Our next working party is to be held on Saturday 7th December commencing at 10.00am. However, due to the current restriction on gaining access to the wood via the Intake Lane entrance we will again be using the entrance from the end of Hagg Lane next to Cottage Plantation.
Any volunteer who travels by car we would advise you to park at the Children’s Play Park at the start of Intake Lane by 9.45am. If you normally walk into the wood could you also meet here at 9.45am. We will then drive in a limited number of our cars to Cottage Plantation, where the Forestry Commission has arranged for us to park, and then walk into Hagg Wood along the public path.
We will again be working in the Millennium area of the wood and all the necessary tools will be provided. Please bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.
Before commencing work we will be given a talk by the Forestry Commission Volunteer Co-ordinator, detailing the task to be carried out, the tools to be used and how to use them.
Like many local residents, the Friends of Hagg Wood are very unhappy that access into Hagg Wood along the track from Intake Lane has been blocked. Our group was formed in 1996 to ensure public access into and within the wood when the Government threatened to sell it. We successfully campaigned to prevent the ‘sell-off’ and at the same time we put in two Public Right of Way Claims with the City of York Council to have the footpaths into the wood recognised on the Definitive Map. Footpath claims were originally made by Kexby Parish Council in the early 1950s but unfortunately they have still not been fully acted upon. The fact that the Parish has moved from the East Riding County Council to North Yorkshire County Council and then City of York Unitary Authority has not helped. The City of York Council has recently agreed to a make progress by the end of February 2020.
In recent weeks there has been a change in ownership of the path from Intake Lane into Hagg Wood which has resulted in the usual entrance to the wood being blocked. One resident described Hagg Wood with its local access as being the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Dunnington and we know many other residents hold it dear.
If you are unhappy about the path blockage, please let us know via our website https://haggwood.wordpress.com/contact/ with details about your use and for how long, and how important this access path is to you, or by writing to FHW, 5 Church Lane, Dunnington, YO19 5PT. This will add weight to the evidence we can present to the City of York Council for a successful permanent resolution to the access issue. We will not rest until this matter is resolved.
On a merrier note, we now have our enticing menu for our traditional New Year Lunch at Dunnington Sports Club on Sunday 12th January, available via our website on http://www.fohw.org.uk/nylunchmenu20.pdf or by contacting Brian by 18th December on 07443 597769 or via firstname.lastname@example.org . All welcome to attend – the more the merrier, let’s keep up our spirits.
Brighten up the dark days of winter by joining us for our now traditional New Year Lunch, again this year at the Dunnington Sports Centre, with an optional woodland walk beforehand to refresh your appetite. Meet at 11am outside the Children’s Play Area on Intake Lane for the walk, or at 1pm for a drink before the lunch at 1.30pm at the Sports Centre. We need to book you a place at the lunch, so please let Brian know on 0744-3597769 or on email@example.com by 18th December to book your place and your menu choice.
£20.95 per head
Please select a Starter, Main Dish and Dessert from the following Menu choices:
Soup of the Day
Fresh Chilled Melon with Summer Berries (v)
Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding
Loin of Pork in a Cider Sauce with Apples & Sage
Vegetarian option available
All Served with a Selection of Seasonal Vegetables
Our next working party is to be held on Saturday 16th November commencing at 10.00am. However, due to the current restriction on gaining access to the wood via the Intake Lane entrance we will be using the entrance from Hagg Lane. We have arranged with Forestry Commission that we will be able to park up to 2 cars with our equipment in Cottage Plantation and then walk into the wood along the public path.
Any volunteer who travels by car we would advise you to park at the Children’s Play Park at the start of Intake Lane by 9.50am. If you normally walk into the wood could you also meet here at 9.50am. Lifts will be made available to transport you to Cottage Plantation.
We will be working in the Millennium area of the wood. All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.
There has been much speculation in respect of the situation regarding the recent closure of the track from Intake Lane into Hagg Wood which has been open and used for many years by the residents of Dunnington. The action has raised a considerable amount of emotion and feelings within the community who see it as a valuable loss to residents. The track and Hagg Wood is in Kexby Parish.
This statement is made in full knowledge of the facts and with the co-operation of the new owners of the track in order to put the record straight.
The owner of the track has recently sold, separately, two fields adjacent to the track which also incorporates the track. This means that the first part of the track from Intake Lane is now owned by one party and the other part leading on to Hagg Wood is owned by another party. On completion of the sale the new owners were advised by their solicitors to close the track until such time as an outstanding access right of way matter was resolved and also to avoid any potential insurance liability issues. The track was subsequently closed on Sunday 13 October 2019 and a Private Land/No Public Right of Way notice posted on the gate at each end of the track and the gates locked.
This matter has been outstanding since 1997 when an application seeking to record a footpath between Kexby bridleway 8 and Kexby footpath, Hagg Wood, York was lodged with the local authority. The inaction of the City of York Council to deal with this matter over two decades has been a major factor in the current situation. In a letter received from the City of York Council dated 22 July 2019 they have acknowledged that this matter is still outstanding and will now be dealt with following a critical Local Government Ombudsman report into the way that the City of York Council’s Public Rights of Way function has been dealing with these types of applications.
See link to Ombudsman’s report: https://www.lgo.org.uk/decisions/transport-and-highways/rights-of-way/18-010-841#point1
The City of York Council has stated that they expect the application to be determined no later than 28 February 2020. If they decide to make an order they will do so as soon as reasonably practical after 28 February 2020.
In the meantime the track will remain closed, although the Ward Councillors are looking at the possibility of arranging a meeting with all interested parties to ascertain whether anything can be done to address the situation on a temporary basis until such time as the matter has been determined.
Updates will be provided as and when any further information becomes available.