With shorter days, the reliability of street lighting will once again become a priority. No doubt local Councillors will be undertaking a sweep of their wards checking for faults. Residents also may want to report issues. Generally faulty bulbs are replaced quickly if reported via the Councils “on line” site https://www.york.gov.uk/reportproblems (click)
More streets in York have not had their refuse, recycling and garden waste collected today.
Areas affected included Dringhouses (Middlethorpe), Bishopthorpe, Acomb, Chapelfields, Tang Hall and Lockwood Street
Some residents have called for the service to be “outsourced” (privatised).
Until the Council is more candid about the causes of its current problems, then it is difficult to know whether different management arrangements would lead to a more reliable service.
A series of short films about life in the Tang Hall area of York will premiere at a special screening at Burnholme Community College on 29 November.
The latest in a long list of poor decisions by the Labour Council could see four community centres in York close.
Typically a community centre costs around £50,000 a year to run with most income generated from hiring rooms.
The Council are to cut their financial support entirely leaving some of the centres with a 5 figure budget deficit.
Already the community centre caretakers have been issued with redundancy notices (although they are likely to be redeployed within the Council).
The Council says that it wishes to see the buildings transferred into the ownership of a voluntary committee with a community asset transfer by April 2015
This seems to be what has prompted the Tang Hall centre to announce that it is changing the legal status of its voluntary committee.
The voluntary committees undertake a thankless task and deserve Council support.
The Foxwood and Chapelfields centres depend entirely on the resources of local residents to continue, while Tang Hall was only kept going when Labour Councillors were parachuted into key roles.
Burton Stone is a larger building and its future is much more unclear.
Without caretakers, the buildings will be closed to general callers reducing their use as a focal point for neighbourhood communications. One Community Centre (Tang Hall) has already leased office space to an outside organisation.
All the Community Centres are located in what the Council regards as “deprived areas” .
The Council hopes to save £180,000 through the cuts. Most of this will come from the Burton Stone centre.
NB. The Council is planning to spend £1.6 million hosting just one day of the Tour De France cycle race.
Click here to download a full list of proposed cuts (see ref Can 12)