The Council is dealing promptly now with graffiti reports. The new system seems to be working well.
Over the last few days contractors have been working on the Council owned section of Acomb Wood near the top of Osprey Close.
They put some hard core down near the entrance gate (good) but they have left a large spoil heap blocking the popular footpath access to the wood.
They have also erected Council owned barriers on the PROW footpath link to Acomb Moor and Foxwood Lane beyond.
As well as the spoil heap, the actions of a tractor have reduced the path to an impassable quagmire. A spectacularly bad time of year to undertaken work like this.
It is unclear who is responsible for the work (the farmer has a right of access but he usually accesses his field direct from Askham Lane).
Only the Council would have any reason to work on this land – which is a publicly owned amenity area – but to do so without any warning or consultation is remarkably insensitive.
The residents association are planning to discuss the issue at their meeting next week.
There is scope for putting down hardcore on other sections of the popular footpath which goes through the Council owned part of Acomb Wood and which gets very muddy in places.
There is lots to admire before the seasons change in west York. Much voluntary effort has gone into making our community colourful this year
The Foxwood Residents Association will be supervising the planting of more spring bulbs tomorrow. There will be an increased number planted in Dickson Park
Also in Dickson Park, the Residents Association will be discussing, at their meeting on Wednesday, the planting of additional trees. A suggested layout has been provided by the local TREEMENDOUS charity. The meeting, which commences at 7:00pm, is open to all residents who live in Foxwood
As we’ve pointed out over the last few days, many of our public open spaces are looking clean and tidy at the moment.
In west York parks and amenity areas provide an attractive informal opportunity for leisure although in the Westfield ward several are under threat of development.
But there are several areas where litter and fly tipping are a problem. In some cases, items dumped many months ago still haven’t been removed by the Council.
Time for some action we think.
Fortunately, there is an active residents association in the Foxwood area and they have promised to support a month of action in their neighbourhood.
Elsewhere in the Westfield ward residents are currently less well organised so some proactive management is required.
Shortly there will be local elections in the area. Some candidates are already delivering literature. Both Labour and the LibDems have been seen on the streets this weekend.
The Tories have resorted to employing a contractor to deliver their leaflets They candidly admit that they don’t actually have any candidates, with only a few weeks to go before nominations close.
But no matter. If the candidates or all parties want to impress why don’t they individually organise a “spring clean” in a problem area? This might help to make a favourable impression on voters as well as enhancing the local environment?
The Keep Britain Tidy organisation coordinates an annual Great British Spring Clean campaign. This year the campaign will run between 22nd March – 23rd April 2019 and will focus on removing single use plastics from our open spaces.
Please visit their web site for more details https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean
The Council has now appointed a contractor who will lop trees in the Council owned section of Acomb Wood (to the rear of Osprey Close/Hawkshead Close/Pheasant Way).
Residents met with Councillors and officials late last year and tagged the (mainly self seeded) saplings which needed to be removed.
The work should benefit the remaining trees and reduce problems with overhanging branches.
The contractor hopes to start work during the fortnight commencing 8th March. The work should take about 6 days to complete, subject to weather conditions. The timetable avoids the bird nesting season.
Elsewhere, on little Green Lane, the same contractor will lop dead branches from trees. Residents met with Councillors at a site meeting in September and discussed what work needed to be done to the trees.
The work should benefit the trees and should also reduce problems with overhanging branches. The work should take about a week to complete, subject to weather conditions.