£175k to be spent on Hungate pedestrianisation

York Press: £175k to be spent on Hungate pedestrianisation £175k to be spent on Hungate pedestrianisation

THE council is to pour £175,000 into creating new pedestrian areas at the Hungate development site.

The money has been committed from City of York Council's Economic Infrastructure Fund (EIF), and was confirmed at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday night alongside a £75,000 grant bid from the BioVale project to develop a cluster of biorenewable businesses around York.

The Hungate money comes on top of funds expected from the developers through the planning application process. It will help create a "world-class district for commercial and resident development", the council's head of economic development Katie Stewart and director of customer and business support services Ian Floyd said in a written report to the cabinet

But full details of what the money will be spent on are not included in the report to cabinet, and the council has faced criticism from opposition Liberal Democrat councillors over spending on another city centre project without any details of what the money will do.

The £75,000 BioVale funding was approved "in principle" and faces a business case assessment by the council chief executive Kersten England and senior officials, before the money can be spent.

The University of York led project aims to bring biorenewable businesses to York, and the council cash is being requested to help develop a business plan, a masterplan for physical premises, and engage with private sector businesses. It should also help the project get hold of extra funding from other sources.

Cash for both schemes comes from the £28.5 million EIF, which was created in April 2012 to fuel economic growth and has so far spent just under £28 million.

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9:26am Thu 8 May 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

"Creating new pedestrian areas" - sounds interesting, as long as it's not a euphemism for putting pavement down because no-one wants to build any buildings there. I suppose a park is a pedestrian area: a park's not a bad idea...
"Creating new pedestrian areas" - sounds interesting, as long as it's not a euphemism for putting pavement down because no-one wants to build any buildings there. I suppose a park is a pedestrian area: a park's not a bad idea... Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 12

9:43am Thu 8 May 14

Lance Corporal Jones says...

Great, I look forward to walking round the flats and offices after dropping my car off at the Shambles car park.
Great, I look forward to walking round the flats and offices after dropping my car off at the Shambles car park. Lance Corporal Jones
  • Score: 17

9:55am Thu 8 May 14

Dave Ruddock says...

some one check the sums, £28.5 mil available 2 years ago, and just under 28 Mil (whats just under) and that seems to be 2 tears ago.
Up to date fact not 2 years ago (thats History)
I agree with the above. no one likes paying for pavement slaps, should have been written into building plans, there are enough areas that are in desperate need on replacement paving (Laid correctly) .
some one check the sums, £28.5 mil available 2 years ago, and just under 28 Mil (whats just under) and that seems to be 2 tears ago. Up to date fact not 2 years ago (thats History) I agree with the above. no one likes paying for pavement slaps, should have been written into building plans, there are enough areas that are in desperate need on replacement paving (Laid correctly) . Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 7

10:43am Thu 8 May 14

Fabius the Delayer says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
"Creating new pedestrian areas" - sounds interesting, as long as it's not a euphemism for putting pavement down because no-one wants to build any buildings there. I suppose a park is a pedestrian area: a park's not a bad idea...
IT IS !
...by which I assume they mean taking down the "Temporary building hoardings that have been up for ?? how many years now, so long I can't remember. and planting some grass ! and some EU Grant money for paving
This derelict site in the centre of york is a mess and a disgrace
Why has this been left this way for so long??
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: "Creating new pedestrian areas" - sounds interesting, as long as it's not a euphemism for putting pavement down because no-one wants to build any buildings there. I suppose a park is a pedestrian area: a park's not a bad idea...[/p][/quote]IT IS ! ...by which I assume they mean taking down the "Temporary building hoardings that have been up for ?? how many years now, so long I can't remember. and planting some grass ! and some EU Grant money for paving This derelict site in the centre of york is a mess and a disgrace Why has this been left this way for so long?? Fabius the Delayer
  • Score: 11

10:55am Thu 8 May 14

RingoStarr says...

The University of York led project aims to bring biorenewable businesses to York.

Um, what are those?
The University of York led project aims to bring biorenewable businesses to York. Um, what are those? RingoStarr
  • Score: 7

10:59am Thu 8 May 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

well they have to tart it up to attract business to invest there... Can't have a business hub without grass and slabs... Not that it will work as the location is terrible for businesses... I.e calvert carpets customers now getting fined from CCTV car (nice blonde driving it though) and with one entrance and exit its not really practical to become a hub...
well they have to tart it up to attract business to invest there... Can't have a business hub without grass and slabs... Not that it will work as the location is terrible for businesses... I.e calvert carpets customers now getting fined from CCTV car (nice blonde driving it though) and with one entrance and exit its not really practical to become a hub... Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 9

11:11am Thu 8 May 14

BL2 says...

Grass the lot over and plant flowers and tress - far more useful!
Grass the lot over and plant flowers and tress - far more useful! BL2
  • Score: 13

11:52am Thu 8 May 14

matroom says...

Archiebold the 1st wrote:
well they have to tart it up to attract business to invest there... Can't have a business hub without grass and slabs... Not that it will work as the location is terrible for businesses... I.e calvert carpets customers now getting fined from CCTV car (nice blonde driving it though) and with one entrance and exit its not really practical to become a hub...
Agree (about the blonde driver)
[quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: well they have to tart it up to attract business to invest there... Can't have a business hub without grass and slabs... Not that it will work as the location is terrible for businesses... I.e calvert carpets customers now getting fined from CCTV car (nice blonde driving it though) and with one entrance and exit its not really practical to become a hub...[/p][/quote]Agree (about the blonde driver) matroom
  • Score: 3

12:06pm Thu 8 May 14

marvell says...

As one of the letters in today's Press says - there is zero detail on exactly what £175,000 will be spent on. How can people tell if it is good value for money if Labour commission what it will be spent on in secret?
As one of the letters in today's Press says - there is zero detail on exactly what £175,000 will be spent on. How can people tell if it is good value for money if Labour commission what it will be spent on in secret? marvell
  • Score: -30

12:37pm Thu 8 May 14

oi oi savaloy says...

marvell wrote:
As one of the letters in today's Press says - there is zero detail on exactly what £175,000 will be spent on. How can people tell if it is good value for money if Labour commission what it will be spent on in secret?
it will be spent on consultation ,cucumber sandwiches , and lashings of tomatoes... times are hard tha knows?? according to simply-wrong
[quote][p][bold]marvell[/bold] wrote: As one of the letters in today's Press says - there is zero detail on exactly what £175,000 will be spent on. How can people tell if it is good value for money if Labour commission what it will be spent on in secret?[/p][/quote]it will be spent on consultation ,cucumber sandwiches , and lashings of tomatoes... times are hard tha knows?? according to simply-wrong oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -36

12:40pm Thu 8 May 14

Dave Ruddock says...

The Labour Secret money pot, This party never seem to give details out to the public , to scared they will give out details of coffee mornings and brunch meals to discuss agendas for their next meeting for a meeting about a meeting. Thats blown £175.000 and no change.
The Labour Secret money pot, This party never seem to give details out to the public , to scared they will give out details of coffee mornings and brunch meals to discuss agendas for their next meeting for a meeting about a meeting. Thats blown £175.000 and no change. Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -49

1:44pm Thu 8 May 14

purelobo says...

as usual,nothing in it for residents of york as we see more money frittered away.most of us don t have any reason to visit this area and i guess we never will.day by day i get more desperate to get rid of this terrible labour council.
as usual,nothing in it for residents of york as we see more money frittered away.most of us don t have any reason to visit this area and i guess we never will.day by day i get more desperate to get rid of this terrible labour council. purelobo
  • Score: -53

1:47pm Thu 8 May 14

piaggio1 says...

Liebour council.....dont you mean.!
Liebour council.....dont you mean.! piaggio1
  • Score: -61

2:05pm Thu 8 May 14

matroom says...

piaggio1 wrote:
Liebour council.....dont you mean.!
Dont you mean Lie-bore council.
[quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: Liebour council.....dont you mean.![/p][/quote]Dont you mean Lie-bore council. matroom
  • Score: -34

10:51pm Thu 8 May 14

Magicman! says...

This article seems to be quite long for describing not very much.
This article seems to be quite long for describing not very much. Magicman!
  • Score: 5

12:41am Fri 9 May 14

Warren Z says...

It will be fifty paving slabs,£5 each a builders yard, call it a pedestrian hub/bio thing/world class space.Cost to us a few hundred thousand,
It will be fifty paving slabs,£5 each a builders yard, call it a pedestrian hub/bio thing/world class space.Cost to us a few hundred thousand, Warren Z
  • Score: -30

10:12am Fri 9 May 14

m dee says...

Can the hoardings please be offered to the eyesore site at the Barbican with some nice pictures on please.
Can the hoardings please be offered to the eyesore site at the Barbican with some nice pictures on please. m dee
  • Score: 3

11:00am Fri 9 May 14

Pinza-C55 says...

I thought Hiscox were taking a large part of this site? Why do't they they pay for this?
I thought Hiscox were taking a large part of this site? Why do't they they pay for this? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 2

8:30pm Fri 9 May 14

pault42 says...

A cynical person might say that this equates to filled brown envelopes to TSL and senior councillors deciding how to spend the money. Of course I would never say that, and never have. I personally think £175,000 on some paving is dashed good value, in fact I think it would be even lovlier if it was paved with York Stone, yes it would cost a fair bit, but it'll drive investment into York.
A cynical person might say that this equates to filled brown envelopes to TSL and senior councillors deciding how to spend the money. Of course I would never say that, and never have. I personally think £175,000 on some paving is dashed good value, in fact I think it would be even lovlier if it was paved with York Stone, yes it would cost a fair bit, but it'll drive investment into York. pault42
  • Score: -3

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