The York Council provides an “on line” map which shows public service locations. These include the primary and secondary road gritting (salting) routes which are mainly the major bus routes. click here to view (then click “street car”e on the map index and then pick the service you want to see)
The Council also provides an update service on Twitter @yorkgritter
In addition the map shows the location of self help salt bins and the areas covered by VOLUNTEER snow wardens. The latter do their best to keep local paths open but not all neighbourhoods are covered..
Salt bins do not fill themselves so, if you see an empty one, then please report it to the Council on York 551550 or “on line https://www.york.gov.uk/reportproblems
A lot of footpaths in the city are icy today.
If your local salt bin is not full please ask your local Councillor to arrange for it to be refilled. Alternatively report “on line“
Salt bin locations can be found by clicking here
The lid missing from the salt bin in Woodford Place is to be repaired by the York Council
Recently Westfield Councillor Andrew Waller asked for bins to be refilled at the following locations
- Outside 190 Askham Lane
- Bottom of hill Parker Avenue
- Bachelor Hill
- Beechwood Glade (junction with Huntsman’s Walk)
A quick check of the salt bins in the Westfield area yesterday revealed that most have salt in them. In some cases this has been left over from previous years – last winter was particularly mild.
Most had been used as litter bins and several had been vandalised with the lid hinges broken in many cases.
The Council promised to complete a review of it’s salt bins in September but nothing seems to have come of this. No attempt was made during the summer to recover the bins for maintenance. We hope the new Council will order that the bins be refurbished in the spring.
In the meantime – before we get the inevitable snow – the litter needs to be removed and the bins topped up where necessary.
A map of the location of salt bins in York can be accessed by clicking here
Empty and damaged salt bin on Dijon Avenue still not relocated away from former school entrance
Salt bin on Tennent Road empty
Kingsway West salt bin empty
Hinges broken on Askham Grove bin
Rubbish in salt bin in Kingsthorpe
Spindle Close – full of rubbish
Dumping on the Cornlands Road park has been reported
Fly tipping on Council garage areas
Leaves blocking drains in Green Lane
With the York Council seemingly preoccupied with internal political discussions, service standards continue to decline.
There is a lack of preparedness for winter. Salt bins have no lids and the contents are leeching onto the streets and adding to the problems with blocked gullies.
Some bus routes – including the number 26 which provides a lifeline service for elderly people living in the Windsor Garth and St Stephens Road areas – are still excluded from the de-icing schedules with little chance of a review before the worst of the winter weather hits the City.
Bus stop waiting areas over grown
Salt bins left without lids. This one is in Woodford Place
Perhaps the worst examples of neglect can be found on some of the City’s Council estates. Areas without an active residents association fare particularly badly with many communal areas, garage forecourts and verges all in a desperate condition
Salt bins filled with rubbish
Following our story of a few days ago, the Council has said that it is checking all salt bins.
Where necessary they are being repaired before being filled with salt.
Hopefully they will also remove the accumulated rubbish and update the salt bin map displayed on their web site.
Andrew Waller is actively pressing for some of the salt bins in the Westfield area – axed 2 years ago by Labour – to be reinstated,.
Cllr Andrew Waller with one of the salt bins that he has asked to be refurbished and refilled
Liberal Democrat councillors are urging Labour run City of York Council to be properly prepared for winter and not to gamble on continuing mild weather.
The warning comes amid growing concerns that York will not be able to cope with snowy and icy weather following cuts to the winter maintenance budget.
Since 2011 Labour has cut the council’s winter budget every year and last year took 30 miles of road off the priority gritting list and stopped funding two-thirds of salt bins. Whilst Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners worked with parish councils and residents groups to save some salt bins, many were still lost.
Council budget cuts meant that despite last year’s mild weather, York still overspent its winter budget by around £100,000 leading to fears how it will cope with bad weather this year.
Now Lib Dem councillors have written to the Labour Cabinet Member responsible calling on the council to make sure it is ‘ready for winter’ and to work with local residents to identify gaps in provision.
Cllr Ann Reid, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Environmental Services, commented:
“Despite the recent mild weather I have spoken to many residents in recent weeks who are asking for salt bins to be replaced and roads to be put back on gritting routes as we approach winter. Residents have also raised concerns about salt bins which have been left to rot and are now without lids or full of rubbish.
“Last year the council was fortunate to have a particularly mild winter, but it must make sure it is ready for winter this year and able to cope if more seasonal weather comes in the next few months. It needs to work with local residents and community groups to identify and tackle gaps in provision. These frontline services need to be the priority rather than Labour’s vanity projects in the city-centre.
“While I am pleased to see that the snow warden service is restarting – now in its fourth season having been brought in by the previous Lib Dem administration – this team of volunteers needs proper support from the council, and officers who work hard to keep the city running need support from the top.”
Liberal Democrat councillors have sent the following letter to the Labour Cabinet Member responsible:
The Council has admitted that only a handful of threatened salt bins have found new sponsors.
The remaining 121 bins are now set to be removed.
- 31 salt bins are being taken over by Parish Councils
- 6 are being adopted by Residents Associations
- 2 others have been sponsored by other groups
Meanwhile the last Council meeting heard that the total number of “snow wardens” in the City has increased to 208.
Their postcodes can now be viewed on a map (click here)
The spread of “snow wardens” across the City is very uneven.
The Council has published the “scores” that it gave when assessing which salt bins should be removed.
The list for Westfield can be viewed by clicking here.
The form used to allocate “marks” can be seen here (same for the whole of the City)
What is immediately obvious from the “scores” is that some potentially very hazardous routes (including St Stephens Mews and the Grove Terrace snicket) fared badly because they were judged to be on the normal precautionary gritting routes.
In reality the gritting Lorries never get near enough to these areas to have any effect on the ice.
Meanwhile our story last month about the poor take up of snow warden posts seems to have shamed some residents into action.
Some Tory Councillors are reported as having volunteered.
This news came soon after a question was tabled at last weeks Council meeting asking whether the responsible Cabinet member (Cllr Levene) would be out and about clearing snow?
Maps showing the general location of snow wardens can be found by clicking here.
Advice on clearing the footpath in front of your own home can be found here
The Council have been out and about replacing some of the grit bins (Linnet Way, Cornlands Road) which they threaten to remove, so the right hand doesn’t seem to know what the left hand is doing.
The Council’s map of salt bin locations can be found here.
All of which may be academic as the long term weather forecast shows mild weather continuing into January!!
Only 8 volunteers have so far stepped forward in the Westfield Ward to act as “snow wardens”.
With continuing mild weather, the effects of Labours decision, to scrap most salt bins in the City, have yet to be felt.
But clearly most people don’t feel that they should be expected to make up for the Councils irresponsible attitude to safety
Many residents do, of course, routinely clear the footpaths outside their homes of snow but others are unable to do so for health or domestic reasons.
“Snow wardens” effectively formalise this tradition.
Snow wardens are given basic training by the Council. Volunteers are provided with a high-visibility vest, snow-clearing kit and grit (salt) so that they are able to make a difference in their neighbourhoods.
If you like to become a snow warden contact Michal on (01904) 551832, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next training session is taking place on Wednesday 4th December 2013, 18:00-20:00 (training and Q&A time)
A map showing the location of snow wardens in each ward can be found by clicking here.
The roads on which Westfield 8 volunteers are located are:
- Bramham Road
- The Green, Acomb
- Milner Street
- Askham Lane
- Severus Street
- Stuart Road
- Willoughby Way
- Middleton Road
The map currently shown on the Councils web site appears to be out of date.
NB. The Foxwood Residents Association has “saved” the salt bin which is located outside the shops on Beagle Ridge Drive.
They have agreed to pay for the bin to be retained and have set aside funding which will allow it to be filled twice (if necessary) during the current winter.