UFO – Concrete progress and dusty verges

TalkTalk have issued an updated timetable setting out when tarmac strips in concrete driveways will be replaced with concrete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile local Lib Dem councillors are continuing to keep up the pressure for proper reinstatement of grass verges where damage has been caused by UFO cable laying. The dry weather has meant that very little of the grass seed put down has grown, and in some places the lack of mowing has allowed large weeds to grow.

A damaged verge on Leven Road

 

In response to a question about plans to reinstate verges, TalkTalk told us that “We are required to ensure that a reasonable amount of growth has happened within 12 months following being reseeded, which we will make sure is the case. At this time there are no signs of concern as the current weather may have impacted any immediate grow.”

TalkTalk publish timetable for repair work

TalkTalk has published a timetable setting out when tarmac strips across concrete driveways will be replaced with concrete, and other repairs made to footpaths and verges following the UFO cable installation work.

Dates correct as at 31 May 2018

Lib Dem councillor Andrew Waller met with representatives of TalkTalk and contractors FNS on Friday 1 June to visit locations across Westfield and Dringhouses & Woodthorpe wards where there are concerns about the reinstatement works done so far.

Talks on UFO restoration work

On 8 May Cllr Ann Reid joined fellow Lib Dem councillor Andrew Waller to meet with representatives of TalkTalk and council officers. The meeting followed a letter sent by Cllr Waller to TalkTalk last month expressing concerns received from residents with respect to the work being conducted as part of the Ultra Fibre Optic roll out.

A summary of residents’ issues raised were:
• Verge conditions – stones and gravel prevent grass growing or safe cutting by machines
• Tarmac on concrete driveways –uncertainty as to when tarmac will be replaced with concrete
• Cutting of other cables in the highway
• Bus routes blocked
• Pedestrians put onto the road due to closed footpath

There are concerns about the state of verges across Dringhouses

On communications, a new leaflet has been developed to encourage residents to call the Careline if there are issues and to reinforce the message that the crews will be returning to streets after the initial engineering works. There have been instances of other utilities having cables in the ground where they are not meant to be and this has resulted in some residents having telecoms cut (there is a BT Openreach worker with the teams at all times)

It was accepted that there needs to be a clearer communication of plans to residents and ward councillors in relation to:
• Replace temporary tarmac in concrete driveways with concrete (on like for like basis)
• Restoration of verges with re-soiling (replacing the rubble) and grass seed (within the timeframe when it is not too warm/dry for seed to successfully germinate)
• Step up tool box talks to gangs to reinforce customer service requirements
• Review pinch points where there are so many crews and vehicles that it starts to impact on transport in an area
• Review locations where pedestrians needed to go onto the road due to the works

There will be a new inspection regime to respond to residents’ concerns and ward councillors will be asked to check that issues raised by residents have been addressed before final sign off.
It is planned to have a web page for updates, and Frequently Asked Questions, and a summary of the position with roads which have been completed through the process.

Representatives from TalkTalk will give an update at the joint Dringhouses & Woodthorpe and Westfield Ward Committee meeting on 5 June at 6.30pm at the indoor bowls club on Thanet Road.

Ultra Fibre Optic work plan for 19 February to 2 March

TalkTalk have announced the Ultra Fibre Optic cable-laying plans for late February / early March, with the focus switching to the Dringhouses area.


 

Work will take place on Highmoor Road, Sandcroft Road, St James Croft, West Thorpe, Lerecroft Road, North Lane, Jervis Road, Thanet Road, Orchard Way, Moorlea Avenue, Chase Side Court, Leeside, Eason Road, Gower Road, Don Avenue, Swale Avenue, Leven Road, Chaloners Road, Wains Road, Moorlea Avenue.

Ultra Fibre Optic work plan for 29 January to 9 February

TalkTalk have announced their Ultra Fibre Optic cable-laying plans for early February, with the focus now solely on the ‘narrow trenching’ phase of the works.


Work will take place on Sandmartin Court, Carrfield, Chantry Close, Sherringham Drive, Grassholme, Crummock, Chaloners Road, Gower Road, Herdsmans Road, Wains Road, Trent Way, Allendale, Deepdale, Heron Avenue, Ryecroft Avenue, Skiddaw, Lowick, Wordsworth Crescent, Summerfield Road, Arundel Grove, Ullswater, Acorn Way, Moorcroft Road, Don Avenue, Swale Avenue.

 

 

 

Ultra Fibre Optic work plan for 15th to 28th January

TalkTalk have announced their Ultra Fibre Optic cable-laying plans for the second half of January.

‘Advanced civils’ work will be done on Leven Road, Kinbrace Drive, Lindale, Bannisdale, Skiddaw, Tarbert Crescent, Cairnborrow, Moor Lane, Wansbeck and Crummock.

‘Narrow trenching’ work will be done on Jervis Road, Lerecroft Road, Orrin Close, Nevis Way, Eden Close, Wansbeck, Cairnborrow, North Lane, Lowick, Alness Drive, Troutbeck, Bannisdale, Stonethwaite, Grassholme, Miterdale, Lindale and Quaker Green.

Ultra Fibre Optic work plan for 1st to 14th January

TalkTalk have announced their Ultra Fibre Optic cable-laying plans for the first two weeks of the new year.

‘Advanced civils’ work will be done on Chaloners Road, Leven Road, Kinbrace Drive, Crummock, Wansbeck and Cairnborrow.

‘Narrow trenching’ work will be done on Chase Side Court, Wains Road, Southfield Crescent, Farmlands Road, Eason View, Highmoor Road, Thanet Road, Railway View, Don Avenue, Swale Avenue, Leeside, Dalmally Close, Helmsdale, Burns Court, Annan Close, Spey Bank, Dee Close, Chaloners Road, Kinbrace Drive, Girvan Close, Eden Close, Carron Crescent, Nairn Close.


 

Ultra Fibre Optic work plan 18 December to 7 January

TalkTalk have announced their Ultra Fibre Optic cable-laying plans for the Christmas and New Year period.

During the week commencing 18 December, ‘advanced civils’ work will be done on Chaloners Road and ‘narrow trenching’ will be done on North Lane and Moorlea Avenue.

From 22nd December to 2nd January there won’t be any first or second phase work being started, in order to minimise disruption around the festive period. The teams will however be out and about checking for minor faults that need to be rectified during this time.

From 3rd January, ‘narrow trenching’ work will get underway on Chase Side Court, Southfield Crescent, Wains Road, Farmlands Road, Eason View, Highmoor Road, Thanet Road, Railway View, Eason View, Don Avenue, Swale Avenue, Leeside.

Ultra Fibre Optic – work plan for w/c 4 December

The work to install Ultra Fibre Optic cable across west York continues, with the following streets due to be visited during the week commencing 4 December for ‘advanced civils’ and ‘narrow trenching’ work:


Advanced civils: Grassholme, Eden Close, Trent Way, Orrin Close, Skiddaw, Crummock, Cairnborrow, Wansbeck, Tarbert Crescent, Arundel Grove, Ganton Place, Silverdale Court, Wains Road, Chaloners Road, Kinbrace Drive, Leven Road, Lowick, Helmsdale, Ryecroft Avenue

Narrow trenching: Sandcroft Road, Silverdale Court, Glenridding, Sandcroft Close, Moorcroft Road, Thanet Road, Jervis Road, Moorlea Avenue, North Lane, Eason View, Gower Road, Moor Lane

Ultra Fibre Optic – work plan for 20 November to 3 December

The work to install Ultra Fibre Optic cable across west York continues, with the following streets due to be visited between 20 November and 3 December for ‘advanced civils’ and ‘narrow trenching’ work:

Advanced civils: North Lane, Eason Road, Eason View, Thanet Road, Chaseside Court, Moorcroft Road, Glenridding, Moor Lane, Grassholme

Narrow trenching: Chaloners Road, Thanet Road, West Thorpe, Sandcroft Road, Farmlands Road, Highmoor Road, Wains Road, Acorn Way, Bramble Dene, Windermere, Glaisdale, Arundel Grove, Overdale Close, Moorcroft Road