Cllr Sue Hunter is encouraging residents to adopt local verges and amenity area and plant flowers. Grants may be available from the local Ward Committee for bulbs and containers
The Ward committee will be balloting residents shortly on their priorities for using the delegated budget. Among ideas put forward by residents are plans to lop trees and overgrown hedges.
Trustees have now signed a formal lease for the Foxwood Community Centre. It means that the centre will be largely free from Council control but will have to raise most of its income from lettings. It is now run entirely by volunteers.
Meanwhile Sheena has been out and about in the Foxwood area reporting issues for attention
In the Cornlands Road area, while out delivering the latest Focus newsletter, we spotted several issues requiring attention. These included offensive graffiti on the Tithe Close snicket. Issues have been reported using https://www.fixmystreet.com/
Andrew Waller has commenced a survey of the Askham Lane/Grange Lane area
One of the issues being probed is whether residents would like to see kissing gates installed on the accesses to the local parks and open areas. At present there are problems with motorcyclists riding near where children play
We use https://www.fixmystreet.com/ to report issues
After a poor few years there are signs that some of the street level public services provided by the York Council are beginning to improve.
Last year saw parts of the City engulfed in weeds.
This year a quad bike is already zipping round the area applying weed killer to paths and gutters.
Litter and detritus is also another major problem as these photos show.
We hope that the new specialist street sweeping machines (above left) will soon make an impact…and that the Council has thought through how it will cleanse difficult to access areas.
We hope that the York Council will also make its street cleansing – and weed control – timetables available on their web site. Taxpayers should know how often they can expect their streets to be swept
We continue to report any issues that we see using the excellent “Fix my Street” web site
The installation of railings around the play equipment on Grange Lane has not entirely eliminated problems with dog fouling.
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
Snickets are often a source of concern to both users and neighbouring property owners.
None less so that that linking Parker Avenue to Grange Lane.
Often problems are reported there with graffiti, litter, weeds and vandalism to boundary fences.
Today we have had to report a badly overgrown rose bush which is almost blocking the footpath. The thorns are a particular hazard for young children who may be wheeled past in prams.
We hope that the Council will act quickly to have the bush cut back
Meanwhile the Grange Lane play area is once again the subject of litter and dog fouling. The swings have also been vandalised.
The playground really does need a fence round it to prevent access by dogs and to stop litter drift.
It should become a “poop scoop” area with proper enforcement.
Again an issue overdue for Council attention.
Play equipment in Grange Lane, Acomb has been labelled as “dangerous” by parents due a lack of maintenance.
Earlier today two pieces of play equipment were unusable with one – a wire ride – potentially hazardous for users.
Weeds and nettles were growing up through another piece of equipment making use impractical.
The area was badly littered.
The council has been heavily criticised in the past for failing to secure the playground against dogs.
Fouling continues to be an issue.
Residents collected the petition following problems with dog fouling around the play equipment.
Officials say that there is no money to pay for a fence and, of course, Labour Councillors voted last year to substantially reduce the numbers of litter and dog bins in the City.
It is possible that an existing bin might be re-positioned closer to the playground.
The cost of the fence is put at £7,200. Officials say that the scheme should be one of those funded from the estate improvement budget.
However this totals only £9,500 and must address all the needs of the Chapelfields area.
Some might think that a small reduction in the £1.4 million that the Council is going to spend – in a single day – on the start event for a stage of the Tour de France, might be more usefully be spent addressing safety and environmental problems like these.
Residents may attend and speak on the proposals at the meeting which is taking place at West Offices on Toft Green on Wednesday 9th October starting at 4:00pm.
You must register to speak before the meeting. The deadline for registering is 5pm on Tuesday 8th October 2013. Telephone – (01904) 552062 Laura Bootland.
Written representations must be made by 5pm on Monday 7th October 2013. They should be E-mailed to email@example.com