The traveller caravans that have been occupying council land on Moor Lane vacated the site on Wednesday evening. The job now begins to clean up the site and make it secure – at council taxpayers’ expense.
Some black bags left by the gate have been collected, but when Stephen walked round the site on Thursday evening it didn’t take long to find black bags and other items that had been dumped in bushes.
Some rubbish has been cleared from the site
But there is still rubbish left to clear
There is also a large amount of green waste that the travellers have left behind.
Garden waste dumped by the travellers
The immediate priority is for the site to be made secure, and Stephen has asked for this to be done urgently.
Stephen has reported more dumping in the layby off Moor Lane.
As 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.
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.
Well we know that it was one of the first cuts that Labour made when they took office in 2011.
The project was to have replaced the Beckfield Lane recycling centre but would have offered much more.
Its priority would have been to encourage the re-use of unwanted items. Currently only informal on-line groups like Freecycle address this need.
Only when the re-use option was exhausted would materials have been salvaged. For example, there is a ready market for building materials such as timber, bricks and hard-core.
Not only was the Beckfield Lane site closed but the replacement – which would Probably have been located at Harewood Whin – was also scrapped.
In part the decision contributed to the decline in recycling rates in the City and an inexorable rise in Landfill Tax costs.
The £2 million salvage centre would have paid for itself by now.
Sadly many residents resort to dumping items. One armchair has found its way onto a verge on Gale Lane today. Although some of these items are picked up by “rag and bone” men, many have to be removed by the Council.
Dumped mattresses are a particular problem for those lacking transport to get to the remaining 2 civic tips.
The York Council now charges £40 to remove up to 10 bulky waste items
Small wonder that so many residents are petitioning their objections to reduced waste collection frequencies and the prospect of a £35/£37 pa charge for emptying green garden waste bins.
Tree detritus on Chaloners Road
Dog fouling on snickets
Leeside footpath crumbling
North Lane pothole
Following a growth in complains about public service standards in part of Dringhouses a major push for improvements has started.
Ann Reid and the Liberal Democrat team have been out and about and have reported over 20 issues for Council attention.
Let us know if you have similar problems in your area.
The major problems concerned, dumping, dog fouling, vandalism, potholes, damaged signs and weed growth