We had hoped that work on keeping paths and hard surfaced areas free of weed growth would be more successful than last year.
Despite treatment starting over a month ago it does look like several areas have again been missed off the programme.
Local residents have treated parts of some problem areas to test how long proprietary weedkillers take to clear undergrowth off paths and forecourts.
If the treatment is successful then there will be some serious questions for the Council to answer about their performance.
Lots of people out and about today tidying up their gardens. Hopefully some of the overgrown trees, hedges and weeds obstructing footpaths will be getting attention.
Several months ago the playground – owned by the Rowntree Housing Trust – located on Teal Drive was closed.
Problems has arisen when vandals damaged part of the children’s slide.
Understandably repairs had to be completed before access was reinstated.
..But the gates have remained locked.
It would be a great shame if the authorities cannot ensure this facility is available at least during the day at weekends and during the summer holidays.
One possible solution would be to put together a volunteer team of key holders who could secure the park at night and reopen it in the morning.
JRHT have responded to complaints about vandalism and litter in the Teal Drive play area.
They are considering whether the children’s slide can be repaired. It may have to be removed. The playground is likely to be closed in the interim.
Residents had complained about the amount of little in the park.
Elsewhere in the estate the hedge which lies between Wenham Road and the Foxwood Park will be cut down shortly (it blocks an access path) and leaf detritus will be swept up.
Volunteers plan to secure the Tedder Road park playground after nightfall.
The trial – which follows problems with noisy behaviour and vandalism – will commence next Saturday.
North Yorkshire Fire service report an arson attach last night
“Grange Lane Play Area, near Askham Lane, York – Time of call 18:58
Acomb fire crew attended a fire involving children’s playground equipment. The cause of fire is believed to be deliberate. Crews extinguished fire using knapsack sprayers.
It is unclear whether the attack was at the private Kaleidoscope play area or the public playground in Grange Lane park”
Thanks to those living in the Front Street and Hob Moor areas who have been returning the LibDem Focus “grumble” sheets.
So far the most complaints have been about:
- Uneven footpaths
- Dog fouling
- Weeds/bushes obstructing paths
So pretty much basic public service standard issues.
This weekend we’ve moving on to look at services in the Cornlands Road and Askham Lane areas.
We’ve already been out and about this week checking on public service standards in the west of the City. Around 255 issues have been reported via “Fix My Street” including
…………litter still a major problem
The new play equipment, installed by the local residents association, in the Cornlands park is proving to be a success with local children.
Unfortunately the Council have not only removed the dog proof fence but have failed to provide either a “poop scoop” or litter bn.
The result is that the insecure area is a bit of a mess.
We’ve asked for a clean up of the whole park, but new bins need to be provided together with some sort of security to prevent access to the play area by dogs.
A similar initiative is needed at the Grange Lane play area
The newly reopened Woodlands playground on Teal Drive was put to good use in todays sunshine.
On hand was Andrew Waller who organised a survey aimed at finding out if residents wanted the playground – which had been locked for around a year – to reopen.
Over 80% said yes and the local residents association asked the owners, Rowntree Housing, to make things happen.
After a few weeks, the playground was reopened much to the delight of local youngsters.
Thanks to all for their hard work