Coronavirus York updates: 27th June 2022

Hospitals and deaths There has been one further hospital death. It occurred on Thursday and brings the cumulative toll up to 964. The number of COVID+ patients being cared for by the York Hospital Trust has risen to 90 over the weekend.  Two patients remain in the ICU.

Test results The number of cases in the City has increased to 465.  The infection rate has risen to 220.35. It is expected to peak slightly below 230 later in the week. The infection rate, although still rising, is not increasing as quickly as was seen during the equivalent period in June 2021. 

Neighbourhoods The majority of neighbourhoods now have an above average infection rate. The highest can be found in  Dunnington/Elvington/Wheldrake (341.0) and the lowest in Heworth North/Stockton (113.7)

Tests There has been a significant increase in the numbers testing positive. Latest figure is 10.6% positive test results  

Vaccinations There has been a small increase in the numbers of vaccinated residents in each neighbourhood

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Knapton – Rufforth cycle path

This link was established about a decade ago and forms part of the off road cycle network advertised by the York Council.

Like many similar paths, basic maintenance issues arise from time to time.

Cycle tracks and associated infrastructure can quickly become obstructed at this time of year. This is adjacent to the Yorwaste site.

Overgrowth is one of the major seasonal problems.

We were surprised to learn from a local Councillor, that only the section of path from Rufforth to the shooting club access road is maintained by the York Council. Responsibilities for the rest of the track rest with adjacent landowners. It is fair to say that standards vary.

The Council did promise major improvements to at least part of the cycle track as part of their project to establish woodland on land adjacent to the route. It remains unclear when, or even if, this work will proceed.

Our view is that the Council should implement an inspection and basic maintenance process which ensure that all paths are kept in a safe condition. For as long as is necessary, this should have a higher priority, for use of the Councils resources, than introducing additional paths.

Key decision time on Piccadilly site

Following the decision of the York Council to put the 17/21 Piccadilly site – currently occupied by Spark- on the market, thoughts are already moving onto how any tenders will be evaluated.

At least one social housing provider is understood to be interested in managing affordable units at first and second floor levels. The ground floor is simply allocated as “commercial” with some favouring part of it being used to house start up businesses.

When the former Airspeed factory was demolished a decade ago, planners said that they wanted the sites heritage acknowledged in any future redevelopment.

The Council must decide now whether the criteria that is uses to assess any tenders will give extra “points” for schemes that incorporate an aviation theme.

More than a decade ago the Yorkshire Air Museum (Elvington) expressed an interest in having a City center “shop window”. A bus serivice link to the Elvington airfield could have been incorporated into the project.

The use of museum displays on the Piccadilly site could stimulate the regeneration of the whole neighbourhood.

Such a project is unlikely to happen spontaneously. It will require some stimulation by the site owners and other agencies.

The first Airspeed aircraft built, G-ABSI Youth of Britain II, first flew on 10 April 1932 from Sherburn-in-Elmet.”

Representations about the future of the site were made in 2013 by a local resident

Latest planning application for the Westfield Ward

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

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163 Westfield Place Acomb York YO24 3HN

Proposal      Single storey rear extension extending 4.72 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 3.25 metres and a total height of 3.5 metres.

Reference   22/01219/LHE

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Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning online web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

The Council does not routinely consult neighbours by letter when an application is received

Coronavirus York updates: 24th June 2022

Hospitals and deaths. One more hospital death. It occurred on Wednesday and brings the cumulative toll up to 963. There have been no further deaths of York residents with the cumulative total remaining at 458.  Hospital patient numbers remain stable 

Test results The number of cases in the City has increased by 18 to 419. The infection rate has risen to 198.56. When the figures are next updated on Monday, the rate is forecast to be around 218. The rate a year ago (23/6/22) was 232.2  and rising sharply. 

Neighbourhoods 300 infection rate level exceeded in Poppleton/Rufforth/Askhams (316.9). This is the first neighbourhood to exceed 300 during the current spike in infection rates. The lowest infection level can currently be found on Heworth North/Stockton (113.7)

Tests 500 “lateral flow” tests were completed yesterday

Vaccinations. Only 2 booster jabs were completed yesterday

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Future stats

The government has announced that, from Friday 1 July 2022, COVID-19 statistics will move to weekly reporting. The last daily update will be on Friday 1 July 2022. Weekly updates will be published every Wednesday at 4pm commencing on 6 July 2022.

£8.3m paid in Council Tax Energy Rebate programme

In York, more than £8.3 million has been so far paid to residents as part of the Government’s Council Tax energy rebate programme.

This means 55,000 Council Tax payers have now received their rebate, but there are still more than 18,000 payments yet to be claimed.

In Spring this year, the Government announced that residents living in a Council Tax band A–D home and who pay their own energy bills, would be eligible for a rebate of £150 to help offset increased energy prices. Eligible residents who pay by Direct Debit and who have matching names on their bank, Direct Debit and Council Tax accounts, have been paid.

Whilst the teams at the council have successfully processed more than 55,000 payments, they are now urging the remaining eligible residents to come forwards to claim their rebates.

Cllr Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Finance and Major Projects, said:

“Our teams worked incredibly hard to process the first rounds of payments, which have now been completed. Thank you too, to all residents who pay by Direct Debit or who have already claimed their rebate.

“No residents will miss out on a payment, with those not applying being automatically credited to their Council Tax account.  We are aware, however, in these difficult times many would prefer to have the money available to spend.

“It’s important that those eligible residents who haven’t come forward yet to claim their rebate, do so now. If you live in a band A – D property, you are entitled to claim it, so please do if you haven’t already, and use the cash to help you with rising bills. You won’t have to pay this money back: it is not a loan.”

Anyone living in a Council Tax band A – D property and who has not yet received their rebate, can complete the application form at www.york.gov.uk/CouncilTaxRebateScheme. The form takes 5 minutes to complete.

Residents who can’t get online to apply, can either use computers and support at their nearest York Explore library, call the dedicated support line free on 0300 373 0727, or attend one of the drop-in sessions happening across the city – for venues and times see Council Tax £150 Energy Rebate and Household Support Fund drop-in sessions – City of York Council.

Residents can choose to have the £150 credited to their Council Tax account. This will be done automatically for any household that hasn’t applied for their rebate by October 2022. Anyone without a bank account can contact the council for help setting up an account to receive their payment.

Coronavirus York updates: 23rd June 2022

Hospitals and deaths There have been no further fatalities. Hospital patient numbers are stable at  87. The number in the ICU has reduced to two. 

Test results The number of cases in the City has risen by 23 to 401. The most recent set of test results (22/6/22) show that 28% of the positives were reinfections. That is the highest recorded reinfection rate.. The infection rate has risen to 190.03. The trend remains upward.

Neighbourhoods There are now two neighbourhoods with infection rates below the 100 benchmark . They are New Earswick (86.2) and Heworth North/Stockton (93.1). The highest rate can be found in Huntington (293.8).

Tests 465 “lateral flow” tests were completed yesterday. The number of tests being recorded continues to increase. 

Vaccinations 60 third dose booster jabs were completed yesterday

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Coronavirus York updates: 22nd June 2022

Hospitals and deaths The number of COVID+ patients being cared for by the York Hospital Trust has climbed to 87. This is the highest level seen since 13th May. There are three patients in the ICU. There have been no additional fatalities. 

Test results The number of cases in the City has risen by 18 to 378.The infection rate has risen to 179.13. It is expected to top 200 later this week. In the equivalent period in 2021, the infection rate also rose sharply reaching 208.98 on 22nd June 2021. It went on to peak at 519.85 on 16th July before then gradually falling back. 

Neighbourhoods  The neighbourhood with the highest infection rate is now Huntington (249.7)  The area with the lowest rate is New Earswick (120.6) 

Tests 539 “lateral flow” tests were recorded yesterday (21/6/22)

Vaccinations 33 booster jabs were completed yesterday (21/6/22). 85.2% of the York population have now had at least one COVID vaccination

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Council sets out seven-point action plan to improve Children’s Social Care

Children’s Services’ leaders at City of York Council will share a seven point action plan setting out how the council will further improve its services for children and young people later this month (28 June).

The draft action plan has been drawn up following an inspection of the council’s Children’s Social Care services earlier this year [March].

Whilst the inspection recognised a number of areas of strength within the service, including the support provided to children and families throughout the covid pandemic and the council’s commitment to ensure that the needs of children are prioritised, the overall inspection judgement was that York ‘Required improvement to be good’.

Members of the council’s Children, Education and Communities Policy and Scrutiny Committee will get the opportunity to comment on and provide additional recommendations on the draft action plan at their meeting next week. Children and young people from York’s Children in Care Council [Show Me That I Matter] and Care Leavers’ Forum [I Still Matter] will also input into developing the plan, before it is before it is submitted to Ofsted in August.

The plan sets out how improvements will be made in seven areas of Children’s Social Work:

1.The consistency of written records so that they provide an accurate account of decision-making for all children.

2.The quality of assessments to ensure that they consistently inform care planning.

3.The effectiveness of social work supervision in progressing plans for children and addressing practice shortfalls.

4.The analysis of return home interviews.

5.Responses to children aged 16 and 17 who present as homeless.

6.The pace of planning for children in unregistered children’s homes.

7.Children’s influence and attendance at the corporate parenting board.

The majority of recommendations made by Ofsted had already been identified locally and work to address these is already underway.

Cllr Andrew Waller, the council’s Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, said:

Work to develop areas of the service has been ongoing for some time and the action plan provides us with an opportunity to further refine our commitment to continuous improvement, and to demonstrate the changes that have already been implemented to achieve these goals.

“The pandemic provided unprecedented challenges for children’s social care, to which the service responded, and there were positive steps taken even under those pressures.

 “I want to thank my predecessor in this role for starting that work. As the new Executive member for Children’s Services, I am clear that my focus and drive will be on delivering the required improvements, at pace, and in the interests of families and children in communities across the city.

“This draft Action Plan will help us to continue our ongoing work with partners to further improve our services so, together, we can ensure that every child in York receives a better start in life, and to involve young people and families in the process.”