While there has been some improvement in some local public services this week, we’re still finding, and reporting, a lot of local issues that require attention
Residents are increasingly being forced to take direct action to cut back the weeds and branches that are impeding roads and footpaths in York.
Some Parish Councils are planning to spray or otherwise remove the weeds that have have blighted many parts of York this summer.
The Kexby Parish Council are understood to be considering paying a local farmer to spray the paths and gullies on the A1079.
In parts of west York, which don’t have Parish Councils, residents associations are forming action groups aimed at getting the streets cleaned up.
Residents have called on local Councillors to intervene to ensure that weeds growing on local paths and gutters are cleared. Today’s weather, damp and warm, is likely to see the problem get worse over the weekend.
In the little Green Lane garage area grass is now growing through the recently resurfaced forecourt. It is a similar situation in Windsor Garth
Despite several requests for a root cause analysis of, and action to address, littering hot-spots problems continue to grow. There are particular issues on routes used by some students on their way to and from school (although this may be a coincidence).
Hot-spots include snickets and bus stops.
We believe that the Council should increase its surveillance of such locations and issue penalty charge notices to offenders.
Residents rightly become irritated when they report public service problems and either they take a long time to clear up or the issue occurs again very soon afterwards.
This is particularly frustrating when potholes reopen and gullies become blocked immediately there is a shower of rain
We think that the York Council needs to get to the root causes of some issues.
They currently spend a lot of money clearing up fly tipping but have been very tardy in advertising the bulky waste collection service the cost of which was reduced substantially in April.
Recurrent litter problems occur on some snickets. It should be possible to identify, and fine, offenders. In some cases the littering is happening everyday.
Good to see the Council taking prompt action to remove the fly tipping from Askham Lane
Also the long standing problem with graffiti on the Tithe Close snicket.
Other snickets have also been cleared of litter.
Slower progress in removing fly tipping from the Grange Lane park and in sweeping some gutters.