A team of six residents and two local ward councillors braved the elements to do a litter pick in and around the old Askham Bar Park & Ride site on Sunday 21 January. Over 30 bags of litter were collected.
In August 2017 Cllr Stephen Fenton took a photo (below) of flytipping at the Askham Bar recycling banks and reported it to City of York Council’s Neighbourhood Enforcement team. They investigated, and a case went to the Magistrates Court on 2nd January. The defendant failed to attend and so the Court issued a warrant for the person’s arrest.
It’s good to know that these cases are pursued where evidence can be found. Flytipping can be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org for investigation.
Wildflower planting also gets a boost
On the weekend of the 2-4 March 2018, GBSC want you to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us.
Join the growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.
Register today for the Great British Spring Clean 2018 and together we can make a difference.
Separately another opportunity to improve the local environment has been announced.
Grow Wild: Funding from Kew for community groups to plant wildflowers.
There is a lot of scope in the west of the City for more wildflower beds.
Let us know if you plan to do anything in your area and we will give it some publicity.
On the 4th December, Cllr Stephen Fenton spoke at a council meeting to highlight local concerns regarding the risk of flooding from overflowing drainage ditches.
On Boxing Day in 2015, homes on Coeside and Nevis Way in Woodthorpe narrowly avoided being inundated with water, gushing from an overflowing ditch at the back of the properties – pictured below.
Since then, work has been carried out to clear drainage ditches downstream and it is hoped this will result in quicker and more effective drainage of the ditch behind the houses.
Stephen spoke at a Decision Session for the Council’s Executive Member for the Environment on 4 December, at which a Gulley Management Strategy Review was discussed. He circulated photographs taken in September (see below) which show the ditch choked by vegetation, raising concerns that when it dies back, it will settle on the floor of the ditch and reduce capacity.
Stephen said “I want to highlight the importance of drainage ditches in the ward and I am keen to ensure that their maintenance is not overlooked as the council decides how to prioritise the resources that it has available.
“I am grateful to Council staff for the investment already made in clearing out the drainage channels downstream from the ditch that overflowed in 2015. I am also pleased that we were able to dedicate some Ward Committee funds to help pay for some digging out of the ditch to be done.”
A tree has been felled in Chaloners Road park after the trunk split in half, causing branches to block the footpath.
The damaged tree was reported by Cllr Stephen Fenton on Sunday 29 October, and later that day council staff made it safe and cleared the footpath.
On Monday the tree was removed completely.
The area in front of the Moorcroft Road shops in Woodthorpe was blitzed at the weekend by volunteers from the Woodthorpe Community Beds group and the Woodthorpe Community Group. The area is looking good in readiness for the Family Fun Day to be held on Woodthorpe Green on Saturday 12 August from 12 noon to 6pm.
On the area of Askham Lane near to the A1237 roundabout, Stephen did a litter pick, collecting various items that some people think it’s OK to lob out of car windows (most of which were from McDonalds, KFC, Costa or Burger King, with the obligatory lager and soft drink cans and bottles). As noticeable as the litter were the frightening speeds which some motorists think are appropriate in a 40mph zone. What chance North Yorkshire Police deploy a mobile speed camera here?
Due to very good recent growing conditions, council officers have decided to bring forward by one week the second application of herbicide to control weeds along kerb lines, footpaths and back lanes. So the spraying started on Monday 3rd July, rather than 10th July as had been planned.
Over the coming weeks we will monitor the impact of the spraying and highlight any areas that may have been missed.
A new path leading from Ashbourne Way to the entrance to Acomb Wood is taking shape, thanks to the efforts of a team from The Conservation Volunteers.
Work on the path, which has been funded from the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward budget, started on Thursday 23 March and should be completed on the 24th.
Cllr Stephen Fenton reported to Network Rail recently two locations in the ward where graffiti ‘artists’ have been at work – at the Hob Moor underpass and on St Helens Road railway bridge – see pictures below.
We are pleased to report that Network Rail acted quickly and the graffiti was painted over on Tuesday 14 March.
We continue to press Virgin Media to take action to clean off graffiti on their cabinets on Chaloners Road, Wains Road and Lowick.
The local Lib Dem councillors embraced Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’ weekend, with support from Dringhouses Scouts and local residents.
Litter picking took place in the Chaloners Road area, Moor Lane, Woodthorpe Green and around Askham Bar. The photos below give a flavour of what was achieved.