Glitches as green waste collection restarts

The York Council is reporting that not all waste put out for collection today was cleared. It is the first failure for several weeks with 100% collection rates having become the norm recently.

Today (Monday) is the first day that that green bins have been emptied this year.

The Council web says

Latest waste service update
Monday 11 May

“All scheduled household waste collections have been made.

“We were unable to collect recycling waste from a number of properties in the following areas due to a breakdown:

  • Copmanthorpe
  • Woodthorpe
  • Foxwood

This recycling will be recollected on Tuesday 19 May. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.

We were unable to collect garden waste from a number of properties in the following areas due to capaacity issues:

  • Copmanthorpe
  • Deighton
  • Dringhouses
  • Tadcaster Road

We will attempt to collect missed garden waste on Tuesday 19 May, but may not be able to revisit until later in the week. Please leave greens bin out and we will get to you as soon as we can”.

Coronavirus York updates; 18th May 2020

Smell or taste symptoms added

From today, the UK’s list of coronavirus symptoms has been updated. Self-isolate if you develop any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • fever
  • loss/change in your normal sense of smell or taste


ONE more patient with coronavirus has died at a York NHS trust hospital, taking the total number of deaths to 190. Two more deaths were reported yesterday, but there were no reported deaths on Saturday and just one on both Thursday and Friday last week. The trust said this afternoon that of the 190 deaths within the trust, 113 had happened at York Hospital.

The current death rate has seen a recent decline although the NHS are cautious about drawing too many conclusions from the dip.

“Extra” York highways repair funding is £1.8 million

There was some excitement last week when the government announced extra funding to tackle “pothole” repairs. The top line figure bandied around was an increase of £5.6 million.

That would have effectively doubled the York Councils highway repairs budget.

It turns out that this included already committed grants which have already been allocated to cover this years repairs programme.

The actual new money increase is £1.8 million.

Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation engineers

Even this is not additional money. As the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation has now made clear, it is simply expenditure being re categorised.

It is not the first time that a government has announced the same spending decision on multiple occasions.

Still a substantial sum but, to put it into context, last year the Council spent £1/2 million just repairing one street (Stonegate).

The sooner the Council comes up with proposals – including the use of funds delegated to wards – for the resurfacing programme for this year the better.

Roads will only get busier as the virus threat recedes and people get back to their more normal lifestyles. Road closures and subsequent delays later in the year could impede the City’s economic recovery.

There must be a sense of urgency

Government funding for “pothole” repairs May 2020