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8th Dec 2004 -
Ron Cooke warns against ruination of York
Vice-chancellor of the University of York, Sir Ron Cooke, urges that "York
is special" and needs special consideration to constrain the rampant
overdevelopment which threatens to engulf the city. Read
Evening Press article.
7th Dec 2004 -
Civic Trust slams "New Yorkification"
Buttery, Chairman of York Civic Trust, said historic buildings were being
overshadowed, views were eclipsed and architecture "alien to the city"
was beginning to take hold as new developments are being built "regardless
of the consequences". See full article in
15th Nov 2004 -
Mayor of York criticises madness of flat-building
Janet Looker, Lord Mayor of York, expressed her heartfelt concerns about
what is happening to the fabric of our city. She declared, "It seems as
if everything that stands still in York will be turned into flats." Since
August 2003, the Council has granted planning permission for 1,041 flats.
Handsome buildings, profitable businesses and community focal points are
being lost. There is no Local Plan to protect them and no Council vision
to mould new projects. Full article on
19th Oct 2004 -
fails to listen to Castle Piccadilly reference group
Council would not wait to hear the views of the recent retail report from
the Castle Piccadilly reference group which it set-up. Too eager to rush
the plans for more shopping malls through, the Council has again failed
to listen to the people of York. It seems that only paid retail consultants
can have valid opinions of what shops we should have in York and where
they should go. Does anything else matter?
12th Oct 2004 -
retail report published for York
Council still seems to be going hell for leather for a shopping mall as
it has commissioned "retail consultants" at more public expense
to examine the case for more retail in York city centre. Guess what? The
retail consultants recommend that York needs more shops. They concede
that it should be more sensitive and scaled-down than the orginal outrage,
but they still recommend a shopping mall on the site of York Castle. Well,
he who pays the piper calls the tune, so there's no surprise there. What
price heritage and what price our city, when the only thing the Council
is prepared to consider is shopping?!
2nd Oct 2004 -
level of support at public forum
six-hour public consultation allowed people to make comments on heritage,
buildings, spaces, movement and riverside issues. It was noticable how
many people spoke in favour of open spaces between Clifford's Tower and
the River Foss and between the Castle Museum and "Cafe Andros".
Let's hope that the Council takes these views into consideration when
it re-writes the development brief for the Castle/Piccadilly area. Thanks
to all who came along to give their views.
23rd Sept 2004
- Come to open forum on 2nd October
Council promises "a fresh start" and the opportunity to play your part
in developing a new "development brief" for the Castle and Piccadilly
area. Please come to York St. John College to have your say between 10am
and 4pm on Saturday 2nd October. It might be the only chance to have your
voice heard and if you don't speak up they will just go back to their
own plans. Download
21st Sept 2004
even York Council bemoans empty shops
City of York Council's Economic Development and Community Safety Scrutiny
Board admitted that empty shops and boarded-up shops are an eyesore and
should be monitored. So perhaps they should concentrate on filling them
instead of building more shopping malls!
17th Sept 2004
eyesore proposed on Piccadilly next to Stubbs
hideous high-rise block is proposed on the tiny car park next to FR Stubbs
and overshadowing the ancient Merchant Adventurers' Hall. English Heritage
has called for the scheme to be rejected saying it would "harm the conservation
area and the setting of the two adjacent listed buildings." The Company
of Merchant Adventurers said the latest scheme would "dominate the hall
and its gardens and light levels will be reduced markedly". Clueless Council
officers seem to think the scheme is all right.
19th July 2004
Area Campaign joins consultation Group
have decided to participate in the Castle/Piccadilly Reference Group which
the York Council has set up promising a new start to the Coppergate debate.
The first meeting had representatives from York Tomorrow, English Heritage,
York Open Planning Forum, CABE, York Civic Trust, Land Securities, YNET,
as well as the Council, other landowners and ourselves. It was run by
an independent facilitator and went reasonably well but we must be careful
not to be drawn into accepting a variation on Coppergate II.
15th July 2004
Galloway praises anti-Coppergate protestors
a bizarre incident at the launch of the "Without Walls" vision
for York over the next 20 years, York Council Leader appeared to pay tribute
to the supporters of the Castle Area Campaign who have fought the City
of York Council so fiercely over the Coppergate development. Councillor
Galloway, who chairs Without Walls, said residents "had previously overcome
apparently overwhelming odds." He pointed to the Coppergate campaign,
as an example of "everyone pulling in the same direction." Weird. See
for yourself what he had to say in the YEP
5th July 2004 -
could harm shopping in York
campaign has received a boost from researchers and retail experts in an
article in "Regeneration & Renewal" magazine.
Julian Oram, senior
researcher at the New Economics Foundation, was quoted as saying, "We
must look carefully at what makes each city unique, what makes it so special,
and what makes people want to go there rather than to other similar cities."
Neil McInroy, Director
of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, warned that if major developments
push out smaller, quirkier retailers then the UK would become "a country
of homogenised towns and cities with little cultural diversity or individuality.
A symbol of the successful regeneration of a city doesn't necessarily
mean a large Marks & Spencer or John Lewis. Each town or city should find
its own niche."
Adam Sinclair, Chairman
of York Chamber of Trade, added, "This article vindicates our long-established
stance, in that not only is the character of the area surrounding Clifford's
Tower crucial to the distinction of this city, but so is the character
and distinction of our small independent shops in this historic city.
It is vital that any future development or transport infrastructure surrounding
it does not overpower or subsume these retailers who are the lifeblood
of the city and have been responsible for the long-term upkeep of many
of York's listed building premises."
4th May 2004 -
Director, Roy Templeman to leave York Council
Director of Environment and Development Services at the City of York Council
has finally resigned. It is widely believed he was told to find another
job after wasting £250,000 of taxpayers' money fighting the citizens
of York to build Coppergate II. We are delighted at the news that he is
leaving and hope that this will bring a more balanced perspective within
York Council and a greater respect for the city and its environment.
8th April 2004
Securities in new threat to Clifford's Tower
Salway, new CEO of Land Securities, may be considering a new assault on
York's Castle if media speculation is to be believed. The Yorkshire Evening
Press raises the spectre of renewed interest in the site from Land
Securities in this article. However, due to massive opposition to
the previous scheme and refusal by the Planning Inspectorate and Secretary
of State, Land Securites must tread carefully, as advised in this Yorkshire
Evening Press Leader article. We will be watching.
17th March 2004
ceremony held for those massacred
University of York's Jewish Society held Kaddish prayers for those killed
on the site of Clifford's Tower. The massacre
of York's Jewish population took place on 16th March 1190. To build
a shopping mall on the site of this massacre would be a sickening and
3rd Feb 2004 -
Area Campaign speaks to York Council's Executive
Council Leader, Steve Galloway, to consider other options for the historic
area next to Clifford's Tower and that the public consultation he promised
would be fair and unbiased. Galloway agreed that he would approach the
matter with no preconceptions. It will be "a blank piece of paper."
However, resistance to good sense may lie more strongly with Council Planners
who still cling to the shopping
mall concept. More shopping consultants are to receive wads of public
money, but no money has ever been spent on researching alternatives.
29th Jan 2004 -
resists heritage survey
Heritage has suddenly realised that there's something of cultural and
historical value in York and proposed an environmental capacity study
into the damage done by new developments. Bizarrely, but typically, York
Council has rejected this. See Yorkshire
Evening Press report. Why do York's Planners seem to hate our city?
20th Jan 2004 -
Dem propaganda tries to undermine voters
Lib Dem "Focus" newsletter invites readers to support or reject
a green park next to Clifford's Tower. It would be nice to see a fair
consultation on the subject. However, this travesty of consultation attempts
to skew the results by placing a £1M per year price tag on the park
(ie: adding 2% to citizens' Council Tax). This is a perversion of the
truth and a disgraceful attempt to undermine the future "proper"
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