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news from 2006,
2001, and from 1998-2000.
Nov 2007 - LS
share price on the slide
The Observer reports that investors have been dumping shares in commercial
property companies, and that Land Securities has seen its stock price
plunge by 30 per cent since January.
13th Oct 2007 -
Securities retreats from York Castle
The Council's preferred developer for the Coppergate Riverside development
has pulled out. Land Securities has announced that it is withdrawing from
the scheme to build a shopping mall next to Clifford's Tower.
After four years of
pondering a revised scheme, the company is selling not just its interests
along Piccadilly, but also the original Coppergate Centre. Its office
in York is no longer needed. The mighty Land Sec is run out of town.
2007 - International
focus on York
International concern at the plans for Clifford's Tower continues
with the publication of a five-page article in the American-Israeli
It focuses on
the history of Jews in York, from the horrific slaughter at Clifford's
Tower in 1190, to the excavation and removal of remains from Jewbury
in the 1980s, to the battle against Coppergate II.
of the Castle Area Campaign, says, "International interest
in the history of York is not going to go away and the Council and
developers need to realise that the eyes of the world are upon them.
This area has international importance and should be considered
as a World Heritage Site."
31st Jul 2007 -
calls for new thinking on Coppergate
Martin Burgess, of Northminster Properties, is proposing a new professional
and business quarter on the Castle-Piccadilly site to house new city centre
offices for professionals such as law and accountancy firms. See
He stressed that whatever
was built on the site, there would need to be a significant open space
in the vicinity of Clifford's Tower, perhaps with a stylish piazza being
created to front on to the site.
But council leader
Steve Galloway said the Council would wish to see a comprehensive development
proposal for the Piccadilly area - and Land Securities were a "dominant
property owner" there. "It is for them to make a statement when
they consider it appropriate," he said. "My advice to Mr Burgess
is that his first step should be to speak with Land Securities.
Green Party Councillor
Dave Taylor said, "I want the Council to take other proposals more
seriously, such as this one announced by Martin Burgess. It's not acceptable
that he was merely told by Steve Galloway to talk to the Council's favoured
developer, Land Securities. Who is responsible for town planning in this
city? Is it the Council or is it Land Securities?"
16th May 2007 -
CEO resigns "not proud of his role on Coppergate"
David Atkinson, CEO of York Council, has announced he will go in three
months. A Press
interview was quite revealing: The decision to back a controversial
scheme for a new shopping complex next to Clifford's Tower, and then to
spend £220,000 supporting that decision at a public inquiry only
to get a very public slap in the face from a Government planning inspector,
was "not the council's finest hour," Atkinson admitted.
3rd May 2007 -
Council hung. Some successes for our campaign
Despite complaints to the police from one political party that our literature
was partisan. (Of course it was - no brainer!) The people of York
did support our programme, breaking the two-party domination of York and
the Lib Dems' stranglehold on the Council. Some more of the guilty
planning committee are gone! Labour maverick Brian Watson thankfully
retained his seat. Eight Conservatives were newly elected and a Castle
Area Campaigner was elected for the Green Party.
in York's local government elections
The Castle Area Campaign supports any parties or candidates who oppose
the building of a shopping mall next to Clifford's Tower. 12,000 leaflets
are being distributed in York to raise awareness of the campaign and support
the Conservatives, the Greens, the old Liberal Party (not Lib Dems) and
the Monster Raving Loony! Two Labour candidates, Geoff Beacon and Brian
Watson are also good candidates and should be supported. Only one Lib
Dem candidate phoned us and he asked not to be named!
29th Mar 2007 -
Pearson of York Alliance dies
Former York Planning Officer, Eric Pearson has died aged 76. After his
retirement, Pearson formed the York Alliance - a forerunner of the Castle
Area Campaign - to fight Land Securities' initial plans for a £60
million extension to the Coppergate Centre.
in 'The Press'.
22nd Mar 2007 -
species ruining retail eco-system
Andrew Simms' article in The
Guardian likens chainstores to nature's hungry invasive species, suffocating
diversity and driving out the indigenous breeds. "Big superstores
and chain retailers were allowed to spread by planners, town councils
and governments in awe of big business. But then it started to go wrong.
The chains became the economic equivalent of invasive species: hungry,
indiscriminate, often antisocial and destructive. When no one was paying
much attention, the superstores and cloned shops grew to dominate and
suffocate the economic ecosystem." He's not wrong!
10th Feb 2007 -
dead or just resting?
More good news - by 'eck, it's all happening today!
York's newspaper, "The Press" raises the possibility that the
Coppergate Riverside blueprint is in doubt as Land Securities has not
come up with a new plan since the Council's draft of March 2006. Diana
Golding's leaving may be another indication that the plans are on the
Taylor, spokesman for the Castle Area Campaign, said: "It would be
good to think Shoppergate is finally defeated. York has a fairly unique
retail offering and we should celebrate that by focusing on the superb
array of little local shops instead of chasing chainstores."
10th Feb 2007 -
of Coppergate Centre to leave York
Great news! Land Securities' front-person in York, Diana Golding, is having
to leave the city to go and bugger-up Buxton instead. Infamously, Golding
danced for joy when York Council passed the Land Securities plans for
a shabby shopping mall next to Clifford's Tower. We say "good riddence
to Golding, but watch out Buxton!"
10th Feb 2007 -
to close York city centre store?
Debenhams, which was the only big retailer prepared to show an interest
in Coppergate II has now said it will close its York department store
on Davygate. York City Council claims the city is short of large department
stores, so will it permit Debehams upper storeys to be turned into 14
flats by property's owner, Friends Provident? If
so, they're no friends of York.
2007 - Holocaust
Memorial Day in York
Janet Hopton, Lord Mayor of York, attended the memorial service
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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