Last year, as part of efforts to improve key walking routes in Haxby and Wigginton your Lib Dem councillors secured funding to provide a new surface to a series of pavements.
As part of efforts to support local community groups following two years of the pandemic, local councillors have backed Haxby Carnival and Wiggyfest with significant funding.
We are delighted to report that the planning application to extend and upgrade Oaken Grove Community Centre to allow it to be the permanent home for Haxby and Wigginton’s library has been approved.
As mentioned in the last issue of FOCUS your Lib Dem councillors have secured investment to improve the pavements in parts of Haxby and Wigginton. The first stage of this was the north side of The Village, Haxby and the Usher Park Road and Swarthdale estate.
Labour’s late bid to derail station progress defeated by Lib Dems & Greens
Another major milestone has now been reached in the campaign for a new station to serve Haxby and Wigginton, with City of York Council selecting a site off Towthorpe Road, to the north of Haxby, to be taken forward for more detailed design work.
The planning application for a new 65 bed residential and dementia care home at Haxby Hall has been approved by Council’s planning committee.
When complete, Haxby Hall will be able to offer 65 en-suite bedrooms 47 of which for residential care and 18 for people living with dementia, as well as restaurant and bar areas, hairdressers, a home cinema and spaces for meeting friends and family and social events.
The plans to extend and improve the accommodation at Haxby Hall will ensure uninterrupted care for the residents. Under the plans, residents will be able to stay in the home whilst work progresses on the site and the existing staff will transfer to the new home.
It was with sadness that we learned in early November of the death of the former civil service chief and onetime Haxby resident Jeremy Heywood, at the age of just 56. Many residents may remember Jeremy; who lived in Haxby as a child. Jeremy went on to become the most senior civil servant in the country, serving four Prime Ministers and earning respect from across the political spectrum for his impartiality, commitment, and capabilities.
Local Lib Dem Campaigner Ed Pearson commented: "my uncle has fond memories of playing with Jeremy at Ralph Butterfield primary school in the mid-1960's, and his teachers have spoken of a bright and gifted student. We keep his wife and family in our thoughts at this difficult time."
We are glad to be able to report some further progress on the petition, organised by local resident Marie Dowling, asking for a pedestrian crossing on York Road, which we have supported from the outset.
A further investigation was agreed on 15th November. This will find the most suitable out of four possible sites for the crossing (roughly between Holly Tree Lane junction and the roundabout at The Village/Station Road). The northern section between Calf Close and The Village/Station Road seems to be the busiest but the Holly Tree Lane section is also busy and they both have different peak usage times.
Both Ian and Marie spoke again in support of the proposal. Ian urged Council officers to work quickly to find the best location and then get the crossing installed as soon as possible after that.
Plans to build a new permanent library for Haxby and Wigginton have just taken a major step forward, as agreement has been reached about the preferred site.
Haxby Town Council have agreed in principle to provide a changed lease on the land occupied by 2nd Haxby & Wigginton Scout Group HQ. This will allow City of York Council to develop proposals for an extension to the Scout HQ to restore our much-missed community library.
£500,000 has already been allocated by the City of York Council to deliver a new library in Haxby, thanks to the efforts of Liberal Democrat councillors and the agreement as to the site brings us closer to making it happen.
A public consultation will now be undertaken, so that local residents and users of the building can share their views on the proposals. This will include a drop-in event at the Scout HQ on Thursday 6th December, from 3pm to 7pm. Residents can also see and comment on the proposed plans at the Haxby mobile library.
Councillor Ian Cuthbertson said: “After the closure and demolition of our library in 2016 we've worked tirelessly to help find a permanent home for Haxby & Wigginton library. The mobile library has been a good temporary solution, but residents quite rightly want something permanent.
“Since earlier plans to use Haxby Memorial Hall had to be dropped, the best option is to extend the Scout HQ building.
“We look forward to working with all stakeholders in creating a permanent library for our area and we would strongly encourage local residents to respond to the consultation and let us know their views on the proposals.”
We are pleased to report that the petition for a pedestrian crossing in York Road has also moved forward. We now know that a decision on this proposal is expected to be made in mid-November at an Executive Member Decision Session.
The petition was started early in 2018 by Marie Dowling, a local mum with children at both Ralph Butterfield and Joseph Rowntree schools. Marie and her children have experienced first-hand the difficulty of crossing York Road in Haxby, particularly at peak times.
Local Liberal Democrats have supported the petition since it was announced. Cllr Ian Cuthbertson helped Marie to present the petition to the Council and has then kept the matter moving forward within the Council.
We very much hope that a decision in favour of providing a pedestrian crossing will be made at the forthcoming Decision Session.