#York Council are consulting on an Animal Welfare Licensing Policy (ends 13/11/2017)

City of York Council are consulting on an Animal Welfare Licensing Policy.

The Council issues licences for the following activities relating to the welfare of animals:

  • Animal boarding establishment licences
  • Dangerous wild animal licences
  • Dog breeding establishment licences
  • Horse riding establishment licences
  • Pet shop licences
  • Zoo licences
  • Performing Animals (registration)

The Council has not previously had a Policy document of this nature which consolidates all the legal requirements for these licensing regimes. Micklegate Councillor Lars Kramm has question the absence of such a policy earlier this year in a meeting of the Community and Environment Committee and asked for a policy to be developed and residents to be consulted on the content.

The Council is now seeking the views of all interested parties on this policy.

The results of the consultation will be considered by the Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory Committee.

The policy is available on the councils website https://www.york.gov.uk/consultations and you can read the draft policy here.

Any comments must be received by no later than 13th November 2017, they should be sent to:

Email: licensing.unit@york.gov.uk<mailto:licensing.unit@york.gov.uk>

Licensing Unit
City of York
Council Eco Depot Hazel Court
YO10 3DS


City of #York Local Plan Pre-Publication Consultation (ends 30/10/2017)

The 6 week consultation on the ‘Local Plan Pre- Publication draft (Regulation 18 Consultation, Sept 2017) document began today (18th September). This will end on 30th October.
All consultation material is live on the Council’s website (www.york.gov.uk/localplan )
The Local Plan and proposals maps are available to view in all the city’s libraries and in addition, the supporting documents are available to view in the West Offices customer centre.
CYC has produced a special edition of the council’s newsletter Our City,
which will be distributed to all York households over the next few weeks.
In addition drop-in sessions will be held across the city. At these sessions the public will be able to view the documents, speak to officers and pick up a response form.
– Monday 2nd October at Strensall & Towthorpe Village Hall, Strensall (3pm-7:30pm)
– Wednesday 4th October at Fulford Social Hall, Fulford (3pm-7:30pm)
– Thursday 5th October at Clifton Library, Clifton (3pm-7pm)
– Monday 9th October at Tang Hall Library, Tang Hall (3pm-7:30pm)
– Wednesday 11th October at West Offices, York City Centre (3pm-7:30pm)
– Monday 16th October at Acomb Explore Library, Acomb (3pm-7:30pm)
– Tuesday 17th October at York Sport, Heslington (3pm-7:30pm)
– Wednesday 18th October at Oaken Grove Community Centre, Haxby (3pm-7pm)
Following this consultation a Publication Local Plan will be prepared for consultation
in early 2018.
If you require any further information on the consultation please contact Strategic
Planning at localplan@york.gov.uk or on (01904) 552255.

Management of York’s allotments – Call-In meeting

Green Party Councillors called in the proposed changes – out-sourcing of the management of York’s allotments – back in May of 2017, saying that there needed to be further scrutiny of the proposal and wider consultation.  We are pretty dissatisfied that it has taken until September before the matter came before Councillors for discussion.

CallinAllotment1At the call-in meeting last Monday, Councillor Kramm re-iterated that the Greens were not against the outsourcing of the management of the allotments in principle, even though this will lead to the redundancy of the Allotments Officer, but if the Council is going to go down this road then we need to ensure that the charity would have sufficient resources to do the job and that there has to be appropriate checks and balances if things go wrong.

CallinAllotment2What Members of the Call-In Scrutiny Committee agreed, was that there and not been sufficiently wide consultation.  The two main documents had been seen by no-one other than the proposed trustees of the charity.  This was not good enough, and Members accept Councillor Taylor’s proposal that the Business Plan and Governance Document must be made available on the Council’s website so that interested parties could comment on it, and that Allotment Secretaries be emailed these documents.  Furthermore, all people on the waiting lists for allotments would be contacted directly for their views in the way that existing allotment holders had been consulted previously.

Members further requested that a free-of-charge allotment plot for Applefields School might be maintained for children with Special Educational Needs.

These points were then voted upon and unanimously agreed by all Members of the Scrutiny Call-In Committee.

The webcast of the full meeting is available here:



Scarborough Bridge consultation #York #Micklegate

TO HELP provide better accessibility, connectivity and more capacity, City of York Council is consulting with residents, commuters and visitors on the construction of a new shared use bridge over the River Ouse.

The new bridge will replace the current crossing adjacent to Scarborough Bridge, providing a much wider and accessible facility. The current narrow crossing is used by over 2,600 pedestrians and 600 cyclists on average each day. This is despite it having steep steps and being inaccessible for people with mobility issues.Bridge proposal

The new bridge will be suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, pushchairs, wheelchairs and those with mobility issues. It will include ramps, as well as stepped access so that a wider range of users are catered for. Furthermore, the new bridge will be accessible during flood events, which the current footbridge is not.

This new bridge will provide a traffic-free, scenic and direct link for residents, commuters and tourists, on foot or bike, between York station, the city centre and residential suburbs located on the opposite side of the river.

This will also improve the connectivity of the National Cycle Network (routes 65 and 658) as well as providing an improved traffic-free route to the York Central site to the west of the station.

People will be able to view the plans and discuss this proposal with the project manager at an exhibition in the York Train Station foyer from 1pm – 6pm on Wednesday 12 July, and 8am – 1pm on Thursday 13 July.

Have your say by sending your comments to scarboroughbridge@york.gov.uk or post to: Scarborough Bridge Consultation, City of York Council, Transport Projects, Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York YO10 3DS.

The council, in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme and Network Rail are undertaking the consultation. All feedback will be carefully considered and included in a report to the executive member for transport and planning for a decision on how to proceed later in the summer.

For more information visit www.york.gov.uk/scarboroughbridge