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.
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.
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?
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.
We are pleased to report that the council’s Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers have been actively pursuing issues across Dringhouses &Woodthorpe ward.
The team has received complaints about worsening litter problems in the area around York College, and in response have been patrolling the area and advising students that littering is an offence.
Whilst on patrol, the team has witnessed littering offences, and have issued:
- Two litter Fixed Penalty Notices (one relating to College students)
- Three litter warnings (all related to College students)
- Two littering offences pending further investigation (both relating to College students)
There are also plans to install a ‘No flytipping’ sign on Moor Lane.
One fixed penalty notice has been issued for cars advertised for sale on the highway.
The team has been dealing with an ongoing noise complaint for dog barking, and has successfully served a noise abatement notice on the residents.
The reinstatement of litter bins removed by the previous Labour administration has begun in Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward.
The first two bins have been installed, on St Helens Road and Chaloners Road. Four more bins are due to be installed over the coming weeks, including at Woodthorpe Green play area.
Cllr Stephen Fenton was joined by seven local volunteers for a litter pick at the old Park & Ride site on Sunday 15th May.
“I’d like to thank the volunteers who gave up their Sunday afternoon to join in the litter pick. We managed to bag a decent haul of rubbish.”
Stephen also swept the cycle path that runs along the side of the nursery building, where there was a lot of detritus in which weeds were starting to take root. Other cycle tracks in the vicinity have been reported as needing a good sweep.
Cllr Stephen Fenton is organising a community litter pick this Sunday, 15th May, at the old Askham Bar park & ride site (now known as the ‘Moor Lane pay & display car park’). The litter pick will start at 2pm and finish at 4pm. A similar event in January generated over 50 bags of rubbish.
The ‘Clean for the Queen’ weekend of community clean-up activities was wholeheartedly embraced by many residents, including in Foxwood and Woodthorpe.
Lib Dem councillors Sheena Jackson and Andrew Waller (Westfield ward) and Stephen Fenton (Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward) joined volunteers in a clean-up at Foxwood Park, which forms part of the boundary between the two wards.
As well as litter picking, there was a lot of environmental work done, such as cutting back some of the trees along the boundary with Bellhouse Way.
Stephen also ventured further afield to do some litter picking at Woodthorpe shops, on the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s Woodlands estate and at the old Park & Ride site at Askham Bar.