Give clean image

Give clean image

Give clean image

First published in Letters by

RECENTLY walking into town I came across a group of tourists just inside Monkgate Bar. One of the small children had dropped a cream cake on the footpath. The father immediately picked the cake up and put it in a bag. He then proceeded to take a paper tissue out of his pocket and mopped the cream off the path.

Obviously this group of visitors think more of the state of the city’s streets and walkways than York council. When they go back to their own country will they talk of this beautiful city, or more than likely the state of the dirty streets?

Why can’t the shops and eating places take a bit of responsibility for maintaining the area out side their premises? Talking to a farmer from Canada once, he informed me that they had a responsibility to clear the snow from their entrance onto the main road, to the the next farm entrance down.

Surely its not too much for these shops to maintain their frontage. The best maintained shop front in York must be Braithwaite’s jewellery shop in Goodramgate: immaculately maintained and a credit to the city.

DM Deamer, Penleys Grove Street, Monkgate, York.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:29pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Silver says...

Please enlighten us how CYC can keep clean a city centre with a very low amount of staff, with large amounts of litterers known as the public to your high levels of standards? I think the council department with what they're given work beyond belief but it's unfortunate that they can walk down a street cleaning everything they see but behind them people drop litter. If the guys on the ground could fine people it might be a step in the right direction but I'm pretty sure they don't. Although your tourist who cleans up after themselves is an amazing exception to the rule.
Please enlighten us how CYC can keep clean a city centre with a very low amount of staff, with large amounts of litterers known as the public to your high levels of standards? I think the council department with what they're given work beyond belief but it's unfortunate that they can walk down a street cleaning everything they see but behind them people drop litter. If the guys on the ground could fine people it might be a step in the right direction but I'm pretty sure they don't. Although your tourist who cleans up after themselves is an amazing exception to the rule. Silver
  • Score: 8

8:35am Tue 12 Aug 14

goatman says...

Silver is right. I visited McDonalds in town the other Saturday morning. A young lady member of staff was doing a sterling job washing down their pavement outside (and the adjoining properties I might add). Sadly, a group of youngsters left the store and dropped all their rubbish on the pavement further down. I asked them to pick it up but got a mouthful of abuse in return. Some people need a short sharp lesson.
Silver is right. I visited McDonalds in town the other Saturday morning. A young lady member of staff was doing a sterling job washing down their pavement outside (and the adjoining properties I might add). Sadly, a group of youngsters left the store and dropped all their rubbish on the pavement further down. I asked them to pick it up but got a mouthful of abuse in return. Some people need a short sharp lesson. goatman
  • Score: 10

11:21am Tue 12 Aug 14

Scorpio says...

The solution is so simple - we need more rubbish bins - just look at the bin outside the new Star inn the City restaurant most afternoons - it's disgustingly overflowing with rubbish because there is nowhere else to put it!
The next bin along the river is 200yds away and that is always overflowing - this shows that people do try to dispose of their rubbish in the right manner, just not enough bins and that's the fault of the council.
The solution is so simple - we need more rubbish bins - just look at the bin outside the new Star inn the City restaurant most afternoons - it's disgustingly overflowing with rubbish because there is nowhere else to put it! The next bin along the river is 200yds away and that is always overflowing - this shows that people do try to dispose of their rubbish in the right manner, just not enough bins and that's the fault of the council. Scorpio
  • Score: -5

3:30pm Tue 12 Aug 14

old_geezer says...

Scorpio wrote:
The solution is so simple - we need more rubbish bins - just look at the bin outside the new Star inn the City restaurant most afternoons - it's disgustingly overflowing with rubbish because there is nowhere else to put it!
The next bin along the river is 200yds away and that is always overflowing - this shows that people do try to dispose of their rubbish in the right manner, just not enough bins and that's the fault of the council.
Not only more bins needed along Judi Dench Walk, but the bin you mention replaced a larger but still utterly inadequate one! I gave up complaining about this several years ago due to lack of respoonse, including the fact that Bank Holiday weekends frequently STARTED with that larger bin stuffed full.
[quote][p][bold]Scorpio[/bold] wrote: The solution is so simple - we need more rubbish bins - just look at the bin outside the new Star inn the City restaurant most afternoons - it's disgustingly overflowing with rubbish because there is nowhere else to put it! The next bin along the river is 200yds away and that is always overflowing - this shows that people do try to dispose of their rubbish in the right manner, just not enough bins and that's the fault of the council.[/p][/quote]Not only more bins needed along Judi Dench Walk, but the bin you mention replaced a larger but still utterly inadequate one! I gave up complaining about this several years ago due to lack of respoonse, including the fact that Bank Holiday weekends frequently STARTED with that larger bin stuffed full. old_geezer
  • Score: -2

3:39am Wed 13 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

There are a combination of factors at work, but mainly boils down to poor attitude.... people who drop litter see it as "not my problem... I'm giving somebody a job... I pay their wages"; buisness owners who front onto the streets see it as "not my problem".... but also people diry things up because they know they can. A few years ago, the council had people roaming the streets and issuing fines to people they caught dropping litter (not this Labour-run council, I might add); these same people would also sometimes catch people cycling or driving through the pedestrian areas without authorisation and also apply tickets to vehicles parked illegally.... Haven't seen one of those people for a couple of years now...
There are a combination of factors at work, but mainly boils down to poor attitude.... people who drop litter see it as "not my problem... I'm giving somebody a job... I pay their wages"; buisness owners who front onto the streets see it as "not my problem".... but also people diry things up because they know they can. A few years ago, the council had people roaming the streets and issuing fines to people they caught dropping litter (not this Labour-run council, I might add); these same people would also sometimes catch people cycling or driving through the pedestrian areas without authorisation and also apply tickets to vehicles parked illegally.... Haven't seen one of those people for a couple of years now... Magicman!
  • Score: 4

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree