Loading bay parking problems

In a recent survey undertaken by local Lib Dem councillors, Slingsby Grove residents expressed concerns about sight lines being blocked by cars parking in the ‘loading bay’ in front of the shops on Tadcaster Road. When cars, and in particular vans, park here, it obstructs motorists’ view of vehicles coming from the left as they pull out of Slingsby Grove.

We recently took this photo showing the ‘parking bay’ beyond the bus stop empty, whilst cars parked in the ‘loading bay’ (and in one case obstructed the cycle path).

Loading only?

We have asked council officers about the possibility of painting more striking markings for the loading bay, but this idea has not found favour. We will continue to press for action, as this is a matter of public safety about which residents have concerns.

Good turnout for Wilberforce Trust drop-in session

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.

Changes planned for Tadcaster Road/St Helen’s Road junction

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

The same meeting will also consider a report following the presentation of a petition asking for carriageway repair works on The Horseshoe

 

 

Latest planning applications for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward

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

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25 North Lane York YO24 2NZ

Two storey side extension

Ref. No: 17/00772/FUL 

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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 

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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

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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 

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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.

Concern at destruction of Tadcaster Road verges

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.

tad-rd-verge

Mud bath

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.

tad-rd-verge-for-sale-sign tad-rd-verge-sign

What’s on – St Leonards Hospice Christmas Fair on Sat 26 November

The St Leonards Hospice Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 26 November from 1pm to 4pm.

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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!

 

Vandals hit Tadcaster Road

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

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

Damaged phone box

Items dumped on the verge

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.

Survey camera ‘mystery’ solved

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.

New cycle path takes shape

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.

Nearly there!

Nearly there!

Construction of the path could not begin until the local newt population had been trapped and relocated.