Not cutting it

York Press: Not cutting it Not cutting it

WHILE walking round our beautiful city on a few occasions recently, I have noticed just how many green areas are not being maintained by the council and are being allowed to go to rack and ruin.

It only takes a walk past any section of our Bar Walls to witness how unkempt the grass banking is, highly overgrown and full of weeds. The flatter areas are being cut, but the cuttings are not collected and none of the slopes have been cut.

The Racecourse grassed area adjacent to the railings along Tadcaster Road between Racecourse Road and the Marriott Hotel looks like a wild jungle, the now unused bowling green in Clarence Gardens has been cut but the cuttings not collected.

And just look along many roadside gutters in suburban residential streets in areas such as the Groves – the gutters are full of weeds, silt and litter; walk into town along Clarence Street and there are significant amount of weeds growing along the front of the parade of shops.

We are expecting thousands of visitors to flock into our city this weekend. The council has managed to produce many “yellow bikes” and bunting all over the city (which looks great), yet it would appear the fundamental task of maintaining grassed open areas and roadside gutters is beyond them.

Andy Knowles, Vyner Street, York.

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2:02pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Dr Robert says...

Dead right, I think York Council will call it cutbacks, but they must have heeded your letter very quickly as men were on Cliffords Tower banking yesterday filling in the mess of ruts that people make climbing it, and cutting the grass.
Dead right, I think York Council will call it cutbacks, but they must have heeded your letter very quickly as men were on Cliffords Tower banking yesterday filling in the mess of ruts that people make climbing it, and cutting the grass. Dr Robert
  • Score: -13

4:14pm Fri 4 Jul 14

roadwars says...

Good to see some areas being left wild, there is no need at all to mow the area at the side of the racecourse (or many other areas). Give nature a chance in the few bits of the City that aren't being concreted over.
Good to see some areas being left wild, there is no need at all to mow the area at the side of the racecourse (or many other areas). Give nature a chance in the few bits of the City that aren't being concreted over. roadwars
  • Score: 14

4:37pm Fri 4 Jul 14

keepitshut says...

Dr Robert wrote:
Dead right, I think York Council will call it cutbacks, but they must have heeded your letter very quickly as men were on Cliffords Tower banking yesterday filling in the mess of ruts that people make climbing it, and cutting the grass.
Cliffords Tower banking has never been maintained by CYC, it is done by English Heritage who are responsible for cutting and general upkeep.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Robert[/bold] wrote: Dead right, I think York Council will call it cutbacks, but they must have heeded your letter very quickly as men were on Cliffords Tower banking yesterday filling in the mess of ruts that people make climbing it, and cutting the grass.[/p][/quote]Cliffords Tower banking has never been maintained by CYC, it is done by English Heritage who are responsible for cutting and general upkeep. keepitshut
  • Score: 15

6:34pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

roadwars wrote:
Good to see some areas being left wild, there is no need at all to mow the area at the side of the racecourse (or many other areas). Give nature a chance in the few bits of the City that aren't being concreted over.
Yep. It's good for the bees to let a few wildflowers mature and that's good for us all.
[quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: Good to see some areas being left wild, there is no need at all to mow the area at the side of the racecourse (or many other areas). Give nature a chance in the few bits of the City that aren't being concreted over.[/p][/quote]Yep. It's good for the bees to let a few wildflowers mature and that's good for us all. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 12

7:18pm Fri 4 Jul 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Look, you can't pay mega high salaries and take on new staff at £700 a day and expect to maintain front line services, Something has to give and City of York Council have decided to make cuts in services.
I wonder if our Green bins will be left full again this year during November through to Spring?
Look, you can't pay mega high salaries and take on new staff at £700 a day and expect to maintain front line services, Something has to give and City of York Council have decided to make cuts in services. I wonder if our Green bins will be left full again this year during November through to Spring? ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -8

11:15pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Silver says...

Isn't it a thing that the council mowers do not use their machines with riders on to mow the bar walls due to the fact a man died to fix this satisfaction and instead use a robot mower. I'll be honest I don't give a **** about the city walls being mowed but I'll agree with CYC on them using a robot after losing a life many years ago and learning from the tragedy.
Isn't it a thing that the council mowers do not use their machines with riders on to mow the bar walls due to the fact a man died to fix this satisfaction and instead use a robot mower. I'll be honest I don't give a **** about the city walls being mowed but I'll agree with CYC on them using a robot after losing a life many years ago and learning from the tragedy. Silver
  • Score: 10

11:40pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Benjamin01 says...

The lack of grass cutting is becoming a real problem around the city. The park that runs along Melrosegate in between Fourth and Fifth avenue hasn't been cut all year and the grass it now over knee height. The lack of upkeep by our City Council is not only making the area look unsightly but it is making the life's of those reliant on the area for exercise, dog walking and recreation very difficult. As a regular dog walker I've spoken with various members of the public and they are equally appalled that the council has completely neglected what has been a lush and well used facility, left to ruin in 2014. People rely on these areas, and I find it extremely difficult picking up my dogs poop in such long grass, and it seems others have just stopped trying, now sights are much more common in the area of owners not picking up after their dogs and reams of litter being being trapped in the long grass. People are clearly loosing pride in their facilities as it would seem CYC have. I agree with the previous comments that far to much emphasis has been put on the TDF at the expense of fundamentals. I like to see our City grow and diversify with schemes like the community free vegetable patches etc, but please let's not forget about the basic standards that draw both residents and visitors to the City, and can someone please get our parks grass cut!
The lack of grass cutting is becoming a real problem around the city. The park that runs along Melrosegate in between Fourth and Fifth avenue hasn't been cut all year and the grass it now over knee height. The lack of upkeep by our City Council is not only making the area look unsightly but it is making the life's of those reliant on the area for exercise, dog walking and recreation very difficult. As a regular dog walker I've spoken with various members of the public and they are equally appalled that the council has completely neglected what has been a lush and well used facility, left to ruin in 2014. People rely on these areas, and I find it extremely difficult picking up my dogs poop in such long grass, and it seems others have just stopped trying, now sights are much more common in the area of owners not picking up after their dogs and reams of litter being being trapped in the long grass. People are clearly loosing pride in their facilities as it would seem CYC have. I agree with the previous comments that far to much emphasis has been put on the TDF at the expense of fundamentals. I like to see our City grow and diversify with schemes like the community free vegetable patches etc, but please let's not forget about the basic standards that draw both residents and visitors to the City, and can someone please get our parks grass cut! Benjamin01
  • Score: 0

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