All scheduled household waste collections have been made.
We were unable to collect all recycling waste from all properties in the following areas due to operating under COVID-19 restrictions:
This will be collected on Wednesday 17 June. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.
We were unable to collect all garden waste from some properties in Woodthorpe and Dunnington due to capacity issues: We’ll attempt to collect missed garden waste on the evening of Tuesday 16 June, but may not be able to revisit until later in the week. Please leave your green bin out and we’ll get to you as soon as we can.
We have collected all outstanding missed household waste, recycling and garden waste from Monday 15 June.
More bad news on refuse collection in York. There are delays in collecting recycling, emptying green bins and removing some household waste across significant parts of the City
Some recycling has been out on the streets for 3 days now.
The Council says that it will work through today and tomorrow (Saturday) to clear the backlog.
The Council has also been urged to provide an update on the capacity and use of its bulky waste removal service which was restarted last week.
Similar information about the availability of “booking slots” at household waste sites like Hazel Court might help to reduce demands on the collection service.
The Council has said,
“We were unable to collect household waste from small areas of Haxby, Wigginton and Strensall.
This household waste will be collected on Friday 29 May. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.
We were unable to collect recycling from Rufforth, Clifton and Huntington due to operational restrictions to do with Covid-19.
We’ve been unable to return for recycling collections from Tuesday 26 May and Wednesday 27 May.
All this recycling waste will be collected on Friday 29 May or Saturday 30 May. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.
We were unable to collect garden waste from from Haxby, Earswick and Huntington due to the large amounts being collected.
This garden waste will be collected on Friday 29 May. Please present your containers for collection by 7.00am.
We’ve been unable to return to St Aldred’s Mews due to access issues and will return as soon as we are able. We’ve also been unable to return for garden waste collections from Wednesday 27 May. We’re returning for this waste in Acomb and Heworth on Thursday evening”
The missed bins from yesterday and due for collection in Haxby, Huntington, Fulford and and Bishopthorpe today weren’t collected. This is put down to continuing staffing and vehicle reliability issues.
Skelton was also missed today
The Council says that it will try to empty all outstanding waste and garden bins tomorrow (Saturday)
It does increasingly seem that the bin emptying service, which was often regarded in public satisfaction surveys as the most appreciated local service provided by the Council, is now in decline.
Residents from the Huntington and Heworth areas have added their voices to the criticisms of the Council’s performance in keeping local streets clean and tidy. Although, like Woodthorpe on the west of the City, some streets in Huntington appear to have been well swept, they are outnumbered by those where even basic weed clearance has not taken place this summer.
One again it is the main entry roads into the City which are most neglected. It presents a poor image for visitors
The announcementearlier in the year, that the opening of the City’s new Community Stadium would be delayed until the autumn, surprised few people.
York City Football Club first learned in 2004 that it could face a move away from Bootham Crescent.
The future of the Knights Rugby team subsequently become inextricably
intertwined with the stadiums future.
All seemed well in 2010 when a source of funding (S106 planning
contributions) for a new stadium was obtained. Planning permission for the
Vanguard development was subsequently granted.
Further delays occurred as the Council agonised about procurement
polices and management arrangements.
After many false dawns, the stadium should have been opening
The announcement of another6 month delay came as a disappointment.
Such information as leaked out about the cause of the delay
was neither confirmed nor denied by a Council embroiled in a local election
process. The “purdah” period prevented any statements that might have influenced
the election result.
It is now over 5 weeks after the election concluded – with another
“no overall majority” result. The Green Party, which opposed the stadium development
together with some Tories – now shares power with the LibDems who themselves have
a long commitment to the stadium.
There is no suggestion that political interference is behind
the reason for the delayed announcements.
The Council, Football and Rugby Clubs – together with the builders (Buckingham) and stadium complex managers (Better), have been strangely quiet over the last few weeks.
The “purdah” period is
long over yet no explanation for the delay or, more importantly, a new opening
date have been confirmed. The last official statement talked about an October
More realistically, the clubs may now be hoping that the stadium
will be available for the lucrative Christmas /New Year fixture programme.
NB. York City’s National League North fixture list is due to
be announced on 3rd July. The season
will kick off on Saturday, August 3rd. The Football Club has already announced its
season ticket prices.
The Hull Road ward is home to 15,055 residents. Average incomes are lower than the City average. 48% of residents own their home. 32% rent privately and 18% are social tenants. There are 615 Council homes in the area. 0.7% are out of work. Crime levels are below average. 63.6% of residents are satisfied with their local area as a place to live. This is worse than any other ward. (York average 88.6%). 9.09% believe that they can influence decisions in their local area (City average 26.2%). Source
This ward has been won consistently by Labour. It now encompasses the University of York campus.
The contest is given added interest this time round as one of the Labour victors in 2015 has left the party and is standing as an Independent candidate. Hillary Shephard – formerly a Council employee and shop steward – was on the moderate wing of the Labour Party. Hull Road Labour is now hard left dominated with some students activists believed to be heavily influential. As with all Independents the hurdle that she faces is to mobilise sufficient help to get leaflets delivered and electors canvassed.
One of the Labour candidates, Michael Pavlovic ,won a by-election in 2017. It was held on the same day as the General Election which was used by many electors to protest to Mrs May about her wasting their time.
Unusually two of the Labour candidates live at the same address in the ward. They say they moved to study in the City as recently as 2013.
3 Labour seats
The Micklegate ward is home to 12,927 residents. Average incomes are higher than the City average. 51% of residents own their home. 34% rent privately and 13% are social tenants. There are 544 Council homes in the area. 1.4% are out of work. Crime levels are well above average. 90.3% of residents are satisfied with their local area as a place to live. (York average 88.6%). 36.7% believe that they can influence decisions in their local area (City average 26.2%). Source
Likely to be one of the most interesting contests this year. In 2015 this was the only ward to split 3 ways. 1 Labour, 1 Independent and 1 Green Party Councillors were elected. Retiring Labour Councillor Dave Merrett plunged to 7th place in the poll with many people pointing to his decision to restrict access to Lendal bridge as the explanation for his drop in popularity.
Independent Councillor Jonny Hayes and the other surprise victor, Lars Kramm (Green), are both quitting after one term of office. Both did bring a breath of fresh air to an otherwise predictable and tribal Council chamber. Lars Kramm is trying his luck in Copmanthorpe where he now lives.
There will no Independent candidate in the Micklegate Ward this time.
The Greens are fielding Rosie Baker who unsuccessfully contested a by election held in Micklegate in 2017. The victor then, Jonny Crawshaw, returns. He is understood to have ambitions to lead the Council’s Labour Group. He is joined by Sandi Redpath who is another party worker already on M.P. Rachel Maskell’s payroll.
The fragmented result last time suggests that Micklegate has a sophisticated (or confused) electorate. The ward may once again produce an unexpected result.