The York Civic Trust has completed its work on the restoration of the Acomb War Memorial on The Green. The Trust has paid for much of the work from their exemplary City Enhancement Fund
The Westfield Ward Committee has funded a new access footpath to the base of the memorial. It is hoped this will make the monument easier to reach particularly for people with disabilities.
There will be a Service of Remembrance at the Memorial on Sunday starting at 10:45am
Restored Acomb War Memorial rear
Restored Acomb War Memorial front
New monument access path paid for by the Westfield Ward
1922 cutting from local newspaper
Acomb War Memorial shortly after completion in May 1922
It looks like there is a backlog developing on street lighting repairs in York. Cllr Sheena Jackson has been pressing for a lamp at the end of Foresters Walk to be repaired but has now been told that it could be as long as a fortnight before it is working again. Officials blame an increased number of fault reports for the backlog, although an extra member of staff has been taken on.
Elsewhere recycling collections have been erratic with several instances reported where cardboard has not been collected.
The Councils web site instructions on how much cardboard can be collected at the kerb are byzantine and really could do with simplification before the peak Christmas period arrives
We were disappointed to find that a “keep left” bollard on Gale Lane – reported 5 weeks ago – still hasn’t been repaired
We’ve asked for the repair to be expedited The darker nights, and potentially foggy weather, mean that illuminated bollards are often a key safety aid for drivers
There have also been problems in getting overgrown hedges cut back for some public footpaths.
We’ve asked for some self seeded bushes on the Thoresby Road garage area to be removed.
We reported the full litter bin on Askham Lane near the bus stop and asked it to be emptied.
Fly posting, fly tipping, littering and dog fouling
As they promised, the York council has now updated its “open data” web site to include details of the number of fixed penalty notices (FPNs) issued.
An FOI request was prompted by a large number of fly posting incidents in west York advertising the arrival of a Fair.
The published stats only go up to June at present but they reveal a downward trend on FPNs issued for fly posting.
In total 36 were issued during the first 6 months of the year.
Fly tipping is also a continuing problem in some areas. Here the figures reveal that no FPNs were issued during the first part of this year.
It was similar picture for dog fouling with no FPNs issued between January and June.
Only 1 FPN was issued for littering.
Statistical information has also been published for
Legal Action Promised.
Fly posters advertising a Fair at ROKO Health Club
The York Council has taken action to remove posters which were illegally fly posted across west York.
The posters advertised a Fair taking place at ROKO
Officials say that 40 posters have been removed and that they plan to take legal action against those responsible.
The posters had caused particular concern because they were attached to street furniture using sellotape which is difficult to remove.
Council officials say that they have removed over 40 posters.
They ask that if a resident sees any others which have been missed that they report them.
A Freedom of Information request has been lodged with the Council asking them to reveal how many prosecutions for fly posting have been undertaken during the last 3 years.
Acomb War Memorial – Civic Trust notice
According to the York Civic Trust, restoration of the stonework on the Acomb War Memorial should be completed next week.
They promise, in a poster attached to the (ugly) security barriers which currently protect the monument, that their work will be completed “before the middle of October”.
They promise that a remembrance ceremony will take place on 11th November – the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War. St Stephen’s Church confirm that they will be holding a service of remembrance, part of which will be held at the Acomb War Memorial on 11th November.
Progress on other commemorative work in the memorial gardens has been slow.
The Westfield Ward Committee promised to fund the provision of a path, from the entrance to the memorial, in an attempt to make access for disabled people and wheelchair users easier. The work has not yet started.
The Ward Committee also promised to fund “crown thinning” of some of the trees on the site in an attempt to encourage flower growth. Reducing the amount of vegetation would also have the effect of improving visibility into the gardens, making anti social behaviour less likely.
The Council sign – which prohibits alcohol consumption on The Green – is only just coming back into view as the leaves fall.
Sadly the rotten fence posts which were left in the gardens a few weeks ago are still there despite being reported to the council for removal.
So a lot still to do.
Dumped rotten fencing in memorial garden
Well camouflaged alcohol prohibition notice