Cllr Stephen Fenton led a team of local volunteers on a litter pick in the Askham Bar area on Sunday 7th October. Most of the 30 bags of litter collected came from the old Park & Ride car park.
The team also tackled the ‘orphan’ concrete bin near to the petrol station, which both City of York Council and Tesco deny responsibility for.
Local Lib Dem councillors are in discussions with McColls to try to get a much-needed deep clean of the larger of the two car parks to the rear of the Moorcroft Road shops.
The car park, which McColls has responsibility for, is in a very untidy state, with weeds, brambles and overgrown vegetation gradually taking over the perimeter, and major issues with litter and dumping. There is also a black Peugeot car which has been there for sometime, and appears to have been abandoned – the tax expired in April, two of the tyres are flat and one of the headlights is smashed.
Weeds and litter
Cllr Stephen Fenton has met on site with the McColls area manager to discuss a plan of action, starting with McColls instructing their property management team to undertake a thorough deep clean of the car park. Stephen has also approached DVLA about the abandoned car – as it is on private land, there is nothing that the council can do.
Another concern is the seemingly increasing use of the car park as a ‘park & ride’ car park, with people parking up and getting the bus into town. This reduces the parking spaces available to shoppers and those visiting the nearby doctors and dentists surgeries. Stephen discussed with McColls the possibility of erecting some ‘Customer Only Parking’ signs to deter long stay parking.
A litter bin next to the Askham Bar recycling banks has been removed, after it became a magnet for persistent flytipping.
Flytipping at Askham Bar
The bin has been relocated to Thanet Road, next to the bus stop opposite Eason View. Rather than relocate the old battered bin, it has been upgraded to a new dual use litter / dog waste bin.
New bin on Thanet Road
A team of volunteers joined councillors Ashley Mason and Stephen Fenton for a litter pick on Sunday 27 May at the old Askham Bar Park & Ride site and surrounding area. Over 25 bags of litter were collected.
Worryingly, a large number of discarded small silver flasks were found, which it is thought are being used for recreational ‘highs.’ The Police have been notified.
Brand new litter bins are being installed by City of York Council in the Dringhouses area. The new dual use litter / dog waste bins replace old bins which were on their last legs. Nine bins on Tadcaster Road have been replaced so far.
New bin outside Dringhouses library
Across the city old bins are being replaced with the new-style bins.
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!
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!
Residents joined local Lib Dem councillors with community clean-up activities around Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward on 2nd and 3rd September.
On Saturday 2nd, the Chaloners Road / Eason View area was litter picked, and on Sunday 3rd a larger team tackled the Askham Bar old Park & Ride site and surrounding area.
Over 20 bags of rubbish collected at Askham Bar
Cllr Ann Reid joined the litter pick
A number of passers by told us that they have recently seen rats in and around the car park, which is concerning but not surprising given the disgusting amount of food waste and packaging that some irresponsible people see fit to dump here.
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?