There seems to be an even greater increase in anti social behaviour problems in the City this year as “bonfire” night approaches.
We’ve reported damage to street furniture, trespass and misuse of moped during the last week.
Disappointing to see that a flower bed wall in Corlett Court has been damaged by vandals. Hopefully the culprits will be identified and forced to pay for repairs! The area will be tidied up prior to permanent repairs being completed before the end of the month.
Elsewhere the Foxwood Residents Association are meeting tonight. One of the issues to be considered may be the location of additional car parking in the area. Following the completion of the bays in Oldman Court it is hoped to extend the lay-by in Spurr Court. After that it is up to residents to decide where the next bay goes.
It happened on Bramham Road at around 9pm on 29 March 2017 and involved a dark figure believed to be male approaching the address and throwing broken pieces of paving slab through the front windows.
We are conducting enquiries and are requesting the public’s assistance to help determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact us on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Gareth Foster.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12170053054.
Over the weekend a telephone kiosk on Thanet Road and a litter bin on Woodthorpe Green were both damaged.
Another unusual hazard has arisen on St Stephens Road. Bees are swarming in a tree there. We hope to get a bee keeper to take them away.
Elsewhere more mundane issues have been reported by Andrew Waller following one of his periodic inspection tours.
Finally some good news with the flower tubs on Beagle Ridge Drive – which are sponsored by the residents association – having been planted out by volunteers
A large number of issues with Council service standards on the west of the City have been lodged – through the “Fix my Street” system – this week.
In many cases it seems that the York Council is struggling to catch up with a backlog which developed over the bank holiday.
The main increases are in violence, arson/criminal damage and burglary.
Anti Social Behaviour is also up over the last 3 months compared to this time last year.
The police say this is down to the problem that they are having on Acomb Green with large groups of youths gathering there.
Residents have, however, begun to note similar problems developing in other areas including Foxwood – where there was a serious case of vandalism only last week
Details of local crime levels can be found by clicking here.
The expectation is that the new coalition run Council will review urgently the effectiveness of the so called “anti social behaviour hub” which concentrated neighbourhood policing resources into West Offices in the City centre when it was established 2 years ago.
The plan was criticised at the time for reducing the number of dedicated community constables, breaking long established links between community groups and local police officers who really understood neighbourhoods and residents.
Westfield used to have 2 identified police constables and 4 PCSOs. That is no longer the case and resources seem to be thin on the ground as we enter the summer period when street level crime often increases.
The Police no longer publish information indicating which officers serve which wards and neighbourhoods although some police surgeries do still take place. None are currently advertised on the west York Police web page
It looks like prompt action is now required to reassure residents about policing policies and resource allocations.
A traffic sign and bin bags have been dumped outside 9 Bradley Drive.
The property has been empty for about 6 years. The Council was on the brink of gaining possession of the problem property – whose owner has absconded – in 2011 but the initiative was abandoned by the new Labour Council.
Two years later they did restart proceedings but little progress has been made and the building remains a target for vandals.
The Council has failed to improve the eyesore.
The campaign to have the Thoresby, St Stephens, Cornlands and Tennent Road estate given a “make over” has gained substantial support from residents.
The main areas for improvement so far identified include:
1. Repairs to verges and protective posts (or selective bitmacing)
2. Verge trimming
3. More car parking.
4. Weed removal.
5. Repairs to gates and fencing.
6. Snicket and other resurfacing
7. Gulley cleaning
8. A major spring clean of communal areas, garages, snickets, forecourts including painting street furniture, replacing notices etc etc.
9. Trees/hedges cutting back from paths and boundaries.
Housing is the one area where there haven’t been any cuts.
Over £13 million is held by the Council in reserves(!)
Yet this decline happens?