Reliable sources in West Offices have confirmed that Labour intend to impose new charges – for non recyclable rubbish -taken to sites like Hazel Court.
Bed dumped in field off Askham Lane
At the moment residents can take items to the “tip” free of charge.
The proposed charge – unlikely to be admitted by Labour until the Westfield by election is out of the way – follow on from the closure of the Beckfield Lane household waste recycling site and an 13% increase in the cost of having up to 10 bulky items removed by the Council.
Bulky waste removal now costs £36.75p
Second green waste bins are now charged for and Labour are understood to be on the on the brink of introducing charges for emptying all green bins
The consequences of these misguided polices are clear to see with fly tipping an increasing problem across the City (see photo)
…..York council only issues 3 penalty notices during last 3 years.
Residents responding to our door to door survey told us that they were concerned about the amount of dog fouling in their area.
Overall 35% of respondents said it was an issue in their street.
Now a Freedom of information request has revealed that very little is being done by the Council to enforce dog fouling laws. The number of dog fouling fixed penalty notices issued have been:
2009 – 2010 2 issued
2010 – 2011 0 issued
2011 – 2012 0 issued
2012 – 2013 1 issued
2013 – 2014 2 issued
This seems very low to us.
There is a case for bringing back the dedicated dog warden service.
Westfield Liberal Democrat campaigner Andrew Waller is demanding that Labour-led City of York Council comes clean on whether it plans to introduce charges for green waste collections.
He has sought an assurance that ruling Labour councillors have no plans to introduce a charge covering all green bin collections. At present, residents are charged £35 annually for the collection of a second green bin.
Local Liberal Democrats have highlighted a fall in recycling rates, which has been linked to the scrapping of green waste collections between November and March, and the closure of the well-used Beckfield Lane recycling centre. The tip’s closure in 2012 was ordered by Westfield Labour councillor Dafydd Williams when he was the Cabinet member for Environment.
Andrew Waller commented:
“Local residents are rightly angry that the council spent £13,000 on leaflets and stickers telling them that green bin collections are free, when we already knew that because it’s what we pay our council tax for. It would be an outrage if Labour were to now perform a u-turn and introduce charges for all green bin collection.
“Many people I have met in recent months are fed up with the green bin collections stopping before the leaves fall, especially now that they don’t have the option of going to Beckfield Lane tip. People who swept up leaves in public areas were doing the council and public a service by dealing with them before they became a slip hazard – but now their green bins are full from the end of October until March.
“I am concerned that any new charge brought in would lead to a further increase in fly-tipping, which of course costs money to clean up.
“People will not put up with any more decisions being made behind closed doors and so I am challenging James Alexander’s Cabinet to rule it out now. They have taken a service which was part of York’s strength as a green city, and trashed it.”
Farmer forced to remove cattle from nature reserve
Work is taking place on Hob Moor to install a new drain. The system will serve the new development on the former Our Lady’s school site.
It is understood that the work has forced a farmer to remove his cattle from the moor.
The development has always been unpopular with many as it was almost twice the size originally envisaged.
In addition the impact on traffic in the area is expected to be significant with many fearing that lack of parking space could cripple the estate. Already narrow roads like Ashford Place and Ascot Way are bearing the brunt of noise and vibration. from construction traffic.
However concerns about the Hob Moor nature reserve have been ignored by the Labour dominated planning committee when the developer has come back with several requests for modifications to their plans.
We understand that concerns have been raised with English Nature
Inadequate drainage in the area was one concern which led to a significant change to the site height about a month ago
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Dijon Avenue garage area choked with weeds
The York Council has now acknowledged that weed control in the City in general – and Acomb in particular – has been inadequate this summer.
They are even suggesting that the contractor who was supposed to treat the weed growth may not have been doing the job correctly.
This will come as no surprise to residents with weeds in some streets now over 3 feet tall.
One of the biggest problem areas are the forecourts of rented garages,
Andrew Waller points out some dumping which he reported on Saturday in the little Green Lane garage area
which have been badly neglected by the Housing Department.
It is not just weed growth, damaged perimeter fences and poor surfaces that plague the garage areas, many are subject to dumping.
Time, we think, for the Housing Department to invest some of its £12.7 million surplus in raising standards in our estates.
Problems with dumping in Hob Moor beck have been passed to the drainage board for their attention.
Extent of repair backlog in York revealed
At least 55 streets in York have gulleys which are permanently blocked. The blockages mean that heavy rain is likely to result in extensive ponding and in some cases flooding.
The Council has responded to a Freedom of information request and revealed the list of streets which will be “dug out” this year. (see below)
The Council claims only to have 6 outstanding complaints about long term blocked drains.
However it has received 459 complaints about blocked drains during the last 18 months taking an average of 5.5 days to have the gulleys emptied.
The Council has been criticised for stopping the routine cleaning of most gulleys in the City. Instead they now respond only to complaints.
Heavy rain last month resulted in considerable flooding on highways and footpaths cross the City. It seems that many of the problem areas may not have yet been added to the Councils list of outstanding work.
The list of locations receiving significant engineering attention this year include:
- Ten Thorn Lane
- Back Lane
- Shipton Road (inside outer Ring Road)
- School Lane
- Wetherby Road
- Field Lane
- Windsor Drive
- Hull Road
- York Road
- Bishopthorpe Road
- Wigginton Road
- Top Lane
- A1237 (Millfield roundabout)
- Wetherby Road
- Main Street
- Weldrake Lane
- Karelia and Ashdale Crossing
- Long Lane, Heslington
- Vicarage Lane
- Cow Moor Bridge
- The Village, Stockton on Forest
- The Village, Strensall
- Cleveland Way
- Bad Bargain Lane
- Moor Lane
- Lords Moor Lane
- Naburn Lane
- Elvington Lane
- Grantham Drive
- Welland Rise
- Beckfield Lane
- A1237, Rawcliffe
- Hurricane Way
- Sitwell Grove
- Huntington Road
- Front Street
- Bishopthorpe Road
- Haxby Road
- Gray Street
- Dauby Lane
- School Lane
- Malton Road
- Shipton Road
- Sheriff Hutton Road
- Strensall Road
- Mill Lane
- Corner Close