Tour plans for York stray branded a "shambles"

Tour plans for York stray branded a "shambles"

Monk Stray

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PLANS to use a York stray as a Tour de France spectator base have become an "utter shambles" and left residents "baffled", according to a councillor.

City of York Council said a public meeting at Bell Farm Social Hall to discuss proposals for Monk Stray to be a campsite and spectator hub when the Tour comes to York on July 6 was "very well-attended with lots of community comment and interest".

But Heworth Without councillor Nigel Ayre said residents were told a licensing application for the event could not be discussed and there was limited time for questions, sparking a "slow handclap".

He said officials claimed there would be no live entertainment, despite this being advertised, and Coun Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, was contradicted by officers after saying there were no plans to use the site until 5am despite the licence running until then.

"It is hard to think how the council could have got this consultation more wrong - residents' anger was completely understandable," he said.

Coun Crisp said campsite demand was being gauged and the spectator hub would only operate for up to 12 hours on July 6, being removed "as soon as appropriate after that".

She said any camping would be "away from the majority of residents".

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2:23pm Fri 14 Mar 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Nigel Ayre said residents were told a licensing application for the event could not be discussed and there was limited time for questions.

Just there to be told then, Labours contempt for residents is unbelievable.
Nigel Ayre said residents were told a licensing application for the event could not be discussed and there was limited time for questions. Just there to be told then, Labours contempt for residents is unbelievable. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: 1

2:47pm Fri 14 Mar 14

meme says...

Whether the plan is right or wrong our incompetent Council need to understand that this is a democracy and residents should be listened to
Crisp will have been badly briefed, told its going to happen , pretend to listen and ignore everything later
its such a shame that this bunch just seem to ignore all complaints once they have it in their mind to do something. I actually agree that this is good for a short term venue; its only for a few days at most and its a big event and residents amy have some hassle but its not end of world .....but if York Council can **** something up. even a simple as a consultation....... they will!
Whether the plan is right or wrong our incompetent Council need to understand that this is a democracy and residents should be listened to Crisp will have been badly briefed, told its going to happen , pretend to listen and ignore everything later its such a shame that this bunch just seem to ignore all complaints once they have it in their mind to do something. I actually agree that this is good for a short term venue; its only for a few days at most and its a big event and residents amy have some hassle but its not end of world .....but if York Council can **** something up. even a simple as a consultation....... they will! meme
  • Score: -6

3:18pm Fri 14 Mar 14

the original Homer says...

Can't see why they think it will be well attended anyway. There are numerous places being set up as temporary campsites for the event (and a few have already been cancelled again due to lack of demand). A stage start is not a good spectator venue - the good ones are stage finishes, and hill climbs.

But no doubt our councillors will have already been told that, and will have decided to carry on anyway. The campsite will be run, and the attendance figures will be a bit like having a survey. i.e. It will be deemed a success no matter what the results are:

Good attendance means the Council got it right, and the public agreed.

Poor attendance means the Council got it right, and the public were wrong.
Can't see why they think it will be well attended anyway. There are numerous places being set up as temporary campsites for the event (and a few have already been cancelled again due to lack of demand). A stage start is not a good spectator venue - the good ones are stage finishes, and hill climbs. But no doubt our councillors will have already been told that, and will have decided to carry on anyway. The campsite will be run, and the attendance figures will be a bit like having a survey. i.e. It will be deemed a success no matter what the results are: Good attendance means the Council got it right, and the public agreed. Poor attendance means the Council got it right, and the public were wrong. the original Homer
  • Score: -20

6:59pm Fri 14 Mar 14

bolero says...

No point in commenting on this one. The vote rigger had already been appointed by the Council before the event.
No point in commenting on this one. The vote rigger had already been appointed by the Council before the event. bolero
  • Score: -20

7:08pm Fri 14 Mar 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Always comment, the fact that the votes are rigged after office hours is clear indication of weakness.

One vote won't be rigged, that is next year and delaying the community stadium build until Feb 2015 isn't going to change that result.

Poor leadership, soft, weak and incapable, unable to front issues, always hiding until it's too late. What a pathetic bunch of secret squirrels.
Always comment, the fact that the votes are rigged after office hours is clear indication of weakness. One vote won't be rigged, that is next year and delaying the community stadium build until Feb 2015 isn't going to change that result. Poor leadership, soft, weak and incapable, unable to front issues, always hiding until it's too late. What a pathetic bunch of secret squirrels. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -33

7:09pm Fri 14 Mar 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Forgot to add "SHALLOW".
Forgot to add "SHALLOW". YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -28

7:14pm Fri 14 Mar 14

stephen123 says...

Our only hope of stopping the Council using our historic Stray for drinking will be for individuals to speak up and raise their objections at the premises licence hearing on 25 March.

It is a disgrace that the Council is encouraging drinking on this lovely amenity. This is not a good message to send out, as in the months following the event the residents will have to contend with the anti social behaviour and crime and disorder. That will be the lasting legacy if the premises licence is granted.
Our only hope of stopping the Council using our historic Stray for drinking will be for individuals to speak up and raise their objections at the premises licence hearing on 25 March. It is a disgrace that the Council is encouraging drinking on this lovely amenity. This is not a good message to send out, as in the months following the event the residents will have to contend with the anti social behaviour and crime and disorder. That will be the lasting legacy if the premises licence is granted. stephen123
  • Score: -19

10:14pm Fri 14 Mar 14

bolero says...

Pathetic isn't it?
Pathetic isn't it? bolero
  • Score: -52

8:34am Sat 15 Mar 14

Thislittleold market town says...

Cllr crisp is incompetent at her job
Cllr crisp is incompetent at her job Thislittleold market town
  • Score: -29

2:07pm Sat 15 Mar 14

bolero says...

Thislittleold market town wrote:
Cllr crisp is incompetent at her job
What job?
[quote][p][bold]Thislittleold market town[/bold] wrote: Cllr crisp is incompetent at her job[/p][/quote]What job? bolero
  • Score: -39

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