The official York Central Partnership is going ahead with public consultations on road access to the York Central site. See links and dates below
(The access plans will also be available online from 23 August.)The York Central Action (YCA) community group, supported by the York Green Party, believe that for a meaningful consultation the public needs to be MUCH better informed. The York Central Partnership includes City of York Council, Network Rail, National Railway Museum and The Homes and Communities Agency. There was a meeting with the York Central Partnership Working Party on August 4th at which YCA learned very little.They asked the Partnership to share with the public:
- What is the big vision for the site – especially for health, homes and jobs?
- What is the overall business plan – what are the costs and risks, and who will make money? How will the public benefit?
- The Partnership has hired six firms of consultants – what have these consultants been asked to do?
- What are the impacts of the different access options on health and wellbeing? This is a major community concern. What are the relative costs of the different access options?
- What is the Partnership’s response to our consultation proposal?They were told that ‘there may be delays’ in responding to these questions but one important response they have received is that“The health aspects of the vision have been added following the ongoing public engagement to reflect the importance of this issue and may be subject to further refinement through the consultation.”The problems as YCA see it, come back to ‘commercial confidentiality’ and the partnership having only ‘big picture data’ even though they are asking the people to respond to detailed questions! It will be a case of putting together as much information as we can ourselves.Another interesting response with detailed information which they have provided is that
“The scheme must be viable in order to deliver the much needed new jobs and homes in York to enable the city to grow and prosper. To this end the Partners and wider stakeholders have been successfully assembling a public sector funding package to ensure the delivery of critical items of infrastructure to support the scheme, including:
-Housing Zone funding through HCA
-Local Growth Funding from Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership
-Enterprise Zone status through the Department of Communities and Local Government
-Individual Partner contributions.”They have also said they are“open to alternative methods of engagement for the next stage of consultation and we will discuss this with all interested parties”…So perhaps we can hope for some “creative hack” activities such as those attempted by the Castle Gateway development groups on the other side of the city!In the meantime we still think it wise for as many people and groups as possible to respond to the ‘access road’ consultations before 13th September, even if we are being asked to make judgement based on inadequate information. We need to gauge community impact of the options and inform the preferred access route, which will then feed into preparations for the Masterplan consultation.York Central Partnership’s ‘Access road’ Consultations“As a land-locked site that is surrounded by railway lines, road access is a crucial consideration. Several options are being considered for the site and the events will allow those options to be outlined to the public, giving them an opportunity to feed back directly to the technical and design teams that work with York Central Partnership.”The partnership has organised four separate events:
- St Barnabas Church, Jubilee Terrace, Leeman Road2:00pm – 5:00pm, Wednesday 23 August 2017
- St Paul’s Church, Holgate Road4:00pm – 8:00pm, Wednesday 30 August 2017
- Marriot Room, Explore Library, Library Square, Museum StreetNoon – 4:00pm, Saturday 2 September 2017
- Duchess of Hamilton Suite, National Railway Museum, Leeman RoadNoon – 4:00pm, Saturday 9 September 2017The events will allow residents to understand more about the options being considered and comment on the potential access routes, with the feed back helping inform the final decision on access.The access plans will also be available online from 23 August.Feedback is invited between Wednesday 23 August and Wednesday 13 September 2017.Finally, if you would like to know how to contact the officers responsible for these things, the York Central Partnership contact is Katherine Atkinson ont: 01904 551474 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org