“Investment in waste and environment services to include additional staffing on waste rounds, improved city centre cleaning and effective weed control”. That’s what the York Council is promising in their newly published budget for next year.
In total – over two years – an additional £1 million will be found for a new system of “neighbourhood working”.
This, says the Council, will “improve the waste collection service to residents by increasing the number of green waste collections, adding two extra green waste collections each March from 2021 onwards.
The pilot of 3 free replacement boxes per property will continue and be made permanent.
The Council will develop neighbourhood working models across public realm and waste to better respond to the communities needs building on the success of local management, ownership and responsibility elsewhere in the council.
The Council will work with York Business Improvement District to review how city centre cleansing can be improved. The resilience of the services will be improved by removing the reliance on fixed term staff.
In addition they will invest in the weed control service to increase the areas treated and, in response to the world wide ongoing challenge about the use of glyphosate, will trial alternative methods for dealing with weeds such as foams etc”.
The proposal is short on detail but improvements in cleaning services can’t come soon enough for some sub-urban areas.
Several amenity areas are now overwhelmed by fly tipping and litter.
The Westfield/Grange Lane park and adjacent nature area is a case in point and is particularly bad at present.