On the 4th December, Cllr Stephen Fenton spoke at a council meeting to highlight local concerns regarding the risk of flooding from overflowing drainage ditches.
On Boxing Day in 2015, homes on Coeside and Nevis Way in Woodthorpe narrowly avoided being inundated with water, gushing from an overflowing ditch at the back of the properties – pictured below.
Since then, work has been carried out to clear drainage ditches downstream and it is hoped this will result in quicker and more effective drainage of the ditch behind the houses.
Stephen spoke at a Decision Session for the Council’s Executive Member for the Environment on 4 December, at which a Gulley Management Strategy Review was discussed. He circulated photographs taken in September (see below) which show the ditch choked by vegetation, raising concerns that when it dies back, it will settle on the floor of the ditch and reduce capacity.
Stephen said “I want to highlight the importance of drainage ditches in the ward and I am keen to ensure that their maintenance is not overlooked as the council decides how to prioritise the resources that it has available.
“I am grateful to Council staff for the investment already made in clearing out the drainage channels downstream from the ditch that overflowed in 2015. I am also pleased that we were able to dedicate some Ward Committee funds to help pay for some digging out of the ditch to be done.”
The ‘Merry & Bright’ event held at Woodthorpe shops on 2 December was a huge success – thanks and well done to all of the local volunteers for making this happen.
Christmas comes to Woodthorpe on Saturday 2nd December with the ‘Merry and Bright’ event at the Moorcroft Road shops. There’ll be entertainment and refreshments for all the family!
Volunteers in the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward continue to make a significant impact in making the area cleaner, greener and safer.
Recently the informal community noticeboard opposite the shops on Moorcroft Road has been re-vamped by volunteers to make it more attractive and to provide more space for local groups to publicise their activities.
On Tadcaster Road, a local volunteer has come forward to overhaul the wooden planters between York College and the Askham Bar roundabout. The first tub has been cleared and planted up. The local Tesco store is doing its bit by helping to dispose of the removed vegetation.
St James the Deacon church on Sherringham Drive is holding its Christmas Table Top sale on Saturday 11 November, from 9.30am to 12.30.
Cllr Stephen Fenton met with representatives from McColls and the Hallmark Real Estate Group on 26 October to try to get action to resolve some problems in need of attention in the area around the shops on Moorcroft Road.
The wet weather helped to demonstrate the woeful drains that don’t actually drain, causing lakes to form in front of the shops!
Other issues raised were:
- Rocking paving slabs
- Missing concrete bollard
- Trees in need of pruning
- Potholes in the car park at the rear of the shops
- General state of the paved area
We hope that the meeting will result in some action to improve this privately-owned area of land, and we’ll keep residents informed.
There will be Stop / Go traffic controls on Alness Drive from 8am to 3.30pm, Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November, during footpath resurfacing works.
The new owner of the Love to Eat café on Moor Lane is hosting a drinks and nibbles event on Thursday 26 October from 7pm to 9pm. The evening will be an opportunity to celebrate with Fiona (the new owner) and say farewell to the previous owner, Louise.
Following a vote by residents of all ages organised by the Woodthorpe Community Group, the winning design for the revamp of Woodthorpe Green playground has been announced.
‘Design D’ was the winner
The £30,000 scheme is being funded by a combination of Ward Committee funds and money from City of York Council central. budgets.
The company that has secured the contract is Wicksteed Playgrounds – www.wicksteed.co.uk The council will now discuss with Wicksteed a timetable for the work.