The council has launched a 14-week consultation with residents about library services in the city. In 2019 the council is due to enter into a new contract for library services and wants to hear from residents about their future needs to help inform the contract.
Residents can take part in the survey online at www.york.gov.uk/consultations , or can pick up a paper form at their local library.
The survey is seeking feedback on the proposed vision and the range of library buildings to meet residents’ needs. In addition, the council wants to understand future needs, gauge volunteer capacity and ask whether or not people want to see other services co-located in libraries.
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Councillor Ann Reid, interim executive member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “It is important that we really understand what residents would like to see for the future of their library services and whether our vision for the service and the buildings is on the right lines. I would urge everyone to take this chance to let us know their views.”
Liberal Democrats on City of York Council recently secured support for a motion aimed at securing existing library services in York. The motion, which was backed by Green and Labour councillors, called on the Executive to consult on a proposed vision for the future that includes the provision of locally-based and sustainable library services that meet residents’ needs and a commitment that there will be no reduction in the total number of staffed libraries across the city.
Conservative councillors opposed the motion.
Plans, and “options”, for the redevelopment of the British Sugar site off Boroughbridge Road are now “on line” (click)
click to visit web site and complete survey
The web site claims that;
Redevelopment of the former industrial site can deliver around 1000 new high quality homes, new public open spaces and a community hub which could incorporate a new community hall, sports hall, nursery and primary school.
That is pretty much as expected.
The principle of residential development had enjoyed broad support across the Council.
The main concerns relate to transport issues and the nature, location and scale of any commercial and retail developments.
The consultation concentrates mainly on the location of open space and transport corridors.
It says absolutely nothing about the location and size of any “large supermarket” which Council leaders claimed a couple of weeks ago was an important feature of the scheme.
A small local store to meet the needs of the residents living on the development would be essential.
Another superstore would, however, raise all sorts of transport issues.
The most obvious community facilities (shops) don’t figure on the list of options for the “community hub” listed on the web site.
Nor is there any commercial development which could provide jobs within walking distance of people’s homes. Thus, an opportunity to establish a sustainable community, has been lost.
There are no traffic generation figures listed and the phasing of the development – and community facilities – is also very vague.
There is a final chance to see the plans at an exhibition which is taking place tomorrow Saturday 30 November at the former Manor School site, Low Poppleton Lane, York, YO26 6BB between 11am and 4pm.
Site tours will also be offered to those attending the event.
City of York Council is inviting residents and visitors to share their experience of and thoughts on York’s evening and night time economy to support plans to improve its quality and long-term future.
This single consultation will feed into three cross-party council Overview and Scrutiny Committees and, as such, is the first to cover such a broad sweep of interests from leisure to business and the public realm. It will inform work to develop a vision of what the evening and night time economy in York might look like in five years time – to be called Yorkafter5.
Feedback will also add to that gathered from an earlier consultation on proposals for a late night levy and the impact of alcohol on the late night economy.
City of York Council has been forced to extend its “on line only” winter maintenance consultation for a further two weeks. It will now close on Sunday 15 September.
The Council was heavily criticised for holding the consultation during the main school holidays.
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This was compounded a few days ago when the maps of the new gritting routes were unavailable on the Council’s web site.
In some areas it is proposed to remove around 80% of the salt bins from local streets.
Abandoned salt bin
Several major bus routes will no longer be routinely salted (e.g. Ryecroft Avenue, part of Chaloners Road , the Dringthorpe estate plus dozens of other streets)
However the survey questions are heavily “loaded” with little opportunity for residents to tell the Council to look elsewhere for economies.
Residents are being advised to write in “safety comes first, no cuts to de-icing services”
The survey can be found by clicking here
Alternatively the Council now says that residents can visit their “reception at West offices, Station Rise, York where the maps will be available on display boards with facilities available for you to complete the survey from Monday 2nd September.
Those groups who cannot meet this timescale can send their comments to Stephen Moulds by 30 September 2013 and we will endeavour to consider those comments when making a final decision on 9th October 2013”.