A rare outbreak of unanimity on the 4 parties environment policies. All promise to make York “carbon neutral” by 2030. The temptation to break ranks and go for a 2029 date must have been strong.
Most are keen on clean air zones but, like the carbon commitment, are very light on what this would actually mean for residents as they go about their daily lives. The key opportunity to declare the York Central “teardrop” site a ultra low emission zone seems to have passed all the parties by.
The LibDems seem to have ditched their commitment to the introduction of a “salvage and reuse” facility with only the Greens offering a “reuse shop”
All parties commit to fortnightly bin emptying. None are specific on how recycling rates might be increased. (Central government is mandating separate food waste collections)
Surface water drainage problems are only mentioned in passing although the Tories promise an “annual gully cleaning schedule”
…but more people need to heed the “Keep Britain Tidy” message
4 volunteers from the Foxwood Residents Association collected 8 bags of rubbish from the Thanet Road Sports Area today. While some could be put down to “litter drift” many of the items had clearly simply been carelessly discarded. These included dozens of cans and bottles.
These sorts of clean ups shouldn’t be necessary. There are several litter bins in the area. Its time for the Council to be more proactive in enforcing anti littering laws. Residents were promised that mobile CCTV cameras would be deployed to litter hot-spots but this hasn’t happened.
Only 5 individuals across the whole city were issued with fixed penalty notices for littering last year
There is also too much fly-tipping of garden waste on amenity areas. The Council needs to get to grips with this while fitting more vandal resistant street furniture.
Over a year ago The Press published an articlein which one of the City’s MPs criticised the Council for the backlog of work needed to reduce the amount of ponding under its properties.
We wondered at the time whether the figures quoted (200 affected
homes) were the whole story.
It seems not.
It has taken months of correspondence to get the facts including
the scale of involvement by local MPs.
So, what is now clear?
At the time of the article there were 200 outstanding complaints
about water ponding under Council houses.
A programme of work had been initiated in 2016 by the new coalition administration
to deal with the issue. The previous Labour run Council didn’t have a programme
of remedial works nor did they monitor complaints.
Tenants reported 9 instances of standing water problems in the
12 months ending March 2018.
It seems that local MPs were reporting about 2 ponding
issues a year. They reported more issues with condensation (and overcrowding)
but these were not connected to the standing water issue.
The number of
properties affected by damp had fallen from 466 in 2013 to 176 by the end of
We can conclude therefore that the Council does now have a programme
aimed at dealing with standing water under homes. About 45 homes a year are having
remedial works undertaken.
There are likely to be more properties with water standing in
the foundations, at some times of the year, but the occupiers may not be aware of the
The number of Council
homes suffering from dampness has reduced significantly.
NB. Our FOI request for details of Councillor complaints
about standing water was turned down on cost grounds (the Council don’t have a customer
relationship management system which allows this information to be found easily)