The Council will decide today whether to extend its graffiti removal service to include utility boxes. We hope that they will. The professions service introduced 4 moths ago has made a major diffidence to the appearance of parts of the City.
But we would like to see progress made in prosecuting those responsible. It should not be up to taxpayers (or utility company customers) to fund clean ups like these.
Some Councillors apparently want to use “community payback” to do the graffiti removal. From time to time, this might be an option but it does depend on a steady supply of offenders and there would be a supervision cost.
Probably best to give someone a full time job. There are plenty of other clean up tasks to do if, as we hope, graffiti volumes fall..
Many short cut “snickets” get a lot of use. They are vulnerable to litter while large amounts of leaf and other detritus can accumulate. Some are obstructed by overgrown hedges and trees. The surfaces can wear quite quickly because of constant footfall. Many seem to be neglected by the Council although they are an essential part of the plan to encourage more people to walk for short journeys. They deserve a higher priority for the Councils resources.
Potholes on carriageway are also a disincentive for cyclists. We’ve reported continuing problems and Gale Lane and Foxwood Lane today
Work is progressing on two major building projects in west York. The centre for the disabled on Ascot Way is now getting its roof installed. Modernisation work, on the adjacent Lincoln Court sheltered accommodation, is taking place at the same time.
Work has also started on constructing houses on the controversial Lowfield development. A decision on how the section of the site reserved for elderly persons housing will be developed is expected next month.
The Council was told this week that it needed to investment more in road maintenance. That has been obvious for over 5 years following budget cuts in the early part of this decade.
Frost is now accelerating the deterioration in places such as Foxwood Lane and Bellhouse Way.
It is important that issues are reported to the Council.
If you use the Councils “report it on line” system it will generate a reference number automatically.
This helps to identify the issue if you have to follow it up later.
The system doesn’t produce update reports for highways issues in the same way that litter, graffiti and fly tipping are automatically tracked. Progress on these types of issues can be viewed in the residents personalised issue folder after you log in.
Contractors were out today removing nettle growth from the side of the Foxwood Lane footpath.
The nettles had been a nuisance during the late summer period although not, this year, as bad as in some previous years.
Mechanical treatment – often by local farmers – is usually
an efficient and economical way of controlling weeds and cutting back hedges.
Meanwhile a Freedom of Information request has revealed that
this year weed control contractors have only been paid part of the £37,020.89
value of the contract. The response says that £18,498.70 has so far been paid during the
The response does reveal the amounts paid to specialist weed control contractors over the last 9 years.
2019/20 – A. Morrison’s & Sons £37,020.89.
2018/19 – Munroe’s – £31,189
2017/18 – Munroe’s – £31,189
2016/17 – Munroe’s – £31,189
2015/16 – Munroe’s – £27,192
2014/15 – Dobsons – £68,538
2013/14 – Dobsons – £66,867
2012/13 – Nomix Enviro – £69,792
2011/12 – Nomix Enviro – £79,036
Interestingly the York Council, in the Spring, accepted a tender the value of which was only half that submitted in 2011.
It was later discovered that the list of streets to be treated was incomplete.
There have been chronic problems with weed control during the
summer and, as we reported a few days ago, many streets still require attention.
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 byclicking here
Elsewhere the fallen leaves that we reported on Bellhouse Way have been cleared from the paths