can I do to stop Shoppergate?
Castle Area Campaign
massacre of Jews in 1190
ideas for Coppergate
of Clifford's Tower
City of York Council report
in York is guilty?
against Coppergate II
news from 2004,
and from 1998-2000.
13th Dec 2005 -
Area Campaign meeting with City of York Council
Castle Area Campaign Group members were approached by Derek Gauld from
the City of York Council Planning Department and invited to a meeting
to air our views. This is the first time this has happened and it is clear
that the officer was acting on his own initiative. A full and frank exchange
of views took place with most friction over the draft Planning Brief which
is so heavily twisted towards retail. Derek Gauld claimed that the area
is "crying out for retail development", which is light years
from the assessment of the Government's Planning Inspector. It appears
to us that the Planning Brief is less about true consultation and is simply
a vehicle for pushing York Council's old ideas for a shopping centre.
Disappointing and scandalous.
2005 - Land
Securities Exeter eggbox
Poor Exeter - singled out as the worst "clone
town" in Britain, it now has to host a conference sponsored
by Land Securities titled, "Making retail led regeneration
work in historic towns." The conference leaflet has a photo
of the most soulless shopping shed imaginable milling with shopper-zombies.
This is what Land Securities wants to see coming to a historic town
near you? Well, not here in York mate.
2005 - Consultation
Following the consultation on the draft of the new development brief,
the Castle Area Campaign's bean-counter got to work to discover
what York's Town Planners might really be thinking.
Is it significant the number of times these words were mentioned?
Economy = 1
Culture = 12
Heritage = 18
Community = 21
Consultation = 33
Open Space = 58
Retail = 103
7th Oct 2005 -
call for 'plain talk' on Coppergate
Oct 2005 - York
Pride Award for Campaign
somewhat surprised Stuart Wilson collected a runners-up prize at a
glitzy awards ceremony for York Community Pride Person of the Year,
which was held at York Racecourse. Stuart said, "There were some
worthy winners on the night and I felt it was an honour to be nominated.
The accolade should go to the whole Castle Area Campaign and to everyone
who is fighting to keep York special and prevent overdevelopment of
the York Castle area."
Mark Hill presented the York Green Party's response to the draft Planning
Brief on the Castle Piccadilly site, saying that the "dangerously vague"
document needs a dose of good Yorkshire bluntness if York's heritage was
to be protected from unchecked retail development. He urged citizens to
write to Nicola Berry, Development Team, City of York Council, 9 St. Leonard's
Place, York, YO1 7ET.
27th Sept 2005
Heritage CEO concedes Coppergate mistakes
Simon Thurley, speaking at York Civic Trust's AGM, admitted that English
Heritage's support for Coppergate II had been a mistake. Dr Thurley said
that English Heritage had somehow "backed itself into a corner on
the issue of Coppergate", but insisted that "the really good
news is that it wasn't built."
22nd Aug 2005 -
Castle Piccadilly public consultation begins
new draft plan for the Castle Area and Piccadilly is available for
public consultation from today. The plan sets out guidelines for any future
development on this important heritage site next to Clifford's Tower.
York MUST NOT get this wrong again. The consultation process runs from
22 Aug - 14 Oct. Have your say. Write to Nicola Berry, Development Team,
City of York Council, 9 St. Leonard's Place, York, YO1 7ET.
17th Aug 2005 -
Area Campaigner nominated for York Pride award
delighted that Stuart Wilson, spokesperson for the Castle Area Campaign
has been shortlisted as a finalist for 'York Community Pride Person of
the Year'. Stuart said, "I'm just an ordinary guy but I think York
is special and it is worth fighting to preserve its heritage and environment
3rd Aug 2005 -
Councillors backsliding on Open Space promise
Liberal Democrat Councillors have now refused to say how much land next
to Clifford's Tower should be set aside as open space and how much should
be built on. This sets the new Planning Brief back on the same tracks
as the hated Coppergate II. A public consultation is soon to take place.
Contact us if you want to help the campaign.
The plans can be downloaded from the Council's
26th July 2005
Piccadilly development draft available
City of York Council has a new draft planning brief for the Castle Area
and Piccadilly in York. This will be discussed by York Council on 3rd
August and then be made available for public consultation. The Castle
Area Campaign cautiously welcomes the draft planning brief. The Council
has got to get this right for York this time and we will not let them
get away with another shoddy Coppergate-style plan.
2005 - Exeter
stigmatised as Britain's worst "clone town"
New Economics Foundation defines a clone town as "a place that has had
the individuality of its high street shops replaced by a monochrome strip
of global and national chains". Exeter is the town most easily "mistaken
for dozens of other bland town centres across the country." The High Street
had only one independent shop and the least varied selection of shop types,
with "little more than clothing retailers, a few electronics shops and
some stationery or bookstores".
Exeter also suffers from a Development Director who previously worked
in York in league with Land Securites to try to foist Coppergate II onto
us. Unsurprisingly Exeter now has a horrible shopping mall to (dis)grace
its streets. It didn't deserve it and neither does York.
May 2005 - Lendal
Tower, York, under threat
City of York Council is now considering removing the protection of
Scheduled Ancient Monument status from Lendal Tower as it is turned
into flats. There has been no Heritage and Conservation appraisal
of this landmark building and the City of York Council Planning Department
appears to have little concern as to what might happen to it in the
7th May 2005 -
Securities in big shopping mall deal
developer, Land Securities, has paid £517 million to acquire Tops
Estates to consolidate its position in shopping malls.
4th Mar 2005 -
wheel attraction put on hold
March 2005 - Anniversary
of the darkest hour in York's history, the killing in 1190 of 150
Jewish people at Clifford's Tower. York's population of Jews took
refuge inside the then wooden tower from a rampaging mob. Seeing
no possibility of escape many of the unfortunate Jews chose to die
by their own hand while those who surrendered were slaughtered.
Is it any place
to build a shopping mall, on the ground where this massacre took
for a 'York Eye' in York's Tower Gardens have been shelved. The Castle Car
Park could be a suitable alternative venue, or the National Railway Museum.
24th Feb 2005 -
to Open Planning Forum on Castle Piccadilly
come to the York Open Planning Forum to hear about the public consultation
which has taken place. Will the Council's breif turn out merely to be
a variation on Coppergate II ? Meet at the Central Methodist Church on
St. Saviourgate on Thurs 24th Feb to start at 7:30pm.
9th Feb 2005 -
chapel opened at Clifford's Tower in York
Heritage has re-opened a room at Clifford's Tower which has remained closed
to the public for decades. Some of the tower's best architectural detail
is now on display in the medieval chapel, once used to accommodate royal
2nd Feb 2005 -
new roof and floors for Clifford's Tower?
probably the silly season... a newspaper article has revealed a possible
plan by English Heritage to replace the roof on Clifford's Tower and add
floors. This seems unlikely, unless of course, the real plan is to turn
it into 150 buy-to-let flats!
2005 - York
the site of York's massacre of Jews in 1190, was a highly appropriate
venue for anti-fascist campaigners to gather to honour the millions
who died in the Nazi's genocide programme. Students, trades unionists,
travellers, and Jewish people were among those who came to remember.
26th Jan 2005 -
Eye' could be built near Clifford's Tower
54 metre high observation wheel like the London Eye could be erected in
Tower Gardens opposite York's famous Clifford's Tower. It would be a temporary
structure for 11 months necessitating cutting down some trees and would
be close to some houses. However it would be an exciting addition to York's
tourism offering especially if placed on the Castle Car Park instead of
at Tower Gardens. This would afford 11 months for the car park to be examined
as public open space.
22nd Jan 2005 -
historic building flattened in York
Croft, the former home of renowned conservationist John Bowes Morrell,
has been destroyed by evil developers Barrett York Limited to make way
for more horrible little flats. York's worthless
Council Planning Department had backed the destruction.
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