A lot of footpaths in the city are icy today.
Salt bin locations can be found by clicking here
It shows the location of many local services including individual street lighting columns (with their I/D number and type) plus litter bins and poop scoop bins. It also shows which roads and footpaths have been adopted for maintenance purposes.
At this time of year the map can be used to locate salt bins while also displaying the route that the gritting lorries follow.
You can get daily updates on twitter from the gritting teams https://twitter.com/yorkgritter
The map indicates how many volunteer “snow wardens” there are in the area. There are nine in the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward
Volunteer snow wardens are residents who give up some of their time to clear snow during bad weather. There are 211 registered volunteers across York. The Council provides volunteers with:
We know that some of the local salt bins have been filled with litter. If one needs attention, please e-mail Cllr Stephen Fenton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following our story of a few days ago, the Council has said that it is checking all salt bins.
Where necessary they are being repaired before being filled with salt.
Hopefully they will also remove the accumulated rubbish and update the salt bin map displayed on their web site.
The warning comes amid growing concerns that York will not be able to cope with snowy and icy weather following cuts to the winter maintenance budget.
Since 2011 Labour has cut the council’s winter budget every year and last year took 30 miles of road off the priority gritting list and stopped funding two-thirds of salt bins. Whilst Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners worked with parish councils and residents groups to save some salt bins, many were still lost.
Council budget cuts meant that despite last year’s mild weather, York still overspent its winter budget by around £100,000 leading to fears how it will cope with bad weather this year.
Now Lib Dem councillors have written to the Labour Cabinet Member responsible calling on the council to make sure it is ‘ready for winter’ and to work with local residents to identify gaps in provision.
Cllr Ann Reid, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Environmental Services, commented:
“Despite the recent mild weather I have spoken to many residents in recent weeks who are asking for salt bins to be replaced and roads to be put back on gritting routes as we approach winter. Residents have also raised concerns about salt bins which have been left to rot and are now without lids or full of rubbish.
“Last year the council was fortunate to have a particularly mild winter, but it must make sure it is ready for winter this year and able to cope if more seasonal weather comes in the next few months. It needs to work with local residents and community groups to identify and tackle gaps in provision. These frontline services need to be the priority rather than Labour’s vanity projects in the city-centre.
“While I am pleased to see that the snow warden service is restarting – now in its fourth season having been brought in by the previous Lib Dem administration – this team of volunteers needs proper support from the council, and officers who work hard to keep the city running need support from the top.”
Liberal Democrat councillors have sent the following letter to the Labour Cabinet Member responsible:
A high priority for the new “balanced” York Council should be to sort out its winter maintenance programmes
The City was very fortunate last year when warm weather persisted for virtually the whole of the winter.
We would lucky if this happened for a second year.
One of the most unpopular cuts made by York’s Labour Council was the removal of many salt bins.
Most of the bins had been provided by ward committees following a ballot of residents priorities. Local residents are often the best qualified to identify footpaths which are vulnerable to icing.
Some of the bins subsequently seemed to escape the cull. Some even still have salt in them.
However, the salt bin location map shown on the York Councils web site is inaccurate.
In other areas, some carriageways have been excluded from the gritting schedules despite the roads being on bus routes.
All in all, there is a need for a review of the system before the snow arrives.
The Council could make a start by clearing the existing salt bins of rubbish and refilling those that need it.
The petition was collected by local Councillor Ann Reid and would also restore West Thorpe and Leeside to the primary gritting rota.
The number of salt bins in the ward was reduced from 35 to 28.
Although, because of the mild winter, there have been no major problems with ice reported recently, a return to more normal winter temperatures is likely to result in considerable inconvenience and hazards on some footpaths.
Under the Liberal Democrats led Council, until 2011, ward budgets were available which could be used to provide additional bins if local residents voted for them.
This scheme was scrapped when Labour took office.
The meeting takes place in The Snow Room (sic) – Ground Floor, West Offices (G035) on Thursday 20th March starting at 4:00pm. Residents wishing to speak at the meeting must register first by telephoning (01904) 552062 at least 24 hours before the meeting takes place.
The Council is asking residents whether it should cut even further the number of salt bins available in the City. They also plan to reduce the number of roads that are gritted (salted).
From Monday 12 August until Sunday 1 September, residents and businesses are invited to complete a three-week consultation on the criteria which is used to help determine how and where the council provides winter maintenance across the city.
To take part in the survey or view the criteria and gritting maps please visit: http://www.york.gov.uk/info/200262/gritting/402/winter_maintenance_services (from Monday 12 August).