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.
Some suggested locations for additional parking bays
As we reported yesterday, crime levels are becoming an increasing concern in York.
Over the weekend a telephone kiosk on Thanet Road and a litter bin on Woodthorpe Green were both damaged.
Burnt out bin on Woodthorpe Green
Vandalised phone box
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.
Bees swarming in a tree in St Stephens Road
Elsewhere more mundane issues have been reported by Andrew Waller following one of his periodic inspection tours.
Speed cushion on Kingsway West is breaking up
A speed cushion on Danesfort Avenue requires attention
Dumping on Middleton Road has been reported
A pothole on Windsor Garth has been reported
Full poop scoop bin on the Foxwood Park has been reported for emptying
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
Volunteers have planted out the tubs on Beagle Ridge Drive which are beginning to look good.
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.
Full clothers recycling bin Acomb car park
Abandoned bike on rack off York Road
Broken Glas back School Street
Dumped black bags in back lane
Litter and weeds on Front Street back lane
School Street carriageway needs resurfaicng
Vandalised garage door Thoresby Road
Compared to this time last year the number of crimes in the ward is currently up standing at 122 compared to 113 last year.
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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.
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:
Gulleys need clearing
Gates and fences need repairing
Garage areas need cleaning and resurfacing
Snickets need resurfacing
Vandalism at parks
Dumping on snickets
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?
More off road car parking needed