Residents Welcome End To Anti-Social Behaviour Problems

Residents in Woodthorpe are celebrating after they were able to secure funding to install a new fence to prevent anti-social behaviour near their homes.

The residents worked with local Liberal Democrat Councillor, Ann Reid to secure funding for the fence behind houses on Bramble Dene. The money came from the Council’s Target Hardening fund, which is designed to support projects which make areas less vulnerable to crime and anti-social behaviour.

The fence will ensure that access is prevented to small area of private land next to Chapman’s Pond, behind the houses on Bramble Dene. The previous fence had been knocked down and the area had since suffered from a number of problems with anti-social behaviour.

Thanks to close working between Councillor Reid and Council Officers the Council was able to install the fence the day after the funding was secured; meaning residents had an immediate solution to their problems.

Councillor Reid said residents were pleased with the new fence. She said, “Since the old fence was knocked down residents had been concerned by people accessing the area, there had been a number of problems with antisocial behaviour and some fires had been started.”

“The area also overlooks the nearby gardens and use of the area for unauthorised fishing in Chapman’s Pond meant that residents were being made to feel uncomfortable by the people overlooking their gardens.”

“Residents seem to be pleased with the outcome and will hopefully feel much more comfortable now this area has been fenced off. The new fence is much more secure than the old one and should hopefully provide a more permanent solution to keeping people off this private land.”

Roads and Footpaths

Work on resurfacing the footpath on Acorn Way is almost complete.   Work is due to start on Highmoor Rd and Moorcroft Rd footpaths in May.  Look out for road closure notices when the work is carried out on Moorcroft Rd.   Dates for other works in the Ward have yet to be announced but you can find out when road works are due to start via the Council website.  Go to for the latest information.

Meanwhile details of gas main replacement works on Woodthorpe have been released.

Work starts on Brambledene on 23rd May and then moves onto Moorcroft Road, Summerfield Road, Wordsworth Crescent, Ryecroft Avenue, Windermere, Ullswater and Overdale Close finishing on Deepdale by 5th August.  Work may also be carried out in Ashbourne Way, Acorn Way, Arundel Grove and Silverdale Court although no excavation is expected in those streets.

News In Brief

Following requests from residents, I asked for the white lines on Tadcaster Rd to be refreshed.  This has now happened and they are looking very smart.

A sponsorship deal has allowed the Tesco roundabout to receive a makeover.   Shrubs have been removed and flowerbeds created and this, together with the planters on the grass verge outside Tesco will help create a good impression for the Britain in Bloom judges.

The Ward Committee will be funding another bollard on Pulleyn Drive at the junction with White House Dale to prevent damage to the verge.  Flooding problems at the bottom of Pulleyn Drive have been reported to the Council.

Dringhouses Library

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.

Jobs For The Boys

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.

Community Patrols May Be Scrapped

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.

Tybrun Notice Board

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.

Labour’s desperate lies

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.

A Record of Action for Dringhouses & Woodthorpe: 2010

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