Action to tackle Askham Bar flytipping

Local Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton is leading efforts to tackle flytipping at the recycling banks at the Askham Bar Tesco car park.

There are persistent problems with household waste being dumped here, and there is an accumulation of litter around the recycling banks. The popularity of the clothes and shoes recycling banks has also led to bags of donations being dumped next to the full bins.

Dumping at Yorkshire Air Ambulance clothing banks

Household waste flytipped

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 20 August Stephen arranged a meeting on site with representatives from Yorwaste, City of York Council and Tesco to discuss the problems and what can be done to improve the situation. Actions arising from the meeting included checking on the frequency of emptying recycling banks which are sometimes overflowing, and exploring options for more proactive enforcement to increase the chances of catching flytippers.

It was noted that the return of the second cardboard bank has helped to improve matters in recent weeks.

Stephen commented  “There are many parties involved in the maintenance and management of this site – for example, a range of different companies are responsible for emptying the variety of banks. It was good to get some of the key players together to discuss the problems and try to come up with a plan.

“It’s important that when flytipping is spotted, the council’s Neighbourhood Enforcement Team is notified via neo@york.gov.uk or tel. 01904 551555. They can then look for evidence which will help to identify the cuplrit.”

Stephen has made contact with two of the companies responsible for emptying the donation banks for Yorkshire Air Ambulance (clothes) and Variety Club (shoes) following a build-up of donations piled up against the bins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The response from both firms was positive. SOEX UK Ltd, which manages the shoe bank, confirmed that it will take steps to ensure that it is emptied every Tuesday. Bag It Up Ltd, which manages the clothes bank, stated that they are looking into these issues and tweaking schedules to get on top of any sites that have overflow issues.

Stephen said “I’m pleased with the quick response from the firms that look after the clothing and shoe banks, and their commitment to action. If any residents want to donate but find that the banks are full, please take the bags home and do not dump them next to the bins.”

Local groups benefit from Tesco ‘Bags for Life’ scheme

Community and voluntary groups in Dringhouses are set to benefit from the Tesco ‘bags for life’ scheme, where the money raised from the sale of carrier bags is used to fund local projects in communities across the UK.

The Dringhouses Scout Group recently secured a £4,000 grant from the scheme and the Revival  Residents Community Association is currently bidding for a grant. Local residents can support their bid at the Askham Bar Tesco store, where blue tokens can be deposited in the relevant bucket.


Tesco Community Event

Stephen and Ashley helped to run a non-political ‘meet your local councillor’ stall at the Tesco Askham Bar community event on Sunday 24th July.

Tesco community day

They were joined by councillors from neighbouring Westfield (Sheena Jackson and Andrew Waller) and Rural West (Chris Steward) wards. And Lord Mayor Cllr Dave Taylor (Green, Fishergate ward) also dropped in.

Main topics of discussion were the draft Local Plan currently out for consultation, and street-level services.

Latest planning applications Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward

Big changes at Knavesmire Manor Hotel and Tesco

Knavesmire Manor Hotel

Knavesmire Manor Hotel

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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Location:       Knavesmire Manor Hotel 302 Tadcaster Road York YO24 1HE

Proposal:       Change of use from hotel (use class C1) to residential dwelling (use class C3) and demolition works including removal of rear extension and external fire escape

Ref No: 14/01407/FUL

Applicant:      The Knavesmire Venture LLP      Contact Mr Ian Atkinson Consultation Expiry Date        11 August 2014 Case Officer:   Clare Davies    Expected Decision Level DEL

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Location:       Tesco Supermarket Askham Bar Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York

Proposal:       New restaurant area to ground floor with associated external seating and access

Ref No: 14/01578/FUL

Applicant:      Tesco Stores Ltd        Contact Matthew Stevenson       Consultation Expiry Date        11 August 2014 Case Officer:   Heather Fairy (Mon – Wed)       Expected Decision Level DEL

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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/

NB. The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received.

York College to take redundant Moor Lane car parking spaces

The Moor Lane Car Park (former Park & Ride site next to Tesco) is now a pay and display car park with 500 spaces run by the York Council.

With the larger and free park and ride site nearby, not surprisingly the car park is little used.

The Council has been approached by the Principal at York College to help facilitate their parking arrangements during the summer period while building works are undertaken on site.

Council officials have agreed that 50 spaces will be provided at a flat rate of £2 per day for use by York College during the period 7 July to 31 August 2014.

A review will take place at the end of this period.

Latest Planning application Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward

Dry cleaning “pod” planned for Tesco site

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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Location: May Gurney Limited 312 Tadcaster Road York YO24 1HF

Proposal: Change of use from financial and professional service (Use class A2) to private day nursery (use class D1)

Ref No: 13/03660/FUL

Applicant: Mrs Vanessa Warn Contact Mr Andrew Neal Consultation Expiry Date 30 December 2013 Case Officer: Heather Fairy (Mon – Wed) Expected Decision Level DEL
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Location: Tesco Supermarket Askham Bar Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York

Proposal: Installation of pod

Ref No: 13/03661/FUL

Applicant: Tesco Stores Ltd Contact Mr Laurence Piper Consultation Expiry Date 30 December 2013Case Officer: Heather Fairy (Mon – Wed) Expected Decision Level DEL
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Location: Tesco Supermarket Askham Bar Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York

Proposal: Display of 3no. illuminated and 3o. non-illuminated fascia signs

Ref No: 13/03662/ADV

Applicant: Tesco Stores Ltd Contact Mr Laurence Piper Consultation Expiry Date 30 December 2013Case Officer: Heather Fairy (Mon – Wed) Expected Decision Level DEL
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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/

NB. The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received.