Storm Ciara hits Woodthorpe

Heavy rain and strong winds made an impact on Sunday 7th February, with ditches waterlogged and at least one tree down. Thankfully there have been no reports of damage to property.

Fallen tree on Nevis Way
Ditch at the rear of Coeside, which thankfully did not overtop
Acomb Wood, near Acomb Wood Drive entrance
Acomb Wood, between Alness Drive and Acomb Wood Drive

Dog fouling concerns in Woodthorpe

Incidents of dog fouling in Woodthorpe seem to be on the rise, despite additional litter and dog waste bin having been installed across the ward.

One resident has made their feeling very clear on one snicket footpath.

City of York Council is asking local communities to get involved in tackling the problem. Set out below is a briefing note which sets out details of a project that groups of residents can get involved with. Ward funding would be available to cover the costs of the project.

Aim of the project

To combat the growing incidents of dog fouling around York, to equip stakeholders and members of the public with information to help raise awareness and the means to report incidents and help tackle the problem at a local level.

Why do we want to do this?

There has been an increase in reports of dog fouling to Neighbourhood Enforcement both from members of the public and via Public Realm.

There is insufficient resource to carry out the amount of patrolling necessary to cover all problem areas and offences often take place at unsocial hours when officers will not be available to patrol. 

In addition, patrols alone are not the most effective tool to deter people from allowing their dogs to foul; more local ownership of the problem is required – to be the eyes and ears of the community and make the offence socially unacceptable.

Scope of Project

  • The project will revolve around a package of information, guidance and free materials for dog owners, aimed at ward councillors, Parish councils, Resident Associations and community groups.
  • The package will include:-

Advertising Materials and guidance

  • 100 “Its not a game” flyers for door to door delivery
    • Bespoke flyers/postcards for targeted campaigns by street
    • Information on School engagement to design a poster
    • Information on designing their own
    • Pricing and information for A4 lamp-post mounted aluminium signs

Free Merchandise

  • Supply of dog poo bags
    • Supply of hand sanitiser
    • Spray Paint

Intelligence Gathering

  • Monitoring report forms for information gathering
    • Local Maps – on request
    • Incident reporting booklets
    • Comprehensive instructions to help identify perpetrators and/or problem locations and times
  • The pack will provide a six-week campaign brief to help groups take a step by step approach to educating, engaging and enforcing the anti-dog fouling message.
  • Updated CYC webpages with dedicated info and downloadable resources, links to Keep Britain Tidy website, RSPCA…..

What is required?

  • Agree budget
  • Order merchandise
  • Order spray paint
  • Complete campaign pack information
  • Design intelligence reporting form
  • Design bespoke flyer / postcard
  • Design bin sticker – any bin will do
  • Design school poster brief
  • Create webpage
  • Decide on Twitter account #tag
  • Promote use of social media – Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness

Police appeal for information about Woodthorpe burglaries

North Yorkshire Police have issued the following call for information via their ‘Community Messenger’ service after two daytime burglaries in Woodthorpe.

“We have received the following two reports of burglaries in Woodthorpe in York. Between 13.15pm and 18.15pm on Wednesday 20th November a property has been broken into on Deepdale and items taken. If you have any information that could assist officers with their enquiries can you please call 101 and quote incident number 12190213779.

Between 10.20am and 14.20pm on Wednesday 20th November a property on Ryecroft Avenue has been broken into and items taken. If you have any information that could assist officers with their enquiries can you please call 101 and quote incident number 12190213583.

Can we ask you to please be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour straight away. If you need further security advice please visit our website https://northyorkshire.police.uk/staying-safe/home-security/

Residents have their say on Number 12 bus woes

Local Lib Dem councillors have delivered a leaflet across Woodthorpe, Acomb Park and Foxwood asking residents for feedback on the number 12 bus service.

We have received a large number of e-mails and phone calls from residents who are exasperated by the increasing unreliability of the service. Many have noted that more people would be inclined to use the service if they could rely on it.

We are compiling all of the responses received and will be discussing with First and Transport officers at the council what can be done to improve the situation.

Update on number 12 bus service

At the beginning of September some changes were made to the number 12 bus service which meant that from early evening it no longer served Alness Drive / Acomb Wood Drive / Bellhouse Way, but instead turned around in the layby on Moor Lane.

A further revised timetable was published recently which was due to come into effect from 29 September. This would have seen the Alness Drive / Acomb Wood Drive / Bellhouse Way section of the route removed altogether. It would also have seen some Monday to Friday peak time journeys operate as the service 12A, with these journeys not serving Askham Bar Tesco.

These route changes will not now go ahead, following discussions between First, local councillors and council officers and as a result of additional funding being made available via an Officer Decision.

In addition, the evening number 12 service for Alness Drive / Acomb Wood Drive / Bellhouse Way has been restored.

The economic viability of the Alness Drive / Acomb Wood Drive / Bellhouse Way part of the route will be kept under review, and local efforts will be made to encourage more residents to use the service.

A new timetable for the number 12 service will come into effect from 29 September, and it is available HERE  

The number 12 service will continue to go around the ‘Woodthorpe loop’ (Moorcroft Road / Acorn Way / Ryecroft Avenue / Grassholme) on both the outward and return journeys.

Another change coming into effect is that the 500 Sunday service between Woodthorpe and the city centre via Bishopthorpe is being re-named the 11s.

Update on Moor Lane housing appeal

Further details have been made available about the appeal against the council’s refusal of planning permission for 516 homes to be built on land off Moor Lane next to Askham Bog.

The Appellant has submitted further information for consideration by the Planning Inspector in the form of an Addendum to the Environmental Impact Assessment, which can be viewed on the council’s website HERE

Planning officers at the council have confirmed that all of the comments and objections submitted by residents earlier this year will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate so that they can be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal. So there is no need for residents to resubmit the same comments previously submitted.

Any residents who want to modify or add to their earlier comments can do so online HERE before 2nd October. All representations must quote reference APP/C2741/W/19/3233973.

The Inquiry will begin on 12 November (venue to be confirmed) and is scheduled to sit for 12 days.

Fresh hope for Woodthorpe Post Office

The Post Office has announced its intention to open a branch in the McColls store on Moorcroft Road, a few doors down from the former Post Office branch which closed earlier this year

The proposal is now out to consultation Here, with a closing date of 18th September.

News of the relocation plans will come as a boost to local residents who have missed having this local facility. Over the summer local Liberal Democrat councillors collected a petition calling on the Post Office to reinstate counter services.

‘Handyperson’ sought for Woodthorpe shops area

The owner of the area at the front and rear of Woodthorpe shops on Moorcroft Road is looking for a handyman or woman to keep the area tidy. This is a paid position.

Initially because the area is in need of quite a bit of attention, there would be a few days work up front. It would then need a couple of hours every week or fortnight to sweep and keep on top of the weeds.

If anyone is interested, please contact Cllr Stephen Fenton on 07751 963215 or email cllr.sfenton@york.gov.uk and he will pass your details on to the landowner.

What’s on – York City FC kickabout for Woodthorpe youngsters on 24 July

Woodthorpe youngsters are encouraged to come down to the Green on Wednesday 24th July for a kickabout with the York City FC Foundation.

The 10-11am session is for boys and girls aged 6 to 9 years and the 11-12 session for those aged 10 to 13 years.

This is the first of a number of sessions that are being funded by the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe and Westfield Ward Committees.