived in the area. Most objectors had pointed to the lack of alternative car parking space on the estate and to problems with the road network (which is limited to a single entry route from Kingsway West).

The problems had been exacerbated by the Council’s decision to almost double the number of homes being built on the nearby Our Lady’s school site.

One idea, thrown out by Labour, had been a proposals that anyone affected by the new buildings, and who did not have an off-street parking space, would be offered a free dropped kerb/verge crossover.

The Council were asked to look at other sites including the derelict land to the rear of the Library on Front Street. A site which is very well located for the kind of amenities that the elderly occupants of the flats are likely to need.

 Local Councillor Dafydd Williams was blamed by many for the decision. He was forced to quit his Westfield seat in May and seek election in a ward located on the other side of the City.  The Councillor who claimed responsibility for the proposed development (Simpson-Laing from Acomb) lost her seat at the elections.

The project suspension will provide another opportunity for the issues surrounding this development to be reviewed.

NB Cllr Sue Hunter (Email cllr.shunter@ork.gov.uk) is making efforts to revive the local Residents Association. The last Association collapsed 2 years ago when most of is members resigned in protest against Labour’s controversial local development decisions.

York free car parking scheme abandoned

The scheme was introduced last year but was criticised for being complicated, applying to only some car parks and only for a limited number of days & hours.

Another Alexander project abandoned

Traders have confirmed that the offer – which cost £300,000 to subsidise – has had little effect on the number of customers that they have been getting.

A plan to pay for the scheme, using funds from a Business Improvement District organisation, appears to have fallen through

The scheme was the controversial brainchild of the former Council Leader James Alexander who was struggling to cope with traders anger in the wake of the Lendal bridge closure fiasco as well as fears that the new John Lewis store at Monks Cross would pull shoppers away from the City centre.

It will be a “double whammy” for visitors to the City centre from 1st April as a proposal by Green Councillors, to raise hourly parking charges by 10p, will also kick in.

Parking changes from 1 April will also effect on street parking and season permits across the city, 

• The standard rate of car park and on-street charges: will increase by 10p per hour to vehicles not displaying a Minster Badge (an optional resident parking permit). 

• Residents who are signed up to the Minster Badge scheme:  will benefit from an additional FREE hour in car parks on Friday and Saturday evening (which moves from 5pm instead of 6pm). Valid in selected car parks only.

• Pay-by-phone option (in selected car parks) remains 10p cheaper per hour than the standard rate.

• Season parking tickets: An increase of approximately four per cent.

From the end of March the council will also be installing new tariff boards in all council car parks to display the new charges.

For more details about parking in York visit www.york.gov.uk/parking 

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