A successful series of free activity sessions for young people, run by the York City Knights Foundation, have come to an end.
Skate park sessions and inflatable obstacle courses were some of the activities provided during the easter, spring and summer holidays, paid for from the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe and Westfield ward committee budgets.
Skate park session on the Revival estate
Fun on Woodthorpe Green
Local Lib Dem councillors would like to hear from residents about what they thought went well, and what could be done differently in terms of activity sessions in the future.
Local Lib Dem councillors are encouraging residents to have their say on plans designed to tackle anti social behaviour in parts of Woodthorpe.
Example of a body-worn CCTV camera
Residents have expressed concern about vandalism and anti social behaviour in the Ashbourne Way and Summerfield Road area and also around the newly-refurbished playground at Woodthorpe Green.
In response, the Ward Budget is being used to fund a six-month trial of daily visits by a Gough & Kelly security patrol with body-worn cameras.
The aim is to gather evidence of the nature of the problems, with a view to informing a decision about whether a fixed CCTV camera would be beneficial.
The survey, which has been set up by Gough & Kelly, can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TH7XT3Q
The questions posed in the survey are:
- Do you feel there is a need for patrols with body-worn video in the Summerfield Road / Ashbourne Way area?
- Would having patrols make you feel safer?
- Are you happy that patrols have been considered as a way of documenting evidence to support the installation of a fixed CCTV camera?
- Are you happy for images of you to be recorded and stored for 31 days?
- Can you think of incidents where CCTV would have been useful in the area?
- Do you have any other comments, questions or concerns?
Two local groups in Woodthorpe are inviting residents to get together to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
On Thursday 17th May from 1.30 to 3.30pm Dementia Yorkshire is hosting a Royal Wedding themed afternoon at St James the Deacon Church Hall on Sherringham Drive, with light refreshments and organised activities on offer.
Then on the big day itself, Saturday 19th May, the Woodthorpe Community Group invites local residents to a Royal Wedding Street Party on Woodthorpe Green from 2pm to 4.30pm. As well as refreshment stalls there will also be family games on the Green. Bring your picnic blanket or folding chairs and make it a fun afternoon! In the event of wet weather, the event will move indoors to St James the Deacon church hall.
The playgrounds at Woodthorpe Green and Nelsons Lane have re-opened after improvement works were completed.
£30,000 has been spent at Woodthorpe Green to install new swings, adventure equipment and a zip wire. £17,000 came from City of York Council central budgets, with £11,000 from the Ward Committee and the remainder from development funds. In addition, the Woodthorpe York Community Group secured a Yorventure grant of £12,000 for the installation of an accessible roundabout.
At Nelsons Lane £32,000 has been spent, which includes a donation from local children’s nursery Little Green Rascals.
Ann, Ashley and Stephen at Nelsons Lane…
…and at Woodthorpe Green
Local Lib Dem councillors Ann Reid, Ashley Mason and Stephen Fenton worked with the Woodthorpe York Community Group and Chase Residents Association to engage with residents to determine the priorities for the revamps, and then young and old alike were asked to vote for their favourite designs.
Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton said “There has been a bit of a wait whilst snagging issues were resolved, but it’s wonderful to see the enjoyment that children and their families are getting from the revamped playgrounds.”
“Local residents’ involvement was key to realising these improvements, and it’s another example of where Ward Committee funding is making a real difference to our communities.”
The installation of a new accessible roundabout at the Woodthorpe Green play area is underway. The roundabout is designed in such a way as to easily accommodate wheelchairs, and has been funded by a £12,000 grant secured by the Woodthorpe York Community Group.
The wider playground revamp at Woodthorpe should be finally completed when snagging issues have been resolved. These are:
- final fixing of equipment parts
- repairs to paintwork
- installation of a concrete pad under the bench
- repairs to the picnic table seating area
Meanwhile at the revamped Nelsons Lane playground, outstanding issues are:
- the installation of the slide
- a replacement concrete pad under the bench
- repairs to the old seating area
When all of these tasks have been completed and signed off as safe, the playgrounds will re-open.
The £62k scheme to improve play areas at Nelsons Lane and Woodthorpe Green got started during the week commencing 8 January. The improvements are part-funded by the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee.
Initial work has focused on removing the equipment that isn’t to be retained and start the preparatory work for the new equipment to be installed.
Nelsons Lane – all existing play equipment removed
Woodthorpe Green – toddler play equipment retained (and to be re-painted when the weather is a bit warmer)
Nelsons Lane Play area
The Council has accepted tenders submitted by Wicksteed to replace equipment on two playgrounds
The refurbishment of the playground on Nelsons Lane will cost £32,000.
Similar work on Woodthorpe Green will cost £30,000
The work is expected to be completed by the end of the month
A large number of children and adults came along to the drop-in sessions at the Woodthorpe Green playground on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning to see the options for improving the play area.
Everyone was asked to vote for their first and second preferences out of the four plans on display.
Braving the rain on Friday afternoon
Great turnout despite the rain
Sunnier on Saturday!
There will be another chance to vote at the Ward Committee meeting on Tuesday 26 September from 6.30pm at the indoor bowls club on Thanet Road, and at the McMillan fundraising coffee morning at St James the Deacon on the morning of Saturday 30 September.
All four plans are set out below.
The play area at Woodthorpe Green is going to be updated with some new equipment, thanks to funding from City of York Council and the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee.
The Woodthorpe Community Group is working with the council to gather feedback on plans that have been submitted by playground companies and would like everyone who uses the park to come along and vote for their preferred design.
Representatives from the Community Group will be in the playground from 3-4pm on Friday 22nd September and 10-11am on Saturday 23rd September. Playground users are invited to come along and vote for their favourite design.