Public satisfaction with the way that the Labour Council is performing is dropping according to the authorities own figures.
Around 4000 residents responded to a Council survey. The percentage satisfied with the way that the Council runs things dropped from 63% to 54% in just 12 months.
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The results need to be viewed with caution given the volatility of public opinion – and the likely sample bias on a post back survey – but other polls tell a similar story.
The Council could have taken the opportunity to test public opinion on a range of controversial issues such as:
• The proposed cuts to the number of roads being gritted this winter and the planned removal of self help salt bins.
• It’s plans to expand the size of the City by 25% over the next 15 years
• Changes to bus services and its refusal to publish reliability figures
• The bungled changes to refuse collection arrangements.
• Secret “behind closed doors” decision making.
• The introduction of wide area 20 mph speed limits
• The Lendal Bridge and Coppergate traffic restrictions.
Without these figures the Council may find it difficult to understand why its reputation is suffering.
Meanwhile Labour are now admitting that York taxpayers face an enormous £1.4 million bill for hosting the second day start of the Tour De France.
That is over and above the money being taken from existing budgets such as highways resurfacing.
Put in context, the annual repayment costs on the money borrowed to fund this one day event will be over £100,000 or enough to sustain existing winter maintenance (de-icing) standards for the next 20 years.
It is probably not surprising that residents weren’t given the opportunity to comment, in the Council’s survey, on this priority.