25th December 2001
the latest photos of what York has to lose.
Merry Xmas! (We never sleep!) Now have a look at the photos of the views
of York which could be lost if the tawdry Coppergate development was allowed
to go ahead. Click here to see the photos.
5th December 2001
hitter sides with the Castle Area Campaign.
Margaret Thatcher's former press secretary, Sir Bernard Ingham, has written
to the Planning Inspectorate to express his dismay over the plan to build
a shopping mall next to Clifford's Tower, describing it as "civic
vandalism". Sir Bernard recently wrote a book enthusing about British
castles. See the Evening
2001 - Chamber
of Commerce switches to side against Coppergate.
York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has changed stance and are
now opposed to the building of Coppergate II. The Chamber of Commerce
now appears to favour the "Castle Quarter" proposal.
14th November 2001
of opposition at Pre-Inquiry Meeting.
Mr A.J. Bingham, the Government's Planning Inspector, laid out the rules
for the Public Inquiry. More than thirty individuals and groups came to
the meeting to oppose the Council and their friends Land Securities, hiding
behind the pseudonym of Ravenseft Properties.
People who oppose the building of the shopping mall should come to the
Public Inquiry to be held in York's Guildhall w/c 15th January 2002.
November 2001 - Council's
Chief Planner resigns after two weeks.
Poor guy! Rod Lugg, Assistant Director of Planning and Design, quit the
City of York Council after only two weeks in the job and scooted back
to Durham. The clever chap could obviously see what he was up against
and that the Council's defence of Coppergate II is indefensible.
See details of previous resignations.
21st October 2001
visions for the riverside area.
The public were
able to view and vote for alternative visions
for the area such as those drawn up by York Tomorrow, Tom Adams, and the
Castle Quarter scheme. A spokesperson for the Castle Area Campaign Group
said: "We are attempting to do what the council has failed to do so far
- inform the people of alternative options to a large shopping mall next
to Clifford's Tower and ask people what they really want. The response,
even in the rain, has been fantastic."
2001 - Chamber
of Trade backs Castle Quarter.
Strong opponents of the Land Securities' shopping mall scheme, the York
Chamber of Trade
has given its support to the alternative Castle Quarter proposal. After
consultation with its members, the York Chamber is "pleased to commend
the Castle Quarter".
2001 - Protest
groups meet for demonstration at Clifford's Tower.
The Castle Area Campaign Group and York Tomorrow organised a demonstration
against the Coppergate Riverside development today. More
2001 - City
of York Council count the cost of mismanagement.
The City of York Council claimed on Yorkshire TV that the Public Inquiry
into the Coppergate II fiasco will cost them (and therefore the taxpayers
of York!) £111,000. What a disgrace! Perhaps they should have considered
the issue more carefully before handing over such an important site to
the developers. Ah well, perhaps they can get their millionaire friends
to bail them out...
Opposition groups, of course, will also have to fork out for expensive
legal representation. Therefore we do need your support. Click
2001 - Public
Inquiry - new date.
A new date for the Public Inquiry is set as 15th January 2002. The inquiry
will last six days and will be led by inspector Tony Bingham.
1st September 2001
Anyone objecting to the proposed shopping centre is invited to meet at
Clifford's Tower at 10:30am on Saturday 22nd September. All parties welcome.
The people of York are not going to stand for this.
30th August 2001
Inquiry is postponed.
The Planning Inspectorate have postponed the Public Inquiry due to a clash
with a Jewish holy day.
28th August 2001
tries to price-out opposition.
The City of York Council has written to the Planning Inspectorate to ask
for the Public Inquiry to take place over three weeks rather than one.
This would mean that Council Tax payers will have to fund an expensive
barrister for an additional two weeks. It is a nasty tactic designed to
put financial pressure on opposition groups as they will have to spend
more money too on their legal costs. Maybe The Council feel they can no
longer win a fair argument and it certainly looks like they are running
scared. Unfortunately the citizens of York will have to pay for their
2nd August 2001
map and model of offensive Shoppergate proposal.
The Castle Area Campaign group has obtained a photo of the model. Click
here to see...
10th July 2001
Inquiry date is set - 25th September 2001
Official confirmation of the start-date for the Inquiry. Please note that
letters of complaint and opposition to the Land Securities' scheme can
still be sent up to four weeks prior to this date. Click
here for details...
6th July 2001
scheme unveiled - "The Castle Quarter"
Another possible design for the Castle Area was unveiled today with much
to commend it. The Castle Area Campaign welcomes this scheme as well as
the "public open space" proposals of York Tomorrow. Both of
these show how wholly inappropriate Land Securities' scheme is for this
historic area of York. Details of the "Castle
Quarter" scheme from the Evening Press website.
30th June 2001
Inquiry will look at proposal for "public open space".
The Planning Inspectorate has announced that it will consider the Land
Securities' scheme for a nasty shopping mall alongside York Tomorrow's
appeal against the Council's decision to reject their idea of the site
becoming a park. This is excellent news as the City of York Council wanted
to separate the two schemes to save their embarrassment. Now their favouritism
for the appalling shopping mall is exposed.
15th May 2001
groups lambaste Coppergate development plans.
Strong condemnation from Jewish groups was voiced this week against building
on the Clifford's Tower site where a massacre of the city's Jews took
place in 1190.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews made this
The Union of Jewish Students also hit out with these
Both groups have determined to fight the proposal to build a shopping
mall here at the Public Inquiry.
May 2001 - Council
Officers quit before Coppergate Inquiry begins.
Two Council Officers heavily involved in pushing the Coppergate II centre
down our throats have resigned.
Clare Eynon (Principle Officer for Development) and Ian Thomson (Head
of Development) have both quit their jobs before the Inquiry starts. Running
scared eh? More to follow? Let's hope so!
1st May 2001
NOW to the case officer in charge of the Public Inquiry.
Don't muck about - act now! Click
here for directions...
25th April 2001
for York from overseas
Support comes in from around the world. Sample letters which appeared
in the Yorkshire Evening Press.
from South Africa - www.thisisyork.co.uk/York/Expats/messages55.html
from Canada - www.thisisyork.co.uk/York/Expats/messages64.html
USA - www.thisisyork.co.uk/York/Expats/messages71.html
If you're a York ex-pat,
or a concerned visitor from overseas, please send your own letters supporting
the campaign to save Clifford's Tower. Click
here for directions...
4th April 2001
news - a public inquiry is called!
John Prescott the deputy prime minister announced that there is to be
a public inquiry into Coppergate II.
No date has yet been set, but full details will appear here as soon as
they are known.
This is a significant victory for everyone who has campaigned against
Coppergate II. The Castle Area Campaign wants to thank and congratulate
everyone who has contributed to this fight to defend the core of our city.
Now the task is to ensure the inquiry is genuine and that it does involve
Our aim remains to STOP COPPERGATE II
and make it clear that our city is not for sale!
10th 2001 - Demonstration
against Coppergate II
Over 250 people took part in the protest march against Coppergate II,
with people joining in as we made our way across the centre of York.
A band, people in medieval costume, banners, placards, and plenty of noisy
chanting helped produce a carnival
atmosphere, without hiding peoples anger at Land Securities plc
and the City of York Council. Speakers addressed the crowd and messages
of support from the Archbishop of York and the Union of Jewish Students
were read out. Details
and photos here.
More on the demonstration at the Yorkshire
Evening Press site,
and this report, "Castle
Army Marches Out".
February 10th 2001
The Missing Report from the City of York Council
York Council hands over the Conservation Architect's report which
very critical of the plans for Coppergate Riverside. The report had been
suppressed so that the planning Committee could not see its contents.
Click to see the missing Conservation
Architect's Report here.
January 31st 2001
Clifford's Tower Petition
first pages of a petition has been handed in to The Department of the
Environment calling for a public inquiry to be set up. So far, around
4,600 people have signed.
2001 - Public
Around 120 people packed into our first public meeting. Overwhelming
support was given to the call to oppose the development of a shopping
centre next to Clifford's Tower. The Council was criticised for allowing
the Planning Permission to be passed. Land Securities plc were criticised
for the greed of the plan. A smaller development constrained to the
other side of the river Foss would not have brought the same objection.
It was decided to call a demonstration if John Prescott decides against
a public inquiry.
2001 - Tories
muster shops protest
York Tories begin a city-wide leafleting campaign encouraging
people to write to John Prescott calling for an inquiry. Yorkshire Evening
Press article here.
city is not for sale!
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