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Acomb's Labour ward Councillor Stuart Barnes is meeting with senior council officers this week in a bid to secure the former Manor school playing fields as public open space with leisure and play facilities for Acomb residents.

 

Despite the fact that the site is used by many dog walkers, the playing fields have been fenced off to the public since the closure of the old Manor School in 2009, with 'No Entry' signs installed by City of York Council to put the public off. 

 

Part of the former playing field has been earmarked for development related to the housing scheme on the old British Sugar site, but plans show that large parts of the fields are not required and are not included in the area that has been agreed 'under option' for development.

 

The developer recently announced delays to that site could mean no development takes place until 2020, meaning that none of the associated community infrastructure would be delivered until after that date. 

 

Outline proposals, agreed in principle between senior council officers and the developer, would see Section 106 monies generated in Acomb ward spent in Rural West York ward.  The monies have to be paid by the developer to CYC and look set to fund sports facilities in Nether Poppleton, something Coun. Barnes has taken issue with.

 

Coun. Barnes, councillor for Acomb ward and deputy leader of the council’s Labour Group, said:

 

"I think it's disgraceful that there is such a shortage of public open space in Acomb and yet this area of playing field is currently fenced off to the public. 

 

"I'm not at all happy at current proposals to see Acomb residents being expected to bear the brunt of proposed new housing on the British Sugar site while residents in Nether Poppleton are in line to see the benefits in the form of new sports facilities. This seems fundamentally unfair and I want to see plans brought forward as quickly as possible to develop part of the old Manor School playing fields into an open space that can be used by the community. 

 

"I often hear from people on the doorstep and at community drop-in sessions that they or their kids are fed up at the lack of parks, open spaces and leisure facilities that are enjoyed by residents in other parts of the city. They want somewhere that can be used by everyone for their leisure, health and well-being.  The current generation need positive action taking now”.

 

Coun. Barnes said he is meeting with a number of senior officers to discuss the matter on Wednesday this week and will put the case of residents very firmly, but added that the proposals could not wait until 2020 when the British Sugar site development gets underway. He said there was no reason the playing fields could not be progressed as leisure space now, separately to the plans for housing development.

 

The leisure space would be designed and developed following community consultation, and could include anything from tennis courts, football pitches or cricket nets, to an outdoor gym or play facilities.

 

“This really has to be a decision by the community for the community”, said Coun. Barnes.  "What is clear though is that the money will be there to provide for a really good quality leisure space as more s106 payments associated with housing developments on the old Civil Service site are progressed. I hope this funding will be matched by support from senior officers and Councillors from the Tory and Lib Dem Executive, and that we can reach an agreement on a plan that can deliver for residents very soon”.

 

Councillor Barnes has established a petition online for residents of Acomb to sign and show their support for plans to convert part of the former playing fields into open community space. The petition can be found online at:  http://chn.ge/2bdIdiP  or via Twitter #AskAcomb­­­

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Labour’s Heworth Branch today made food and cash donations to charity, following a successful Summer Fair on the weekend.

 

The Fair took place on Saturday in the garden of the Shoulder of Mutton pub on Heworth Green, with a number of children’s activities including a bouncy castle, and stalls helping to raise funds for a local food bank. Live music was provided by local jazz trio, Bejazzled.

 

Cllr Barbara Boyce said:

 

“The weather was kind to us which helps immensely when you want people to come out and support a local community event.  As well as raising well over £400 for Trussell Trust foodbanks in York, we have also donated a number of boxes of food kindly provided by those who attended."

Martin Handsley, Branch Secretary said 

“This was the Labour Party being active in the community and helping local people in need as well as having a fun day.  Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the event in providing much needed food and funds to a very worthy cause.  We are looking forward to arranging another event very soon."

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York’s Labour politicians have reacted angrily this week to news that local NHS managers have announced plans to close Archways hospital unit in Clarendon Court, off Haxby Road.
 
The Vale of York NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, under interim leadership after the organisation fell into ‘Special Measures’ due to poor performance, announced the decision yesterday. The 22 bed unit, which provides essential care for many of York’s most vulnerable frail or elderly residents, will be gradually phased out during November and December this year.
 
Councillor Stuart Barnes, Labour’s Deputy Leader and member of the council’s Health Scrutiny Committee said:
 
“The fact that these plans are being bulldozed through with such short notice and without consultation is a major concern.  The law requires consultation with patients and the public, and that significant changes are explained to the council, none of which has happened.
 
“Good NHS care in the community and in people’s homes is essential and, in many cases will be a better option than hospital, bed-based NHS treatment, something we support. But consultation must take place to allow the public and councillors on the Health Scrutiny Committee, to understand the implications of this proposal for the health of the many, mainly elderly, people that could be impacted by it.   
 
“This sadly appears to be the modern day reality of NHS bosses under real pressure to do what Westminster demands and balance the books, sometimes by changing or removing services.   I want to send a very clear message to the interim bosses in charge of NHS services here that balancing the books is not an excuse to cut corners and sell this city short.”
 
Labour has announced that it will be calling on all political parties at City of York Council to ask for their support in escalating this matter and referring it to the Secretary of State for his consideration given the failure of NHS bosses to consult and explain the changes.
 

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