Looking scruffy

York Press: Looking scruffy Looking scruffy

DESPITE all the work being carried out and money spent in the city centre am I the only person who thinks that the whole city is looking scruffy?

In the city centre most of the pavements are filthy and need a good scrub. Outside the city walls, and sometimes inside, most of the roads are lined with weeds at the kerb edge and again where the pavement meets the walls.

I have seen weeds three feet tall in more than one place. I have seen Third World cities looking better presented than some parts of York do at present.

Before some councillor jumps up and says it is all the fault of Government cutbacks, what needs doing is not going to cost very much to put matters right.

A good dose of weedkiller followed by a small team with hand tools and a barrow about a week later would take care of the weeds. I have seen the occasional mechanical sweeper so get them on to the dirty pavements and keep on top of the job with regular visits and maintenance.

Perhaps our elected leaders should look at the city through the eyes of those who live and pay taxes here instead of dreaming up grandiose schemes to spend large sums of money on vanity projects.

Keith Woodland, Galtres Road, York.

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2:09pm Wed 4 Jun 14

m1d2b3 says...

Yes you are the only one Keith.

Open your eyes and go to other places and you will see York is really not scruffy at all and to describe it as looking worse than a 3rd world city is bizarre and actually quite rude.

I can see you now patrolling the streets with a tape measure "this weed is 16 cms high, the European commission on weed height states they must not pass 4cms and if they do it is officially 3rd world status, councillors out now"

Also how exactly do you scrub payments, we talking someone on hands and knees with a brush?

"Perhaps our elected leaders should look at the city through the eyes of those who live and pay taxes here instead of dreaming up grandiose schemes to spend large sums of money on vanity projects."

Aye Keith nothing quite as grandiose and nothing quite as vain as wanting your pavements sparkling, like some mythical yellow brick road.
Yes you are the only one Keith. Open your eyes and go to other places and you will see York is really not scruffy at all and to describe it as looking worse than a 3rd world city is bizarre and actually quite rude. I can see you now patrolling the streets with a tape measure "this weed is 16 cms high, the European commission on weed height states they must not pass 4cms and if they do it is officially 3rd world status, councillors out now" Also how exactly do you scrub payments, we talking someone on hands and knees with a brush? "Perhaps our elected leaders should look at the city through the eyes of those who live and pay taxes here instead of dreaming up grandiose schemes to spend large sums of money on vanity projects." Aye Keith nothing quite as grandiose and nothing quite as vain as wanting your pavements sparkling, like some mythical yellow brick road. m1d2b3
  • Score: 20

4:24pm Wed 4 Jun 14

jycund says...

yes I see the same weeds in our side streets . , the litter in the parks ,the pavement with dog poo. . litter stuffed into drains..but it isnt just the council that need to pull their finger out. its you and me joe public.
yes I see the same weeds in our side streets . , the litter in the parks ,the pavement with dog poo. . litter stuffed into drains..but it isnt just the council that need to pull their finger out. its you and me joe public. jycund
  • Score: 16

5:10pm Wed 4 Jun 14

imassey says...

Minster Plaza and Kings Square look anything but scruffy.

(Stands back and awaits criticisms for a perfectly valid opinion...)
Minster Plaza and Kings Square look anything but scruffy. (Stands back and awaits criticisms for a perfectly valid opinion...) imassey
  • Score: 21

10:04am Thu 5 Jun 14

Bad magic says...

imassey wrote:
Minster Plaza and Kings Square look anything but scruffy.

(Stands back and awaits criticisms for a perfectly valid opinion...)
Quite true, but Micklegate, Fossgate, Walmgate, Rougier street, Finkle street, Blake street to name but a few I frequently walk along, are a disgrace. As a leading tourist destination, the council should make the place cleaner (I say this as I know they'll do $#!+ all for the residents).
As for the idiot saying it would need people on their hands and knees, scrubbing; really? Never heard of a pressure washer? I'm pretty certain that specialised pavement cleaning machines exist as well. How many 20mph signs would it take to pay for one?
[quote][p][bold]imassey[/bold] wrote: Minster Plaza and Kings Square look anything but scruffy. (Stands back and awaits criticisms for a perfectly valid opinion...)[/p][/quote]Quite true, but Micklegate, Fossgate, Walmgate, Rougier street, Finkle street, Blake street to name but a few I frequently walk along, are a disgrace. As a leading tourist destination, the council should make the place cleaner (I say this as I know they'll do $#!+ all for the residents). As for the idiot saying it would need people on their hands and knees, scrubbing; really? Never heard of a pressure washer? I'm pretty certain that specialised pavement cleaning machines exist as well. How many 20mph signs would it take to pay for one? Bad magic
  • Score: -6

10:05am Thu 5 Jun 14

CaroleBaines says...

Think the city centre looks as good as its ever done. Those of us who have lived here a few decades can remember some pretty grim eras - this is not one of them, I would say.
Think the city centre looks as good as its ever done. Those of us who have lived here a few decades can remember some pretty grim eras - this is not one of them, I would say. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 16

10:10am Thu 5 Jun 14

rking1977 says...

No, he's not the only one.

Most historic cities I've been to in Europe are immaculately kept. They're not covered in weeds, beer cans and kebab wrappers, cigarette ends, dirt in the gutters etc. Same in the US, Japan, Australia, and most other developed countries.

Anyone who thinks York looks tidy should perhaps visit a similar city abroad.

I have no party political bias, but cutting basic services like street sweeping, litter bins, parks and gardens staff etc is bound to result in the place looking scruffier... especially when our local economy seems to rely on binge drinkers who seem intent on trashing the place every Friday and Saturday night.
No, he's not the only one. Most historic cities I've been to in Europe are immaculately kept. They're not covered in weeds, beer cans and kebab wrappers, cigarette ends, dirt in the gutters etc. Same in the US, Japan, Australia, and most other developed countries. Anyone who thinks York looks tidy should perhaps visit a similar city abroad. I have no party political bias, but cutting basic services like street sweeping, litter bins, parks and gardens staff etc is bound to result in the place looking scruffier... especially when our local economy seems to rely on binge drinkers who seem intent on trashing the place every Friday and Saturday night. rking1977
  • Score: -10

10:56am Thu 5 Jun 14

oi oi savaloy says...

m1d2b3 wrote:
Yes you are the only one Keith.

Open your eyes and go to other places and you will see York is really not scruffy at all and to describe it as looking worse than a 3rd world city is bizarre and actually quite rude.

I can see you now patrolling the streets with a tape measure "this weed is 16 cms high, the European commission on weed height states they must not pass 4cms and if they do it is officially 3rd world status, councillors out now"

Also how exactly do you scrub payments, we talking someone on hands and knees with a brush?

"Perhaps our elected leaders should look at the city through the eyes of those who live and pay taxes here instead of dreaming up grandiose schemes to spend large sums of money on vanity projects."

Aye Keith nothing quite as grandiose and nothing quite as vain as wanting your pavements sparkling, like some mythical yellow brick road.
er excuse me, who gives you the right to reply on the behalf of all citizens ?

if York was not scruffy why do we need this ,http://www.smartery
ork.org.uk/reports ??
[quote][p][bold]m1d2b3[/bold] wrote: Yes you are the only one Keith. Open your eyes and go to other places and you will see York is really not scruffy at all and to describe it as looking worse than a 3rd world city is bizarre and actually quite rude. I can see you now patrolling the streets with a tape measure "this weed is 16 cms high, the European commission on weed height states they must not pass 4cms and if they do it is officially 3rd world status, councillors out now" Also how exactly do you scrub payments, we talking someone on hands and knees with a brush? "Perhaps our elected leaders should look at the city through the eyes of those who live and pay taxes here instead of dreaming up grandiose schemes to spend large sums of money on vanity projects." Aye Keith nothing quite as grandiose and nothing quite as vain as wanting your pavements sparkling, like some mythical yellow brick road.[/p][/quote]er excuse me, who gives you the right to reply on the behalf of all citizens ? if York was not scruffy why do we need this ,http://www.smartery ork.org.uk/reports ?? oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -15

10:48am Fri 6 Jun 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Bad magic wrote:
imassey wrote:
Minster Plaza and Kings Square look anything but scruffy.

(Stands back and awaits criticisms for a perfectly valid opinion...)
Quite true, but Micklegate, Fossgate, Walmgate, Rougier street, Finkle street, Blake street to name but a few I frequently walk along, are a disgrace. As a leading tourist destination, the council should make the place cleaner (I say this as I know they'll do $#!+ all for the residents).
As for the idiot saying it would need people on their hands and knees, scrubbing; really? Never heard of a pressure washer? I'm pretty certain that specialised pavement cleaning machines exist as well. How many 20mph signs would it take to pay for one?
" I'm pretty certain that specialised pavement cleaning machines exist as well."
That's true. There is (or used to be) a mini scrubber machine that used to drive around doing the pavements in the the Castlegate area at 06.30.
If anyone walks down George Hudson Street and actually looks at the pavement outside Popworld I suggest they will need a stronger stomach than the people responsible for the mess.
[quote][p][bold]Bad magic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imassey[/bold] wrote: Minster Plaza and Kings Square look anything but scruffy. (Stands back and awaits criticisms for a perfectly valid opinion...)[/p][/quote]Quite true, but Micklegate, Fossgate, Walmgate, Rougier street, Finkle street, Blake street to name but a few I frequently walk along, are a disgrace. As a leading tourist destination, the council should make the place cleaner (I say this as I know they'll do $#!+ all for the residents). As for the idiot saying it would need people on their hands and knees, scrubbing; really? Never heard of a pressure washer? I'm pretty certain that specialised pavement cleaning machines exist as well. How many 20mph signs would it take to pay for one?[/p][/quote]" I'm pretty certain that specialised pavement cleaning machines exist as well." That's true. There is (or used to be) a mini scrubber machine that used to drive around doing the pavements in the the Castlegate area at 06.30. If anyone walks down George Hudson Street and actually looks at the pavement outside Popworld I suggest they will need a stronger stomach than the people responsible for the mess. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -4

8:11pm Fri 6 Jun 14

bolero says...

Of course it's scruffy. And who's to blame? Oh! why it's the filthy, litter throwing, cigarette smoking, gum chewing, burger/fish and chip eating, can drinking, incontinent councillors isn't it? Come off it.
Of course it's scruffy. And who's to blame? Oh! why it's the filthy, litter throwing, cigarette smoking, gum chewing, burger/fish and chip eating, can drinking, incontinent councillors isn't it? Come off it. bolero
  • Score: 31

6:17am Sat 7 Jun 14

last of the mandms says...

York fails dismally to make the most of her attributes. The Bar Walls being a prime example. Go to any similar city in mainland Europe, Vannes or Caen for example, and look how much pride and effort goes into their medieval structures. I find it quite bizarre that the Council can allocate £500 to purchase gardening tools to the group who run the "pick your own" vegetable beds ( next to the City Arms ) yet haven't got 2 pence to run a strimmer along the kerbs on the adjacent Bar Walls.
York fails dismally to make the most of her attributes. The Bar Walls being a prime example. Go to any similar city in mainland Europe, Vannes or Caen for example, and look how much pride and effort goes into their medieval structures. I find it quite bizarre that the Council can allocate £500 to purchase gardening tools to the group who run the "pick your own" vegetable beds ( next to the City Arms ) yet haven't got 2 pence to run a strimmer along the kerbs on the adjacent Bar Walls. last of the mandms
  • Score: -52

6:55pm Sat 7 Jun 14

notpedallingpaul says...

last of the mandms wrote:
York fails dismally to make the most of her attributes. The Bar Walls being a prime example. Go to any similar city in mainland Europe, Vannes or Caen for example, and look how much pride and effort goes into their medieval structures. I find it quite bizarre that the Council can allocate £500 to purchase gardening tools to the group who run the "pick your own" vegetable beds ( next to the City Arms ) yet haven't got 2 pence to run a strimmer along the kerbs on the adjacent Bar Walls.
Absolutely true, walk around Bergerac, Sarla-la-Caneda, Dom etc. in France to see what a medieval city should look like, clean and tidy.
[quote][p][bold]last of the mandms[/bold] wrote: York fails dismally to make the most of her attributes. The Bar Walls being a prime example. Go to any similar city in mainland Europe, Vannes or Caen for example, and look how much pride and effort goes into their medieval structures. I find it quite bizarre that the Council can allocate £500 to purchase gardening tools to the group who run the "pick your own" vegetable beds ( next to the City Arms ) yet haven't got 2 pence to run a strimmer along the kerbs on the adjacent Bar Walls.[/p][/quote]Absolutely true, walk around Bergerac, Sarla-la-Caneda, Dom etc. in France to see what a medieval city should look like, clean and tidy. notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -71

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