‘Give us the tools...’

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HAVING been out to check all the salt bins in my ward last Thursday, I would like to thank residents.

The speed with which the bins have been emptied and footpaths gritted is a sign of the great community spirit in York and in Heworth Without in particular.

It is just a shame that the tools for this army of volunteers were denied for days due to the short-sighted thinking of the Labour council.

My first request for the bins to be refilled was refused on Monday, and it was not until Wednesday that officers relented and reversed the flawed policy.

As I have said repeatedly, all salt bins should have been checked and refilled before winter, or the council should have acted quickly to fill them when the predicted bad weather arrived.

With more severe weather on the way, I hope these bins continue to be filled as many now sit empty again.

I would also like to remind Labour cabinet members that winter is not a “contingency”; it happens every year. The council should have the ability to cope with it and help residents cope with it.

Coun Nigel Ayre (Lib Dem), Heworth without ward, Galtres Road, York.

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12:32pm Mon 21 Jan 13

/kev/null says...

This constant, petty public bickering makes York's councillors all look so much more electable. Today the shame is on you, Nigel Ayre (Lib Dem).
This constant, petty public bickering makes York's councillors all look so much more electable. Today the shame is on you, Nigel Ayre (Lib Dem). /kev/null
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6:05pm Mon 21 Jan 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

Yay: 'winter is not a “contingency”; it happens every year.'
So when will winter stop because of all this warming we are paying for?
Yay: 'winter is not a “contingency”; it happens every year.' So when will winter stop because of all this warming we are paying for? ColdAsChristmas
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8:23pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Silver says...

/kev/null wrote:
This constant, petty public bickering makes York's councillors all look so much more electable. Today the shame is on you, Nigel Ayre (Lib Dem).
It'd be nice wouldn't it if they just got on with the job of serving the public instead of acting like spoilt children
[quote][p][bold]/kev/null[/bold] wrote: This constant, petty public bickering makes York's councillors all look so much more electable. Today the shame is on you, Nigel Ayre (Lib Dem).[/p][/quote]It'd be nice wouldn't it if they just got on with the job of serving the public instead of acting like spoilt children Silver
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8:40am Tue 22 Jan 13

oi oi savaloy says...

The council claim to grit 45% of roads and 5% of paths... I have yet to discover which paths these are and as for the roads the A19 on bootham seems to get ignored as does leeman road, I just don't understand what I pay my council tax for anymore, when I paid a fraction of what I pay now under the old rates system it went on services, I.e. the bins got collected on a regular basis ,the streets got swept, and during the winter most roads got gritted and and a wagon loaded with grit and a couple of blokes with spades would go down side streets gritting paths! I am now conviinced all my council tax just goes to pay exec wages, expense claims , non jobs,quangos ,and other B.S. ,today's councils are run by a bunch of incompetent wannabe career politicians!
The council claim to grit 45% of roads and 5% of paths... I have yet to discover which paths these are and as for the roads the A19 on bootham seems to get ignored as does leeman road, I just don't understand what I pay my council tax for anymore, when I paid a fraction of what I pay now under the old rates system it went on services, I.e. the bins got collected on a regular basis ,the streets got swept, and during the winter most roads got gritted and and a wagon loaded with grit and a couple of blokes with spades would go down side streets gritting paths! I am now conviinced all my council tax just goes to pay exec wages, expense claims , non jobs,quangos ,and other B.S. ,today's councils are run by a bunch of incompetent wannabe career politicians! oi oi savaloy
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12:55pm Tue 22 Jan 13

atorycouncil2014 says...

/kev/null wrote:
This constant, petty public bickering makes York's councillors all look so much more electable. Today the shame is on you, Nigel Ayre (Lib Dem).
Latest batch of Labour students trying to portray any criticism of their beloved patrons as "petty"

Strange how you use almost the same quote as Cllr Levenes press response!

Step off campus and youll see the real animosity towards Calamity and his crew
[quote][p][bold]/kev/null[/bold] wrote: This constant, petty public bickering makes York's councillors all look so much more electable. Today the shame is on you, Nigel Ayre (Lib Dem).[/p][/quote]Latest batch of Labour students trying to portray any criticism of their beloved patrons as "petty" Strange how you use almost the same quote as Cllr Levenes press response! Step off campus and youll see the real animosity towards Calamity and his crew atorycouncil2014
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4:19am Wed 23 Jan 13

Magicman! says...

the 5% of footpaths gritted will all be within the city centre core.

As for salt bins, I was at one getting some salt for doing the footpath down my road, and a bloke who was doing the path in front of his house told me people had been turning up in cars and filling big containers up with the stuff. Hopefully that was being used for gritting pathways to old people's houses on other roads.

One final point to not is just how sparse salt bin provision is on the slice of housing bordered by Huntington Road and New Lane right the way from the Huntington village border up to the WMC.
the 5% of footpaths gritted will all be within the city centre core. As for salt bins, I was at one getting some salt for doing the footpath down my road, and a bloke who was doing the path in front of his house told me people had been turning up in cars and filling big containers up with the stuff. Hopefully that was being used for gritting pathways to old people's houses on other roads. One final point to not is just how sparse salt bin provision is on the slice of housing bordered by Huntington Road and New Lane right the way from the Huntington village border up to the WMC. Magicman!
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