The names of the 5 Labour Councillors who voted on Monday to scrap most of the “self help” salt bins in the City have been published. They include 3 Councillors who were parachuted in by the Labour Leadership to replace members who had refused to take part in the highly unpopular decision.
The five Councillors were:
• S Burton (Westfield) Substitute
• N McIlveen (Rawcliffe)
• R Potter (Heworth)
• J Riches (Holgate) Substitute
• N Barnes (Hull Road) Substitute
They endorsed the cuts which were originally proposed by Cllr Levene (Heslington)
The decision of representatives from Westfield and Holgate to endorse the cuts is particularly disgraceful, as those wards will face the brunt of the cut backs, which also involve stopping gritting some bus routes (including the number 24 in Westfield).
Westfield Liberal Democrat Councillor Lynn Jeffries attended the meeting and voted against the cuts.
The Council have now said that residents groups may “adopt a salt bin” if they feel that it serves a particular need in their area. As the salt bins (which cost £300 to provide) already exist, the residents groups would “only” need to find around £50 a time to have each filled. Contact the following Email address if you want to “adopt a salt bin” firstname.lastname@example.org
If it is a mild winter, then one fill might be enough.
Another alternative might be to use a private contractor to keep the bins filled.
We have mixed feeling about the scheme which could discriminate against deprived areas.
However it has the advantage of keeping the bins on the streets so that, after Labour inevitably lose control of the Council in 2015, normal winter maintenance services can be resumed quickly by the new Council.
These are the 15 salt bins in the Westfield Ward that the Council propose to remove.
• ASKHAM LANE ENTRANCE TO WESTFIELD SCHOOL
• ASKHAM LANE J/W FOXWOOD LANE
• ASKHAM LANE OUTSIDE 186/188
• BEECHWOOD GLADE O/S 1
• CHAPELFIELDS ROAD JCN MARSTON AVE
• CORNLANDS ROAD (Shops)
• FIR HEATH CLOSE O/S 5
• FORESTERS WALK O/S NO 33
• FOXWOOD LANE JCN BEAGLE RIDGE DR O/S SHOPS
• FRONT STREET O/S LIBRARY
• FRONT STREET GALE FARM COURT IN CAR PARK
• FRONT STREET O/S VYNER HOUSE
• GROVE TERRACE JCN FRONT STREET
• LINNET WAY OPP 14/16
• ST STEPHENS MEWS SIDE OF 22 THE GREEN
A complete list of all the salt bins in the City that will be retained can be downloaded by clicking here