Local Lib Dem councillors are taking action to protect grass verges from being turned into mud baths and provide parking for houses and flats in Dringhouses that have no off-street parking.
Ward funding and Housing Environmental Improvement funds are set to be used to create new parking bays, some of which will be layby-style and others similar to the ‘ecogrid’ bays recently established at Dringfield Close (pictured below).
Sites identified so far include North Lane, Wains Road, Southfield Crescent and Chaloners Road. There is also a proposal to expand the parking provision in front of the three-storey block of flats on Thanet Road. Letters have been sent to affected residents asking for their views before the plans are finalised.
Councillors are also hoping to be able to identify funding to support verge cross-overs to be created for council properties, with Thanet Road being a likely beneficiary.
In an attempt
to protect verges from being driven over and destroyed, it is planned to trial
some planting on verges at the southern end of Wains Road.
First have announced the diversion route for the number 4 bus from Monday 9th to Sunday 20th September, when St Helens Road will be closed due to work being done by Northern Powergrid.
Heading towards the city centre, the number 4 will miss out Eason View, Thanet Road and St Helens Road. It will instead carry on along Chaloners Road before turning left onto Moor Lane and then left at the Askham Bar roundabout onto Tadcaster Road.
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.
At a meeting of the council’s Executive on Wednesday 15th November councillors will be asked to approve a proposal that would see six two-bedroom council homes built on Chaloners Road in Dringhouses. The homes would be built on council land currently occupied by garages.
Planning approval for six apartments and two houses was granted for the site on Chaloners Road in August 2014, following earlier Cabinet approval to include the site in the wider new council housing build programme. However, in June 2016, the contractor appointed to deliver the scheme advised that they no longer wished to undertake the development. This was prior to work starting on site and has led to a re-appraisal of the development proposals.
With the building contractor withdrawing from the project, the opportunity arose to look again at local housing priorities and the site suitability for a small development of houses. There is a significant need for two-bed family housing, and the Chaloners Road site lends itself well to this.