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news from 2005,
2001, and from 1998-2000.
25th Aug 2006 -
4 covers story of York's massacre of Jews.
BBC Radio 4 re-told the massacre of York's Jewish population at Clifford's
Tower in 1190 as part of a series "Rediscovering Places of Historical
Importance" by Andrew Hoskin on the "Today" programme.
See also our page about York's Jewish history.
2nd July 2006 -
Area Campaign supporter, Freddie Trueman, dies.
We mourn the loss of a superb cricketer, a great Yorkshireman, and a supporter
of the campaign to stop the building of a shopping mall next to Clifford's
Tower in York. Diagnosed with lung cancer in May, he died yesterday, aged
Trueman spoke his mind and gave his support to the Castle Area Campaign
along with other famous people.
18th May 2006 -
Securities wavering on York's Castle Piccadilly site?
Land Securities has not yet made a decision on whether it should go ahead
with building a shabby shopping mall in York. Land Sec is still thinking
carefully about whether it wants another good hiding from the good people.
Gerald Jennings, LS regional director, said, "We hope, after very
careful consideration, to be in a position to make our decision later
The Castle Area Campaign, citizens of York, and our friends and supporters
around the world will be watching and waiting.
12th May 2006 -
over York's plan to build retail site".
A piece in "Building Design" magazine notes that York Council
has published a new development brief setting out its vision for Castle
Piccadilly, where developer Land Securities Trillium has twice failed
to secure planning consent for retail-led schemes. A critic then says
"In 2003 the inspector was robust in his condemnation of the retail-led
scheme... concluding that any development of such an important site must
be heritage led rather than retail led. So what does the City of York
Council do? It publishes a third brief, proposing development which 'addresses
the retail needs of the city'."
10th May 2006 -
York is special".
Professor Sir Ron Cooke's book, published by York Civic Trust
(ISBN 1 85072 344 3),
attempts to answer the question which Sir Ron overheard in York's Guildhall.
A property developer and an unusually enlightened councillor were talking...
Developer : "There's
no limit to what we could do here if York didn't think it was so special!"
Councillor : "But York is special!"
Developer : "Why?"
3rd May 2006 -
independent retailers are being "squeezed out".
Nicole Snowden, closing her fashion boutique, Bleu Marine, in Low Petergate,
said, "We are getting squeezed by the big stores more and more. York
is getting harder for a business. There are almost too many shops for
the number of people. When they open more and more shops, some will obviously
15th Apr 2006 -
shopkeepers struggling due to rising rents.
Frustrated retailers in York's historic shopping street, 'The
Shambles', who lease their premises from City of York Council, say
the authority is not helping them. Howard Proctor, owner of Earl
Grey Tea Rooms, worries York is losing its individuality - "The
council seems to have a very short term, get-the-money-in-quick plan for
the city centre. If a property is vacant, it will let it to the highest
bidder. It's a shame, as all the little people will go and York will become
a homogenous city centre just like any other. The council has got such
a valuable historic asset and it doesn't seem to value it."
23rd Mar 2006 -
of York Council passes planning brief for more shops
Well, what did you expect? Still, there were some minor victories. Councillors
took four hours to argue over the detail and due to amendments from Independents,
Labour and Greens there were a couple of safety clauses inserted.
a) that a clear view from the base of the Clifford's Tower mound to the
River Foss must be maintained.
b) that Piccadilly, the East side, of the Foss is preferred for large
The Castle Area Campaign Group is in no way satisfied with this planning
brief. It is still calling for a big shopping mall however, the protesters
and some Councillors have won a few points today. There is still much
to do - so keep watching.
20th Mar 2006 -
shows York Council is wrong to chase chain-stores
The Yorkshire Evening Press today ran a poll asking, "Would
the opening of high-class retail outlets like Harvey Nichols make you
more likely to shop in York?"
The response was an emphatic "No". (
Yes = 9.5% No = 91.5% )
Okay, we note that the total comes to 101%. The YEP concedes a rounding
error, but the point is that people are not interested in the big shopping
mall idea. That's not why they come to shop in York. Will York Council
ever understand this?
2006 - New
planning brief out
Here we go again! A revised draft planning brief for Castle Piccadilly
is out and will be presented to the City of York Council's Planning
Committee on 23rd March 2006.
brief contains some improvements but the Council seems to be obsessed
with shoving a big shopping mall on the site as this map shows.
Piccadilly revised brief (PDF 1Mb)
Piccadilly proposals map (PDF 180k)
2006 - Holocaust
Memorial Day in York
York Unity organised a candlelit memorial vigil at Clifford's Tower
to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The
event centred on Clifford's Tower because it was the scene of York's
darkest hour when 150 Jews died at the hands of a mob in 1190.
is no place to build a shopping mall.
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