Well we know that it was one of the first cuts that Labour made when they took office in 2011.
The project was to have replaced the Beckfield Lane recycling centre but would have offered much more.
Its priority would have been to encourage the re-use of unwanted items. Currently only informal on-line groups like Freecycle address this need.
Only when the re-use option was exhausted would materials have been salvaged. For example, there is a ready market for building materials such as timber, bricks and hard-core.
Not only was the Beckfield Lane site closed but the replacement – which would probably have been located at Harewood Whin – was also scrapped.
In part the decision contributed to the decline in recycling rates in the City and an inexorable rise in Landfill Tax costs.
The £2 million salvage centre would have paid for itself by now.
Sadly many residents resort to dumping items. One armchair has found its way onto a verge on Gale Lane today. Although some of these items are picked up by “rag and bone” men, many have to be removed by the Council.
Dumped mattresses are a particular problem for those lacking transport to get to the remaining 2 civic tips.
The York Council now charges £40 to remove up to 10 bulky waste items
Small wonder that so many residents are petitioning their objections to reduced waste collection frequencies and the prospect of a £35/£37 pa charge for emptying green garden waste bins.
The number of complaints about poor road and footpath surfaces is increasing.
The Council has cut a further £300,000 off its resurfacing budget this year, so the only hope for significant improvement would be for a change in political control of the York Council on May 7th.
Meanwhile Westfield Councillor Andrew Waller has called for early attention to road surfaces, like these in Acomb, which are becoming unsafe.
As we have reported before, residents are becoming irritated by the large proportion of drivers who are activating the 30 mph warning signs.
There have been no police checks on speeds for several years with the road excluded from the list of mobile camera sites.
A few weeks ago the Police launched their self help speed monitor but it is a time consuming and often ineffective way of controlling speeds.
There is a particular problem on Wetherby Road as residents need to reverse into their driveways and visibility is limited.
The Council has made provision in its budget to refresh the flashing Vehicle Activated Signs but when this will happen remains to be seen.
Meanwhile more basic signs have appeared on the road.
A WOMAN has been assaulted and robbed by three men wearing scarves over their faces in Foxwood.
The 21-year-old was on a path between Rogers Court and Lydham Court in Acomb when she was approached from behind by three men, assaulted and money was taken from her purse.
The robbery happened on April 1 at about 7.15pm.
North Yorkshire Police are appealing for any information about the attack.
The attackers are described as a man wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms, with a dark blue Adidas logo on the top left side of his top. His face was covered with a plain black scarf.
Another was about 6ft tall, wearing a black Nike hooded top, with a distinctive skull-patterned scarf covering his face.
The other was a man wearing blue “Cross Hatch” jeans and a blue hooded top with a red logo on the top left side. He was wearing a distinctive pink and blue scarf across his face.
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Ben Stevens – or email email@example.com.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
Please quote incident number 12150053766 when passing on any information about this incident.
Morrison’s have confirmed that their maintenance manager has carried out a survey of the Acomb store and it is included in the first batch of stores this year to have car park works undertaken – this includes pot hole repairs and drainage works.
The work is currently being priced by contractors and will, we understand, “commence in the next 2 weeks”.
Residents had complained about potholes particularly those near the entrance to the car park which pose a hazard for pedestrians.
Andrew Waller has been out and about inspecting public service standards in the Westfield area. Here are some of the issues that he has reported.
Only one of the new houses being built on the Windsor Garth development is still for sale according to developers.
The remaining property is a 2 bedroomed house which is listed at £170,000.
14 of the 55 units being built on the site are for sale (the rest will be rented by Yorkshire Housing)
The development has been criticised, not least for it’s high density levels. Originally the site was to have had only 29 units constructed. They would have been restricted to the “footprint” of the old school building.
Completion of the development later this year can’t come soon enough for existing residents living in the area.
A full list of candidates for the York Council elections on May 7th is now available from the LibDem web site.
Wherever possible, local ward branches have selected candidates who live in or near the neighbourhoods that they seek to represent.
The other parties have also announced most of their candidates and it looks like around 200 – a record number – will be contesting the elections which take place on the same day as the parliamentary poll.
Click here for details of the LibDem candidates.
Policy manifestos are expected to be published in early April
The current make up of the Council is
Lab – 21
LibDem – 9
Tory – 9
Green – 2
Ind Lab – 2
Ind – 4