Agenda and draft minutes
Venue: Acomb Explore Library, Front Street, YO24 3BZ
Contact: Michal Czekajlo Community Involvement Officer
Drop in from 6:30pm
· Talk to your local councillors and local PCSO
· Find out about community groups active in your area
· Give us your views on what is important to you in your community
· Updates on developments in the ward – Lincoln Court, Centre of Excellence for Disabled Children, Lowfields and Newbury Avenue
· Ward budget update including ward capital and Housing Environment Improvement Programme
· Local partners update
· Have your say
1. WELCOME AND INTRODUCIONS
The meeting was chaired by Cllr Waller who welcomed everyone and set out the agenda. He also confirmed that the Police had been invited to the meeting (but were unable to attend).
2. UPDATES ON DEVELOPMENTS IN THE WARD
A presentation was given by Carolyn Vaughan- Downes, William Shaw and Sophie Round which included sight of a plan of three proposed developments in the area.
Lincoln Court provides sheltered housing for residents and the discussion centred on the creation of 15 new-build apartments and the refurbishment of 20 existing ones including improvements to the communal lounge, laundry area and creating a guest suite to enable visitors to stay.
Centre of Excellence for Disabled Children
The Centre of Excellence development has been designed to provide additional support and provide better outcomes for children with disabilities and their families across York (including short break provision). It is based at the site of the former Windsor House and will also use some of the land used for Hob Moor Oaks School.
Both projects should take approximately one year and the same contractor is being used in order to mitigate the impact on the local community. A web page is also being created and the contractor will provide regular updates on progress as well as a contact link.
A recent issue raised by residents relates to concerns about the impact of increased traffic (particularly in light of narrow residential roads near the development) and Cllr Waller confirmed that a recent ‘walkabout’ had been very useful in highlighting potential problems.
Lowfield Green Site
The Lowfield Green development is a collaboration between City of York Council and YorSpace which comprises mixed tenure residential housing, bungalows, flats, self-build plots and a proposed 80 bedded care home (the latter of which is currently out to tender). The development is a two year programme which should be completed by 2021.
There have been slight delays due to service providers (including the current diversion of a main sewer by Yorkshire Water). The issue of surface water has also been raised with Yorkshire Water as a concern.
Cllr Waller acknowledged that all three developments were overlapping which has resulted in some disruption to residents. He also made it clear that certain alterations (i.e. relating to electricity charging points and housing improvements) have recently been made due to pressure from ward councillors.
At this point, the meeting was open for questions.
Question: A resident asked for an update on the self-build area.
Answer – Sophie Round confirmed that although there were no firm plans as yet she would provide the resident with the YorSpace details.
Question: A resident wanted an update on the current parking plan (including provision for visitors).
Answer: Sophie Round acknowledged that parking is a key issue with residents and that there would be opportunities for further discussion in future meetings. Currently, the development aims to provide:
1-2 bedroom properties - 1 parking space
3+ bedroom properties – 2 parking spaces