The end of the holidays brings with it a need to deal with some issues. Today we have reported issues with
dog fouling, dumping next to the recycling banks on Acomb Wood Drive, leaf fall in the Greenwood Grove area litter in the Chesney Field area & more litter on the Tithe Close snicket
Hopefully they will be addressed quickly now.
Snickets fouled in Foxwood
There is still too much dog fouling going on in parts of York. Owners who do not clean up after their pets can face an on the spot fine of £75. This could be increased to £1000 if the case goes to a magistrates court.
You can report a fouled footpath by
If you spot a full poop scoop bin it can be reported via
The Council says, “If a dog bin is full or overflowing, we’ll empty it within 2 hours. If we get your report after 3.00pm, then the dog bin will be emptied before 10.00am the following working day.
If a bin is damaged or missing we’ll repair or replace it as soon as possible”.
Fly posting, fly tipping, littering and dog fouling
As they promised, the York council has now updated its “
” web site to include details of the number of fixed penalty notices (FPNs) issued. open data
An FOI request was prompted by a large number of
in west York advertising the arrival of a Fair. fly posting incidents
The published stats only go up to June at present but they reveal a downward trend on FPNs issued for
. fly posting
In total 36 were issued during the first 6 months of the year.
is also a continuing problem in some areas. Here the figures reveal that no FPNs were issued during the first part of this year. Fly tipping
It was similar picture for
with no FPNs issued between January and June. dog fouling
Only 1 FPN was issued for
Statistical information has also been published for
Notices put up to deter dog fouling
Only five people were fined during the last year for allowing their dog to foul public places in the City.
The figures are revealed in a
which lists the enforcement action taken during 2017/18 by the York new report
Council on a wide range of offences
Recent surveys have revealed that dog fouling remains a major concern for residents living in some neighbourhoods.
More fines were actually issued in the City centre to men found urinating in public than were handed out for dog fouling
The report does however highlight several success for enforcement teams.
64 years imprisonment (5 years suspended)
£21k in fines
1060 hours of unpaid work
£311k in compensation for victims
£3.3m in proceeds of crime confiscation orders
£98k in costs awards
The bulk of these relate to fraud and “Ecrime” activities.
In addition various actions were taken on housing issues while 10 neighbourhood enforcement officers dealt with reports of anti social behaviour, fly-posting, littering and similar offences.
The published on the Councils open data web site say that only 8 fixed penalty tickets have been issued for dog fouling since April 2015. latest figures
No penalty notices have been issued at all since June last year.
(see right) for dog fouling have been issued since 2015 Community Protection Notices
The York Council receives around 2000 requests for action each year on cleansing issues which includes dog fouling. It no longer publishes the number of complaints it receives about full poop scoop bins but it
around 20 a month.. used to be
was let in April for the replacement of ageing “poop scoop” bins in the City. contract
Several campaigns have been run to highlight the risks associated with dog fouling. These included, in some areas like Foxwood, displaying eye catching posters while in others local residents highlighted “poop” on footpaths with spray markers.
Whether the problem has got better, or worse over recent months is difficult to assess.
Issues can be traced back to 2012 when the, then Labour controlled, Council scrapped the “
” service. At the same time, they dog warden the number of litter and dog bins in the City. reduced
Dog walkers arriving at the Foxwood park will get a reminder from the Residents Association that they must clean up using a poo bag.
In an innovative move, spare poo bags are being provided at the entrance to the park with a request that dog owners replace any they use when they next visit.
Thanks to those living in the Front Street and Hob Moor areas who have been returning the LibDem Focus “grumble” sheets.
So far the most complaints have been about:
Weeds/bushes obstructing paths
So pretty much basic public service standard issues.
This weekend we’ve moving on to look at services in the Cornlands Road and Askham Lane areas.
We’ve already been out and about this week checking on public service standards in the west of the City. Around 255 issues have been reported via “
” including Fix My Street
Dogs have badly fouled the Tithe Close snicket
Weeds are still a problem on some footpaths
Grange Lane park play equipment still needs strimming
Swings damaged on Grange Lane park
Full litter bin on Askham Lane reported by Cllr Sheena Jackson
The installation of railings around the play equipment on
has not entirely eliminated problems with dog fouling. Grange Lane
Gate being left open at palygorund
Unfortunately the access gate does not have a spring on it and it is often being left open.
We hope to have a spring fitted and a notice erected reminding people to kept the gate closed.
Meanwhile we’ve reported the full poop scoop bin for emptying
Full poop scoop bin on Grange Lane reported for emptying
A Freedom of information request has revealed that the number of complaints about dog fouling rose for the first time for 3 years duing 2014/15.
318 complaints were received by the Council
Despite this only 2 fixed penalty notices were issued by Council staff