Labour's shadow environment spokesman, Danny Myers.

Labour’s manifesto for the City of York Council elections in May highlight how four years of Lib-Dem/Tory leadership has led to a serious decline in frontline services, with the council’s own data clearly showing evidence of a major drop-off in environmental standards.

Councillor Danny Myers, Labour’s shadow environment spokesperson, said the figures confirm that the Lib-Dems and Tories have not backed up their rhetoric on frontline services with any improvement in performance, and in fact the opposite is true. He commented:

“Fly tipping reports have increased 62% since these parties took control of the council. Reports of weeds and overgrown hedges have doubled since 2015, while street cleansing cases related to dog fouling and litter have leapt 69% over the same period. Under the previous Labour council, 90% of street cleansing cases were dealt with in the expected time. This is now averaging 75% this year and more than one in four public realm cleansing cases are also missing the council’s own agreed target.

“This probably explains why any mention of protection of frontline services has started to disappear in recent months, as it has no foundation. It is clear heading into May that the public will see further declining standards to their residential streets should they vote for either party, especially when you consider that the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have made cuts to residential street cleaning so they are less frequent.

Labour has said that its budget, proposed to council last week, would have begun to address this fall in standards had it been passed, with a ‘next day’ response to fly tipping rather than the current six day response. It also proposed extra street cleaning in residential streets. And in its manifesto, Labour has committed to respond to any missed bin collections within 24 hours, and provide two free bulky waste collections a year to York residents.

“It’s very clear to see the value Labour will place on clean streets that residents can take pride in, should Labour be running the council come May,” said Cllr Myers. “It’s really important residents understand this and are not taken in by the empty promises of the coalition parties that have had the opportunity since 2015 to deliver on street level services, but have wasted it.”

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