Plea to sort out Foss Island Road maintenance problems

We reported earlier in the year that the verge and planted areas on Foss Islands Road needed to be cut back. They were overgrown with nettles, thistles and other weeds.

We expected that this issue would have been sorted by now but a visit today revealed that the problems continue. This is particularly disappointing in an area which is visible from the City Walls and which a large number of people see each week.

We have now formally approached the Council to determine who is responsible for maintenance and to what standards.

Foss Islands Road

Revised services at York Crematorium

Following significant cremator maintenance issues at York Crematorium, Bishopthorpe Road, recent repairs have meant cremation services can continue at a reduced capacity.

Cremations will reduce to five a day throughout December and January, less than half the normal daily average of 10-12.

An on site temporary cremator can provide limited cover if the permanent cremator is unavailable.

York funeral services will continue as normal.  Funeral directors will use facilities in neighbouring areas to provide cremation services if York Crematorium is unable to meet demand.

A decision about whether to increase the number of cremations will be made once City of York Council officers are confident the issues have been permanently resolved.

Funeral directors are supporting bereaved families to understand their options and help them through this difficult time.

Pauline Stuchfield, Assistant Director for Customer and Digital Services, City of York Council, said:

“We are grateful for funeral directors’ and cremation teams’ dedication and hard work during this sensitive time.  The loss of a loved one is hard enough and plans are in place to make these arrangements as easy as possible.  Timescales for the permanent repair are not yet known as they are complex and involve altering the fabric of the building. Although waiting times may increase, so far we are finding demand is largely being met by the alternative arrangements in place. ”

Chris Fielder, Funeral Director at J G Fielder & Son said:

“The staff at York Crematorium have been doing a great job under very difficult circumstances, arrangements have been swiftly and efficiently made over the past 6 weeks to ensure cremations could take place. All of our families have been notified of any impact prior to services taking place. The service limitations have impacted the normal timescales for funerals to take place, which is likely to continue until permanent repairs are complete, and so different options are being discussed with families.”