Street name plates neglected click to enlarge
Ascot Way in Acomb demonstrates just how mixed up the York Council’s priorities have become.
20 mph sign installed within 5 metres of a sharp right bend.
School sign rusting away
Over £600,000 is being spent on installing 20 mph speed limit signs.
These include some in areas which are already protected by speed cushions (which make excessive speeds pretty much impractical).
Others have been installed at locations where it is impossible to exceed 20 mph anyway including short cul de sacs and near a sharp right hand bend (see photo).
Meanwhile other public services are being starved of investment. Street name plates are becoming illegible while other signs are simply rusting away.
Ironically the maintenance of speed cushions has been abandoned making them potential death traps for cyclists and a likely source of tyre and chassis damage for motorists.
Damaged speed humps. Already dangerous for cyclists.
Car parking problems growing in Westfield area
Drivers living in the Kingsway West, Windsor Garth and St Stephen’s Road areas have started a campaign aimed at persuading the Council to restart its car park provision programme.
The programme, which provided dropped kerbs/verge crossovers and parking lay bys, was a victim of Labours cuts to ward committee budgets in 2011.
Although some work has continued using tenants estate improvement budget funds, provision has fallen behind demand.
Some spaces intended for residents use on Ascot Way are being monopolised by visitors.
Now additional pressure is being felt by on street parking spaces as the Council moves to redevelop garage areas while parking restrictions, on the link access to the new development on the Our Lady’s school site, seem inevitable.
In the meantime some drivers are parking on grass verges causing considerable damage and disfiguring the neighbourhood.