That was the week that was in photos Unusual to see full bottles dumped next to the bottle bank at Acomb Car park! Sadly still some dumping next to the bins. it has been suggested that the larger amenity sites like Hazel Court should reopen to residents. They have remained open for the disposal of trade waste. With green and bulky waste collection suspended, this would make sense provided social distancing can be maintained. We think that use levels could be controlled if specific days were allocated to individual neighbourhoods – possibly using a colour codes system. Real time “on line” monitoring of queue lengths – also suggested for supermarkets – would also help. We’ve reported the full litter bin (and dumping) at the Acomb Car park On the other side of the City, local Councillor Mark Warters has brokered an agreement with B & Q (which has now re-opened) aimed at avoiding HGVs blocking the access road. They will in future move straight into the delivery yard. Elsewhere the recent mix of rain and sunshine has resulted in a rapid growth in weeds and hedges. Some are now blocking paths Snicket still accessible on Wetherby Road but has been a problem in the past Nettle growth at the entrance to the Westfield park has caused problems in the past. It should be on the new weed control programme but there is no evidence of “die back” Nettles can also be a hazard when they reduce the width of public footpaths We’ve asked for detritus to be swept from the Chesney Field snicket ….. & from the drainage gulleys in The Green area An accumulation of litter on this snicket in Foxwood. Generally, though, the estate has been much cleaner recently. The section of Gale Lane from St Stephens Road to Foxwood Lane which will be resurfaced this year. Unfortunately there are many potholed carriageways which don’t appear in the Councils programme. This one is in Foxwood. ….and still no action to repair the poor road surface on Lowfields Drive Uneven footpaths in Chapelfields have also not made it into the Councils repair programme There was some hope that the budget delegated to wards specifically for improvements for pedestrians would lead to hard core being put down on part of the Grange Lane park access path. No programme of work has been published by the Council although the funding has been available for nearly a year now. Damaged fence on Lowfields Drive reported Finally we hope that the local Councillors will get round to publishing a neighbourhood list of takeaways which are continuing to provide a delivery service for the local community. Many have gone to great lengths to observe “social distancing” guidelines. We need these local businesses to survive the current lock-down difficulties. They deserve the support of the Council and local residents. At the very least the Council should maintain an up to date list of the food delivery services available within each local community. The list should be publicised on local noticeboards and on social media. Ideally it should be included on a leaflet delivered to each home. (The leaflet that the Council recently delivered only included about 20% of the suppliers still operating in the Acomb/Foxwood/Woodthorpe area). We are compiling our own list which we hope to publish here next week.