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.
A wooden fence at Lovel House, off Wains Road, has been destroyed after a car smashed through it following a Police chase. Cllr Stephen Fenton has asked the council’s Housing team to arrange for repairs to be made ASAP, as the gap created leaves access to the field wide open.
The car caused significant damage to the metal fencing around the Acorn Rugby Club pitches, but this was repaired within days.
A weekly ‘Community Tea Room’ is being established at the Moor Lane Youth Centre on Wains Road, with support from Ward Committee funding.
Every Wednesday from 12 noon to 1.30pm residents are invited to pop in for a chat and a cuppa. This initiative comes hot on the heels of successful weekly ‘Community Hub’ sessions at Foxwood and Chapelfields.