Local councillors Ann Reid and Stephen Fenton were joined by 14 residents for a successful community litter pick on Sunday 24th January at the former Askham Bar Park & Ride car park.
The site got a thorough going over, generating a large pile of rubbish which the council is to collect.
The litter pick was organised following growing concerns that the site was becoming an eyesore (pictured below).
The team that assembled on 24 January was able to clear the vast majority of the litter on site, though the dense and prickly nature of some of the vegetation made it a tricky task. It was also a challenge to clear the grass bank that leads down to the car park from Moor Lane – this area has been partially cleared for now.
Cllr Stephen Fenton has organised a community litter pick at the former Askham Bar Park & Ride car park (now the ‘Moor Lane Pay & Display car park’).
The litter pick will take place on Sunday 24th January between 11am and 3pm.
A ‘grot spot’!
Stephen has organised the litter pick in response to residents’ concerns about the state of the (mostly empty) car park. Litter ‘grabbers’ and refuse sacks will be provided.
Anyone wanting to join in the litter pick should contact Stephen on 07751 963215 or e-mail email@example.com
We’ve asked the Council to tidy up the Carrfield – Teal Drive snicket.
Using the Fix My Street “app” we’ve asked that litter and weeds be removed, grass cut and that the cycle barriers are repainted
Barriers need paintng
Grass needs cutting
Weeds and litter need removing
A response to a Freedom of Information request has revealed that the York Council stopped counting the number of complaints it was receiving about litter 18 months ago!
Litter complaints admitted by York Council (click to enlarge)
Monthly figures have been provided only up to November 2013.
The decision not to record complaints co-incided with Labour’s cuts in the number of litter bins provided in the City.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that litter problems are worsening in many parts of the City.
The new Council which will be elected on May 7th will certainly expect not only performance volumes like these to be gathered but also to have them published routinely on the Council’s web site
The Council recently announced further cuts to litter bin provision in sub-urban parts of the City including Foxwood Lane.
Street cleansing standards take another hit
The York Council is to remove more litter bins from the City’s streets. It is claiming that the installation of “smart” compaction bins in the City centre and Acomb Front Street has been a “success” and is now aiming to replace old style bins on a one for two basis.
Compactor bin jammed with rubbish
One of the Foxwood Lane bins which will be axed
The smart bins compact rubbish using solar power and are supposed to alert the Council electronically when they are full.
They have had a mixed reaction from residents and traders.
The locations where only one bin will be provided in future include:
- Copmanthorpe – near chipshop
- Foxwood Lane – corner near shops
- Tadcaster Road – opposite chipshop
Another of the bins that will be removed
- St Aubyn’s Place
- Badger Hill – near shops
- Tang Hall Ln – shops
- Marygate – entrance to Museum Gardens
- Union Terrace Coach/car park
Litter accumulating behind a junction box. An increasingly familiar sight in sub-urban York
- Haxby – the village – near shops
- City Centre – Newgate Market
- City Centre – Spurriergate – near junc with High Ousegate
- City Centre – Kings Sq
- Broadway – Shops
- Blossom Street O/S Odean
Meanwhile complaints about litter drift are increasing and a petition asking for more litter bins to be provide is being drawn up
Appalling litter problem on cycle path at Tadcaster Road underpass
Leaves and detritus pose hazard for cyclists near Tesco
We’ve asked for a litter clean up on the York – Selby cycle track. It is badly littered with graffiti adding to the problems.
Further long Tadcaster Road the dedicated cycle track is covered in leaves representing a hazard to users.
City of York Council is getting behind Keep Britain Tidy’s annual Great Litter Count, to find out which brands are the most littered.
Residents are asked to get involved with the charity’s survey to count the types and brands of litter that blight communities across the country. Keep Britain Tidy can then work with those companies whose brands are littered the most to reduce the waste left by their customers.
The Council is to introduce what they describe as a “new” policy on litter. Details click here
In reality most of the policy is little different from that which was implemented over a decade ago.
Mechanisation has increased the areas that can be swept – particularly in the City centre – but in sub-urban areas litter has been a growing problem since bins were removed a couple of years ago.
The “policy” makes no mention of dog fouling – again a problem that has been on the increase since the Dog Wardens were cut. More joint use litter/poop scoop bins are, however, promised.
Other essential street level posts have been cut leaving York’s front line dangerously undermanned.
The effective, and much missed, Street Environment Officers have now gone to be replaced by an, improbably named, “Smarter York Officer”.
Once again the emphasis is on forcing residents to undertake work previously done by the Council.
“Spring cleans” are promised but not in areas like the Cornlands estate where standards are now very poor.
Residents will want to be sure that their taxes are being spent wisely.
They expect to see performance measures, clear targets and a real on the ground improvement plan.
Sadly that is not part of the agenda for York’s Labour Council.