Public Consultation

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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Public Meeting about Clifford’s Tower 10th March 1pm on the Eye of #York

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My fellow ward councillor Johnny Hayes asked me to advertise his upcoming event to residents interested in Clifford’s Tower and the Future of the Castle Car Park and the Eye of York area.

Planning permission has been granted for a shop, cafe and visitor centre to be built into the base of the motte of the 13th Century Clifford’s Tower. There has been a very vocal, considerable opposition to the permitted plans, that would like English Heritage Trust to consider other alternatives. 3780 people signed a petition to protest about the granting of planning permission in October 2016.

In December 2016 Cllr Hayes made an application for a judicial review (JR) which will go to trial in the high court in early May. He believes that the planning process in October was flawed.

To look beyond the judicial review, there will be a public meeting to hear about the exciting new plans for the Castle Car Park and the CoYC Castle Gateway report and to consider what is the best way forward for the visitor centre and this part of York.

This will will launch the “Eye of York Forum” that will aim to have several public meetings to debate the future of this part of York.

Speakers for the even ton March 10 include : Cllr Dave Taylor, Lord Mayor of York.  Rachael Maskell MP for York Central.  Amanda Beresford, Shulmans LLP. Cllr Johnny Hayes MBE. Anthony Crean QC, Kings Chambers. Richard Green, Former Curator York Art Gallery.

Cllr Hayes is also fundraising for the legal costs for the judicial review and have presently raised over £12,000 but are hoping to raise significantly more. You can pledge here if you would like to contribute to the legal fees:- www.savecliffordstower.co.uk

Cllr L Kramm

Weekly list of planning applications received between 8th – 15th February 2016

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: 15/02941/FUL
Location:   English Martyrs Roman Catholic Church Dalton Terrace York YO24 4DA
Proposal:   Construction of egress route from car park to rear of presbytery and church hall, relocation of gate posts and erection of gates
Applicant:      FR John Bane
Contact Mr Matt Seddon
Consultation Expiry Date        8 March 2016
Case Officer:   David Johnson   Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 16/00218/LBC
Location:   The Punch Bowl 9 Blossom Street York YO24 1AU
Proposal:   Internal alterations to form new staff room, toilets and changing rooms
Applicant:      JD Wetherspoon
Contact Mr Harrison Ince
Consultation Expiry Date        16 March 2016
Case Officer:   Elizabeth Potter        Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 16/00232/ADV
Location:   Lindum Group Limited Ground Floor 39 Blossom Street York YO24 1AQ
Proposal:   Display of 1no. non illuminated fascia sign
Applicant:      Lawrence Hannah
Contact Mr Chris Smith
Consultation Expiry Date        8 March 2016
Case Officer:   Elizabeth Potter        Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 16/00298/FUL
Location:   123 Albemarle Road York YO23 1EP
Proposal:   Dormers to front and rear
Applicant:      Mr Jamie Holden
Consultation Expiry Date        8 March 2016
Case Officer:   David Johnson   Expected Decision Level DEL

Gambling Policy Consultation – deadline 28 September

The Gambling Act 2005 requires each Licensing Authority to review their Statement of Licensing Policy every three years.  The Council published its current policy in December 2012 which expires in December 2015.  The policy has been updated to include relevant changes in legislation.  We are now seeking the views of all interested parties on any other changes that may be considered necessary.

The results of the consultation will be considered by the Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory Committee in November before being approved by Full Council in December.

To take part in this consultation download a copy of Gambling Act Policy 2015 draft document and provide your comments by email or post, no later than Monday, 28 September 2015.

Any comments must be received by no later than Monday, 28 September 2015, they should be sent to:

Email: licensing.unit@york.gov.uk<mailto:licensing.unit@york.gov.uk>
Post:   Licensing Services
City of York Council
Eco Depot
Hazel Court
York
YO10 3DS

Consultation on policy of Sex Establishments in York

City of York Council is seeking the views of the residents and businesses in York of where sexual entertainment venues (lap/pole dancing clubs) can be located appropriately and how many there should be. The finding of the consultation will assist the Council in producing a new sex establishment policy for York.

The consultation is available on the councils website https://www.york.gov.uk/licensing

If you would like a hardcopy of the consultation please contact the Licensing Section on York 552512.

The consultation ends on 5 August 2015.