Representatives from First Bus and the council’s iTravel team attended the joint Dringhouses & Woodthorpe and Westfield Ward Committee meeting on 3rd October at the York Indoor Bowls Club.
Local councillors and residents had a look around one of the newer and more environmentally-friendly ‘Euro 5’ buses being rolled out on the route and were able to raise questions and concerns about timetables and reliability.
There has been some confusion around recent timetable changes which will hopefully be resolved soon.
Under normal circumstances, bus services are required to be registered at a minimum of 6 weeks’ notice. Part of the reason for this is to allow local authorities sufficient time to input timetable data into the national Traveline system and use the data to produce stop-specific bus stop posters – a process which involves a number of external agencies and usually takes around 3 weeks in total.
As the council decision to provide financial support to retain the Woodthorpe-Foxwood section of the route was only formally signed off last week, First and council officers had a very short time to register the service and produce timetables. The service 12 timetables currently up at stops are therefore short-term temporary posters which will be replaced with full-size composite displays as soon as possible.
The number 12 bus timetable can be accessed on the First York website HERE
Local voluntary and community groups are being invited to apply for funding from the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee.
In recent years funding has been awarded to a range of groups who are working to make Dringhouses & Woodthorpe a better place to live. For 2019/20 the ward budget has been set at £19,585. There is a separate ward highways fund of £13,991.
Further information is available on the ward page on the council website at https://www.york.gov.uk/info/20155/wards/127/dringhouses_and_woodthorpe_ward
The installation of seven new parking bays for residents on Dringfield Close, off Chaloners Road, has been completed. The bays are constructed from ‘EcoGrid’ with gravel filling and have helped to address a chronic lack of parking provision in this narrow cul de sac.
The scheme was funded by the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee budget and the Housing Environmental Improvement Programme.
Work has begun on renewal of the Little Hob Moor footpath / cycle path that links Tadcaster Road with Hob Moor Terrace. The work is being funded from the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee budget.
Phase 1 complete
Last month Community Payback teams did some preparatory grass verge edging, prior to the first stretch of path being treated. The next phase of work is due to commence on 14 January.
All local residents are invited to attend the Ward Committee meeting on Tuesday 25 September at Woodthorpe Primary School. There is a drop-in session from 6.30pm, with the main meeting starting at 7pm.
A successful series of free activity sessions for young people, run by the York City Knights Foundation, have come to an end.
Skate park sessions and inflatable obstacle courses were some of the activities provided during the easter, spring and summer holidays, paid for from the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe and Westfield ward committee budgets.
Skate park session on the Revival estate
Fun on Woodthorpe Green
Local Lib Dem councillors would like to hear from residents about what they thought went well, and what could be done differently in terms of activity sessions in the future.