The fine weather is likely to mean increased work for York’s street cleaning teams.
Last August the number of reports about street cleansing issues (which includes dog fouling) hit an all time record high.
The Council hasn’t updated its open data page since then, but anecdotal evidence suggests that – at least in some suburbs – problems continue at a high level.
Car parking charges up
Councillors are expected to day to confirm increased charges for many York Council services.
There is an eyewatering 33% increase in the fine level for anyone found littering the streets They will pay £100 a time (early payment discount £75-00) Unfortunately very few fines have been issued in recent years and litter remains a problem in parts of the City
The Council is also hiking the rent for garages. This despite many having been left empty. The Council could bring in more income by actively marketing the vacancies. Filling the garages would also reduce on street parking problems in some suburban estates. Council tenants will pay £7-43 for a garage while private individuals may rent one for £8-92. There are higher charges for high demand are while areas with a low demand attract discount rates
Car parking charges are increasing by 10p per hour. 5 hours parking at a short stay car park will cost £11-50
No elasticity of demand analysis is included in the Council budget papers. In recent years the Council has rarely achieved its budgeted income from parking charges
A list of the new charges can be found by clicking here
High winds have been blamed for he increase in litter seen today. Insecure recycling has been blown around many suburbs with the Council struggling to catch up on their collection schedules post New Year.
Full litter bin on Bellhouse Way
Leaf and tree detritus in gutters on Askham Croft
Litter blown by high winds today in St Stephens Road
Surface water problem at junction of Ashford Place and Ascot Way
Waterlogged verges are being damaged by vehicles
The Council has erected new notices on the Beaconsfield Street area aimed at tackling waste management issues
Meanwhile elsewhere an increasing number of litter complaints seem to be delayed in the Councils system.
The expectation is that litter reports will be addressed within 5 days of being reported but many have exceeded that timescale recently.
It is unclear why this problem has arisen as no Council explanation has been given.
Litter reported on the Tedder Road Park a month ago has still not been cleared
Much needed repairs on the link from Askham Lane to The Green are scheduled to take place on 16th/17th October
Askham Lane/The Green roadworks planned
Meanwhile, not for the first time, we have reported excessive litter near the Foxwood shops bus shelter (below).
Foxwood Lane bus shelter 28th September 2017