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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Woodthorpe Primary School, Summerfield Road

Contact: Michal Czekajlo  Community Involvement Officer

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Drop in surgery 6:30-7:00pm

·        Talk to your local councillors

·        Talk to the local Police Community Support Officer

·        Find out about community groups active in your area

·        Give us your views on what is important to you in your community


Main meeting 7:00-8:30pm pdf icon PDF 4 MB

·        Have your say on the vision for York’s Libraries – an overview and a talk from the City of York Council representative


·        Ward budget – an update on recently funded projects, plus timetable and priorities for the year 2018/19


·        Have your say

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Cllr Stephen Fenton welcomed everyone to the meeting.    He informed the meeting that there would not be a Planning Panel selection at this meeting as it needed to be promoted to make potential new members aware of the opportunity.  The Planning Panel selection would therefore now take place at the next Ward Committee Meeting






PSCO Joe Moisley gave an overview of the work of his team.  They were based at Acomb Road Police Station and covered Woodthorpe, Dringhouses and Copmanthorpe.   He said that there were not many incidents of anti-social behaviour in these areas.    He said he had left some business cards tonight for people to contact him directly but that he could not respond to any incidents directly as these should be reported on 101 or 999.


The subject of litter was raised by a resident who asked when the police were going to make an example of people who littered.   Joe replied that the police could issue tickets for littering, but this responsibility fell mainly to the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team Officers at the Council who were based at West Offices.  As well as littering they also dealt with noise complaints and dog mess. 


His team’s role was to mainly deal with anti-social behaviour, parking and traffic problems. 


Cllr Reid said that prosecutions have been made but it was very much in the hands of the local press as to whether they published this information.  There was an issue of “age of consent” as to whether prosecutions could be made or not.  She would let residents have the relevant information.


She said the York College endeavoured to make their students aware of littering.









Charlie Croft, Assistant Director for Communities, Culture and the Public Realm gave a presentation on the York Libraries Consultation “Centre of Learning and Opportunity for all”. This Consultation is currently underway and closes on 14th February.


He explained that the contract currently held by York Explore was coming up for renewal and there would be a new contact for library services in York in 2019.  Currently York libraries were successful as the current provider, York Explore had introduced many new services.   Visitor numbers and book issues were good, and the service offered excellent value for money and provided spaces for the community to come together.


York currently had a high number of library branches for its population and were in the upper quartile for usage of English Unitary Authorities.  The cost per visit ranged from £0.33 (Rowntree Park) to £2.82 for mobile libraries.  There was good support from volunteers and book stocks were borrowed on average 5 times per year.


Nevertheless, there was a need to continue innovation and build on successes to date.  The service needed to continue to meet changing needs and expectations in the coming years.  There was also a need to see an improvement in the fabric of the library buildings.


The vision for the future of York Libraries was for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.


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