Anyone for a shower?
There are still too many blocked drainage gullies in parts of York. This mornings rain demonstrated the scale of the problem with flooding at the bottom of Hamilton Drive East a particular hazard. There were similar if less spectacular problems on Nigel Grove and Foxwood Lane. All have been reported for attention
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
As well as the flooding the ongoing rainfall has revealed a number of drainage issues on local highways. With the first snow of winter now forecast, it is important to get local drainage systems working efficiently as quickly as possible.
As well as arranging special gully cleans, the York Council does have a small budget available to “dig out” drains which are permanently blocked.
It is important to record issues with the York Council using “on line” services such as “Fix My Street“. Dozens of issues have been reported using this service over the last 6 months. Their web site shows which issues have been dealt with and which are outstanding
- Blocked gulley on Bellhouse Way reported to Council
- A replacement for the salt bin (removed by the Labour Council 3 years ago) has now been installed in St Stephens Mews courtesy of the Westfield Ward committee
Bellhouse Way flooding
Bellwood Drive flooding
A combination of accumulated leaves and inadequate routine cleaning of drainage gullies has resulted in quite a lot of localised ponding today.
Flooding occurred on part of Bellhouse Way.
It also became clear that a blocked drain in the housing area off Bellwood Drive – which was reported over a month ago – had still not been cleared.
We have reported both issues.
The Council has confirmed that it has reduced by nearly half the number of times that drainage gulleys are cleaned in the City.
There were approximately 20664 cleans last year compared to 38000 when the LibDems were in control of the Council.
The cuts are blamed by residents for increasing problems with ponding and flooding in some local streets.