Last year cycling campaigners asked for the path over the river Ouse on the A1237 near Poppleton to be widened to encourage more cyclists.
The request was eventually turned down with the York Council claiming that the bridge was structurally unable to accommodate the change.
The focus then turned to the existing – quite narrow – path which is shared by both cyclists and pedestrians. It was pointed out that both over and under-growth reduced the path, in places, to a single file. There was a quick win available if the Council moved quickly cut back the vegetation.
In July the Council said that it wouldn’t do so immediately, but that the work would be done as part of its routine maintenance programmes.
We’ve heard that one before! Cyclical maintenance regimes are a thing of the past, so we submitted a Freedom of Information request which asked where residents could view these maintenance schedules. Armed with that information taxpayers would at least know when to expect the maintenance teams to arrive.
But no reply has been received despite that request being well beyond the legal date by which a response should have been sent.
Meanwhile, the position of pedestrians and cyclists using the bridge has not improved. There is still a lot of overgrowth.
In addition, the access path surfaces are beginning to subside with several potentially hazardous cracks having appeared on the section near the Park and Ride site