Over 40 local residents attended the drop-in session arranged by the Wilberforce Trust on 6 July at St Leonard’s Hospice.
The Wilberforce Trust plans to build 30 flats for its tenants on land it owns to the north of The Grove, off Tadcaster Road. The Trust is a York-based charity that provides specialist housing and support for people with visual impairments, sensory impairments and other disabilities.
One of the panels at the exhibition showing the plans for the site
It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted later this month, with the aim for building work to start in Spring 2018 and completion in mid to late 2019.
As part of a plan to upgrade the traffic signals at the St Helens Road junction a new Puffin pedestrian crossing facility is to be provided on the north side of the junction.
Full details are contained in this report
The report says,
“The replacement of the existing island has been proposed because the island is too narrow. It falls below minimum design guidance in terms of its overall width and the distance of its guard rails from the carriageway.
The substandard width results in difficulty for pedestrians in using the facility, especially those with prams and wheelchairs.
The substandard distance of the guardrail to the carriageway has resulted in vehicle strikes which in turn creates a maintenance liability.
The addition of a third pedestrian crossing on the north arm of the junction constitutes as ‘easy win’, in that it provides a desirable pedestrian facility without any significant detriment to the functioning of the junction.
There is no significant change to vehicular delays, queues, Practical Reserve Capacity or congestion.
Introduction of an additional pedestrian crossing on the north arm of the junction is a significant improvement for pedestrians as it serves a desire line accessing the inbound bus stop and Cross Keys public house.
Changes to traffic signals and junction layouts at George Hudson Street and East Parade in Heworth are also being considered
Tesco plan “dry cleaning pod”
Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward.
Full details can be found by clicking the application reference
25 North Lane York YO24 2NZ
Two storey side extension
Ref. No: 17/00772/FUL
Cross Keys Public House 32 Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York YO24 1LQ
Display of 1no. externally illuminated hanging sign, 1no. externally illuminated fascia sign, 1no. non illuminated projecting sign and 4no. non illuminated wall mounted signs
Ref. No: 17/00728/ADV
Cross Keys Public House 32 Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York YO24 1LQ
Display of illuminated and non-illuminated signs
Ref. No: 17/00729/LBC
Tesco Tadcaster Road
Tesco Askham Bar Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York YO24 1LW
Siting of dry cleaning, key cutting, shoe and watch repairs pod at existing premises
Ref. No: 17/00418/FUL
Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site. http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/
The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received.
We continue to receive complaints about irresponsible and inconsiderate parking across the ward, most recently on Tadcaster Road near to the Co-op garage.
The photograph below taken earlier this week shows, incredibly, a car parked slap bang in the middle of the footpath whilst the driver went into the Co-op.
The police have been notified.
Local Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton is taking action in response to residents’ concerns about the damage being done to the grass verges in front of 302 Tadcaster Road, the site of the former Knavesmire Manor Hotel.
There is significant renovation work being done to the building, and a new property has been constructed to the rear, which is now on the market. The verges to the front of the former hotel have ben turned into a mud bath.
Stephen has asked council officers to take action that will lead to the verges being reinstated to their former state.
The St Leonards Hospice Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 26 November from 1pm to 4pm.
There will be entertainment from Prima Vox Choir, a BBQ, festive refreshments, crafts, gifts, tombolas, prizes and lots of fun. Admission will be a £1.00 donation for adults. It is hoped that Santa will have time in his busy schedule to fly in with his sleigh!
A number of instances of vandalism on Tadcaster Road appear to have taken place overnight on Friday 14 October / Saturday 15 October.
The bench at the junction with Ainsty Grove has been ripped from its moorings – the feet are badly damaged and it looks as though the bench will need to be replaced.
Bench at Ainsty Grove
Some of the contents of a skip appear to have been removed and dumped on the verge. The litter bin by the Pulleyn Drive bus stop had been shunted into the middle of the footpath, and the phone box opposite the fish & chip shop has been put out of action by the handset being ripped out.
Damaged phone box
Items dumped on the verge
Stephen has reported the damage to the Police. If any residents have any information about who might be responsible, please call 101.
Residents may have noticed near the junction of Tadcaster Road and St Helens Road the appearance of a small box and a camera.
This equipment relates to the ‘Traffic Signal Asset Renewal’ (TSAR) project which is focused on replacing life-expired traffic signal installations. The junctions that are to be treated will be prioritised based on their age and condition, with the oldest and most unreliable junctions treated earlier in the programme,
The aim is to replace old equipment, not to revisit the fundamental operation of junctions or make significant changes to their operation.
The survey cameras are collecting traffic information so that when the new equipment is installed, the traffic plans can be implemented using up to date information.
Progress is being made with the construction of the long-awaited cycle path linking the Revival estate (on the old College site) with the green lane path. The new path, which will run alongside the College playing fields, will provide residents with quicker and safer access to Bishopthorpe and the Knavesmire.
Construction of the path could not begin until the local newt population had been trapped and relocated.
We have asked that the trees that are obscuring the footpath on Tadcaster Road, opposite The Square, are cut back as soon as possible. Council officers have responded to say that the work should be done during the week commencing 12 September.
Tadcaster Road tree in need of a trim
In better news, the hedges that were severely narrowing the footpath and cycle track at the junction of Moor Lane and Tadcaster Road have been cut back (pictured below). This has however revealed a lot of litter that had been lurking in the hedge, so we will be doing a litter pick blitz in this area at the weekend.
Moor Lane hedge looking trimmer