Anger over state of play areas in York

Campaigner Mark Waudby

Campaigner Mark Waudby

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FRUSTRATED families in Clifton and Clifton Moor say they cannot use children's play areas in the height of summer holidays because of rubbish and mess left in the parks.

A play area on Broadstone Way, Clifton Moor, has been at the centre of a land wrangle over recent months, with City of York Council's maintenance staff forced to wait for lawyers to confirm the council is in fact responsible for the area before they could work on the site.

Now the council's responsibility for it has been confirmed, work has started to clean up the play area but council workers say it could take some time for the park to be brought back up to scratch.

Local campaigner Mark Waudby said people nearby wanted to use the play area through the summer holidays, and were frustrated with the bureaucratic delays that meant it had been unfit for use.

The council's Russell Stone added: “Unfortunately there has been a long standing issue with the adoption of this area, which meant we were unable to carry out routine maintenance work. The problem has now been resolved and the long grass cut back. It will take a few more cuts to bring this area up to standard but we hope that it will become a highly valued play area for local families."

In nearby Clifton, the poor state of another play area on Crombie Avenue has prompted anger from families nearby,

Valerie Ledger, who lives nearby, said she has not been able to take her six year old grandson to the swings, or let him play football on the grass, because the park is "absolutely filthy".

And despite trying to get in touch with the right council department and make her complaint heard, she thinks the park has gone unattended for as much as six months.

Mrs Ledger said: "It's got bottles and litter all over it, it's disgusting."

Mr Stone said the council welcomed feedback on play areas around the city, and visits each one weekly for a safety check and litter pick.

He urged people concerned about any play area to phone the council on 01904 551551.

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9:43am Thu 7 Aug 14

hypnosis says...

will the press take a picture of the traffic island opposite nestle main entrance with the growth of weeds and ask the council why are they allowing the city to go badly maintained while spending so much on council officers.
will the press take a picture of the traffic island opposite nestle main entrance with the growth of weeds and ask the council why are they allowing the city to go badly maintained while spending so much on council officers. hypnosis
  • Score: 12

9:43am Thu 7 Aug 14

A-resident says...

I've given up with using the Crombie Avenue play park. It is always filthy, covered in litter, broken bottles, cigarette ends and dog dirt. There are feral kids tearing around with no consideration for littlies and quite frankly its intimidating to take small children to play! Shame as it could be quite a nice little park.
I've given up with using the Crombie Avenue play park. It is always filthy, covered in litter, broken bottles, cigarette ends and dog dirt. There are feral kids tearing around with no consideration for littlies and quite frankly its intimidating to take small children to play! Shame as it could be quite a nice little park. A-resident
  • Score: 18

9:57am Thu 7 Aug 14

steve-white says...

A-resident wrote:
I've given up with using the Crombie Avenue play park. It is always filthy, covered in litter, broken bottles, cigarette ends and dog dirt. There are feral kids tearing around with no consideration for littlies and quite frankly its intimidating to take small children to play! Shame as it could be quite a nice little park.
Glen gardens in Heworth is going the same way. The council have stopped locking the gates at night (due to cost) and now it's lawless on a night. Funny how there's enough money to pay for all these executive salaries but not enough to pay for a park keeper!
[quote][p][bold]A-resident[/bold] wrote: I've given up with using the Crombie Avenue play park. It is always filthy, covered in litter, broken bottles, cigarette ends and dog dirt. There are feral kids tearing around with no consideration for littlies and quite frankly its intimidating to take small children to play! Shame as it could be quite a nice little park.[/p][/quote]Glen gardens in Heworth is going the same way. The council have stopped locking the gates at night (due to cost) and now it's lawless on a night. Funny how there's enough money to pay for all these executive salaries but not enough to pay for a park keeper! steve-white
  • Score: 28

10:27am Thu 7 Aug 14

yorkiemum says...

But there's a lovely useless cycle track running by the side of A1237 that's more important than children's play areas. Shame on you CYC
But there's a lovely useless cycle track running by the side of A1237 that's more important than children's play areas. Shame on you CYC yorkiemum
  • Score: 22

10:38am Thu 7 Aug 14

Kelvar says...

Here's an idea - Residents form a group. Clear the areas in question then send an invoice to CYC billing them for their time and labour! (But make sure it legal first!!)

Funny how CYC have enough money in the coffers for their 'vanity projects' but not enough for services (essential or otherwise) to York citizens.

CYC run by clowns! (I HATE Clowns)
Here's an idea - Residents form a group. Clear the areas in question then send an invoice to CYC billing them for their time and labour! (But make sure it legal first!!) Funny how CYC have enough money in the coffers for their 'vanity projects' but not enough for services (essential or otherwise) to York citizens. CYC run by clowns! (I HATE Clowns) Kelvar
  • Score: 32

10:49am Thu 7 Aug 14

againstthecuts says...

What about all the broken glass on the cycle track and paths near the Lysander arms it's awful trying to walk my dog and trying to avoid the glass. There needs to be a police officer patrolling the rawcliffe wreck area on a night to stop the little vandals drinking and smashing beer bottles.
What about all the broken glass on the cycle track and paths near the Lysander arms it's awful trying to walk my dog and trying to avoid the glass. There needs to be a police officer patrolling the rawcliffe wreck area on a night to stop the little vandals drinking and smashing beer bottles. againstthecuts
  • Score: 9

11:05am Thu 7 Aug 14

eeoodares says...

I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council.

I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.
I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council. I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself. eeoodares
  • Score: 10

11:06am Thu 7 Aug 14

goatman says...

It's a pity we don't live in a society where we could do a little bit more for ourselves. Perhaps a neighbourhood volunteers weekend to do some litter picking/tidying up (and whatever happened to community service?). It would also be nice to be able to challenge litter louts without getting a mouthful (or worse) back.
It's a pity we don't live in a society where we could do a little bit more for ourselves. Perhaps a neighbourhood volunteers weekend to do some litter picking/tidying up (and whatever happened to community service?). It would also be nice to be able to challenge litter louts without getting a mouthful (or worse) back. goatman
  • Score: 23

11:18am Thu 7 Aug 14

Big Bad Wolf says...

eeoodares wrote:
I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council.

I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.
I totally agree.... if it means that much to you why not clean up yourselves.
As far as having a police presence to stop kids breaking bottles.... Why not police it yourselves and report the offenders to the police or better still their own families?
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council. I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.[/p][/quote]I totally agree.... if it means that much to you why not clean up yourselves. As far as having a police presence to stop kids breaking bottles.... Why not police it yourselves and report the offenders to the police or better still their own families? Big Bad Wolf
  • Score: 15

11:47am Thu 7 Aug 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Big Bad Wolf wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council.

I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.
I totally agree.... if it means that much to you why not clean up yourselves.
As far as having a police presence to stop kids breaking bottles.... Why not police it yourselves and report the offenders to the police or better still their own families?
Lol once upon a time this would be the norm.

Sadly it just doesnt really work like that anymore :-(

There will be the odd exception but most of the people who litter these places are from the local community, obviously like using the facilities but couldnt give a flying hoot about keeping it tidy for others enjoyment.
[quote][p][bold]Big Bad Wolf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council. I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.[/p][/quote]I totally agree.... if it means that much to you why not clean up yourselves. As far as having a police presence to stop kids breaking bottles.... Why not police it yourselves and report the offenders to the police or better still their own families?[/p][/quote]Lol once upon a time this would be the norm. Sadly it just doesnt really work like that anymore :-( There will be the odd exception but most of the people who litter these places are from the local community, obviously like using the facilities but couldnt give a flying hoot about keeping it tidy for others enjoyment. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 19

11:51am Thu 7 Aug 14

goatman says...

There used to be word used by the 'yoof' culture called "Respect". Sadly it's meaning is long since gone.
There used to be word used by the 'yoof' culture called "Respect". Sadly it's meaning is long since gone. goatman
  • Score: 5

11:55am Thu 7 Aug 14

Big Bad Wolf says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
Big Bad Wolf wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council.

I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.
I totally agree.... if it means that much to you why not clean up yourselves.
As far as having a police presence to stop kids breaking bottles.... Why not police it yourselves and report the offenders to the police or better still their own families?
Lol once upon a time this would be the norm.

Sadly it just doesnt really work like that anymore :-(

There will be the odd exception but most of the people who litter these places are from the local community, obviously like using the facilities but couldnt give a flying hoot about keeping it tidy for others enjoyment.
I understand your point but equally there is no point in CofY cleaning up if the playground is in the same state the following day.

Someone needs to take responsibility, a fed up photo at the gates will not help here.
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Bad Wolf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council. I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.[/p][/quote]I totally agree.... if it means that much to you why not clean up yourselves. As far as having a police presence to stop kids breaking bottles.... Why not police it yourselves and report the offenders to the police or better still their own families?[/p][/quote]Lol once upon a time this would be the norm. Sadly it just doesnt really work like that anymore :-( There will be the odd exception but most of the people who litter these places are from the local community, obviously like using the facilities but couldnt give a flying hoot about keeping it tidy for others enjoyment.[/p][/quote]I understand your point but equally there is no point in CofY cleaning up if the playground is in the same state the following day. Someone needs to take responsibility, a fed up photo at the gates will not help here. Big Bad Wolf
  • Score: 13

12:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Anna Gramme says...

There is nothing to prevent concerned individuals from picking litter themselves. It takes very little time if done regularly. When in the park and there is some litter, why not pick it up ? Carry a rubber glove and a binliner. It's that simple. The positive side of cutbacks is that local goups can take more responsibility for their areas. There has to be a will though. Something else one can do is write to one's MP and demand a tax on packaging, bottles and bags. In October there is to be a Parliamentary Committee investigating this issue. Write to Lord Marlesford who is hot on this topic. Get in touch with the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England or Zilch.org. Download the free app Smarter York. Tackle this menace head on, otherwise it's a problem that won't go away.
There is nothing to prevent concerned individuals from picking litter themselves. It takes very little time if done regularly. When in the park and there is some litter, why not pick it up ? Carry a rubber glove and a binliner. It's that simple. The positive side of cutbacks is that local goups can take more responsibility for their areas. There has to be a will though. Something else one can do is write to one's MP and demand a tax on packaging, bottles and bags. In October there is to be a Parliamentary Committee investigating this issue. Write to Lord Marlesford who is hot on this topic. Get in touch with the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England or Zilch.org. Download the free app Smarter York. Tackle this menace head on, otherwise it's a problem that won't go away. Anna Gramme
  • Score: -12

12:18pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Mrs.C72 says...

steve-white wrote:
A-resident wrote:
I've given up with using the Crombie Avenue play park. It is always filthy, covered in litter, broken bottles, cigarette ends and dog dirt. There are feral kids tearing around with no consideration for littlies and quite frankly its intimidating to take small children to play! Shame as it could be quite a nice little park.
Glen gardens in Heworth is going the same way. The council have stopped locking the gates at night (due to cost) and now it's lawless on a night. Funny how there's enough money to pay for all these executive salaries but not enough to pay for a park keeper!
I can't imagine it would take that long for a couple of workers (separately) to go around and lock all the gates when the parks close. MAYBE an extra 2 hours of work each day and again in the morning. I am sure a few workers would be happy for the extra couple hours income.
[quote][p][bold]steve-white[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A-resident[/bold] wrote: I've given up with using the Crombie Avenue play park. It is always filthy, covered in litter, broken bottles, cigarette ends and dog dirt. There are feral kids tearing around with no consideration for littlies and quite frankly its intimidating to take small children to play! Shame as it could be quite a nice little park.[/p][/quote]Glen gardens in Heworth is going the same way. The council have stopped locking the gates at night (due to cost) and now it's lawless on a night. Funny how there's enough money to pay for all these executive salaries but not enough to pay for a park keeper![/p][/quote]I can't imagine it would take that long for a couple of workers (separately) to go around and lock all the gates when the parks close. MAYBE an extra 2 hours of work each day and again in the morning. I am sure a few workers would be happy for the extra couple hours income. Mrs.C72
  • Score: 13

12:29pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Mrs.C72 says...

eeoodares wrote:
I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council.

I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.
I understand your point, but this would be a never-ending project. First the council needs to clean up the parks they are responsible for and then they need to set about trying to catch whomever is littering. I think after several hours of unpaid work cleaning up the park(s) they littered, they might not be so quick to litter again.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council. I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.[/p][/quote]I understand your point, but this would be a never-ending project. First the council needs to clean up the parks they are responsible for and then they need to set about trying to catch whomever is littering. I think after several hours of unpaid work cleaning up the park(s) they littered, they might not be so quick to litter again. Mrs.C72
  • Score: 7

12:34pm Thu 7 Aug 14

bloodaxe says...

Kelvar wrote:
Here's an idea - Residents form a group. Clear the areas in question then send an invoice to CYC billing them for their time and labour! (But make sure it legal first!!)

Funny how CYC have enough money in the coffers for their 'vanity projects' but not enough for services (essential or otherwise) to York citizens.

CYC run by clowns! (I HATE Clowns)
Hang on a minute. Isn't this about presentation and attractiveness ? All right lambasting the council for failing to address a problem of presentation on the one hand and for making parts of the city much more attractive on the other. Saying that you don't like King's Square or Deangate, for instance, wouldn't answer the question. The aim of those "vanity projects" was to improve the appearance of the city. In addition, while I can't actually improve the look of paving and roads, I can pick up litter. Perhaps you could too. For nothing.
[quote][p][bold]Kelvar[/bold] wrote: Here's an idea - Residents form a group. Clear the areas in question then send an invoice to CYC billing them for their time and labour! (But make sure it legal first!!) Funny how CYC have enough money in the coffers for their 'vanity projects' but not enough for services (essential or otherwise) to York citizens. CYC run by clowns! (I HATE Clowns)[/p][/quote]Hang on a minute. Isn't this about presentation and attractiveness ? All right lambasting the council for failing to address a problem of presentation on the one hand and for making parts of the city much more attractive on the other. Saying that you don't like King's Square or Deangate, for instance, wouldn't answer the question. The aim of those "vanity projects" was to improve the appearance of the city. In addition, while I can't actually improve the look of paving and roads, I can pick up litter. Perhaps you could too. For nothing. bloodaxe
  • Score: -11

2:02pm Thu 7 Aug 14

eeoodares says...

Mrs.C72 wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council.

I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.
I understand your point, but this would be a never-ending project. First the council needs to clean up the parks they are responsible for and then they need to set about trying to catch whomever is littering. I think after several hours of unpaid work cleaning up the park(s) they littered, they might not be so quick to litter again.
Stop expecting others to do it for you, pick up the litter yourself. It is the only way communities can be improved.

I sweep the path in front of my house and my neighbours, I clear the snow from the path in winter and I keep my property smart. Some others have started doing it, there is always the feckless losers that are happy to live in filth. Set an example and work from there.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs.C72[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council. I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.[/p][/quote]I understand your point, but this would be a never-ending project. First the council needs to clean up the parks they are responsible for and then they need to set about trying to catch whomever is littering. I think after several hours of unpaid work cleaning up the park(s) they littered, they might not be so quick to litter again.[/p][/quote]Stop expecting others to do it for you, pick up the litter yourself. It is the only way communities can be improved. I sweep the path in front of my house and my neighbours, I clear the snow from the path in winter and I keep my property smart. Some others have started doing it, there is always the feckless losers that are happy to live in filth. Set an example and work from there. eeoodares
  • Score: -6

2:19pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Kelvar says...

bloodaxe wrote:
Kelvar wrote:
Here's an idea - Residents form a group. Clear the areas in question then send an invoice to CYC billing them for their time and labour! (But make sure it legal first!!)

Funny how CYC have enough money in the coffers for their 'vanity projects' but not enough for services (essential or otherwise) to York citizens.

CYC run by clowns! (I HATE Clowns)
Hang on a minute. Isn't this about presentation and attractiveness ? All right lambasting the council for failing to address a problem of presentation on the one hand and for making parts of the city much more attractive on the other. Saying that you don't like King's Square or Deangate, for instance, wouldn't answer the question. The aim of those "vanity projects" was to improve the appearance of the city. In addition, while I can't actually improve the look of paving and roads, I can pick up litter. Perhaps you could too. For nothing.
I don't need to 'pick it up myself' - I don't live there! I merely made a 'suggestion' to the residents that do...

Are you one of those CYC Clowns by any chance??
[quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kelvar[/bold] wrote: Here's an idea - Residents form a group. Clear the areas in question then send an invoice to CYC billing them for their time and labour! (But make sure it legal first!!) Funny how CYC have enough money in the coffers for their 'vanity projects' but not enough for services (essential or otherwise) to York citizens. CYC run by clowns! (I HATE Clowns)[/p][/quote]Hang on a minute. Isn't this about presentation and attractiveness ? All right lambasting the council for failing to address a problem of presentation on the one hand and for making parts of the city much more attractive on the other. Saying that you don't like King's Square or Deangate, for instance, wouldn't answer the question. The aim of those "vanity projects" was to improve the appearance of the city. In addition, while I can't actually improve the look of paving and roads, I can pick up litter. Perhaps you could too. For nothing.[/p][/quote]I don't need to 'pick it up myself' - I don't live there! I merely made a 'suggestion' to the residents that do... Are you one of those CYC Clowns by any chance?? Kelvar
  • Score: 3

2:26pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Kiwi2 says...

steve-white wrote:
A-resident wrote:
I've given up with using the Crombie Avenue play park. It is always filthy, covered in litter, broken bottles, cigarette ends and dog dirt. There are feral kids tearing around with no consideration for littlies and quite frankly its intimidating to take small children to play! Shame as it could be quite a nice little park.
Glen gardens in Heworth is going the same way. The council have stopped locking the gates at night (due to cost) and now it's lawless on a night. Funny how there's enough money to pay for all these executive salaries but not enough to pay for a park keeper!
That's such a shame - those gardens were always immaculately kept by the groundsman and a really lovely place to go.
[quote][p][bold]steve-white[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A-resident[/bold] wrote: I've given up with using the Crombie Avenue play park. It is always filthy, covered in litter, broken bottles, cigarette ends and dog dirt. There are feral kids tearing around with no consideration for littlies and quite frankly its intimidating to take small children to play! Shame as it could be quite a nice little park.[/p][/quote]Glen gardens in Heworth is going the same way. The council have stopped locking the gates at night (due to cost) and now it's lawless on a night. Funny how there's enough money to pay for all these executive salaries but not enough to pay for a park keeper![/p][/quote]That's such a shame - those gardens were always immaculately kept by the groundsman and a really lovely place to go. Kiwi2
  • Score: 6

2:46pm Thu 7 Aug 14

yorkandproud says...

eeoodares wrote:
I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council.

I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.
The bar walls are a disgrace almost all the way round. Grass not cut. Trees not pruned and trimmed..


Wait. I'll get my strimmer?
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council. I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.[/p][/quote]The bar walls are a disgrace almost all the way round. Grass not cut. Trees not pruned and trimmed.. Wait. I'll get my strimmer? yorkandproud
  • Score: 8

7:28pm Thu 7 Aug 14

nottoooldtocare says...

Shocked and stunned by some of the comments, don't you realise that the little darlings that do this damage and leave the filth may come from broken homes and have to go to local schools? It's not their fault they're delinquents, so it must be somebody else's. What they need is help and understanding and for everyone else to bend over backwards the help them, oh and accept the fact that you might not get any thanks for doing so. Be wary of raising the issue with them though, you might infringe some other right that results in you getting verbal abuse or worse. Should it go to court at least you will have to comfort of knowing they will have loads of free support and help and come away with a reprimand. Hopefully you will be able to support yourself.
Shocked and stunned by some of the comments, don't you realise that the little darlings that do this damage and leave the filth may come from broken homes and have to go to local schools? It's not their fault they're delinquents, so it must be somebody else's. What they need is help and understanding and for everyone else to bend over backwards the help them, oh and accept the fact that you might not get any thanks for doing so. Be wary of raising the issue with them though, you might infringe some other right that results in you getting verbal abuse or worse. Should it go to court at least you will have to comfort of knowing they will have loads of free support and help and come away with a reprimand. Hopefully you will be able to support yourself. nottoooldtocare
  • Score: 8

9:18pm Thu 7 Aug 14

steve-white says...

Speaking to local pcso today regarding glen gardens, was told that police are aware that council not locking gates was causing problems. Also said no way that residents would be allowed to take responsibility for locking up themselves as this would put them at risk as they would have to empty the park and this would not be allowed to happen.
Speaking to local pcso today regarding glen gardens, was told that police are aware that council not locking gates was causing problems. Also said no way that residents would be allowed to take responsibility for locking up themselves as this would put them at risk as they would have to empty the park and this would not be allowed to happen. steve-white
  • Score: 12

10:38pm Thu 7 Aug 14

piaggio1 says...

Bus the tourist.s in ..soon get sorted...and as for the police reacction? Totaly useless .not fit for purpose.... they are becoming a joke......and they know it.....
Bus the tourist.s in ..soon get sorted...and as for the police reacction? Totaly useless .not fit for purpose.... they are becoming a joke......and they know it..... piaggio1
  • Score: 0

11:59pm Thu 7 Aug 14

eeoodares says...

yorkandproud wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council.

I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.
The bar walls are a disgrace almost all the way round. Grass not cut. Trees not pruned and trimmed..


Wait. I'll get my strimmer?
No that would be silly, perhaps you should consider leaving the strimmer and pop a bit of litter in the bin instead of moaning about it and leaving it on the floor.
[quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: I do not mean to be rude, but if you live in an area that is festooned with rubbish why not spend your time picking it up rather than ringing the council. I am well aware that we pay the council for these services, but if they can not or will not do their job you must do it yourself.[/p][/quote]The bar walls are a disgrace almost all the way round. Grass not cut. Trees not pruned and trimmed.. Wait. I'll get my strimmer?[/p][/quote]No that would be silly, perhaps you should consider leaving the strimmer and pop a bit of litter in the bin instead of moaning about it and leaving it on the floor. eeoodares
  • Score: -1

9:42am Fri 8 Aug 14

sortyorkout says...

An idea that seems to work in public areas in the United States is that local companies treat this as a CSR (Corporate Social Benefit) scheme and maintain public spaces like parks, roadsides etc themselves. In return they get to install small signs informing the public who is behind keeping the space clean and tidy and in return, they benefit from the advertising and good PR it brings.
An idea that seems to work in public areas in the United States is that local companies treat this as a CSR (Corporate Social Benefit) scheme and maintain public spaces like parks, roadsides etc themselves. In return they get to install small signs informing the public who is behind keeping the space clean and tidy and in return, they benefit from the advertising and good PR it brings. sortyorkout
  • Score: 4

6:37pm Fri 8 Aug 14

tinkerbell-1000 says...

steve-white wrote:
A-resident wrote:
I've given up with using the Crombie Avenue play park. It is always filthy, covered in litter, broken bottles, cigarette ends and dog dirt. There are feral kids tearing around with no consideration for littlies and quite frankly its intimidating to take small children to play! Shame as it could be quite a nice little park.
Glen gardens in Heworth is going the same way. The council have stopped locking the gates at night (due to cost) and now it's lawless on a night. Funny how there's enough money to pay for all these executive salaries but not enough to pay for a park keeper!
As a Glen gardens user I totally agree. The elderly enjoying sat in the sun had to leave last week as the language,by a gang of youths, was too much for them. If there not swearing and drinking they racing round on bikes where youngsters are trying to play. The police move them on and 20 mins later they back. Where are the youth clubs etc I had when I was growing up. More council cutbacks!
[quote][p][bold]steve-white[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A-resident[/bold] wrote: I've given up with using the Crombie Avenue play park. It is always filthy, covered in litter, broken bottles, cigarette ends and dog dirt. There are feral kids tearing around with no consideration for littlies and quite frankly its intimidating to take small children to play! Shame as it could be quite a nice little park.[/p][/quote]Glen gardens in Heworth is going the same way. The council have stopped locking the gates at night (due to cost) and now it's lawless on a night. Funny how there's enough money to pay for all these executive salaries but not enough to pay for a park keeper![/p][/quote]As a Glen gardens user I totally agree. The elderly enjoying sat in the sun had to leave last week as the language,by a gang of youths, was too much for them. If there not swearing and drinking they racing round on bikes where youngsters are trying to play. The police move them on and 20 mins later they back. Where are the youth clubs etc I had when I was growing up. More council cutbacks! tinkerbell-1000
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7:55pm Fri 8 Aug 14

BethFoxhunter96 says...

I took my nieces to West Bank Park in Holgate last weekend... thought it was very well looked after. I think that's because it's run by a friends group rather than the council. Model for all? West Bank is lovely and I'm sure the lawn bowls club is a good attraction. Maybe all parks need a little something to bring in the selfless punters and cash?
I took my nieces to West Bank Park in Holgate last weekend... thought it was very well looked after. I think that's because it's run by a friends group rather than the council. Model for all? West Bank is lovely and I'm sure the lawn bowls club is a good attraction. Maybe all parks need a little something to bring in the selfless punters and cash? BethFoxhunter96
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