We hoped that we had seen the last of the damaging weed growth that threatened to wreck footpath and forecourt surfaces last summer.
The Council’s weed control programme failed last year but there are hopes that things will be better this year.
We were advised that a first application of weed killer to paths and gutters took place in April.
Recent damp but warm weather has encouraged plant growth and the inevitable appearance of weeds. There seems to be little evidence in some streets and back lanes of “die back” from the application.
However weed control operatives have been seen in various parts of the City so it may be too early to draw conclusions.
One worrying trend has been the reappearance of tough weeds like “Horses/Mares Tail”. There have been sightings of this pervasive and destructive weed in several locations including Windsor Garth, Green Lane, Kir Crescent and Marston Avenue. In each case damage is being caused to footpath or road surfaces. This is likely to be expensive to repair.
There is a proprietary “diamond” weed killer which eliminates weeds like this as well as nettles and thistles. It is not clear whether the Council has specified the use of this product in problem areas.
If it hasn’t then it needs to get a move on with applying the chemical quickly to avoid further damage and expense.
Although we will continue to report routine issues with local public services over the next few weeks, we don’t expect some to have any priority for the use of resources if the CV virus debilitates the Councils workforce.
Clearly the most important services are those that maintain the safety of the local community.
We’d like to see the Council appoint local coordinators so that the vulnerable have someone to turn to. We recognise that valuable resources like the local “hubs” will have to close but they need to be replaced with technology based alternatives. We look forward to hearing more about the Council’s plans
The Friday Hub at the Foxwood Community Centre has already been suspended.
Local residents groups and Councillors are actively supporting residents.
Hopefully those who are responsible for the graffiti that blights the neighbourhood, those who drop litter and those who allow their dogs to foul footpaths will now change their ways.
NB. The Great British Spring Clean – which relied on volunteer litter pickers – has been postponed until the Autumn.
The Council has dealt with 2 long standing issues.
The weeds growing through the footpath on Windsor Garth – near Sandown Close – have gone.
The Tithe Close snicket is also now looking tidier than it has for some months.
So good progress there then but there will be less good news to report tomorrow unfortunately.
Contractors were out today removing nettle growth from the side of the Foxwood Lane footpath.
The nettles had been a nuisance during the late summer period although not, this year, as bad as in some previous years.
Mechanical treatment – often by local farmers – is usually an efficient and economical way of controlling weeds and cutting back hedges.
Meanwhile a Freedom of Information request has revealed that this year weed control contractors have only been paid part of the £37,020.89 value of the contract. The response says that £18,498.70 has so far been paid during the current year.
The response does reveal the amounts paid to specialist weed control contractors over the last 9 years.
- 2019/20 – A. Morrison’s & Sons £37,020.89.
- 2018/19 – Munroe’s – £31,189
- 2017/18 – Munroe’s – £31,189
- 2016/17 – Munroe’s – £31,189
- 2015/16 – Munroe’s – £27,192
- 2014/15 – Dobsons – £68,538
- 2013/14 – Dobsons – £66,867
- 2012/13 – Nomix Enviro – £69,792
- 2011/12 – Nomix Enviro – £79,036
Interestingly the York Council, in the Spring, accepted a tender the value of which was only half that submitted in 2011.
It was later discovered that the list of streets to be treated was incomplete.
There have been chronic problems with weed control during the summer and, as we reported a few days ago, many streets still require attention.
With winter settling in, and leaves filling gutters and paths, we’ve had a look back at some roads that were subject to complaints about weed growth earlier in the summer.
Sadly in some cases the weeds are still there. The Council will need to use mechanical means to remove the remaining growth.
The weed and grass growth is mainly in drainage gullies but some paths are still obstructed.
Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.
Full details can be found by clicking the application reference
The applications include changes to the layout and mix of properties at the major development site at Lowfields school. It includes details of the “village green” layout and the features to be incorporated.
7 Radford House Windsor Garth York YO24 4QL
Proposal Installation of access ramp to front
Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site. http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/
NB. The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received
Most of the promised new parking bays in the Westfield area have now been completed. These are funded from a combination of the Westfield ward delegated budget and the Housing Estate Improvement Programme.
An additional 5 off street lay-by spaces are due to be provided in Tudor Road shortly. These will be funded as part of the Lowfields redevelopment project.