Month: July 2015

Micklegate business meeting – 2015-07-21

On behalf of Counsellor Kramm and representing the Green Party Micklegate Ward Committee, Mark Havercroft and I attended a Micklegate (the street, not the ward) business meeting at Your Bike Shed basement on Tuesday.  It was well attended by local business, the other Micklegate counsellors plus city council and police representatives.

The main points were:

Promoting that local businesses should vote for York to introduce a “Business Improvement District“.  A not-for-profit business set up to represent businesses in York paid for by additional 1% levy on business rates.
Antisocial behaviour on Micklegate is often reported as an issue during the afternoons on Saturdays.  Police are making efforts to change things from the outside (dry trains, engaging licensees, reinvigorating “pub watch”, ensuring police powers are being used) but highlight that the solution requires a collaborative effort.  Code of conduct for bars seems like it might be the best solution, but the problem bars are the ones that don’t attend these meetings so unlikely to be implemented.
I think it would be good if York could say “this is the kind of behaviour we expect” and put across a coherent message.
Counsellor Johnny Hayes gave inspiring talk about development of the “Bishy Road” brand and how working together brought them success.  Micklegate should work together to form a similar group, but with a different brand.
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Weekly list of planning applications received between 13th – 17th July 2015

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Micklegate ward.
Full details can be found by searching for the application reference.
Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

Ref No: 15/01437/FUL
Location:       Racecourse Racecourse Road Knavesmire York YO23 1EJ
Proposal:        Variation of condition 2 of permitted application 13/01320/FUL to construct canopy, replace weigh-in building, owners and trainers gatehouse and pavilion, external alterations to former weigh-in building and associated landscaping
Applicant:      York Racecourse LLP
Contact Mr Matthew Thomas
Consultation Expiry Date        12 August 2015
Case Officer:   Fiona Mackay    Expected Decision Level DEL
Ref No: 15/01475/FUL
Location:       42 Scarcroft Hill York YO24 1DE
Proposal:       Variation of condition 2 of permitted application 15/00082/FUL to reduce size of extension
Applicant:      Mr & Mrs Gibson
Contact Mr Alan Ramsay
Consultation Expiry Date        10 August 2015
Case Officer:   Sandra Duffill  Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 15/01526/FUL
Location:       39 Nunthorpe Crescent York YO23 1DU
Proposal:       Single storey rear extension
Applicant:      Mr Tom Wale
Contact Mr Charles Pacey
Consultation Expiry Date        10 August 2015
Case Officer:   Elizabeth Potter        Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 15/01502/LBC
Location:       20 South Parade York YO23 1BF
Proposal:       External alterations to replace rear basement window and construction of window to rear
Applicant:      Mr Stephen Tighe
Consultation Expiry Date        12 August 2015
Case Officer:   Carolyn Howarth Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 15/01510/LBC
Location:       6 – 7 Bridge Street York YO1 6DD
Proposal:       Internal and external alterations in connection with conversion of upper floors from office to 3no. self contained flats
Applicant:      Scothern Construction Ltd.
Contact Walker Graham Architects
Consultation Expiry Date        12 August 2015
Case Officer:   Fiona Mackay    Expected Decision Level DEL

Weekly list of planning applications received between 6th – 10th July 2015

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Micklegate ward.
Full details can be found by searching for the application reference.
Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

Ref No: 15/01291/FUL
Location:       The Old Coach House 4 Custance Walk York YO23 1BX
Proposal:       Change of use from residential to mixed use residential with  B1 office space (retrospective)
Applicant:      Mr Darren Pudsey
Consultation Expiry Date        3 August 2015
Case Officer:   Neil Massey     Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 15/01433/FUL
Location:       28 Scott Street York YO23 1NS
Proposal:       Conversion of outbuilding to habitable room with pitched roof
Applicant:      Mrs Warren
Contact Paul Roberts
Consultation Expiry Date        3 August 2015
Case Officer:   Sandra Duffill  Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 15/01476/FUL
Location:       108 Bishopthorpe Road York YO23 1JX
Proposal:       Second floor rear extension
Applicant:      Mr M Woolridge
Contact Mr R Room
Consultation Expiry Date        3 August 2015
Case Officer:   Elizabeth Potter        Expected Decision Level DEL

Clementhorpe Malthouse – show of support. Tonight (Tuesday 14th) 17:30

Having called in the decision about the ACV the Council will be answering further scrutiny at a meeting this evening at 17:30

Clementhorpe community association are hoping that this open meeting can be attended by as many interested people as possible to show the council how important this sort of decision is to the community.  It is too late to register to speak, but hopefully a well attended audience will show how disappointed the community are with the process.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1609930255913398

Gambling Policy Consultation – deadline 28 September

The Gambling Act 2005 requires each Licensing Authority to review their Statement of Licensing Policy every three years.  The Council published its current policy in December 2012 which expires in December 2015.  The policy has been updated to include relevant changes in legislation.  We are now seeking the views of all interested parties on any other changes that may be considered necessary.

The results of the consultation will be considered by the Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory Committee in November before being approved by Full Council in December.

To take part in this consultation download a copy of Gambling Act Policy 2015 draft document and provide your comments by email or post, no later than Monday, 28 September 2015.

Any comments must be received by no later than Monday, 28 September 2015, they should be sent to:

Email: licensing.unit@york.gov.uk<mailto:licensing.unit@york.gov.uk>
Post:   Licensing Services
City of York Council
Eco Depot
Hazel Court
York
YO10 3DS

Bike Marking event: Thursday 16 July

PROTECT your bike! Bring it along to West Offices bike sheds on Thursday 16 July between 7.30am and 6pm and get it marked.
Using state of the art tool marking equipment, police officers will mark your house number and postcode onto your bike. The bike details will then be logged onto the Police Immobilise Database. There is no charge for this service.
Please have your email address to hand when checking in.
For more information contact either
PCSO 3519 Abigail Bambridge, Response & Reassurance, North Street, York (Dial 101, press Option 2)
or Darren Lovatt (CYC) 01904 553399

Called-In Item: Applications for Community Right to Bid under the Localism Act 2011 – Clementhorpe Malt House

Councillors Gunnell, Hayes and Kramm in accordance with the Council’s Constitution called in the decisions made by the Leader at his Decision Session held on 29 June 2015 in relation to the applications for Community Right to Bid under the Localism Act 2011 for the Clementhorpe Malt House.

The call in will be discussed at the Corporate and Scrutiny Management Policy and Scrutiny Committee (Calling In) on Tuesday, 14th July, 2015 at 5.30 pm in the The George Hudson Board Room – 1st Floor West Offices (F045).

The deadline for registering to speak as members of the public is 5.00pm on Monday 13 July 2015.  Members of the public can speak on agenda items or matters within the remit of the committee.

You can find the call-in report including the call in reasons here:

http://democracy.york.gov.uk/documents/s98348/Cover%20Report%20-%20Clementhorpe%20Malt%20House.pdf

Cllr Hayes will present the reasoning on behalf of the ward councillors.

Vine Street Gully Cleaning, Road Marking, Pot Holing, & Street Sweeping

The City of York Council is to clean and check the gullies in Vine Street on the 23rd July 2015, weather permitting.

To facilitate this work parking will be suspended between 9:00am and 3:00pm on the 23rd July 2015.

In an effort to reduce this kind of disruption to residents City of York will also undertake the cleaning of gullies, the repair of pot holes and mechanically sweep the channel (kerb side). As soon as the work is completed the no parking cones and restriction will be lifted. 

If you have any concerns please feel free to contact City & Environmental Services on 01904 553130.

Weekly list of planning applications received between 29th June – 3rd July 2015

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Micklegate ward.
Full details can be found by searching for the application reference.
Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

 

Ref No: 15/01266/FUL
Location:       Clements Hall Nunthorpe Road York YO23 1BG
Proposal:       Constructuon of secure bicycle store
Applicant:      Dr Paul Bisson
Consultation Expiry Date        29 July 2015
Case Officer:   Elizabeth Potter        Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 15/01464/TCA
Location:       3 Cobble Court Mews Shaws Terrace York YO24 1BB
Proposal:       Fell Cherry tree in a Conservation Area
Applicant:      Mr Lee Harris
Contact Mr Glynn Whittaker
Consultation Expiry Date        27 July 2015
Case Officer:   Esther Priestley        Expected Decision Level

York Greens call in decision on Council security privatisation

Our green4micklegate Councillor Lars Kramm, along with the other Green Party councillors, will be calling in for review the new Council administration’s proposal to privatise security services in York.

You need three councillors who call an item in and you have to give reasons. The called in item goes than to the relevant scrutiny committee for discussion.
Officers will arrange for an item to be included on the next Overview and Scrutiny Committee agenda and will arrange for a report to be compiled giving details of issues to be considered.

The Overview and Scrutiny can make any one of four decisions regarding the Called-In item:
(a) Do nothing and let the decision stand without review.
(b) Refer the matter back to Cabinet with a recommendation that the decision be reconsidered taking into account factors x, y.
(c) Refer the matter to Council if it is a policy or budgetary issue which is of particularly high local significance and public interest.
(d) Refer the matter to Council if the Committee believe that Cabinet have acted outside of the agreed framework.

Official York Green Party press release follows:

York Green Party’s Councillors have announced that they will be calling in for review the new Council administration’s proposal to privatise security services in York, due to significant concerns about the plans as they currently stand. Of particular concern are the civil liberties implications of allowing a private operator to monitor city-wide CCTV and the impact of the changes on security staff currently employed by the Council.

The Conservative-Lib Dem administration last week announced in its Procurement of Council Security Services report that it was seeking approval to privatise security services in all Council-owned buildings, in addition to the already privatised security services in West Offices. The report further recommended outsourcing the monitoring of city-wide CCTV.

York Green Party is concerned by the plans for a number of reasons, namely:

·         Full details of the scope of the Council buildings to be included have not been provided. For example, it is not clear whether the outsourcing will include schools and community centres.
·         Regarding the option to include the CCTV Operations Centre in the contract, there is no evidence of consultation with Safer York Partnership and the police prior to this decision or any assessment of the impact on public confidence from CCTV cameras being in the control of a private operator.
·         No details of the scale of the extension of the contract from West Offices to all Council buildings have been provided. Whilst the report acknowledges that the plans would have “workforce implications for the Council staff employed in this service”, it is not clear how many posts will be affected. It is also unclear by how much the value of the current contract for West Offices will increase when extended to all Council-owned buildings.
·         There is no mention of the Council’s commitment to protect the Living Wage for all staff and whether or not retention of the Living Wage will be required as part of the new contract.
·         There has been insufficient consultation with the trade unions representing Council security staff.
·         There is no recognition that services such as the Mansion House are of special importance to the city and rely on experienced specialist staff.

Cllr Denise Craghill said:

“The decision to call this item in for review reflects our local manifesto commitment to resist further privatisation, outsourcing and externalisation of Council services,  particularly when it affects such an important matter as cctv surveillance throughout the city. We are especially concerned because the paper that was approved seems to include very little detail as to what will be included in the new contract, who will be consulted and who will make the final decision. We believe that further scrutiny is needed”.

York Green Party is now able to call in items for review due to the election of two more Councillors (Cllr Denise Craghill and Cllr Lars Kramm) in the May local elections, bringing their number of Councillors up to four. A minimum of three Councillors is required to call in an item for review.