City of York Council are asking local residents, businesses and community groups to become ‘litter heroes’ by getting behind York’s annual spring clean event next month, on or around the weekend of 2-4 March.
Part of the Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’, the event seeks to inspire people to roll up their sleeves and get involved in community litter picks and ‘tidy-ups’ in wards across the city.
Over the course of the weekend, the council will be on hand to lend support to residents in several ways, including collecting extra waste that is in bags printed with a large ‘V’ for volunteer from pre-planned spring clean events and providing equipment to help make jobs quicker and easier.
Cllr Andrew Waller, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for the Environment, said: “The annual spring clean provides a great opportunity for residents, voluntary groups and businesses across York to come together and make a real difference to how our city looks.
“We know that the vast majority of York residents take a real pride in their local area and want to support the work of the council to keep it litter free. If people work together as ‘litter heroes’ we can achieve a huge amount over the weekend and support the work by the council and the Business Improvement District.”
Andrew Lowson, Executive Director of the York BID, said: “The York BID has a remit to work with stakeholders and improve the appearance and environment of York city centre. We all know how important it is to keep the city clean for the businesses who operate here, the residents who call it home, and the millions of visitors we host every year.
“The York BID are happy to support and endorse the Great British Spring Clean on behalf of the businesses we represent. By providing two operatives every day of the week to enhance the work of the council, we are proud to be part of a wider team that aims to keep York as clean and attractive as possible.”
To get involved, to request help, or to register your event with the council email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit www.york.gov.uk/environmentandcommunity call 01904 551551 or follow @cityofyork on Twitter.
The recent icy conditions showed again that footpaths, cycle tracks and side-roads can become very dangerous to use in winter. On Scarcroft Green Micklegate Ward is maintaining a salt bin, but the council is not able to grit the cycle and footpaths. But there is a volunteer snow warden scheme to help the residents and improve safety in the neighbourhood.
Volunteer snow wardens are residents who give up their time to clear snow during bad weather. There are 211 registered volunteers across York. The scheme encourages people to be ‘good neighbours’ and adds value to the work we already do to clear snow from roads and pavements.
Volunteers spend as much (or as little) time as they wish clearing snow, with each person deciding the size of the area they intend to cover.
The Council provides volunteers with:
- high-visibility vests
- snow-clearing kits
If you are interested to become a snow warden for Scarcroft Green or any other area please contact Environment and Community Officer, Kristina Davey at email@example.com, or contact CYC’s Customer Centre.
Further information also on: https://www.york.gov.uk/info/20073/volunteering/894/volunteer_snow_wardens
The Micklegate ward councillors Crawshaw, Hayes & Kramm invite applications for ward funding grants from community groups, charities and social enterprises.
They have £15,000 to distribute before April 2018 and are looking to make a number of grants of between £500 and £5,000 to projects and ideas that will benefit the residents of Micklegate Ward.
They are particularly interested in supporting projects that need a little help getting started or expanding but have the potential to make a long-lasting impact or improvement.
You might want to set up a community garden on the old Rose Garden at Knavesmire Gates, hold a Great Get Together or similar event that brings the community together or perhaps you would love to share your passion for teaching music but don’t have the instruments… They want to hear from you!
Applications must be submitted by March 1st 2018. Your project must be ready to start no later than April 1st and you must be able to demonstrate a positive community benefit for Micklegate Ward residents.
In Micklegate Ward the current priorities are:
- a neighbourhood shaped by the community
- a community where all generations are supported, looked after and included
- a safe and resilient community
- a clean and green community
For questions, support with the forms and further information contact:
Following the Green Party’s successful motion to Council on homelessness in October 2017, Rosie Baker, the party’s Micklegate candidate last year,spoke at the Executive meeting to highlight strongly the life-changing work which she believes the council must now commit to, in order tosupport York’s rough sleepers, homeless people and those at risk from homelessness.
York Green Party welcomes parts of the Housing and Community Safety report’s action-plan. This includes agreeing to offer continuous severe weather provision until Feb 28th 2018. Quoting Guildhall Councillor Craghill, who brought forward the motion, Rosie said-
“These are certainly steps in the right direction but we have to wonder whether the proposed levels of investment will only skim the surface of the depth of need that is out there – and is likely to get worse without further action. The additional investment in much needed one bedroom Council homes is very welcome – if the Executive is indeed willing to commit to it – rather than leaving officers to ‘advocate’ for it. Additional temporary accommodation and a new officer to assist people to get into the private rented sector are both welcome.”
However York Green Party are gravely concerned about the repeated losses of funding, support workers and lack of any specialist long-term accommodation for people with mental health needs in York.
The Council motion called to expand the Housing First model which is focusses on getting people off the street into housing as a first priority and that abstinence from drugs and alcohol is not required as a first step. They would then receive intensive support to change their lives. Rosie added-
“surely it is in everyone’s interests to get people into homes and off the streets?”
The Green Party believes we must listen more meaningfully to homeless people themselves, to learn from their views and ideas. They called on the Executive to consider investing much larger sums in bolder efforts to extend ‘Housing First’ to a wider group of people.