Agenda and minutes
Venue: Heslington Church
Contact: Oliver Collins
Surgery - 7:00pm
Residents had the opportunity to talk to Councillor Keith Aspden; Oliver Collins and Richard Stratford from the Neighbourhood Management Unit; Clair Bailey-Lane, Street Environment Officer; PC Jo Brooke and PC Anna Daniels from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team; Chris Newsome, Community Planning Officer; Catherine Bamford from York Rotters; Trisha Matthews from York Credit Union; representatives from the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service and Gail Goodall and Claire Beech from City of York Council’s City Strategy Team.
Welcome and Minutes - 7:30pm
2.1 Councillor Aspden welcomed residents to the meeting and offered apologies for Cllr Jamieson-Ball’s absence.
2.2 The minutes from the previous meeting were approved and signed.
Advice on how to get your new compost bin started
3.1 Catherine Bamford from York Rotters gave a presentation outlining how residents could use the compost bins which were available free at the meeting. The following points were noted.
York Credit Union
Trisha Matthews will be giving a presentation on what services the credit union can offer to residents and how they can access the service
4.1 Trisha Matthews from York Credit Union gave a presentation outlining the work of North Yorkshire Credit Union. The following key points were made.
4.2 Residents asked the following questions.
Q. What interest is given to savers?
A. It is a dividend. There is no interest like a bank, but this year there was a 3% return.
4.3 Cllr Aspden declared a personal interest as a member of the Credit Union.
Local Development Framework (LDF)
Representatives from City of York Council’s City Development will give a presentation on York’s Local Development Framework.
5.1 Claire Beech from City of York Council’s City Strategy Team gave a presentation explaining the Council’s Core Strategy consultation document. Copies were available at the meeting.
The following key points were outlined.
It also considers what already exists , i.e. enough open space, nature conservation, etc.
Residents can get involved by filling in the leaflet available at the meeting, visiting the website or contacting the City Development team.
5.2 Residents asked the following questions:
Q. Can you clarify when the deadline for submissions is?
A. It is formally set for august, but there is room for flexibility. Some late requests will be accepted with prior notice i.e. from Parish Councils.
Q. Answering the questionnaire doesn’t get us very far.
A. It is certainly worth filling in and expressing your views.
Q. The map [in the document] is very small scale
A. This is linked to another study. You can comment widely or narrowly. Perhaps we could deal with this area through a Parish Council Meeting. There is some leeway.
Dean's Acre/Heslington East Update
Chris Newsome, City of York Council will give an update on the Heslington East development
6.1 Chris Newsome from the City of York Council’s City Strategy Team gave a presentation explaining the latest developments with the University of York expansion. The following points were highlighted.
Residents asked the following questions.
C. Coming into York from the A64, the buildings are very intrusive, damaging the impression of York.
A. It is unfortunate if you think this is the case, but there are many other benefits that the University will bring to the city. The floor level has not raised the height of buildings beyond the original planning. Hopefully landscaping will improve the appearance in time.
Q. It is obvious that there is a lot of water around. Are there any flooding risks?
A. Water discharge has been taken into account.
Q. Are the trees that will be planted at Dean’s Acre going to be mature? Saplings take years to mature.
A. We will plant as many trees as possible. I will get back to you on whether or not they are mature trees. Dean’s Acre has been a difficult problem to solve, but there is a need to relieve traffic on Field Lane.
Have Your Say
An opportunity for residents to discuss any additional local issues with the ward councillors
7.1 Residents at the Ward Committee expressed their wish that Councilor Aspden sends their best wishes to Councilor Jamieson-Ball.
7.2 A resident requested that Ward Councillors raised concerns about a property in The Crescent, Heslington, which Cllr Aspden agreed to do through City of York Council Housing Services.