York river bank needs a tidy up

With the City economy now so dependent on visitors the Council and its partners needs to up its game and give some public areas a face-lift.

Graffiti on Scarborough Bridge
Flood barrier work and graffiti next the Ouse. One of the first things rail travellers see as they enter the City
Missing fencing on Dam Judy Dench Walk – reported several weeks ago – still hasn’t been repaired
while the Lendal Bridge steps need a coat of paint.
Hopefully any investment in public service standards in the City centre won’t be at the expense of the suburbs. Here graffiti and detritus blight Kingsway North
Hopefully the Council will persuade more businesses to “adopt” roundabouts in the City.

Spark appeals against planning decision

Spark April 2018

It seems that the Spark organisation has submitted a last-minute appeal against the Council’s decision not to allow them to keep the Street Art/Graffiti on their Piccadilly frontage. They had hoped that the Council would not enforce the planning condition which requires them to install wood cladding on the outside of the shipping containers.

In August they lost their planning application to revise the conditions governing their use of the site.

Any appeal could take months to resolve, so it may now be down to the Council, as the landlord, to act to remedy the defect. The Council will be expecting a major payment from the business over the next few weeks.

The Spark lease runs out in June 2020.

Chapelfields looking better but delays to some repairs

Responding to a recent survey, local residents had said that litter and weed growth were one of their main concerns.

Good therefore to see this week that the Chapelfields estate is looking much tidier. Most gutters are weed free although the recent wet/warm weather will likely prompt further growth. Litter also seems to be under control.

We’ve reported one or two other public service issues that require attention.

The Council have been asked to give start date for promised additional lay-by on Bramham Ave. The provision of off street parking will make access easier for buses, bin lorries etc.

Notices put up to deter dog fouling

Grange Lane park largely litter free

Gutter in The Burn were reported and are now largely clear of weeds (although there are some on the footpath)

Still waiting for new fence on Walton Place snicket. Was ordered several months ago.

Graffiti on Grange Lane snicket needs to be removed

Lamppost 11 on Grange Lane is leaning. Reported for action

Telecoms junction box on Bramham Road vandalised

Sad to see garage 11 on the Bramham Road block still unused. Was reported to the Council 6 months ago.

Build outs make street cleaning and weed removal difficult

Weeds in St Stephens Square have not been treated this summer.

Trolley storage area on Acomb Car park needs a good clean

High growth of weeds and hedges but damaged verges still stubbornly bare!

The expectation was that the reinstatement of verges in the City following the UFO broadband works would have seen grass growing back by now. Recent rain has provided ideal growing conditions but there is little sign of life so far!

Dust bowl verges on Gale Lane. Still no grass

Tithe Close snicket has been cleared of litter and graffiti

Litter a problems on several snickets at present like this one on The Reeves.

More hedges blocking public footpaths

Hedge stops passengers waiting at Askham Lane bus stop from seeing approaching buses

Nettles another threat for bus passengers. No sign of the Council treating weeds so far this summer

Trolley area on Acomb car park needs a good clean up

York central consultation leaflets dumped

Disappointing to see so many “York Central” consultation leaflets left in the foot-wells of flats in the Kingsway West area. Not a very effective way of spending taxpayers money.

Problems also with graffiti, broken glass, and detritus in the same area. All reported to the Council for attention.

Idyllic scenes on the Ouse BUT…

Cyclists will be hoping that the York Council’s announcement that £500,000 will be spent upgrading major cycle routs in the City will allow for work to be undertaken on the York – Selby path. In places, the popular leisure route has become very uneven following the ravages of winter.

River Ouse at Naburn today. Well within its banks

Snow melt has caused large ponds to form on low woodland

The cycle track is still scarred by graffiti and dumping. The Council no longer clears graffiti unless it is judged to be obscene.

Good news for footpath users – less so on graffiti blight

The Westfield Ward Committee has agreed to provide soft surfacing to make the Hawkshead Close access to Acomb Wood passable. Cllr Sheena Jackson (photo) has been pressing for the change – which will have to wait until the ground has dried out – for some months.


Unfortunately we have had another outbreak of graffiti in west York. Problems in Kingsway West, Bramham Road and Kir Crescent have been reported this weekend.

Action taken to clear fly tipping and litter

Good to see the Council taking prompt action to remove the fly tipping from Askham Lane
Also the long standing problem with graffiti on the Tithe Close snicket.
Other snickets have also been cleared of litter.
Slower progress in removing fly tipping from the Grange Lane park and in sweeping some gutters.

York Council getting to grips with street cleansing issues.

Some good progress has been made over the last week by the Council when responding to reports of litter and fallen leaves.

The new on line “report it” system seems to be working better now for cleansing issues. Click here to try it out.

Other types of issue are still best reported using “fix my street

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