Agenda and minutes
Venue: The Gateway Centre, Front Street, YO24 3BZ
Contact: Michal Czekajlo Community Involvement Officer
Drop-in 6:30pm - 7pm
· Talk to your local councillors
· Find out about community groups active in your area
· Give us your views on what is important to you in your community
An update on the Lincoln Court development was provided by Carolyn Vaughan-Downes, Housing Development Manager and Terry Ashton, New Build Project Manager. It is envisaged for the construction works to start in February 2019 with the project duration approximately one year. Carolyn and Terry can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for more information about the development.
First Bus service improvements and reliability
Rachel Benn and Stuart Fillingham from First York.
Rachel Benn, Head of Operations First York, Stuart Fillingham Network Manager First York gave a talk about the service.
Introduction of the contactless payment option on the bus as well as the mTicket were described.
Service improvements planned for January 2019 will include improved timetables and steps to eliminate issues with waiting times.
Matter of too high frequency of no 4 arriving on Green Line and causing road blockages with 2 busses at the bus stop was raised by a resident and will be looked into by Rachel and Stuart.
It was explained that the timetable display screen infrastructure is looked after by the City of York Council.
Printed bus timetables can be made available and it was suggested that a stock is provided for distribution from the Acomb Explore.
Issues with the First York Bus service can reported online https://www.firstgroup.com/help-and-support or by telephoning the Customer Service team on 0345 646 0707 (0700-1900 Monday-Friday, 0900-1700 weekends and bank holidays).
An update on recently funded projects.
A list of successful 2018-19 grant recipients is on the attached PowerPoint presentation.
Taking into consideration outcome of the ward schemes ballot earlier this year Ward Councillors dedicated funding to address the following areas.
· Pot of funding for activities provision for young people
o From that pot £405 was awarded as a grant to Foxwood Drop-in towards arts and crafts materials, toys and other new equipment for the group;
o £490 was awarded as a grant to the Acomb Explore Library towards seven children’s activities over the summer 2018;
o £1105 was used towards the Q York Chapelfields youth club exit strategy over the summer 2018.
This pot of funding is now spent.
· Funding towards production of a ward directory, a booklet containing info about local groups and activities. The content is being finalised.
· Pot of funding for support for sports teams – sports clubs in the ward were approached with an offer to apply for a small grant from the pot. Applications received from the Acorn York u14s Junior Rugby Team asking for between £500 and £995 towards various elements and from Indoor Bowls Club asking for £2000 towards purchase of 10 new sets of bowls.
Councillors decided the night to award £995 to the Acorn York u14s Junior Rugby Team.
· Pot of funding for activities for older residents (+£1,024 from last years pot).
o From that pot £124 spent on strawberries and cream garden parties.
o £100 was awarded as a grant to Walking for Health – York Health Walks towards development of the project incl. elements of expenditure such as printing leaflets, training new volunteers, or festival promotion.
Councillors decided on the night to award £750 from this pot to the Indoor Bowls Club as the project aligns better with the aims of this funding pot.
£2,050 is still available for projects bringing benefits to older residents.
· Pot of funding for trimming City of York Council trees (+ £3,226 from last years pot). Utilisation of this fund is being looked into by the Ward Committee.
· Pot of funding for trimming overgrown shrubs and repairs to fencing on the City of York Council land.
o A suggestion was made to use this funding towards work at the Acomb Meadow and the surrounding woodland (Bellwood Drive), however this is being taken care of and resourced by the Askham Brian College students.
o £1,000 from this fund will be used towards footpath extension work at the Acomb War Memorial.
o £1,000 is still available.
· Fund to support tidy up of Acomb war memorials which commemorates those local people that died in the WW1 and other conflicts.
o Landscaping work at the Acomb War Memorial site is to be undertaken in time for events in November. This will include tidying up the vegetation, health and safety check of trees and extension of the footpath from where it ends to the actual memorial to improve access.
This pot of funding is now spent.
· Funding for 'Anti Dog Fouling' campaign.
o From ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
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