Agenda and minutes
Contact: Oliver Collins
An opportunity to talk to ward councillors; members of the Neighbourhood Management Unit; The Safer Neighbourhoods Team; Street Environment Officer Clair Bailey-Lane; Rachel Buxton, Waste Strategy Officer; and representatives from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, York in Transition, York LINk, York Credit Union, The Energy Savings Trust Advice Centre, York Library Services.
There will also be an opportunity for residents to put forward suggestions for the Sustainable Communities Act.
There was a chance for residents to speak to the ward councillors; Zoe Burns, Oliver Collins and Richard Stratford from the Neighbourhood Management Unit; Sgt Andy Haigh and PC Jo Brooke from the ward’s Safer Neighbourhoods Policing team; Street Environment Officer Clair Bailey-Lane; Rachel Buxton, Waste Strategy Officer; Annie Thompson from York LINk; and representatives from York Citizens’ Advice Bureau, York Library Services, York Credit Union, and The Energy Savings Trust Advice Centre. Residents also had a chance to put forward their suggestions for the Sustainable Communities Act.
Before the meeting began, there was also a performance of Compost! The Mini-Musical, performed by Fishergate Brownies.
Welcome and Introductions
The minutes from the previous meeting were approved without amendment.
Ward Team Updates
Sgt Andy Haigh from the Heslington/Fulford Safer Neighbourhoods Team gave an update on the policing issues in the ward.
Q. Is it students who are responsible for these incidents?
A. No, it is generally people going onto campus. Mainly bike theft.
Call for questions
Q. Is dog fouling classed as anti-social behaviour?
Q. What are the police doing about the traffic lights at the Heslington Lane/Broadway junction?
Q. Is this a big issue? There are a number of cars abusing the red lights.
Q. When is the CCTV on Main Street and Fulford Road going to be working?
Q. Is it operational yet?
Sustainable Communities Act
Prof. Colin Campbell will give a talk about sustainable communities before the Act is introduced.
An introduction to the Sustainable Communities Act was given by Zoe Burns and Professor Colin Campbell.
§ ZB: By taking part in this process, you can gain more power for your local community. This is the only act I am aware of that is driven from the bottom-up. It recognises that the local community knows best how to manage its own area.
§ The Act takes into account economic, social and environmental factors. We are asking you to come up with ideas. Parish Councils can’t use this, only local authorities. There are several possible uses.
§ We have tried to publicise this process as much as possible, tried to get as many people involved as possible.
§ The process: we are not expecting you to be experts on this. Members have a better idea, officers will be able to give advice. We will be setting up a representative citizens’ panel, including those who are not normally represented. We will be consulting also with the Local Strategic Partnership.
§ We are required to reach agreement. Then proposals will go to the LGA. The LGA was chosen by Westminster as ‘Selector.’ It is expected that they will receive a large number of suggestions.
§ The LGA will then produce a shortlist which will be submitted to the Secretary of State to decide whether or not to give new powers.
§ There are two criteria for a valid proposal. 1. That the proposal must be something which only central government can currently do. 2. That it must promote the sustainability of the local area.
§ I’m sorry that there is little time left for you to get your suggestions in. The deadline is very tight.
§ Information is available online, and there is an online form to submit your applications. Forms and pamphlets are also available at this meeting.
§ CC: I would like to endorse Zoe’s points on the Act. It is not like most legislation which comes up through the Cabinet. This is driven through us, through local residents.
§ This therefore reverses the process of centralisation that successive governments have pursued over the last 40 years. We live in an overly centralised state. This could begin the fight back.
§ What are we trying to achieve? There are a number of different objectives, which you can see on the slide:
§ We are endangering the world for ourselves and our grandchildren. If you go back decades, we were closer to this ideal. In our local community we had numerous local services and shops that we just don’t have anymore. This process hasn’t stopped. We could still lose pubs, school, etc. We have to use a car for most things now. Our community is threatened.
§ ‘Sustainable Communities’ as a name has a great deal of ambiguity. It means environmental sustainability, but also means maintaining the community: We are a group of people with a shared experience. Fulfordians. If facilities are taken away, where does the community go? This act could ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Find out about future plans for York’s libraries
Fiona William from York Libararies gave a presentation outling developments at York Central Library.
Call for questions.
Q. Will books be available in electronic format?
Yes, audiobooks also. More formats will be provided. No late fees either. Electronic copies will simply disappear after allocated time.
Q. Do you deliver to old people’s homes?
Yes, but the service needs more publicity.
Q. Will the library be open all the time?
We are looking at opening hours. Currently dreadful. Every library should be open at least 30 hours. We are hoping to increase hours by using electronic checkout.
Q. How does York compare with elsewhere?
Poorly funded, but it is improving. There is a real appetite in York. We can now compete better because of our excellent staff.
Q. Are libraries open on a Sunday across the country?
Yes, it is fairly common.
KA: We should promote this more.
Have Your Say
A chance for residents to put any comments or questions to the councillors
No questions from residents.