£5 million Tadcaster Road repairs budget?

The government announced yesterday an allocation of £5 million for road maintenance on Tadcaster Road York. The local LibDem leadership promptly issued a statement saying that the money would be spent on “repairs”.

“There will be £5m each for plans to make the key route network in Liverpool more resilient, to begin further maintenance on the Swanswell Viaduct in Coventry, and for road maintenance on the Tadcaster Road in York“. – Boris Johnson

This will come as a surprise to many. Tadcaster Road (between Middlethorpe Drive and Knavesmire Gates) was resurfaced last month at a cost to local taxpayers of £600,000. This brought over a mile of carriageway up to standard.

That left a ½ mile stretch between Middlethorpe Drive and Sim Balk Lane to complete. Even taking into account the Tesco roundabout and adjacent off road cycle track (which does need to be reconstructed because of tree root damage) we wouldn’t expect resurfacing this section to cost more than £300,000.

There are many other carriageways in York which are in a much worse condition.

We hope that the Council will move quickly to confirm that the funding is intended to deal with the congestion black spot near the College entrance. There are unnecessary tail backs along Tadcaster Road at peak times as a result of large numbers of people leaving the college and using the pelican crossing.

College pelican crossing on Tadcaster Road

This is compounded by on carriageway bus stops and traffic lights at the Sim Balk Lane junction.

Even the provision of a footbridge would look like an expensive solution to this problem (and not necessarily a facility that everyone would choose to use).

So some further explanation is needed.

Latest waste service update from York Council

Friday 19 June

All scheduled household waste collections have been made. We also collected outstanding household waste from Acacia Avenue.

We were unable to collect recycling from parts of CliftonHaxby and Skelton due to vehicle breakdown. This recycling will be collected on Saturday 27 June or Sunday 28 June. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.

We collected outstanding recycling from Thursday 25 June.

We were unable to collect garden waste from parts of the following areas due to vehicle breakdown:

  • Acomb
  • Clifton
  • Holgate
  • Huntington
  • Old Earswick
  • Rufforth
  • Skelton

This garden waste, as well as outstanding collections from Chapelfields, will be collected on the evening of Friday 26 June or on Saturday 27 June. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.

We collected outstanding garden waste from Thursday 25 June.

Nearly 2000 tonnes of green waste collected by York Council in a fortnight

A response to a Freedom of Information request has revealed that, during the first fortnight of green bin emptying in the city, nearly 2000 tonnes of garden waste was collected by the York Council.

The collections during the last two weeks in May were the first since last November. Crews sometimes struggled to deal with the accumulated volumes

The figures also reveal that the overall volume of waste produced in the City was fairly stable.

Typically around 330 tonnes is being presented for recycling each week

After the usual post Christmas peak, residual (grey bin) volumes have also been stable at around 890 tonnes a week.

59% of the waste produced in the City is now either recycled or composted. The comparable figure for the first quarter (April – June) of last year was 56%.

Children’s playgrounds – does policy need to be reviewed?

The York Council took steps to secure playgrounds when the health crisis deepened in March.

Where playgrounds couldn’t be secured, some a attempt was made to surround equipment with barriers.

The intention was to stop transmission of the COVID virus through contact with the equipment. Similar campaigns were initiated on street gym equipment while the “wash your hands” message was continually reinforced.

After nearly 4 months, and with some children now returning to school, perhaps not surprisingly the lure of taking a turn on the play equipment is proving too be strong for some.

Children were playing on the climbing frame and on the zip wire on Foxwood Lane yesterday.

The Council needs to review its policies and – if appropriate – make additional efforts to discourage use of communal play equipment.

Barriers down and children playing on equipment in Foxwood
We’ve reported weeds growing out from a planter in the Front Street pedestrian area.
Also reported dumping on the Chesney Field snicket

Latest York Council waste service update

More weekend working to clear backlog of recycling

Friday 12 June

All scheduled household waste collections have been made.

We were unable to collect recycling from Haxby, Huntington, Clifton and Skelton due to operating under COVID-19 restrictions:

This recycling will be collected on Saturday 13 June. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.

All other outstanding recycling waste from Thursday 11 June has now been collected.

We were unable to collect garden waste from Bede Avenue, Clifton and St Stephenson Way, Leeman Road due to blocked access.

We’ll attempt to collect this garden waste on Monady 15 June. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.

Council publishes its post COVID 12 month plan

Coppergate to become one way.

Castle car park to be closed

The York Council has published for the first time its post lockdown strategy. The report was considered and agreed today. There was no prior consultation.

The Council has decided to make Coppergate one way (east to west) cutting one of the City’s key bus routes for the next 6 months “or until a vaccine is available”. Cyclists will be able to continue to use the  street in both directions although, at the “pinch point” near the Coppergate centre entrance, this may compromise social distancing objectives.

The Council strategy says there will be, ”Active discouragement of the use of public transport and the promotion of walking and cycling”.  (Paradoxically the Council has also announced today a bid for funding for more electric buses)

The Council isn’t expecting many retail workers to return to City centre jobs much before December. Restaurant and pub (hospitality) workers may be out of a job for even longer.  

More local and county residents are expected to start to visit the City centre from the autumn together with smaller numbers of day visitors from other parts of the region. Later they will be joined by tourists from other parts of the country.

International tourists are not expected to return in any numbers before the late Spring of 2021.

The “strategy” pointedly does not propose a marketing plan aimed at actually promoting the City, and its key visitor/retail economy, over the next few months.

The Council leaders plan involves the closure of the key (for the retail economy) Castle car park without its planned multi storey replacement being opened at St Georges Field.  

The notoriously unreliable “pay on exit” mechanisms will also be rolled out to all car parks – negating the  social distancing preferred option of contactless payment via smart phone Apps.

The strategy offers little for the suburbs. The option of encouraging devolved open air markets is not even mentioned.  There is no publicity support on offer for neighbourhood businesses. More cycle parking is, however, promised.

Many may have sympathy with a key message included in the strategy which “proposes to invest and make bold interventions to create new networks of park and cycle hubs, priority cycle routes, subsidised cycle hire and cycle parking to prioritise active travel”.

Those reading further  will see that there are no actions proposed to address the natural barriers to two wheeled transport (poor infrastructure, uneven highways, obstructed paths, etc.) Much less does the statement recognised that some sections of the community because of distance, fitness, luggage or just poor weather, simply don’t have a realistic two wheeled travel option.

No forecasts of modal change are included. The Council simply doesn’t seem to know what effect implementing such a rag bag of tactical polices might have.

So we judge the document to be a profoundly superficial and disappointing proposal shuffled into the light of day with no prior consultation and apparently lacking even sensitivity to the difficult choices now facing many sections of the community.

Hopefully work will have already started on producing something more convincing. First step should be to regain the trust and supportl of local residents.

Waste service update

The Council claims to have caught up with the backlog of recycling collections from earlier in the week. Still issues in Huntington, Clifton, and Strensall

Thursday 12 June

All sheduled household waste has been collected as ususal.

We were unable to collect recycling from some areas in Huntington and Clifton due to operating under COVID-19 restrictions.

This recycling will be collected on Friday 12 June. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.

We’ve collected outstanding recycling from Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 June.

We were unable to collect garden waste from Strensall and North Moor estate (Huntington) due to the capacity issues.

This garden waste will be collected on the evening of Thursday 11 June. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.

Outstanding garden collections from Wednesday 10 June have been completed.

Latest waste service update

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The following is the daily update on missed waste collections taken from the York Council’s web site.

We are aware, though, that several residents have said that some missed collections are not being recorded on the Council site. The most recent claims relate to missed recycling collections in Foxwood Hill.

If waste is left in your street then please report it by clicking here

If your waste hasn’t been collected within 48 hours of its scheduled time, then please let us have a photo – showing the situation on your street – so we can share it on social media and with responsible managers.

Wednesday 10 June

All scheduled household waste collections have been made.

We were unable to collect recycling from properties in the following areas due to operating under COVID-19 restrictions:

  • Derwenthorpe
  • Earswick
  • Heworth (Stockton Lane)
  • Strensall
  • Tang Hall (Burnholme)

We’ll return for these collections by Thursday 11 June. Please leave your containers out and we’ll get to you as soon as we can.

We were able to recollect outstanding recycling waste from Heworth and Bisphopthorpe. Missed recycling collections from Acomb will be collected on Thursday 11 June.

We were unable to collect garden waste from a number of streets in the following areas due to capacity issues:

  • Acomb (Wetherby Road area)
  • Heworth (Stockton Lane)

We’ll attempt to collect missed garden waste by Thursday 11 June, but may not be able to revisit until later in the week. Please leave your green bin out and we’ll get to you as soon as we can.

We were able to collect all outstanding garden waste from Tuesday 9 June.

Number 4 bus service diversion from 13th June

The closure of Tudor Road for 2/3 weeks means that the number 4 bus service will be further diverted (it recently was rerouted via Ridgeway) .

We understand that the diversion will be

Sat 13th – Sun 28th Jun

Tudor Rd closed at Gale Lane end during sewer connection works for new housing development.

Suggested diversion for service 4 Gale Lane, Front Street, Green Lane both ways then to Acomb Green terminus. Inbound Ridgeway, Askham Lane, right into Gale Lane then right into Cornlands Road

Latest on missed bin emptying

Latest waste service update Monday 8 June
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We were unable to collect household waste from Railway View and Moor Grove in Dringhouses due to blocked access.

We were unable to collect recycling waste from areas of Fulford and Hull Road due to vehicle breakdowns.

We’ll attempt to collect all this waste on Tuesday 9 June. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.

We’ve been unable to collect garden waste from areas of Fulford, Naburn, Hull Road and Bishopthorpe.

We’ll attempt to collect missed garden waste from Bishopthorpe on Tuesday 9 June, and the rest on the evening of Monday 8 June, but may not be able to revisit until later in the week. Please leave your green bin out and we’ll get to you as soon as we can.