North Lane flytipping removed

We are pleased to report that Network Rail have taken action to remove the rubbish that had been dumped at the end of North Lane by the railway line.

Gone at last!

                                                  Gone at last!

 

This will come as a relief to local residents who had been concerned that the rubbish had been left to accumulate for many weeks.

Action on flytipping and cycle path damage

Cllr Stephen Fenton is pressing Network Rail to take action to remove flytipping from its land at the end of North Lane, next to the railway line.

Flytipping by the railway line

Flytipping by the railway line

This was reported by Stephen and local residents some weeks ago. Network Rail have said that it has been ‘sent to the maintenance team’ but they can’t give a time estimate for it to be cleared.

Meanwhile in Woodthorpe, Stephen has asked for damage done to the markings on Lomond Ginnel to be repaired. It looks as though someone has hacked away at the paint markings at the junction with Girvan Close and Eden Close.

Lomond Ginnel markings damaged

Lomond Ginnel markings damaged

 

Tackling street-level issues

Cllr Stephen Fenton spent the weekend out and about across the ward gathering information on street-level issues that need fixing.

Just a few weeks after a repair was made, another section of the brick wall in front of the flats on Thanet Road has been damaged. Stephen has asked for it to be repaired.

Thanet Road wall

Despite it being reported to Network Rail by residents, the fly tipping at the end of North Lane by the railway line has not been removed. Stephen has written to Network Rail to ask for it to be sorted out ASAP.

North Lane

 

At the other end of North Lane, a large bag of sawdust has been dumped at the entrance to Hob Moor. Stephen has asked for it to be removed.

Hob Moor

The street sign for Dringfield Close has taken a hit from something or someone, and so Stephen has asked for it to be repaired or replaced.

Dringfield Close

A large stretch of pavement on Tadcaster Road at the entrance to the Texaco garage / Co-op store is badly potholed. Stephen has asked for it to be repaired.

Tadcaster Road footpath

Another section of pavement in need of repair is on Silverdale Court, where a tree root has caused the pavement to rise up and crack, posing a trip hazard for residents. Stephen has asked for it to be repaired.

Silverdale Court

 

 

 

 

 

Flytipping hits Moor Lane

Large quantities of what appear to be commercial (building) waste have been dumped on the lay by off Moor Lane (pictured below).

Local Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton has reported the flytipping, and has commented “Hopefully there will some clues found in the dumped material as to its origins, so that the culprit can be identified and prosecuted.”

Moor Lane dumping 1 Moor Lane dumping 2

Co-op car park clean up

We are pleased to report that following action by local Lib Dem councillors, the items that had been flytipped in the car park at the rear of Woodthorpe Co-op have been removed.

Bin bags dumped in the corner of the car park

Bin bags dumped in the corner of the car park

What appears to be a pool table and a settee

What appears to be a pool table and a settee

As was reported recently in Woodthorpe FOCUS, Cllr Stephen Fenton has met with the Co-op estates team to discuss much-needed improvements to the area around the shops. Stephen has received assurances that this work is scheduled, and will make sure that this commitment is followed through.

And although the fly-tipping has gone, the car park needs a thorough clean, as it is being gradually overgrown by weeds, pictured below.

Some weed killing and clearing is in order

Some weed killing and clearing is in order

 

Moor Lane layby dumping tackled

Stephen has reported more dumping in the layby off Moor Lane.

Moor Lane layby 2As well as the all too familiar sight of bags of rubbish left hanging from the dog bin, a large number of beer bottles have been dumped.Moor Lane layby 1

If any residents see dumping happening here, please let Stephen, Ann or Ashley know the date and time and any other information, such as vehicle registration number.

Fly tipping removal costs £68,652

Instances of fly tipping in York have increased in each of the last 3 years.

Over £68,000 was spent last year cleaning up the mess. However only one perpetrator was prosecuted.

Part of the issue can be traced back to the closure of the Beckfield Lane amenity site.

There have also been problems with some waste collection rounds while the charges for the removal of bulky waste have rocketed.

 

Fly tipping

York Council to support students and charity during end of term rubbish clear out

As part of this year’s campaign for a tidy end to the academic year, City of York Council is working with British Heart Foundation (BHF) to back its fundraising, and support students to recycle and dispose of waste responsibly.

Student Waste

In this, the third year of the campaign, the council will be making extra collections of grey bins or bags – whichever are usually collected – on Saturday 27 June in The Groves, Hull Road and Fishergate areas. Students leaving their accommodation for the summer and residents will both feel the benefit and are being urged to make the most of this opportunity.

Besides putting out their waste, local people and students will be encouraged to donate to BHF items suitable for sale, at 10 permanent clothing banks at key drop off points located across the city and university campuses.

These will be collected by the charity and sold as part of its Fight For Every Heartbeat campaign.

Information leaflets and maps of BHF collection bin locations and BHF collection bags will shortly be distributed to households in the three areas.

Last year 1,899 bags were collected through BHF’s special collection bins. Each had an average weight of 8.2 kilos, yielding a total 15.6 tonnes of donations which, using BHF’s estimate that each bag has a £20 value, £37,980 was raised for the British Heart Foundation by York residents and students.
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Labour planning new Hazel Court waste site charges

Reliable sources in West Offices have confirmed that Labour intend to impose new charges – for non recyclable rubbish -taken to sites like Hazel Court.

Bed dumped in field off Askham Lane

Bed dumped in field off Askham Lane

At the moment residents can take items to the “tip” free of charge.

The proposed charge – unlikely to be admitted by Labour until the Westfield by election is out of the way – follow on from the closure of the Beckfield Lane household waste recycling site and an 13% increase in the cost of having up to 10 bulky items removed by the Council.

Bulky waste removal now costs £36.75p

Second green waste bins are now charged for and Labour are understood to be on the on the brink of introducing charges for emptying all green bins

The consequences of these misguided polices are clear to see with fly tipping an increasing problem across the City (see photo)

York Council now spending £1/4 million each year clearing fly tipping

Dumping and litter on Tithe Close snicket1400 hours 23rd Aug 2013

The York Council has admitted that it is costing taxpayers £250,000 a year to clear fly tipping in the City.

7 people are employed full time on the task.

They use 3 specialist vehicles.

The Council was heavily criticised last year when it closed the recycling centre in Beckfield Lane.

Residents forecast that fly tipping would increase.

The Council claimed then that the closure would “save” £40,000 a year.

Other contributory factors to the problem with fly tipping can be traced to the decision to stop the provision of mobile skips in some neighbourhoods.

Many litter bins have also been removed, while this winter there will be no green bin collections over a period of nearly 6 months.

The Council has also claimed that it no longer gets any income from the sale of materials returned to Hazel Court for recycling.