Recent wet weather has resulted in accelerated weeds and hedge growth. In turn, more paths are now obstructed by over and undergrowth.
Its taken over 4 months, but weed growth has finally been cleared from the drainage channels on the A59 near Poppleton. The work, undertaken yesterday by Council staff, has improved the appearance of this key entry into the City
It remains unclear how far the Councils weed control contractors have got with their “3rd application” of weed killer.
Attention will now switch to the autumn leaf removal programme. This is due to start on Monday. It will last for about 8 weeks.
Councillors have been briefed in the following terms,
“The leaf clearance will be undertaken using both mechanical and manual means.
We will have two trailer drawn leaf vacuums, our teams will use these to remove leaves from pavements and grass verges.
Our two large mechanical sweepers will be targeted at streets with trees, using the local knowledge of our staff, members and reports made by residents.
These leaves cannot be recycled because they are cleared from nearby or on the roads and are treated as contaminated waste.
As always we cannot see and clear every street at one time, so we would be grateful for the following
- If you aware of leaves that are causing a ‘danger’ i.e. on a major footpath, near a school, elderly persons home etc. and are wet and slippery, please report these to member enquiries, if not a ‘danger’ please monitor and we will get there!
- Once the main leaf fall is over, if there are leaves, which appear to have been missed, please pass these through member enquires.
You may be interested to know that the Communities and Equalities team, who work with volunteers across the city have recently ‘enrolled’ about a dozen volunteer leaf clearers.
They are also working with volunteers from Goodgym to clear leaves from large grassed areas in the parks and these are recycled in leaf bays within the parks”.
Any hopes that the Labour Council would finally get on top of public service standards in the City have been dealt a fatal blow over the last few weeks.
The number of complaints about street level service problems are escalating.
The Council’s on line “report it” system is proving to be more and more unreliable.
The Council has admitted that between 3rd September 2012 and 1st July 2013, they received 727 complaints.
Of these 402 were found to be justified.
Meanwhile, in little over an hour, the following problems were reported in parts of the Westfield ward.