World-class cleanliness for a world-class city

World-class cleanliness for a world-class city

World-class cleanliness for a world-class city

First published in Letters by

IN HIS letter of July 22, PR Willey asks those who are concerned about the amount of litter in York to spare a thought for the hardworking teams who have to clear it.

All credit must go to these key workers, and I don’t think anyone could criticise the exceptional job they do. On the contrary, we need more of them.

The problem is obvious. York is a busy, growing city – the number of residents and the number of visitors keeps rising. Its economy is increasingly centred around eating and drinking, especially binge drinking. Unfortunately this creates a lot of litter, particularly on evenings and weekends when the city centre often looks filthy.

City of York Council is reaping the rewards this growth brings but refusing to reinvest in essential front-line services, and even cutting them in some cases. A handful of cleaners who knock off at teatime isn’t good enough.

Add the fact there is no visible enforcement against people who drop litter, or businesses who fail to clean up outside their shops, and it’s clear this problem will only get worse.

If York wants to be a world-class city, it must provide world-class standards of cleanliness.

Reece King, Acomb, York.

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9:42am Fri 25 Jul 14

PR Willey says...

Hello Mr King
Many thanks for writing to the Press with your thoughts/comments and observations especially those regarding the evening and weekend.
I fully agree where you are coming from and i fully echo your sentiments.
I work one weekend out of two and i dread what i will see when i start work early Sat/Sun morning.
I can assure you that i am never dissapointed!
York as you point out (like other cities) has a very vibrant night life, that in itself brings litter problems, fast food wrappers, half eaten discarded food, piles of vomit and my nemises....split/rip
ped and kicked refuse bags!
With so many drinking venues around the city open into the early hours we have clubs and pubs all trying to "grab" the punters by the way of discounted drinks offers, they do this by handing out flyers etc.
Those shiny bits of card are an absolute nightmare to sweep up!
Never the less we try and clear them!
I have recently attended a "cross party" scrutiny meeting where all my concerns about the above were raised, i can assure you that mine and residents concerns have been taken on board and various ideas/suggestions/so
lutions have been put forward for discussion and implementation.
I also raise concerns with the Councils Licensing Team and they have dealt very quickly on matters i have raised with regard to food outlets etc.
Myself and my staff are currently exploring ways for us to work later into the evening, we fully understand that when we "knock off" litter is still being dropped and people do form (rightly so) opinions that York is messy.
I cannot rely on the litter fairies and my unpaid army of geese to pick litter or eat it!
I hope what i have said makes sense and hopefully shows that your thoughts are shared by myself and my team, we do care and we want to make York as clean as we can.
Thanks for writing in.
Paul
Hello Mr King Many thanks for writing to the Press with your thoughts/comments and observations especially those regarding the evening and weekend. I fully agree where you are coming from and i fully echo your sentiments. I work one weekend out of two and i dread what i will see when i start work early Sat/Sun morning. I can assure you that i am never dissapointed! York as you point out (like other cities) has a very vibrant night life, that in itself brings litter problems, fast food wrappers, half eaten discarded food, piles of vomit and my nemises....split/rip ped and kicked refuse bags! With so many drinking venues around the city open into the early hours we have clubs and pubs all trying to "grab" the punters by the way of discounted drinks offers, they do this by handing out flyers etc. Those shiny bits of card are an absolute nightmare to sweep up! Never the less we try and clear them! I have recently attended a "cross party" scrutiny meeting where all my concerns about the above were raised, i can assure you that mine and residents concerns have been taken on board and various ideas/suggestions/so lutions have been put forward for discussion and implementation. I also raise concerns with the Councils Licensing Team and they have dealt very quickly on matters i have raised with regard to food outlets etc. Myself and my staff are currently exploring ways for us to work later into the evening, we fully understand that when we "knock off" litter is still being dropped and people do form (rightly so) opinions that York is messy. I cannot rely on the litter fairies and my unpaid army of geese to pick litter or eat it! I hope what i have said makes sense and hopefully shows that your thoughts are shared by myself and my team, we do care and we want to make York as clean as we can. Thanks for writing in. Paul PR Willey
  • Score: 11

6:11pm Fri 25 Jul 14

non pedalling pete says...

If York wants to be a world class city what we need is a first class council.
Roll on May 2015.
keep up the excellent work Paul.
If York wants to be a world class city what we need is a first class council. Roll on May 2015. keep up the excellent work Paul. non pedalling pete
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