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It looks like the York Council may be getting the message over problems with obstructed cycle and footpaths.
Last year Millfield Lane near Poppleton was overgrown with vegetation making social distancing unnecessarily difficult.
Today workers were out cutting the obstructions back.
We hope that an audit of similar problem locations will result in action to prevent a reoccurrence of the problems this summer.
With a period of warmer weather starting, residents are being urged to cut back any hedges or trees which may be overgrowing neighbouring properties or public footpaths.
The work needs to be done before the bird nesting season starts in the spring.
Some reports of highway defects are being knocked back with “no further action required” responses this year.
One of the deficiencies of the Councils “report it on line” system is that no reason for inaction is given. There was a time when a pothole might go unfilled because it didn’t meet what were styled “the Councils intervention level”. Basically they weren’t judged to be deep enough.
Eventually frost damage would, of course, ensure that it did become bad enough to justify filling.
But there are some very uneven roads which are, perversely, being judged as safe these days
Council officials are also reluctant to send warning letters to drivers who have damaged verges, even when it is obvious who is responsible,
One piece of better news, with local Councillors reporting that work on finishing drainage work on the Osprey Close footpath will recommence shortly. The footpath may be diverted around the worst of the mud with further repairs to the land drains taking place when the area dries out.
The York Council has had a good week in providing public services. 100% refuse collection success today with the only significant missed collections, earlier in the week, down to “blocked accesses”. Their web page detailing service standards achieved can be accessed by clicking here
Elsewhere the fallen leaves that we reported on Bellhouse Way have been cleared from the paths