…but not until October
Senior York Councillors have confirmed that they will be reviewing how the City controls weed growth in gullies, on footpaths, on traffic islands and on other hard landscaped areas. A review meeting will take place on 7th October.
The move comes after many residents, together with some local Councillors including Independent Mark Warters from Osbaldwick, pointed out that this years spraying programme simply hadn’t had the required effect..
More perceptive residents will, however, have also worked out that, by October, weeds will be dying back naturally anyway.
So some action over the next 6 weeks is still needed.
This can really only be done now using mechanical – rather than chemical – processes.
We can report that today the weeds that disfigure the Ouse Bridge still remain along with assorted empty beer cans.
It would take only 5 minutes to clean the area.
We’ve asked residents to nominate the highest growing weeds on public highways in the City.
These are roads, footpaths , bridges etc which should by now have been treated for weed growth by the York Council.
If left untreated the weeds will gradually break up the surface of the highway causing additional expense when remedial work is undertaken.
The weed control programme is normally sub contracted by the Council. Residents may have seen (or not this year) quad bikers in some streets spraying weed killer
Weeds have been growing on the parapets of Ouse Bridge in York for over four years now.
Suggestions that the timely treatment with weed killer in the Spring might made the key route into the City a little smarter, have been ignored by the York Council. We fear that the weeds are gradually undermining the strength of the bridge joints.
This is how the bridge has looked over recent years.
This year the weeds growing on the parapets of the Ouse bridge are about 3 inches shorter than they were last year.
Lack of rain in June is blamed for the change
Last year the Council failed to address the issue prompting fears that the integrity of the structure might be compromised.
The problem has been reported and hopefully the new Council will act promptly
Almost 4 months after the weed growth on Ouse Bridge was first reported to the Council they continue to thrive.
The Council agreed in the summer to ensure that they were treated with weed killer but – if the process ever took place – it has proved to be ineffective.
Great shame as the bridge is well used by both residents and tourists and the undergrowth is a poor advert for the City centre.
Hopefully the Council will act before the structural integrity of the bridge is compromised.
We now understand that they are to try to pull the weeds by hand
A couple of months ago we reported that public service standards in the City had declined.
One particular problem was weed growth – with Ouse Bridge badly affected.
The weeds were not only a potential threat to the integrity of the bridge but were an eyesore in a particularly sensitive area.
So it is disappointing to find that two months later no action has been taken to address the issue.
The Labour Leadership of the York Council has come under attack from visitors and residents alike for neglecting the appearance of the City.
In the City centre, tourists have pointed to Ouse Bridge where weeds are now overgrowing the parapet.
The bridge stonework has deteriorated while failure to control algae and moss growth could lead to major repair costs in a few months time.
The bridge is one of the most used by pedestrians in the City with many visitors photographing the river and banks from it.
Nor is the situation better in the sub-urban areas with some side streets in Acomb covered in foot high weeds.
The Council revealed recently in a response to a Freedom of Information enquiry that it gives a contractor £70,000 a year to control weed growth on local highways and footpaths
NB. The Council recently spent £490,000 repaving Kings Square