Cut and dried

Cut and dried

Cut and dried

First published in Letters by

IN RESPONSE to the letter of August 11 by AP Cox regarding the overgrown gutters and the encroachment of brambles and hedges on to the footpaths of Holgate.

In John F Kennedy’s inauguration speech of 1961, he said: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

If Mr Cox was to take secateurs or a strong pair of scissors, he would in no time at all clear the offending obstructions from the walkways. He would find that giving them a trim once or twice a week would keep them in check.

When out walking Pippa the dog down by the River Foss, I trim the brambles back on a regular basis, keeping all the footpaths accessible.

If you took it upon yourself to clean the gutters outside your own home and anyone’s you know who may be incapable of maintaining there own frontage, you might be able to instil a bit of community pride into your area.

Who knows, you might get a nomination for next year’s Community Pride awards.

DM Deamer, Penleys Grove Street, Monkgate, York.

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12:16pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Oaklands Resident says...

My initial reaction was to agree with DM Deamer. Many responsible citizens do cut the verges outside their homes, clear away the odd paper bag, and remove weeds. In winter they may clear the path of ice.

.....but many residents are elderly, some are disabled, some work away from the City for extended periods of time while many communal areas and footpaths have no obvious voluntary "owner".

Hence we pay our taxes expecting at least a reasonable standard of public services to be maintained

There is just so much that volunteers can do. The York Council is letting much of the City decline. They simply don't appear to have adequate work scheduled to keep the City neat and tidy.

They don't have the flexibility to react to changing conditions (such as the weather) and their customer interface is lamentable. Try getting feedback on when the grass and hedges are due to be cut, when the weeds will be treated, the potholes filled in, etc.

The Council can't even be bothered to put a notice on the public toilets in Acomb - closed 6 weeks ago - saying when they will reopen.

AP Cox was right. Taxpayers expect to see more leadership and responsibility taken by Councillors and senior officials for standards in our City.
My initial reaction was to agree with DM Deamer. Many responsible citizens do cut the verges outside their homes, clear away the odd paper bag, and remove weeds. In winter they may clear the path of ice. .....but many residents are elderly, some are disabled, some work away from the City for extended periods of time while many communal areas and footpaths have no obvious voluntary "owner". Hence we pay our taxes expecting at least a reasonable standard of public services to be maintained There is just so much that volunteers can do. The York Council is letting much of the City decline. They simply don't appear to have adequate work scheduled to keep the City neat and tidy. They don't have the flexibility to react to changing conditions (such as the weather) and their customer interface is lamentable. Try getting feedback on when the grass and hedges are due to be cut, when the weeds will be treated, the potholes filled in, etc. The Council can't even be bothered to put a notice on the public toilets in Acomb - closed 6 weeks ago - saying when they will reopen. AP Cox was right. Taxpayers expect to see more leadership and responsibility taken by Councillors and senior officials for standards in our City. Oaklands Resident
  • Score: 8

7:41pm Sat 16 Aug 14

bolero says...

Perhaps Mr Deamer could extend his activities to the Malton Road where it leaves the A64 where there are no residents to act as unpaid council workers but the approach to York by visitors is a disgrace.
Perhaps Mr Deamer could extend his activities to the Malton Road where it leaves the A64 where there are no residents to act as unpaid council workers but the approach to York by visitors is a disgrace. bolero
  • Score: 10

8:59pm Sat 16 Aug 14

bolero says...

Perhaps those who are downvoting would care to comment.
Perhaps those who are downvoting would care to comment. bolero
  • Score: 11

1:52am Sun 17 Aug 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Sounds like CoYC are supporting the big Society or should I say DIY.
Sounds like CoYC are supporting the big Society or should I say DIY. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: 7

7:35am Mon 18 Aug 14

Y.I.P. says...

When I become your elected member for Holgate Ward in May Holgate will sparkle and weedless !!!!!!
When I become your elected member for Holgate Ward in May Holgate will sparkle and weedless !!!!!! Y.I.P.
  • Score: -1

7:01pm Mon 18 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Y.I.P. wrote:
When I become your elected member for Holgate Ward in May Holgate will sparkle and weedless !!!!!!
Is that because you have a gutter de-weeding device attached to your cycle, which helps you keep fit and good looking?
[quote][p][bold]Y.I.P.[/bold] wrote: When I become your elected member for Holgate Ward in May Holgate will sparkle and weedless !!!!!![/p][/quote]Is that because you have a gutter de-weeding device attached to your cycle, which helps you keep fit and good looking? notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -1

7:46pm Mon 18 Aug 14

LeMort says...

Praise where it is due, it's great that you are willing to help out and instil some community spirit but the point is that considering the amount of money York council get you would expect to see some results and it is not just the one street, the ivy near the Barbican building site is dangerously close to having a rebellion and taking over the pathway for instance.

The point is people expect a good 'city standard' for living in such an expensive and well of city. Instead they get dirty streets, empty shop spaces and more and more supermarkets taking over.
Praise where it is due, it's great that you are willing to help out and instil some community spirit but the point is that considering the amount of money York council get you would expect to see some results and it is not just the one street, the ivy near the Barbican building site is dangerously close to having a rebellion and taking over the pathway for instance. The point is people expect a good 'city standard' for living in such an expensive and well of city. Instead they get dirty streets, empty shop spaces and more and more supermarkets taking over. LeMort
  • Score: 1

8:56pm Mon 18 Aug 14

bolero says...

notpedallingpaul wrote:
Y.I.P. wrote:
When I become your elected member for Holgate Ward in May Holgate will sparkle and weedless !!!!!!
Is that because you have a gutter de-weeding device attached to your cycle, which helps you keep fit and good looking?
Nice one. Come winter perhaps he could attach a snowplough.
[quote][p][bold]notpedallingpaul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Y.I.P.[/bold] wrote: When I become your elected member for Holgate Ward in May Holgate will sparkle and weedless !!!!!![/p][/quote]Is that because you have a gutter de-weeding device attached to your cycle, which helps you keep fit and good looking?[/p][/quote]Nice one. Come winter perhaps he could attach a snowplough. bolero
  • Score: 1

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