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massacre of Jews in 1190
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2002 - Pranksters
flypost shops in York
Posters have appeared
in York suggesting that the Coppergate shopping mall will put more
local traders out of business and increase the number of empty retail
units in traditional shopping areas. Each poster appears to be numbered
1-150 indicating the number of empty shops in the city centre and
therefore raising the question of why York needs another shopping
4th December 2002
outrageous Council planning blunder
York residents are
furious that even after winning a campaign against a mobile phone mast
that the mast will be built anyway due to the incompetence of the City
of York Council's Planning Department, who neglected to send in the paperwork
before the 56 day legal deadline had passed. Er... does anyone actually
believe this pathetic excuse? And if it is true, then shouldn't someone
be sacked? Start at the top!
30th November 2002
pub could have been saved
reputation for destroying its heritage was highlighted again today when
it was revealed that The John Bull pub, demolished in 1994 to make way
for a car dealership, could have been saved had a major survey been available
while it was under threat. The worthless govenrnment body "English
Heritage" did not recommend listing the pub because it did not realise
that the pub was an exceptional survivor of its type.
23rd October 2002
Council puts museums and art gallery into Trust.
City of York Council, perhaps recognising it is no longer fit to be the
guardian of the city's heritage, has put its museums into "York
Museums Trust". This prompts the suggestion that the Castle Car
Park could also be handed to the Trust and could be redeveloped as an
open space or public precinct for the benefit of citizens and visitors
to the Castle Museum and Clifford's Tower. English Heritage and York Museums
Trust could potentially work together to gain lottery or other funding
to improve the area. Well, they could if they wished... Send your suggestions
to Janet Barnes, CEO York
19th October 2002
punting on the Foss could be so good...
City Punting plans to use the River Foss for the gentle recreation
of punting, but the reality could be so different if Land Securities
and their Council friends get their way. The images show how attractive
punting could be through the Castle Park, or stifled by a monsterous
Punting by the tower.
...or tower hidden.
6th October 2002
/ York alliance against Land Securities.
Peoples Choice and York's Castle Area Campaign discovered a common foe
in bully-boy developers Land Securities plc. The multi-million pound company
has its grasping hands round the necks of both the cities of Exeter and
York. Now campaign groups in the north and south of England will collaborate
in ways to fight the menace of over development in Exeter and York and
the compliant Councils who have ignored the wishes of their electorates.
October 2002 - Clifford's
Clifford's Tower continues to be a focal point in the city of York,
today being used as a giant projection screen for images celebrating
thirty years of photographic art at York's Impressions Gallery which
is sited near the historic monument.
September 2002 - Tea
in the park.
People of York gathered on a new bit of grass at Clifford's Tower
to relax and celebrate the possible beginnings of a green open space.
Could this be the start of a park which would stretch between the
Tower and the River Foss?
Reclaim the Castle Park for York!
2002 - Time
to atone over Coppergate.
is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, a day when people should consider
the year past and their behaviour and attitude over the course of that
year. Maybe, as the world poises on the brink of war, we can all learn
something from this introspection. Maybe in York, the City Council and
Land Securities can think again over their plans to build next to Clifford's
Tower, where so many Jewish people were killed, and consider that this
is not the right place to erect a temple to consumerism.
9th September 2002
has left Civic Trust short of money.
brave defence of Clifford's Tower from the Coppergate II development has
left York Civic Trust in need of cash. Chairman Darrell Buttery said,
"Finance does remain a problem. In spite of many generous donations, the
costs of the Coppergate II Inquiry have seriously depleted our coffers."
1st September 2002
opposition emerges to Coppergate II.
online petition to stop the building of a shopping mall at Clifford's
Tower in York has revealed masses of people opposed to the proposed development
in the UK and around the world. Sign the petiton and have your say by
clicking this link:-
York is grateful.
6th August 2002
bullies force an end to Public Inquiry.
the Public Inquiry turned to examine York Tomorrow's plans for a park
next to Clifford's Tower, the Council's barrister made it clear that they
would seek costs against the York citizens making up York Tomorrow should
the case fail. The group felt it could not risk costs of up to £7000
per day and so were forced to withdraw. So a Public Inquiry is closed
to the public as they cannot afford to fight the Council's bullies. Shame!
This stinks to high heaven. The Council has been too scared to face a
fair argument, even with its expensive barristers, and has resorted to
cheating York people of a chance to put forward their point of view.
26th July 2002
City Football Club chairman attacks inept planners.
Batchelor indicating where he wants to build York City's new stadium unleashed
a stinging attack on "inept" City of York Council planners. "I am not
prepared to put up with the inept bungling of the morons in charge of
running this city," he stormed, branding the council "shambolic."
We in the Castle Area Campaign Group know how you feel John!
22nd July 2002
Heritage fights blight in London but not in York.
Heron Tower was today approved despite opposition.
said, "We continue to believe that the Heron Tower will damage world
famous views of St Paul's cathedral and blight the London skyline for
years to come." So why is it that English Heritage will fight encroachment
on historic buildings in London, but can't be bothered in York?
18th July 2002
between Council and Developers.
the Coppergate Public Inquiry today, Philip Crowe of York Tomorrow said
that there had been what amounted to a "joint venture" between
the City of York Council and Land Securities. "From 1991 onwards,
the city was committed to a course of action from which they were at no
time perpared to deviate. This was based on a concept driven by misguided,
short-term commercial considerations."
10th July 2002
Public Inquiry dates.
18th July in York's Guildhall.
1st - 2nd August in the National
Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, York.
6th - 9th August in the Guildhall again.
If you can't come in person, then complain in writing. Click
here for the address.
July 2002 - Queen's
Baton reaches York.
Tower was the scene for the celebrations as the Queen's Golden Jubilee
Baton arrived in York on its way through 500 towns and cities across
the United Kingdom on its way to the opening ceremony of this year's
June 2002 - Recently
deposed Council leader charged.
Rod Hills has been remanded in custody to appear at York Crown Court
on charges of blackmail, perverting the course of justice, witness
intimidation, wasting police time, soliciting women for prostitution,
and dangerous driving. He was recently forced to step down as Leader
of the City of York Council by his party who hurriedly installed Councillor
Dave Merrett as Leader. Oddly this does not benefit the Castle Area
Campaign, as Merrett is most closely associated with the scheme to
build the offensive Coppergate II shopping mall.
12th June 2002
Council official resigns.
a rat deserting a sinking ship, Council planner Sue Heywood has quit her
post. An apologist for the hated Coppergate II designs at the recent Public
Inquiry, Heywood has done what damage she can to the city of York and
is now moving on, presumably to mess up another town or city. This brings
the total of "planners" who have resigned to four. More to come,
we expect! Read more here, and
1st June 2002
II Inquiry suspended.
is expected to resume on 18th July, maybe just for the one day. Please
keep those letters coming to the Planning Inspectorate. You know you want
to have your say, but not everyone feels they can appear at a Public Inquiry.
If you want to write instead, then click
here for the address.
May 2002 - Gorbachev
speaks out against consumerism.
Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, could have been speaking about Coppergate
when he spoke at the Yorkshire International Business Convention.
President Gorbachev said that "We must de-emphasise consumerism.
It is not a firm base on which to build society." How wise. York's
future must rely on real job-creation while honouring the city's history
and architecture. A reliance on shopping does neither of these things
and merely cheapens this glorious city.
31st May 2002
shops will swamp York city centre with traffic.
Tomorrow spokesman, Mr Tyler, ridiculed the Council's estimates of traffic
volumes at the Public Inquiry. He unearthed from their reports, that,
"at a Saturday lunchtime, some 25 vehicles a minute will use Piccadilly."
Tyler added, "How that can be presented as a pedestrian-friendly
or bus-favouring environment, I fail to understand."
30th May 2002
criticism of Coppergate from York Georgian Society.
Sinclair of the Georgian Society delivered a withering criticism of the
Land Securities proposals. This
must have rattled the developers and the City of York Council as their
barrister made a nasty and sustained attack on Ms Sinclair at one point
accusing her of "changing bonnets". Unpleasant bit of sexism
from the Council's representative.
30th May 2002
Estate Agent in York attacks Coppergate II.
Hedley, of property consultants Alan Black and Co, gave evidence that
shoppers would move away from the traditional shopping centre, and businesses
would hold back from setting up in other parts of York. "I have taken
the view for the past ten years that York has too many shops spread over
too great an area." Headley said areas already suffering from recent developments
included Fossgate, Walmgate, Micklegate and Goodramgate.
29th May 2002
Association blasts the over-development of York.
Inquiry was told of strong opposition to the scheme by the Ramblers' Association.
David Rubenstein, a York resident and former national chairman of the
association, called for more open space in York city centre and said there
should be attractive urban surroundings in which people could walk.
29th May 2002
City of York councillors now speak out.
last! Two councillors within the stricken City of York Council have publicly
objected to the shopping mall proposals of Land Securities. Brian Watson,
a Labour councillor for Guildhall ward, said "Our city is not some consultants'
and developers' toy for them to play about with," he said, urging the
Secretary of State to refuse the application. This is a bit late in the
day, but very welcome nevertheless!
29th May 2002
of Deputies urges respect and sensitivity at Clifford's Tower.
member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews spoke out about the castle
area's vital importance since the massacre of 1190 in which 150 Jews were
killed. Elkan Levy said: "Our concern is for the dignity of Clifford's
Tower and its immediate surroundings, and the respect due to the place
where such horrific events happened."
28th May 2002
Council Leader is arrested.
May 2002 - Landowners
would have to be forced to sell their businesses.
landowners have objected to the plans for Coppergate II and will refuse
to sell their land for the development. One of these landowners, Martin
Burgess, has put forward his own designs (pictured), but these are
sited on the Piccadilly-side of the river Ouse and do not impinge
on the ancient monument of Clifford's Tower.
today arrested Councillor Leader, Rod Hills. However, it is not believed
that this pertains to any corruption relating to the Coppergate II development
26th May 2002
II Public Inquiry moves back to Guildhall.
Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st May, the Inquiry returns to the Guildhall.
24th May 2002
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.
II came under a sustained and devastating attack from CABE, a government-backed
architectural advisory body. The architecture of the £60 million redevelopment
project was branded "not worthy of its location" near Clifford's Tower
and the Castle Museum. This is the first Inquiry which CABE has attended
to oppose the granting of planning permission. Land Securities' appalling
scheme was hammered.
23rd May 2002
admits figures may be out by 100%
transport planner, Peter Evely, was embarrassed to reveal that there was
a series of miscalculations in the figures submitted on the potential
levels of traffic. He admitted it was shoddy work and that there was a
margin of error of 100%. How many more Council produced figures are similarly
22th May 2002
cheats switch venue at last minute.
underhand double-dealing lead to the venue of the Public Inquiry being
changed from the Moat House Hotel to an abandoned carpet warehouse on
the South Side of Ouse Bridge. The building used to be Boyes Department
Store but has been empty for some time showing clearly the demand for
large Department Stores in the centre of York. So, there you have it.
Please come to the building just off Ouse Bridge, or go to the Moat House
Hotel as before and ask for directions.
20th May 2002
support is needed on Weds 22nd May.
you're in York on 22nd May, please come to
give your support to ordinary citizens like us who will be speaking at
the Public Inquiry. Wednesday and Thursday will be the best days. Please
come to the Moat House hotel, formerly the Viking Hotel, on North Street,
17th May 2002
hammer shopping consultants' lies.
Green Party spokesman Andy Chase said that retail consultants Hillier
Parker have over-calculated the capacity for retail floorspace in York
city centre up to 2011. "This may mean that the proposed Coppergate development
would create a vast over-capacity of floorspace for years to come, and
would threaten the viability of certain other parts of the city centre
by sucking available spending away from them."
He added that the new buildings would be predominantly steel-framed with
no respect for the city centre's historic character. "Clifford's Tower
will become a traffic island for the large articulated delivery vehicles
which will service the new shops," he said.
17th May 2002
will put York's specialist shops out of business..
Chairman of York Chamber of Trade, claimed that established retailers
elsewhere in York would not be able to compete on a level playing field
with the £60 million Coppergate development. He said that there was a
"frightening and intimidating" threat to the viability of other parts
of the city centre, he also pointed out that demand for retail space in
the city was already so poor that units at Stonegate Walk had not been
let after a year on the market.
15th May 2002
ignored independent poll of citizens.
councillor, Ken Beavan, said an Evening Press phone poll gave the people
of York the first opportunity to have their say on Coppergate Riverside
and alternative schemes. However, the landslide result in favour of York
Tomorrow's vision of a green public open space never made it into the
minutes of a major planning meeting. More than 2,400 people had responded
with 91% voting in favour of York Tomorrow's proposals and only 9% for
Land Securities' scheme.
May 2002 - Coppergate
Public Inquiry restarts.
York Council's lawyer tried to limit the length of the Inquiry to
prevent the many opposing groups and members if the public from having
their say. The Inspector slapped him down saying that lawyers had
used up the first three weeks with questioning, not the public. The
developers will still use most of the coming three weeks, according
to the timetable. The people of York will yet have their say, despite
the Council's lawyer's attempts to deny them.
May 2002 - Superior
design unveiled for Piccadilly.
Philip Crowe, of the anti-Coppergate pressure group York Tomorrow,
today unveiled his new design for Piccadilly. This would leave the
land across the river, adjacent to Clifford's Tower, free for greening
as a public park, as York Tomorrow had proposed. Unlike the flawed
Land Securities plan, the new design would not be reliant on massive
chain stores to make it profitable. It is hoped that Land Securities
will have their design thrown out in the forthcoming Public Inquiry
permitting more popular, community-focussed options to be considered.
27th April 2002
hippy protesters make their mark.
April 2002 - French
support for Castle Area Campaign.
A Norman TV journalist contacted us with 50 signatures of French authors,
historians and intellectuals gathered in support of our campaign.
Tipped-off by a contact in Australia, Thierry Leprevost began raising
awareness in France of the Castle Area Campaign. He compared the proposals
for Coppergate II to the outrageous attachments to the Château of
Falaise. Falaise was the birthplace of William the Conqueror who built
the original of Clifford's Tower.
protesters have painted the Bob Dylan lyric "The times they are a-changing"
on the back of the Banana Warehouse facing the site where Land Securities
plan to build a shopping mall despite massive opposition. The graffiti operation
was carried out from a river craft alongside the Banana Warehouse which
is scheduled for demolition as part of the evil scheme.
27th March 2002
Strategic Parnership ignores the ordinary citizens.
April 2002 - Landmark
to be demolished for a burger bar.
York Council has passed plans to destroy this local landmark pub,
The Frog Hall, in favour of a drive-through burger bar. While this
is not directly connected to the campaign to save Clifford's Tower
from obliteration by a shopping mall, it serves as another indication
of the philistinism of York Council.
Citizens of York demand that the Council takes more pride in the city
and not just sell our heritage off for some cheap and nasty redevelopment
like this. We will not allow this to happen next to Clifford's Tower.
Save our city !
Council has responded to the deluge of criticism over Coppergate II and
other planning fiascos by setting up a city-wide review on the future of
the city. This stops short of being commendable due to its elite composition.
The public still don't get a look-in. Nor does the environmental lobby.
The Local Strategic Partnership looks like being a carve-up for the powerful
with York's citizens left out in the cold... again.
22nd March 2002
for the Public Inquiry announced.
Public Inquiry will recommence on:-
14th - 17th May in York's Guildhall.
21st - 24th May in the Moat House Hotel, North St. York.
28th - 31st May in the Guildhall again.
Please click here to see what you can
do to help us stop the development.
20th March 2002
councillor and property developer both jailed.
councillors, a Council officer, and a property developer have all been
found guilty of fraud and corruption in a planning scandal in neighbouring
Doncaster. Huge bribes were taken on order for the developer to gain planning
permission. Let's all sincerely hope that such corruption isn't widespread
in town planning circles.
March 2002 - Jewish
memorial gathering at Clifford's Tower.
Kaddish prayers to the memory of the 150 Jews murdered on the site of
Clifford's Tower on 16th March 1190 were said tonight at a candlelit vigil
organised by the Union of Jewish Students. Click
here for historical details.
22nd February 2002
idea! Switch the shops to Hungate site.
Northminster Properties Ltd has suggested that the hated shopping mall
development could go ahead but on a different site. This would release
the sensitive area around Clifford's Tower from such inappropriate treatment.
full report can be read here, but have a good laugh at Roy Templeman's
assertion that it would be a bad idea to place a shopping mall near a
busy bus route. Has he a brain between his ears?
February 2002 - Majesty
of Clifford's Tower.
The Eye of York was today the setting for the finale of the Jolablot
Viking Festival. Clifford's Tower stood proudly above the evening's
proceedings. The perfect venue for an amazing fireworks display, it
brought the history of York's anti-Semitism at this place vividly
into focus. The pyrotechnics against the castle backdrop were truly
an amazing spectacle.
8th February 2002
Lawyers stand to be the chief beneficiaries of the adjournment of the
Inquiry. We believe it will reconvene in May 2002. Don't go away. The
struggle continues out of court.
8th February 2002
Council fails to put up witness.
The Inspector did not seem pleased that the City of York Council was unwilling
to put forward any witnesses today. This should surprise nobody as the
Council has acted shamefully throughout this sordid business and is now
intent on hiding behind its expensive barristers. Wish we could all enjoy
such luxury at the taxpayers' expense.
February 2002 - CABE
slams Coppergate II designs.
Dr Giles Worsley, speaking
on behalf of CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment,
branded the proposed development "clumsy, poorly proportioned and a wasted
29th January 2002
performance by new Civic Trust Chairman.
January 2002 - When
Ingham met Bingham.
gods! The Philistines are at it again!" said
Sir Bernard Ingham when he descended on the Public Inquiry today to
castigate the lack of vision for this most historic area, and to throw
his weight behind the York Tomorrow plan to turn the existing car
park into a grassy open public space. "It's a place where people can
commune with the past and get some idea of York," added Sir Bernard.
Darryl Buttery gave a strong and visionary account at the Public Inquiry.
His presentation on behalf of the Civic Trust was cheered and clapped by
the public gallery. It is worth re-reading what the Civic Trust had to say
about Coppergate II before. Click
28th January 2002
support from Israel.
Dr Brooks, writing from Karkur in Israel, implores York to remember its
past and not to denigrate the site of the massacre of the city's Jewish
here to read his excellent letter.
January 2002 - English
Heritage fail to defend England's heritage.
What a worthless organisation English Heritage is! The body charged with
defending and preserving England's historic buildings has failed to act
in support of Clifford's Tower and the site of York Castle on which the
greedy developers propose to build. What is the point of having an organisation
such as English Heritage if it cannot act to defend such a significant
national monument in a historic city like York? I've rescinded my membership
and so should you.
23rd January 2002
critics were silenced by bosses.
The Public Inquiry heard today how internal Council reports which were
critical of the Coppergate scheme were covered-up. The Planning Committee
never got to hear the dissenting voices when they made their fateful decision
to back the appalling scheme. Here are the details which we uncovered
of what the expert's report said compared with the senior officer's report
to the Planning Committee. The
19th January 2002
does the public really want?
Well, unlike York Council, we thought we'd actually ask the citizens of
York. Radical? Actually, no, it just seemed the obvious and sensible thing
to do. Give people a choice and see what they vote for. Click
here to see the people's choice in this free and fair public consultation.
Now bring on the referendum. The people of York should have a proper say.
15th January 2002
Inquiry into Coppergate II begins.
Come on down! York's Guildhall, behind the Mansion House, is the venue
for the Public Inquiry each weekday from now until the end of January
(excluding Mondays). Please come to show your support for York's heritage
and stand up for what you really want.
Already, today, Land Securities' own expert witness, James Williams, admitted
that the proposed Coppergate Centre would decrease trade in city centre
shops by 9.5%. That's very precise! Shall we call that a 10% drop in trade
then? Wonder how many shops will go bankrupt as a result?
14th January 2002
battle for heart of York.
This article in The Guardian covers the rising dispute nicely. Click
here to see The Guardian article.
13th January 2002
of William Etty will defend Clifford's Tower.
met at the statue of William Etty
outside York City Art Gallery to protest at the plans to build Coppergate
II. Etty and other York citizens stopped the authorities from demolishing
York City Walls and Bootham Bar back in 1835. Now in 2002, citizens must
again fight the Council to save York's heritage.
9th January 2002
- rather sad.
Property developer, Trevor Kidd, has formed a group in favour of Coppergate
II going ahead. Trevor owns not one, but two penthouse apartments
on Piccadilly Plaza and is frightened that the value of his property may
not go up as quickly if the development fails to go ahead.
The Castle Area Campaign Group keeps its minds on higher ideals and welcomes
the development of Piccadilly so long as the "Castle Area",
around Clifford's Tower, is unmolested. That should be good news for Trevor
- both his apartments can continue to rocket in value.
here to see earlier news from 2001, and even earlier news
from 1998 to 2000.
here to see the most up-to-date news.