Agenda and minutes
Venue: St Edward the Confessor Church, Tadcaster Road, YO24 1QG
Contact: Michal Czekajlo Community Officer
Drop-in from 18:30
Talk to your local councillors, PCSO, groups and organisations.
Give us your views on what is important to you in your community.
Local residents were given the opportunity to speak informally with ward councillors, PCSO’s and other speakers/representatives prior to the main meeting.
· Update on the Tadcaster Road highway / drainage / active travel scheme
· Group discussion about wild flower planting in the ward
· Ward budget – an update on recently awarded grants
· Have your say
1. Welcome and introductions
The meeting was chaired by Councillor Fenton who welcomed everyone and set out the general housekeeping rules as well as the agenda for the meeting.
2. Update from the local Police Team
PCSO Ellis Grimbley gave an overview of recent crime figures stating that the area is one of the safest in York, however recent spate in theft of car keys was emphasised and everyone was advised to keep their car keys in a safe and ideally lockable place.
Operation Lancelot was outlined as one taking place during horse racing events with the focus on racegoers.
Operation Immobilise aims to enable registration of property for free and improving chances of getting it back if it is lost or stolen.
New online reporting tool was suggested as a good way to report instances of ASB.
York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership speed concern form was introduced as a preferred method for receiving reports of cars driving at speed.
PCSO Grimbley encouraged the meeting to sign up to the Community Messaging, a platform used by North Yorkshire Police to get in touch with the community.
The talk was followed by a Q & A during which the following matters were raised:
high number of visitors to the city centre and perception of relatively low Police Officer presence, costs associated with policing of horse racing events, reporting portal functionality to upload images, dangerous cycling, educational school talks and electric scooter incidents.
Staffing level issues, nature of establishments located within the city centre, York Racecourse contribution to the costs associated with racing events, Operation Shimmer aimed at tackling dangerous cycling and cycling without lights, dealing with and the need for the Police Officer to witness the act have been offered as a response to particular matters raised.
3. Update on Tadcaster Road highway / drainage / active travel scheme
Councillor Fenton introduced Melanie Farnham, Senior Project Manager - Major Transport Projects who gave a presentation with the use of a Power Point slideshow on the Tadcaster Road scheme.
£5m from the Department for Transport and £1.4m from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority creates a fund to carry out maintenance of Tadcaster Road between the Askham Bar roundabout and junction with Holgate Road (A59). A dedicated webpage on the City of York Council website https://www.york.gov.uk/TadcasterRoad provides information about the scheme background, its impact on traffic and pedestrians, works plan, map of the area, envisaged timescale and consultation outcomes.
Melanie expanded on the Slingsby Grove junction area of the project outlining extension of the buildout, introduction of a new pedestrian crossing, tidying up of the parking bay and introduction of a separate stepped cycle lane.
It is envisaged that the scheme will create a safer and attractive environment for all road users but particularly for people using active or sustainable means to travel. Further benefits include lesser congestion, reduced localised surface water flooding, improved air quality and associated positive impact on health and wellbeing and a maintenance-free road for the next ... view the full minutes text for item 2.