But vandalism still an issue in parts of the City
1/4 mile long queues developed on the route into the Hazel Court recycling centre earlier today.
The post Christmas rush also resulted in the paper banks at Acomb Car park overflowing. There is space in the adjacent bottle banks.
Fly tipping has steadily increased today. The issue has been taken up by Cllr Andrew Waller
We think that the Council needs to do more – perhaps using social media channels – to tell residents where there is spare recycling bank capacity and when the full banks in other locations will be emptied.
Last June, the Council announced a £100,000 boost for the Front Street area.
The mood in the shopping area had been more buoyant as several additional independent shops announced plans to open while more upper floors were to be brought back into use as residential accommodation.
Part of the Council budget was to be spent on bolstering existing activities with the aim of increasing “footfall”. These include additional grants to the ADAM arts festival and an improved Acomb Alive Christmas lights display.
Additional planters were planned for Front Street as were better signposts (wayfinding)
The “Friends of Acomb Green” were allocated £5000 for “recycling area improvements” in the car park although it was unclear precisely what this would involve.
Nothing more was heard about this project with the bins still badly needing at least a coat of paint.
More worrying is the lack of progress in getting the whole of the precinct levelled and paved. This was the top priority identified by residents following a door to door survey.
Consultants were to have been appointed to produce an economic masterplan for the area.
They were expected to report in December 2018.
There is no sign of any report nor is its publication included in the Councils forward programme of decisions.
A sofa has been dumped in the Cornlands Road park play area. It is surrounded by rubbish. The issue has been reported to the Council but it is a shame that an area intended for use by younger children should be defaced in this way. Hopefully the Police will be able to increase patrols in the area.
Elsewhere at the recycling centre in the Acomb Car Park rubbish has been fly tipped. We’ve asked for the area to be cleaned up and for some of the recycling bins to be repainted.
The bottle and paper recycling banks at Acomb (Morrisons) car park are currently full (1100 hrs Monday 9th Jan).
There is space in the can banks