Agenda item

Public Participation

At this point in the meeting members of the public who have registered to speak can do so.  The deadline for registering is 5.00pm on Wednesday 23 November 2016.  Members of the public can speak on agenda items or matters within the remit of the committee.


To register to speak please contact the Democracy Officer for the meeting, on the details at the foot of the agenda.


Filming, Recording or Webcasting Meetings

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It was reported that there had been five registrations to speak at the meeting under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme and that three Members of Council had also requested to speak.  The registrations were in respect of the following items:


Funding Major Transport Projects – West Yorkshire Transport Fund


Paul Hepworth spoke on behalf of Cycling UK to highlight the reductions in investment in sustainable transport and, in particular, in the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. He expressed concern that the Local Enterprise Partnership’s were not incentivised by Government to allocate funding to promote sustainable travel and requested that the WYCA funding should be used to widen travel choices and contribute to the Local Transport Plan.


York Central – Consultation on Access Options


Annabel Jelley spoke on behalf of local residents and the Save Holgate Garden campaign group. She referred to Access Option C  to the York Central site, opposite Chancery Rise, pointing out that the route would cut through a green garden space for which village green status had recently been applied. She confirmed support for full consultation with residents regarding all access options, referring to the detrimental impact of access close to homes and the impact on residents and the local community.  


Ben Hall also spoke to express concern regarding the effect on local residents of an access road opposite to Chancery Rise in to the site. In particular the effect of pollution from vehicles adjacent to a play area. He asked that all options should be given equal consideration and the effect of each on the local community.

Claire McMahon-Harvey also referred to the impact an access road at this point would have on the St Paul’s Primary School, affecting air quality with additional traffic on Holgate Road. She also referred to the loss of a valuable amenity space for the local community at Holgate Garden.


Cllr Derbyshire requested that, when Officers undertook more detailed consideration of the access options, public views should be fully weighed alongside the five criteria listed in the report. Whilst residents supported the development, an access route opposite Chancery Rise would affect community green space and she requested that sufficient weight should be given to community impact.


Update on Land Assets at Piccadilly


Sam Leach, spoke as a Director of Spark:York in support of the granting of a three year tenancy, to their community interest group, to provide start up space for local businesses and street food on the vacant Piccadilly site. He confirmed that the project would provide local residents with affordable retail units and space for food, drink, retail art studios and work space to enhance the city offer.


Cllr Craghill, expressed her support for the temporary development of the Piccadilly site to support local enterprises and to regenerate the area for residents. In particular she supported the reinvestment of profits in community projects.


Cllr Flinders also expressed his support for the Piccadilly project which he felt would provide impetus for the Southern Gateway project and benefit the local community. He also supported the sharing of profits from the project and the benefit the development would provide for existing businesses in the area.


The Next Phase of the Older Persons’ Accommodation Programme: Deciding the future of Willow House Older Persons’ Home


Cllr Craghill expressed concern at the inclusion in the sale of Willow House Older Persons’ Home of a green amenity space at the front of the home.



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