The Council has started its second application of weed killer. They seem to be fighting a losing battle in some areas. Many residents are now clearing areas near their homes
In the Front Street area local Councillor Sue Hunter has been helping tidy up the paved areas
Cllr Sue Hunter helps to clean up paving on the Front Street link road
Front Street link road clean up completed
Meanwhile, in Foxwood, Cllr Sheena Jackson has reported several gulleys where weeds are taking root.
Weeds growing quickly in many areas now
Cllr Sheena Jackson supporting the Police security marking initiative at Foxwood shops earlier in the week
Damaged and dumped recycling containers have been reported.
Dumped recyling boxes in Foxwood
….and the bollard on Huntmans Walk has been damaged for the umpteenth time
Damaged bollard on Huntsman’s Walk
Cllr Andrew Waller is following up issues with the Council’s garden care scheme. The scheme is open to elderly and disabled people who are not able to care for their gardens themselves. It is running behind schedule this year.
Overgrown hedges in Lowfields. The Council’s garden care scheme is behind schedule
Andrew is also on the lookout for blocked drains. In the event of heavy rain these could be a source of flooding.
Blocked gulley in Tudor Road
A tree in Cedarwood Close has been lopped by the Council following action by Cllr Sheena Jackson. Keeping trees and bushes away from the publc highway has been problematic this summer.
Elsewhere highways staff are to inspect the trees in Burgess Walk which are overgrowing the footpath. The Council claims the trees are in private gardens and it is for the owners of the houses to lop the trees. There are increasing concerns here because of the size of some rotten branches which are falling onto public areas.
Trees on Burgess Walk
On Osprey Close a hedge in now overgrowing the footpath. The street sign has almost disappeared. This is a longstanding problem as the hedge is in “no mans land”. Apparently it was neither sold to the adjacent land owner when the estate was developed nor transferred to the Council for maintenance purposes. The hedge really needs to be removed.
The second phase of the weed killing programme has started. We have mentioned several areas which need attention including Kitemere Place, Waterman Court and Walton Place.
Kitemere Place weeds
Cllr Andrew Waller has reported problems with weed growth on Waterman Court
Seems the weed growth on footpaths in Walton Place hasn’t received attention yet. We’ve asked for the weedkilling team to return
Andrew has also reported problems with dumping in the Lowfields Drive area
A team of volunteers will be out and about in the Lowfields area over the next few days surveying residents views on public service standards in the area.
We’ve reported a few more hedges in need of attention today https://www.fixmystreet.com/
Hedge Overgrowing Bellwood Drive snicket
Nettles obstructing Greenwood Grove snicket
Litter in Spindle Close amenity area reported
Bushes overgrowing footpath in Bellwood Drive
We’ve been out and about in the Foxwood area. We’ve found some issues which we’ve reported for attention.
Some problems – like nettles overgrowing the footpath on Bellhouse Way (from a private garden) – reoccur every year.
Damaged verges in Wenham Road need bitmacing. Not much sign of proactive management or investment in this part of the Rowntrees estate unfortunately
There has been a deterioration the appearance of the Rowntree estate (Wenham Road/Teal Drive) over the last few months. One problem is lack of garden maintenance – a return to the issues of 3 years ago . Some properties facing the Foxwood Park are virtually inaccessible because of overgrown hedges. Many verges are damaged and really need to be bitmaced. We hope that the residents association and Councillors will intervene to get an improvement.
Weed growth in the Stirrup Close area suggests that the Councils treatment programme has not been successful again this year
A lot of detritus on the Bellhouse Way footpath between Acomb Wood Drive and Bellwood Drive. The path also needs resurfacing
Hedge on Osprey Close needs trimming back from the public footpath
Hedge on Houndsway amenity area still hasn’t been trimmed by the Council. It was reported last November. Strangely the hedge on the other side of the area has been cut!
We are pleased to report that the Council has finally cleared the nettles, detritus and litter from the Askham Lane bus shelter. We’d reported the issues on several occasions. The bush that blocks passenger visibility of approaching buses has had a small amount of attention. We are hoping that the, self seeded, bush will be removed altogether when the bird nesting season is over.
We’ve reported several other issues including dumping at the bus stop opposite. Issue are recorded on https://www.fixmystreet.com/
Detritus in Vincent Way hammerhead
Weeds in gutters
A bus shelter on Askham Lane has been engulfed by weeds. Branches from a “self seeded” bush totally obscure the view from the shelter which is well used in inclement weather. Ponding on the adjacent highway has been a problem for some years.
Nettles also pose a risk for young children.
It is a repeat of a problem which happened in 2014. Residents complained that they could not see approaching buses while those waiting at the stop could not be seen by bus drivers.
Local Councillor Andrew Waller is following up the issue with the Council. He has also asked for weeds on Waterman Court to be treated.
Nearby the bus shelter at the top of Foxwood Lane is also gradually being overwhelmed. Here the problem is aggravated by weeds growing on the roof of the shelter.
The Westfield Ward committee meeting taking place on 22nd June is likely to consider allocating part of its budget to manage overgrown trees and bushes in the area.
Thanks to those living in the Front Street and Hob Moor areas who have been returning the LibDem Focus “grumble” sheets.
So far the most complaints have been about:
- Uneven footpaths
- Dog fouling
- Weeds/bushes obstructing paths
So pretty much basic public service standard issues.
This weekend we’ve moving on to look at services in the Cornlands Road and Askham Lane areas.
We’ve already been out and about this week checking on public service standards in the west of the City. Around 255 issues have been reported via “Fix My Street” including
Dogs have badly fouled the Tithe Close snicket
Weeds are still a problem on some footpaths
Grange Lane park play equipment still needs strimming
Swings damaged on Grange Lane park
Full litter bin on Askham Lane reported by Cllr Sheena Jackson
We’ve asked the Council to tidy up the Carrfield – Teal Drive snicket.
Using the Fix My Street “app” we’ve asked that litter and weeds be removed, grass cut and that the cycle barriers are repainted
Barriers need paintng
Grass needs cutting
Weeds and litter need removing
The school holidays seems to have increased pressure on some public services.
The Fix My Street web site (click) has a map showing all the reports made through their site concerning issues in the York area.
The map does not,of course, show issues which have been reported direct to the Council. However the only way that we will see a sustained improvement in public services in the city is for ordinary citizens to report every issue that they see.
Below are a selection of the issues that we have reported over the last few days.
Dumping on Chesneys Field
Full litter bin
Full poop scoop bin
Weeds on riverside walk