Generally public service standards on Council housing estates in the centre of the City have been better than those experienced in the suburbs.
This is probably because core services (highway maintenance, street cleansing, grass cutting, graffiti removal etc) are more in the public eye. Consequently issues are more likely to be reported.
However there are exceptions. There is emerging evidence that service level agreement standards are not being met.
The Hope Street/Long Close Lane area has its fair share of issues. Principal among them is of course the long term empty Willow House building. Lack of progress by the Council in selling the building – which could provide housing for dozens of people – is shameful
Elsewhere the Groves area also has its fair share of problems
Winter will be with us soon now and with it the risk of icy weather. Frost damage, to a poorly maintained highway surface, can be devastating making expensive reconstruction work inevitable.
Residents are being urged to report any potholes so that they can receive attention. There is rightly some scepticism amongst residents with reported highway defects often marked up with paint but then seemingly left for months before work is undertaken
Some potholes in York, reported weeks ago, have still not been filled. This is the time of year when the Council normally catches up on the pothole backlog which can develop during periods of icy weather.
The York Council doesn’t provide “real time” updates on the number of highway defect reports it receives and the progress made in addressing them, but there is a suspicion that some are written off without any action being taken.
Fortunately the LibDems, who lead the new administration at West Offices, promised in their election manifesto “to reconstruct all roads in York”.
Even allowing for hyperbole, that is a very expensive looking promise. Perhaps Council officials had better get on with drawing up a work programme?
When the list of streets which will be resurfaced this year was published a few weeks ago, it prompted disappointment in many areas.
For example the Herman Walk access road to Spurr Court had been scheduled to be resurfaced 4 years ago, but mysteriously disappeared for the programme before work could start. The carriageway has now almost worn away with the base layer increasingly vulnerable to ice damage.
Not surprisingly other roads in the same area – which were laid at the same time – are also showing signs of wear and tear. Resurfacing now would avoid more expensive repairs in later years. (NB. The Council was allocated additional monies to cover carriageway repairs earlier in the year)
Highway defects represent a particular hazard for cyclists. We’ve reported several over the last few days that require prompt attention. The last systematic programme of cycle margin resurfacing works in York took place over 10 years ago.
Some concrete surfaces are now breaking up. Heavy vehicles, accessing sites on Windsor Garth, are wrecking the Kingsway West highway. This is likely to get worse as work commences on the Ascot Way redevelopment plan
The Council have been busy today relaying the road surface at the top end of Foxwood Lane. The carriageway there had been subject to repeated problems with potholes. They posed a hazard for cyclists in particular
We’ve reported a pothole that was developing on the surface of the road in Walker Drive
Saturdays story, Now action promised on cleaning up streets
Potential boost for York’s frontline services
York’s frontline services could be set to receive a further financial boost, thanks to the efforts of Liberal Democrat Councillors.
In a report published today, it is proposed that:
£1.031 million is used to increase capacity in some of York’s crucial frontline services by utilising £620k that has been unspent and a further £411k of unused contingency fund.
It is also proposed that an extra £1 million is brought forward from the 2019/20 budget to resurface some of the worst roads in the City, as a result of the recent extreme winter weather.
If approved by the Executive, it is proposed that this newly released funding be used to support existing frontline services and launch new initiatives, including:
Creating a new work programme for footpath repairs across the city.
Establishing an additional team to carry out pothole maintenance.
Providing new resources for enforcement teams to control dangerous parking, with a special focus on improving safety around schools.
Allowing residents who have had recycling boxes damaged or stolen to claim two free boxes per year.
Using the Economic Infrastructure Fund to support high street shopping in Haxby and Acomb.
Creating a fund to support voluntary and community groups who wish to develop innovative ideas on how to make the best use of our green spaces.
Cllr Andrew Waller, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader of the Council, said:
“Frontline services have always remained our number one priority for the Liberal Democrats and if approved by the Executive in June, this additional investment goes a long way top reaffirm that commitment.”
“Subject to Executive approval, this additional funding can be put to good use in order to carry out extensive highways repairs and considerably improve our public spaces.”
“Just as this investment shows, the Liberal Democrats will continue to uphold our commitment to York’s frontline services and work hard to ensure residents receive the highest standards of service from all Council services.”
City of York Council will benefit from a share of a further £100m fund to repair potholes and storm damage, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced today (Monday, March 26).
The City of York will get over £256,000 to repair the roads following this winter’s adverse weather when road temperatures across York dropped as low as -5.9 degrees and froze on many more occasions than a normal year. Across the North East, local authorities will benefit from over £4.5m in total.
In addition to a pothole repair fund, we will receive £72,000 to build on our pothole spotter trial aimed at improving road safety by revolutionising the way potholes are identified and managed. The trial will explore the use of high definition remote monitoring to allow for accurate and more frequent surveying of the local road network.
Askham Lane pothole
The pothole-spotter system is mounted to refuse collection vehicles comprised of high-definition cameras, an integrated navigation system and intelligent software. In addition, residents are encouraged to report potholes at https://doitonline.york.gov.uk/mapeforms/Eform/Highways. Several dozen have been reported – mianly in west York – over the weekend