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York to get another spruce-up in spring
YORK could be given a second city-wide spring clean next year, with part of its focus being on sprucing up parks.
City of York Council teamed up with York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust’s Community Payback team earlier this year through an initiative which saw offenders take on cleaning tasks in several communities.
Residents also got involved in the clean-up through the authority’s Smarter York scheme.
Plans are now being drawn up for a similar exercise next spring, with officials also suggesting an event this autumn to highlight the work which took place during May this year and draw in more support from community groups and businesses.
The city’s first spring-clean programme ran over three weeks in Westfield, Tang Hall and Bell Farm and an additional week around various parishes on the edge of the city.
A report to go before Coun David Levene, the council’s cabinet member for environmental services, next week said the Community Payback team’s tasks included litter-picking and work on flowerbeds and footpaths.
Russell Stone, the council’s head of public realm, said the clear-up involved more than 560 hours of work, with more than 1,600 bags being filled with rubbish and edging work carried out on more than 20km of road verges.
The teams also worked on a BMX track for Earswick Parish Council and in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church at Stockton-on-the-Forest, while improvements were made to council-owned land at Westfield Fenn, Tedder Road, Chesney Fields, Foxwood Park, a track in Tang Hall and two sites in Bell Farm.
Mr Stone’s report said the council should use lessons learned from this year’s spring clean to “improve and increase community involvement” for a second programme of work next May, which could include some “targeted work” on public parks in collaboration with residents and volunteers.
He said an autumn event would also keep the initiative’s momentum going and show the council was committed to keeping York tidy “within the available budget”.
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