Andrew has been out and about reporting faulty street lights.
Amongst those found not to be working, and causing problems for residents, are three at the Acomb Green/Askham Lane junction
- Streetlight 13 The Green – bulb not working
- Streetlight 14 The Green – no lamp attached
- Streetlight 1 Askham Lane – no lamp attached
Large numbers of elves are being deployed to ensure that there are no misrouting problems tonight!
A flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency. River levels are not expected to increase to those encountered in 2012.
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The best indicator remains the real time CCTV camera which records river levels on Kings Staith.
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There is a significant risk If the top of the no entry sign disappears under water!
Detailed river levels can be found on the EA web site http://tinyurl.com/Ouse-catchment
You can register here to receive flood warnings by phone, text or email.
Continuing problems, with hedges blocking public footpaths, were raised by Andrew Waller at a recent Council meeting.
He asked how many reports the Council receives each year about footpaths being blocked and how long it takes to remedy problems.
Askham Lane hedge overgrown for four months
Oldman Court path blocked since September
He was told that “Council officers don’t currently keep records of the numbers of vegetation complaints and how they are progressing.
The estimated numbers are in the region of 500 to 600 per year mainly concentrated during the summer months.
When a complaint is made, if the address is given a letter is sent out asking the owner to rectify the situation. If the address is vague a site visit will normally be made next time someone is in the area and then a letter sent.
If no further complaints are made it is assumed that the problem has been put right. If a further complaint is made then a second letter is sent with a more formal instruction to put the situation right otherwise we (CYC) may carry out the works and recharge the costs to the owner. If there is no improvement then an instruction to cut the vegetation is issued and the cost recharged”.
We remain concerned that effective action hasn’t been taken to cut back hedges like the one adjacent to the field on Askham lane 9this has been trimmed on the road side by the Council in the past).
We are considering referring long outstanding problems for the attention of the Local Government Ombudsman
Works to address flooding issues on Foxwood Lane
Works are well underway to address flooding problems affecting some properties on Foxwood Lane.
One property has been empty for over a year as a result of water entering the building.
A few years ago the pumping station pumps failed and caused chaos on the street. Automatic alarms were later fitted at the pumping station to prevent a repetition of that problem.
The current works don’t increase the size of the main sewer pipe serving the area. Lack of drainage capacity effectively prevents any further building in the area
York residents and community groups are being urged to bid for a share of the £10m Urban Community Energy Fund.
The fund provides grants and loans to support urban communities, like York, to develop renewable energy projects.
Grants of up to £20,000 are available to help develop ideas into projects. The fund also will provide loans of up to £130,000 to develop projects through to the planning stages and to be in a position to attract funding to deliver the project.
The following groups are eligible to apply for the fund: (more…)
Yorwaste have submitted a planning application to erect a waste transfer and recycling station at Harewood Whin
The station would be used to “bulk up” waste prior to it being transported to the new incinerator being built at Allerton Park
The applicant has agreed to unilaterally revoke earlier planning permissions for the erection of a composting operation in the southern section of the site and the erection of energy from Biomass Plant at the north western edge of the site.
51 objections to the plans have been lodged mainly by residents in the Rufforth area.
Most are concerned about the plants impact on the Green Belt.
The report, which will be considered by the Planning Committee next week, can be read here
NB The site was to have been used as a salvage and recycling centre under plans unveiled in 2011. It would have replaced the Beckfield Lane recycling centre. The Beckfield Lane site was later closed by the new Labour administration which chose to make no alternative recycling facilities available on the west of York.
New Westfield Councillor Andrew Waller is following up several reports of flooding in the area.
Most seem to be linked to blocked drainage gullies.
Gale Lane – footpath flooding
Footpath and carriageway flooded on Acomb Green
The Council rounded up 54 stray dogs in the 13 months leading up to September 2014.
Of these, 45 were successfully returned to their owners
Owners pay an initial fee of £60 once the dog is picked up and then £9.75 for each successive day before it is reclaimed.
Bellhouse Way flooding
Bellwood Drive flooding
A combination of accumulated leaves and inadequate routine cleaning of drainage gullies has resulted in quite a lot of localised ponding today.
Flooding occurred on part of Bellhouse Way.
It also became clear that a blocked drain in the housing area off Bellwood Drive – which was reported over a month ago – had still not been cleared.
We have reported both issues.