Have your say: #York Budget Consultation 2018 to 2019 – Online consultation closes at midnight on Friday 15 December 2017

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Last night, Cllr Denise Craghill (Guildhall Ward) discussed spending priorities with Green Party Members.

The current ruling Conservative -LibDem Coalition in York is currently consulting on the council’s budget for the coming year. As in previous years, there is an online survey to ask residents for asking for their views and priorities. After criticism from Green councillors last year, now there is more time for consultation.

 

There was a paper version of the survey included in the latest edition of Our City (currently in distribution). Please be aware that the consultation for paper surveys from Our City closes already on Friday 1 December 2017.

The easiest way is to complete a Budget Consultation survey online. You can also use the open comment boxes for clarifications e.g. if the survey just gives your “investment in roads and footpaths” as an option, but you would just prefer one or the other.

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Graph: Budget Consultation 2018/2019 from City of York Council.

Due to the repeated cuts to funding for local authorities by the austerity-driven governments in Westminster, we already know that in 2018 there will be further financial challenges and decisions to make on a substantial rise to council tax and/or cuts in serves. The coalition indicates that in 2018 to 2019, they want to save £6.1 million (and another £4.2 million in 2019-2020). In their last budget, they agreed on proposals which already identify £3 million of savings towards the target for next year.

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Graph: Budget Consultation 2018/2019 from City of York Council.

The Budget Council meeting will be in February 2018 and a more detailed proposal form the coalition will be available at the beginning of the new year. All opposition parties will have the opportunity to propose changes and amendments, which will be discussed and voted on in February. 

York Green Group Leader and local councillor for Fishergate, Andy D’Agorne said, “We condemn the draconian cuts being forced on local government in general and specifically here in York.  We have the ninth lowest funding per head and the second lowest net budget spend per head of all unitary authorities. The increasing pressures of looking after our elderly and aging population mean we need to be increasing spending, not cutting it. As long as the Government continues to starve local authorities of funding – pouring vast amounts of our taxes into nuclear weapons, subsidies for nuclear plants and fracking companies, road building and the HS2 vanity project – the only way out of the spiral of decline in local services is to increase in our local tax base year on year.”

Consultation for the online survey closes at midnight on Friday 15 December 2017.

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#York Disability Pride weekend 1-3 December

We are delighted to advertise the forthcoming events for York Disability Pride weekend, marking the UN International Day of People with Disabilities 2017. The weekend is organised by York Independent Living Network, York Human Rights City and Explore York, supported by York St John University and funded by the York Committee at JRF.
Disability Pride: A weekend of power and performance.
Join us over the weekend of 1st, 2nd and 3rd December 2017 to celebrate disability pride in York, with comedy, theatre, dance, music, spoken word and art.
Friday 1st December, 6. 30-9pm – Disability Pride Cabaret.York St John University, Temple Hall. Compered by comedian and activist Laurence Clark the evening presents a showcase of York’s disabled people’s artistic talent. Book here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/disability-pride-cabaret-york-fri-1st-dec-2017-tickets-39451517551
Saturday 2nd December, 11-4pm -What is Disability Pride? York Explore Central Library. Beginning with a live video link to Urbino, Italy and the sharing of some short disability films with the Eleanor Worthington Prize, then followed by an afternoon of poetry, debate, doodles, zine making and
more. With spoken word by Say Owt, including Jackie Hagan of ‘Some People Have too many legs’ and others.
Sunday 3rd December, 12-3pm -Pop up Disability Cinema. York Explore Central Library. One disability feature film, some film shorts, possibly popcorn, all about disability and then a bit of a debate about what it all means. Titles to follow.
All events are free and will include BSL interpreting. We plan for an inclusive event, but please let us know if you need us to do anything to facilitate access.
For more details see yiln.org.uk, or email admin@yiln.org.uk

#Micklegate Neighbourhood Plan goes in the next round

Last Thursday, City of York Council has formally approved the applications for a Micklegate Neighbourhood Forum and Micklegate Neighbourhood Area. It has taken a long time but finally, the Neighbourhood Plan creation goes into the next round.

Micklelegate is the first inner-city area in York to have formed a neighbourhood forum which hopes to create a first Neighbourhood Plan for an inner City in York. With more than 12,000 residents this is an ambitious project.

You can find the report to the Executive member here:
http://democracy.york.gov.uk/documents/s117612/Micklegate%20Neighbourhood%20Plan%20-%20Report.pdf

The applications were reported to, and approved by the Executive Member for Transport and Planning at his Decision Session on Thursday 19th October. The formal decision will be posted on the website below in due course:

http://modgov.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=738&MId=9859&Ver=4

Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved and we hope that more Micklegate residents now get involved in the details and help to shape the plan and the neigbourhood.

More information can be found on the Council Website, on Facebook or on the Forum website.

#York Quaker Peace Talks 2017

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As last year we would like again to highlight a couple of York Quaker Peace Talks:

Come and hear Wayne Sharracks from Veterans for Peace
“Why War Is Not The Answer” – 7pm Thursday 26th October at Friargate QMH
As with last year, the series opens with a speaker from Veterans for Peace. Ben Griffins blew us away with his tales from inside Britain’s military and we’re sure that Wayne Sharracks will be equalling enthralling. As a young recruit turned peace activist, he’s keen to talk about Britain’s policy of recruiting under-18s – one of the last countries to do so.

Also coming up…
November 23rd: Peace, Protest and Policing
A bishop, an activist and a senior police officer discuss the balance between maintaining peace in the community and the right to protest. Bishop Graham Cray is a resident of Kirby Misperton, where fracking is taking place. Ian Conlan lives near by and has been arrested whilst peacefully protesting at a different fracking site. Superintendent Adam Thompson is an advocate for Human Rights within North Yorkshire Police.

January 25th, 2018: Does Prison Work?
The government are trying to build a brand new super-prison 10 miles from York, alongside the site of Full Sutton prison. Tom Newell, retired prison governor and Graham Holgate, serving prison officer plus special guests, will discuss a topic that often gets overlooked.

February 22nd: Breaking the Cycle of Violence with Moazzam Begg
Moazzam is a former Guantanamo detainee and a passionate speaker. He’s also a big fan of York! This time, he’s been invited to address the connections between the Iraq war which began in 2003 and the rise of ISIS in recent years.

All talks start at 7pm and are held at Friargate Quaker Meeting House.

Further information on: http://www.yorkquakers.org.uk/news.html

St Nicks Autumn Fayre on Saturday 14 October

Join St Nick’s annual celebration of nature’s harvest with  fun activities for all ages:AutumnFayre2017_LocalLinkAdvert

  • Apple Olympics, Longest Peel Contest and other playful opportunities
  • Bake off – donate a cake/pie containing some British fruit into the contest and have a chance to win a prize: please apply by getting in touch by 12th October. Or come and be a judge on the day; for £5 you get a plateful of cake to try and help decide the winner. Last year’s winner of the public vote was Bistro Guy but any good baker has a chance – will it be you this time?
  • Willow weaving with Angela from Yorkshire Hurdles
  • Foraging walk with Carl from York Timebank
  • Brilliant Birds! (for ages 4+) with Phil from EcoSapien: What’s that small bird singing in the trees? What’s that giant one on your roof? Learn how to identify your local birds from sight and by recognising their calls. We will have binoculars for you to borrow.
  • 2-3:30pm Soundscapes and poetry workshop, 3:30pm storytelling with Nettlefoot Kate
  • Bring your bicycle along to have it checked by Ey-Up Cycling
  • Music
  • Eco-Crafters – have a go at needle felting or another craft activity

Autumnal goodies to try and/or buy from St Nicks:

  • apple juice and other produce
  • cider from Coleman’s Cider Company who, besides making great Yorkshire cider, use fruit that would otherwise go to waste by swapping apples for cider or apple juice with their local communities. They also give their apple pressing waste to local farmers as cattle feed so we love the way they operate as much as their Eldferflower cider – come along to try it!

Stalls of local groups and businesses to browse:

The event is kindly funded by:

Free entry, donations welcome

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St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST

#MICKLEGATE LIST OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS received between 25th September – 6th October 2017

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Micklegate ward. Full details can be found by searching for the application reference. Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

Ref No: 17/02260/FUL
Location:       St Chads Greys Scout Hut  Lorne Street York YO23 1HE
Proposal:       Retention of 2no. existing storage containers and siting of 1no. additional storage container (retrospective)
Applicant:      Mr Chris Davison
Contact PPIY Limited
Consultation Expiry Date        30 October 2017
Case Officer:   Elizabeth Potter        Expected Decision Level DEL
Ref No: 17/02329/FUL
Location:       2 Nunthorpe Grove York YO23 1DS
Proposal:       Single storey side and rear extension following demolition of existing side extension
Applicant:      Mr & Mrs Richardson
Contact Mr Paul Butler
Consultation Expiry Date        30 October 2017
Case Officer:   David Johnson   Expected Decision Level DEL
Ref No: 17/02340/LBC
Location:       Reel Cinema  Blossom Street York YO24 1AJ
Proposal:       Display of handpainted Spielburger logo to existing fascia and 4no. poster boxes
Applicant:      Everyman Group
Contact Mr Sam Harper
Consultation Expiry Date        1 November 2017
Case Officer:   Lindsay Jenkins Expected Decision Level DEL
Ref No: 17/02342/ADV
Location:       Reel Cinema  Blossom Street York YO24 1AJ
Proposal:       Display of externally illuminated fascia sign and 4no. internally illuminated poster boxes
Applicant:      Everyman Group
Contact Mr Sam Harper
Consultation Expiry Date        30 October 2017
Case Officer:   Lindsay Jenkins Expected Decision Level DEL
Ref No: 17/02351/LBC
Location:       Grand Hotel And Spa  Station Rise York YO1 6GD
Proposal:       Installation of raised walkway within sunken garden, alterations to railings and entrance gate on Station Rise, provision of outside seating areas, associated landscaping and signage
Applicant:      Splendid Hospitality Group
Contact Mr Graeme Holbeck
Consultation Expiry Date        1 November 2017
Case Officer:   Sophie Prendergast      Expected Decision Level DEL
Ref No: 17/02191/FUL
Location:       36 Vine Street York YO23 1BB
Proposal:       Single storey rear extension and dormer to rear
Applicant:      Mr S Dalby
Contact Richard Leathley
Consultation Expiry Date        23 October 2017
Case Officer:   Carolyn Howarth Expected Decision Level
Ref No: 17/02252/FUL
Location:       8 Park Street York YO24 1BQ
Proposal:       Single storey side and rear extensions (revised scheme)
Applicant:      Mr And Mrs H. Donaldson
Contact Mr S. Graham
Consultation Expiry Date        1 November 2017
Case Officer:   Carolyn Howarth Expected Decision Level
Ref No: 17/02297/TCA
Location:       129 The Mount York YO24 1DU
Proposal:       Notification to remove 1x Beech in a Conservation Area
Applicant:      Mr Ian Robertson
Contact Mr Jonathan Slight
Consultation Expiry Date        23 October 2017
Case Officer:   Esther Priestley        Expected Decision Level DEL
Ref No: 17/02289/FUL
Location:       The Parish Micklegate York YO1 6JG
Proposal:       Change of use of restaurant/cafe (use class A3) to drinking establishment (use class A4) (retrospective)
Applicant:      Mr Ian Howmans
Contact Mr Phill Young
Consultation Expiry Date        23 October 2017
Case Officer:   Jonathan Kenyon Expected Decision Level DEL
Ref No: 17/02308/LBC
Location:       Grand Hotel And Spa  Station Rise York YO1 6GD
Proposal:       Internal alterations to reception lobby and entrance foyer including installation of 2no. door openings and luggage drop off hatch
Applicant:      Splendid Hospitality Group
Contact Mr Graeme Holbeck
Consultation Expiry Date        1 November 2017
Case Officer:   Sophie Prendergast      Expected Decision Level DEL

Planet South Bank Repair Café returns! #Micklegate

Following Planet South Bank’s successful first Repair Café in April, Planet South Bank is putting on another event on Saturday 21 October (10.00am-1.00pm) at Clements Hall in Micklegate.

The date falls in International Repair Café Week 2017 (14-22 October) when communities around the world will be organising similar events. There are now over 1,300 Repair Cafes operating globally, with 92 in the UK.

As before, they will be relying on volunteer experts to do the repairing, and would like to hear from anyone with appropriate skills to help them. They have got some volunteers already, but could do with more to help with electrical and electronics (computers, DVD/CD players, etc.), as well as general repairs (eg furniture), clothing and accessories. To volunteer, contact info@planetsouthbank.org.uk.

More information on the Planet South Bank website.

But the best way to get updates on the Repair Café is to join the Facebook event for it; but they will post further information on their website too. You can also follow Planet South Bank on Twitter @YorkPlanetSBank

#MICKLEGATE LIST OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS received between 28th August– 22nd September 2017

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Micklegate ward. Full details can be found by searching for the application reference. Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

Ref No: 17/01955/ADV
Location:       49A Blossom Street York YO24 1AZ
Proposal:       Display of 2no. non illuminated wall signs and 1no. non illuminated hanging sign
Applicant:      Mr Aligul Kala
Consultation Expiry Date        16 October 2017
Case Officer:   David Johnson   Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02150/FUL
Location:       Reel Cinema Blossom Street York YO24 1AJ
Proposal:       Change of use of screen no.5 to restaurant and replacement of 5no. windows to side elevation with metal louvres
Applicant:      Everyman Group
Contact Mr Sam Harper
Consultation Expiry Date        16 October 2017
Case Officer:   Lindsay Jenkins Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02151/LBC
Location:       Reel Cinema Blossom Street York YO24 1AJ
Proposal:       Internal and external alterations in connection with conversion of screen 5 into ancilliary restaurant including internal ducting and plant and replacement of 5no. windows to side elevation with metal louvres
Applicant:      Everyman Group
Contact Mr Sam Harper
Consultation Expiry Date        18 October 2017
Case Officer:   Lindsay Jenkins Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02182/FUL
Location:       16 Russell Street York YO23 1NW
Proposal:       Single storey rear extensions
Applicant:      Mr Christopher Mableson
Contact Mark Tabert
Consultation Expiry Date        16 October 2017
Case Officer:   Sam Blakeman    Expected Decision Level

Ref No: 17/02111/FUL
Location:       Brewdog 130 – 134 Micklegate York YO1 6JX
Proposal:       Variation of condition 9 of permitted application 15/02496/FUL to allow on site cooking
Applicant:      Brewdog Bars Ltd
Contact Mr Mark Shearman
Consultation Expiry Date        9 October 2017
Case Officer:   Erik Matthews   Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02122/FUL
Location:       12 Kyme Street York YO1 6HG
Proposal:       Alterations to existing rear extension to reduce size of roof and install 2no. rooflights, and new windows to existing rear dormer
Applicant:      Mrs Hildyard
Contact Mr Chris Walker
Consultation Expiry Date        18 October 2017
Case Officer:   Carolyn Howarth Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02135/LBC
Location:       Inner Concourse Railway Station  Station Road York YO24 1AY
Proposal:       Installation of interactive customer information screen on Platform 5
Applicant:      Mr Christopher Snape
Consultation Expiry Date        18 October 2017
Case Officer:   David Johnson   Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02219/TCA
Location:       13 City Mills Skeldergate York YO1 6DB
Proposal:       Reduce crown of Whitebeam tree by 30% in a Conservation Area
Applicant:      Mr Paul Middleton
Contact Mr Matthew Ward
Consultation Expiry Date        9 October 2017
Case Officer:   Esther Priestley        Expected Decision Level

Ref No: 17/02070/FUL
Location:       8 Albemarle Road York YO23 1FB
Proposal:       Single storey front extension, conversion of garage into living accommodation and erection of detached double garage and garden store to front
Applicant:      Mr & Mrs Malcolm Brown
Contact Mr Moray Mackay
Consultation Expiry Date        18 October 2017
Case Officer:   Carolyn Howarth Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02092/ADV
Location:       Brewdog 130 – 134 Micklegate York YO1 6JX
Proposal:       Display of externally illuminated fascia and hanging signs
Applicant:      Brewdog Bars Ltd
Contact Mr Mark Shearman
Consultation Expiry Date        2 October 2017
Case Officer:   Erik Matthews   Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 17/02093/LBC
Location:       Brewdog 130 – 134 Micklegate York YO1 6JX
Proposal:       Alterations to shop front including display of externally illuminated fascia and hanging signs
Applicant:      Brewdog Bars Ltd
Contact Mr Mark Shearman
Consultation Expiry Date        4 October 2017
Case Officer:   Erik Matthews   Expected Decision Level DEL