A number of blocked drains on Tadcaster Road are thought to have been caused by tree roots.
Cllr Stephen Fenton recently reported three blocked drains near to the entrance to Little Hob Moor. Investigations by council officers have indicated that a likely cause of the blockage is tree roots in a Yorkshire Water sewer.
We’ll be pressing for action that will enable the drains to be unblocked as soon as possible.
Residents are being invited to get ‘up with the larks’ on Saturday 28 April to listen to birdsong on Hob Moor.
Friends of Hob Moor have organised the ‘Bird Walk’ which will be led by Barry Bishop. It begins at 6am and starts from the yellow railings on Little Hob Moor at the entrance to the railway underpass.
The ‘Great British Spring Clean’ litter picks planned for Saturday 3 March at Acomb Wood (11am) and Askham Bar (3pm) have been cancelled due to the weather.
It is hoped to arrange clean-up events when Spring finally arrives!
Local Lib Dem councillors have supported the planting of new trees with £1,000 of ward committee funding.
New trees have been planted on Tadcaster Road, The Horseshoe, Southfield Crescent, Chaloners Road and in Chaloners Road park.
In all cases the trees have been planted near to where trees have fallen or been felled.
Chaloners Road park
Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’ runs from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March, with three events planned in Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward:
- Friday 2nd at 3pm – Litter pick on Hob Moor. Meet on Little Hob Moor at the yellow railings at the underpass entrance
- CANCELLED Saturday 3rd at 11am – Litter pick and path clearance in Acomb Wood. Meet at the entrance to the wood from the Quaker Wood car park
- CANCELLED Saturday 3rd at 3pm – Litter pick in the Askham Bar area. Meet in the old Askham Bar Park & Ride car park
Everyone is welcome!
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.
Two of the brave volunteers!
Stephen looking a bit bedraggled!
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
Local Community Groups will again be participating in the Great British Spring Clean (GBSC) in 2018
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.
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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 damaged tree in Chaloners Road park
All that remains