More evidence of neglect of our cycle routes. Two of the direction signs on the cycle link between Thanet Road and Sherringham Drive have been removed.
Time to use some of the Councils large cycling budget to get the signs replaced and to get the white lines repainted?
Missing sign at the Thanet Road junction. Delineating while lines have almost disappeared.
Similar problem at the Wains Road link
Anyone getting as far as Sherringham Drive will find the path still covered in weeds with overgrown hedges making progress difficult.
Meeting on Monday to consider possble solutions.
It looks like the improvements to the weed killing programme on hard surfaces have failed to materialise.
A “third” application of weed killer was to have been applied to drainage gullies, footpaths, forecourts and other areas during the last 4 weeks.
While there have been improvements to some traffic islands (the build up of silt on Longfield Lane, Foxwood Lane and Gale Lane has been removed) the vast majority of the A1237 is remains overgrown.
The A59, Water Lane and Jockey Lane – all reported months ago – remain untreated.
There will be some serious questions to be answered at the meeting.
The Council response to the collapse of the weed control programme this summer will be published tomorrow.
To prepare us for the shock the responsible Executive member has published a
media release including the following comment
” We recognise that we could be doing more to improve weed growth in the city”
We are not optimistic
The Council’s PR department is saying that mechanical means may be used in future to remove weeds from footpaths and gullies in the City.
That can’t happen soon enough for most residents following the collapse of his years – chemical – treatment programme.
More of the cycle network is now subject to obstruction from overgrowing vegetation. It is a problem on Bishopthorpe Road near the Racecourse while the Naburn Lane path is impeded by nettles.
Naburn Lane path impeded by nettles
The traffic islands at the junction of Station Road, Poppleton with the A59 have been cleared of weeds and detritus by the Council. The long overdue improvement has given this key entry into the City a much needed boost.
There is still a lot of work to do removing weeds from the gutters while some of the trees still need cutting back from the paths.
….and thanks to the York Bid team who have completed the removal of weeds, cans and detritus from the Ouse Bridge parapet. Another busy location given a much needed face-lift.
The Council has now replied to our complaint about inadequate weed control on public areas this summer.
They candidly accept now that the spraying has not been satisfactory.
They are now commencing a re-spray. The spray will include a colouring agent which will show which areas have received attention.
Weeds on the A59 have not been treated
This will be supplemented by Council staff who will work on areas not included on the contract. The areas near Poppleton on the A59 are a high priority.
Another problem has developed with obstructions to public cycle and footpaths.
Again the path on the A59 is one that is blocked
Path near Poppleton is still blocked
Brambles over growing the cycle path on Tadcaster Road may become a safety issue with darker nights coming.
Bushes are impeding access to the Hob Moor cycle track
Hedges blocking the cycle path at the rear of Hob Stones still haven’t been cut back
Someone has spent some time on this graffiti near the southern by pass
But less time on this!
As problems with the weed control programme in the City
intensify, one Councillor has discovered that contractors may have been using
the wrong type of weed killer.
The approved weed-killer is
(Roundup). This has proved to be ineffective against many types of weeds including
Horses (Mares) Tail and willow-herb.
Cllr Mark Warters has found that use of the “
formulation on Mares Tail in his ward has had good results. He is urging the
Council to use it in the future.
news comes as residents wait to hear when – or even if – the Council is going
to organise a clean up of the weeds and detritus which has grown up on the City’s
streets this summer.
a report to an October meeting has been promised more urgent action is needed.
was that the executive Councillor with responsibility for street services would
have reported on progress to the scrutiny meeting which is due to take place on
report to the meeting published yesterday pointedly makes no reference to the ongoing problems on our streets.
Askham Lane footpath gradually being eroded by grass
The footpath on Grange Lane is obstructed by nettles
The Walton Place/Grange Lane snicket is overgrown
Weed growth damaging the footpath on Sherringham Drive was reported 3 months ago
Metre high weeds overgrowing railings on Askham Lane
Ditto on Thanet Road
One of the underlying problems is poor street sweeping standards. These build outs on Gale Lane haven’t been cleaned for over 6 months. The resulting silt provides an ideal bed for weeds.
All these issues have been reported to the York Council for their attention