Problems with fly posting (and graffiti) have been under control in York until quite recently.
A crackdown 6 years ago resulted in a general agreement that posters would be restricted and would be removed within 2 days of an event having taken place.
Space might be made available, for worthy causes, to use public noticeboards while the growing number of web sites – like this one and that of the Council – offered modern, free publicity alternative for charitable events.
Unfortunately more posters have been put up recently which breach those guidelines.
In some cases the publicised events have already taken place. Many posters disfigure telephone kiosks & telecoms cabinets while some have even been put on boards and fixed to lampposts.
The Council has previously said,
“We expect officers from the Community Safety Hub will take steps identify perpetrators and write to them requiring that posters are removed within two days. If a follow-up visit shows they are still there, the posters will be removed and the perpetrators will be sent a bill for council time, along with a letter explaining that any repeat offences will be prosecuted under the Town & Country Planning Act.
Legally permitted posters include those the council is authorised to display such as dog fouling warnings and planning notices.
For organisations which have exemptions – such as local charities or community events – they will be reminded of the guidelines. These specify that exempt organisations are allowed posters not more than 0.6m2 (approximately A2 size) which are permitted 28 days prior to the event and 14 days after. If these guidelines aren’t followed, action will be taken, starting with a bill for their removal”.
Meanwhile there has also been an increase in graffiti in the Gale Lane area.
All cases that we have seen have been reported but we urge residents to use https://www.fixmystreet.com/ to highlight any continuing problems
Cllr Sue Hunter is encouraging residents to adopt local verges and amenity area and plant flowers. Grants may be available from the local Ward Committee for bulbs and containers
The Ward committee will be balloting residents shortly on their priorities for using the delegated budget. Among ideas put forward by residents are plans to lop trees and overgrown hedges.
Trustees have now signed a formal lease for the Foxwood Community Centre. It means that the centre will be largely free from Council control but will have to raise most of its income from lettings. It is now run entirely by volunteers.
Meanwhile Sheena has been out and about in the Foxwood area reporting issues for attention
In the Cornlands Road area, while out delivering the latest Focus newsletter, we spotted several issues requiring attention. These included offensive graffiti on the Tithe Close snicket. Issues have been reported using https://www.fixmystreet.com/
Andrew Waller has commenced a survey of the Askham Lane/Grange Lane area
One of the issues being probed is whether residents would like to see kissing gates installed on the accesses to the local parks and open areas. At present there are problems with motorcyclists riding near where children play
We do increasingly wonder whether either Councillors or officials actually routinely check the quality of public services in some parts of the City?
Take the cycle/footpath which links Water Lane to Hazelnut Grove and Rawcliffe beyond.
It is obstructed with nettles, brambles and weeds. It has clearly not been swept for months?
We hope that even if the York Council ignores issues like these, residents will report them using the Fix My Street web site (as we have done today). Regular maintenance can make a big difference to the local environment
Out and about taking action during the week ending 27th August 2016
Cllr Sheena Jackson has asked for a mattress dumped in Hatfield Walk to be removed and has reported dog fouling problems on Walker Drive
A report earlier in the week blamed localised flooding on blocked or damaged gullies Please make sure that you report for cleaning any that you find in your local area
We report all issues using https://www.fixmystreet.com/
We use https://www.fixmystreet.com/ to report issues
We’ve been out and about in the Lowfields area today. Although public services are generally better than they were a year ago there are still some issues.
It appears that the Council is not routinely cleaning cul do sacs and difficult to access areas like garage forecourts.
Below are some issues that we have reported using @fixmystreet
After a poor few years there are signs that some of the street level public services provided by the York Council are beginning to improve.
Last year saw parts of the City engulfed in weeds.
This year a quad bike is already zipping round the area applying weed killer to paths and gutters.
Litter and detritus is also another major problem as these photos show.
We hope that the new specialist street sweeping machines (above left) will soon make an impact…and that the Council has thought through how it will cleanse difficult to access areas.
We hope that the York Council will also make its street cleansing – and weed control – timetables available on their web site. Taxpayers should know how often they can expect their streets to be swept
We continue to report any issues that we see using the excellent “Fix my Street” web site
After many months of complaining, we were pleased to see that the little Green Lane garage area was tidied up a few weeks ago.
Unfortunately, since the clean up, some builders waste has been left in the area and we are still waiting to hear when the housing department plan to resurface the access road and forecourt.
Elsewhere other long standing issues also remain to be resolved.
Material dumped in the Dijon Avenue garage area 6 months ago is still there and perimeter weeds – having fallen back during the winter – will start to grow again shortly
……and another black mark for local housing officials who refuse to allow residents access to public noticeboards in the Kingsway area (below). They have been inaccessible for over 2 years now, forcing charities and community groups to post notices on the outside glass of the boards.
It’s an issue that could be easily solved by giving local Councillors a set of keys for the frames.
We report all issues for the Council’s attention using the “fix my street” https://www.fixmystreet.com/ web site