Although we will continue to report routine issues with local public services over the next few weeks, we don’t expect some to have any priority for the use of resources if the CV virus debilitates the Councils workforce.
Clearly the most important services are those that maintain the safety of the local community.
We’d like to see the Council appoint local coordinators so that the vulnerable have someone to turn to. We recognise that valuable resources like the local “hubs” will have to close but they need to be replaced with technology based alternatives. We look forward to hearing more about the Council’s plans
The Friday Hub at the Foxwood Community Centre has already been suspended.
Local residents groups and Councillors are actively supporting residents.
Hopefully those who are responsible for the graffiti that blights the neighbourhood, those who drop litter and those who allow their dogs to foul footpaths will now change their ways.
NB. The Great British Spring Clean – which relied on volunteer litter pickers – has been postponed until the Autumn.
Its not just the transport systems that have been under pressure in York this weekend.
People have been pointing to issues with street cleansing in the City centre. Can’t be easy for Council staff and the BID team to keep on top of the problems with such high volumes of pedestrians around (not to mention the security zones).
Even in suburban areas we’ve been finding examples of full bins and badly littered streets. All have been reported for Council attention.
Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.
Full details can be found by clicking the application reference
Cornlands Road York
Removal of public payphone (outside the shops on Cornlands Road)
Ref. No: 19/02322/TCNOT
60 Cornlands Road York YO24 3EA
Two storey side extension and single storey front extension with porch.
Ref. No: 19/02257/FUL
Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site. http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/
NB. The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received
BT announced last week that it was removing 9 public payphones from York
The surprise is that it is not calling time on others particularly one like that in Cornlands Road
Despite several requests for a root cause analysis of, and action to address, littering hot-spots problems continue to grow. There are particular issues on routes used by some students on their way to and from school (although this may be a coincidence).
Hot-spots include snickets and bus stops.
We believe that the Council should increase its surveillance of such locations and issue penalty charge notices to offenders.
Residents rightly become irritated when they report public service problems and either they take a long time to clear up or the issue occurs again very soon afterwards.
This is particularly frustrating when potholes reopen and gullies become blocked immediately there is a shower of rain
We think that the York Council needs to get to the root causes of some issues.
They currently spend a lot of money clearing up fly tipping but have been very tardy in advertising the bulky waste collection service the cost of which was reduced substantially in April.
Recurrent litter problems occur on some snickets. It should be possible to identify, and fine, offenders. In some cases the littering is happening everyday.
Good to see some progress on providing more off street parking spaces. Matrix (eco grid) surfacing being provided in Bachelor Hill. Follows on fromt the completion of two additional spaces in Spurr Court.
Unfortunately we still have problems with litter. We’ve reported more issues today (see below)