Some progress with public service standard improvements in west York

We were pleased to see that some public service in the Westfield area have improved over the last 7 days.

The Council have responded promptly to reports of problems with litter and fly tipping.

Most amenity areas have now had a, long overdue, visit from the mower although the length of the cuttings has itself caused a problem. They will look much tidier if they get a scheduled second cut within the next 3 weeks.

Elsewhere, several of the blocked drainage channels on the Chapelfields estate have been cleaned. These were mainly located on the inside of the traffic build outs.

They need to be swept regularly to avoid a build up of detritus and weeds.

The Front Street shopping area was looking tidier yesterday.

We’re still waiting to learn of the results of the survey into the future of the area. An improvement budget of £1/2 million has been promised.

However, it is good to see that the back lane between Front Street and Beaconsfield Street is currently largely free of weeds and litter.

One remaining issue remains the reliability of the waste collection service. The Council says that it has recruited two new drivers and that this should ease the problem in future.

Time will tell.

Call for Chapelfields clean up

Seems that weed growth is getting out of hand again this summer in the Chapelfields estate. We’ve asked for better street cleaning in the estate.

Meanwhile mystery still surrounds the future of the Sanderson House community centre on Bramham Road. The running of the centre was taken over by the Council last year but there is little evidence that activities with a wide appeal will restart there anytime soon.

If any estate would benefit from an active residents association then it is surely Chapelfields. We hope the authorities will provide the necessary support to make this a reality again.

Fly tipping, weed control contract under scrutiny again

We had hoped that work on keeping paths and hard surfaced areas free of weed growth would be more successful than last year.

Despite treatment starting over a month ago it does look like several areas have again been missed off the programme.

Local residents have treated parts of some problem areas to test how long proprietary weedkillers take to clear undergrowth off paths and forecourts.

If the treatment is successful then there will be some serious questions for the Council to answer about their performance.

Weeds on Kingsway garage area
Kingsway garage area
Hotham Avenue weeds
Residents have started to clear the weeds from round the trees near Herman Walk. Three of the trees ate dead and we hope to see them replaced in the autumn
Playgrounds still closed because of the health crisis. We hope that the Council will have repaired the equipment before the Chesney Field area is brought back into use
Still some dumping around. We’ve reported this trolley which was left in the Chapelfields area
We’ve also reported rubbish left on Askham Lane (rural)

More waste collection delays in York

The York Council has run into further problems today with household waste, recycling and green bin emptying. There were issues on both sides of the City

Latest waste service update -Tuesday 26 May

We were unable to collect household waste from some areas in Dunnington due to capacity issues.

This household waste will be collected on Wednesday 27 May. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.

We have been unable to collect recycling waste from a number of properties due to service levels.

Our crews are still out collecting and a further update regarding recycling collections for 26 May will be issued tomorrow.

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

  • Chapelfields
  • Foxwood
  • Tang Hall

We’ll attempt to collect missed garden waste by Wednesday 27 May, but may not be able to revisit until later in the week. Please leave greens bin out and we’ll get to you as soon as we can.

We have been able to recollect all outstanding garden waste from Monday 25 May.

Previous waste service updates – Monday 25 May

All scheduled household waste collections have been made.

We were unable to collect recycling waste from a number of properties in Fulford as a result of restrictions on operations due to coronavirus.

We’ll attempt to collect this recycling on Tuesday 26 May. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.

We’ve been unable to collect garden waste from a number of properties in the following areas due to capacity issues:

  • Badger Hill
  • Heslington

We will attempt to collect missed garden waste on Tuesday 26 May, but may not be able to revisit until later in the week. Please leave greens bin out and we’ll get to you as soon as we can.

Chapelfields recycling being collected tomorrow (Saturday)

Council waste service update Friday 20 March

“All scheduled recycling waste collections have been made.

We were unable to collect household waste from Knapton House, Rawcliffe due to a blocked access.

We’ve recollected all outstanding recycling except from collections in Chapelfields.

We’ll collect any remaining Chapelfields recycling on Saturday 21 March. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am”.

Latest on missed bin collections

More streets in York have not had their refuse, recycling and garden waste collected today.

Areas affected included Dringhouses (Middlethorpe), Bishopthorpe, Acomb, Chapelfields, Tang Hall and Lockwood Street

Some residents have called for the service to be “outsourced” (privatised).

Until the Council is more candid about the causes of its current problems, then it is difficult to know whether different management arrangements would lead to a more reliable service.

Chapelfields bus fare reduced

First has reversed its plan to charge £2 for the trip from Front Street to Chapelfields. The price hike from £1 was widely criticised. Although a short distance, the service is well used by those with heavy shopping to carry. The gradient can be a problem for some.

The new fare will be £1-20p

A similar situation exists in other parts of the CVity including Foxwood, although there, the short hop fare to Acomb has yet to be revised.

We have generally been supportive of the improvements that First have made to their services over recent years.

However, changes to short journey fares seem to be have been driven more by administrative convenience than passenger needs.

NB. Over 50% of bus journeys are made by pensioners using their free passes.

Car jacking in Chapelfields

Appeal to find vital witnesses to attempted car robbery.

Police in York are appealing for witnesses, including two people who came to the aid of a woman when a man threatened her with a knife and ordered her to give him her car.

It happened around Chapelfields Road and Ridgeway in Acomb, York, between 9.45pm and 10.15pm on Thursday 25 July 2019.

The suspect jumped onto the bonnet of the victim’s car when it had stopped at the junction.

The 22-year-old woman driver got out of the car and the suspect pulled out a knife and threatened her, telling her to give him her car or he would tell people she had run him over.

A man driving a silver car came to her assistance and the suspect ran off along Ridgeway towards the direction of St Aiden’s Church.

Although not physically injured, the woman was badly shaken by her ordeal.

Officers are appealing to the man who came to victim’s aid and his woman passenger to come forward as they may have vital information about the suspect.

They would also like to hear from anyone else who was in the area at the time and saw the incident or saw a man running along Ridgeway around the time of the incident.

They would also like to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam footage of the incident or the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white, around 23-30 years old, 5ft, 7in, of skinny build with a thin face, he was clean shaven, had dark eyebrows and spoke with a local accent. He was wearing a black hooded top and dark coloured trousers.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Dave Marsden . You can also email

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12190135830.

With the rain, come the weeds

Wetter weather will accelerate plant growth in the City. That means bigger weeds.

Usually by now the York Council has revealed its weed killing programme. Seems we have to go on waiting this year.

Name signs are already obscured
Sign posts need cleaning
Hazardous broken chain link fencing on Chapelfields snicket still not repaired
Verges still not cut