1,300 new jobs for York - Huge grants for region - Rail and road links to be upgraded

An artist's impression of the proposed Bio-Hub at Heslington East

An artist's impression of the proposed Bio-Hub at Heslington East

Updated in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

TWO huge new developments are set to create 1,300 jobs for York after winning millions of pounds in Government funding.

A food science campus just off the A64 at Sand Hutton will mean 800 highly-skilled and highly-paid new technical jobs.

A 'Bio-Hub' at the University of York, which will host and support a range of high-tech industrial biotechnology companies, will create a further 500 top jobs.

There is also funding for:

  • Biovale - new science facilities in York to provide a biotechnology 'innovation cluster,' which will help companies develop next generation biofuels, bio-waste processing and high value chemicals.
     
  • The York Central regeneration project for land behind the railway station, with £1.65 million for site access, remediation and preparation works
     
  • Electrification of the railway between Hull and Selby
     
  • Askham Bryan College, for a £1.6 million new state-of-the-art 'Agri-Tech' training Centre and Engineering Centre of Excellence
     
  • Structural repairs to Newlands Bridge on the A645 in Selby
     
  • Road maintenance in North and East Yorkshire
     
  • A £3.46 million loan to BOCM PAULS Ltd is also being proposed to accelerate the delivery of 844 new homes at the Olympia Park site in Selby.

The new food science campus, to be built on the Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) site, will be a base for research and product testing in the AgriFood and AgriTech industries.

Barry Dodd, chairman of the York North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said: “Winning funding for this campus is incredibly important as it will form part of wider growth in bioscience in this region which in total is set to create 4,000 jobs for the area.

“This campus is fundamental to that growth and it is right on York’s doorstep. We are ready now to go ahead and get on with these plans for the campus as we have applied from funding from other sources too.

“The jobs that are being created are highly skilled, highly paid technical jobs which is really important to York’s economy."

York council leader James Alexander said: "This announcement shows Government recognition of the substantial and exciting growth potential of York's priority sites, with York Central and BioVale attracting Local Growth funding.

“The city is at the forefront of global research and development activity in this area as home to an internationally competitive research and development base in the sector."

He added that the success of a joint Leeds City Region bid for resources for transport infrastructure also meant York was another step closer to priority infrastructure improvements, including an upgrade of the outer ring road.

John Weighell, LEP Board Member and Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said rural areas had a key role to play in delivering national growth and the Government investment recognised the potential of the rural economy in York, North Yorkshire & East Riding, enabling the key infrastructure to be developed to support growing businesses and enable more than 5,000 new homes to be built.

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7:49am Mon 7 Jul 14

nowthen says...

Meanwhile the headlines in North Yorkshire " 800 new jobs for Ryedale " .
Meanwhile the headlines in North Yorkshire " 800 new jobs for Ryedale " . nowthen
  • Score: 8

8:20am Mon 7 Jul 14

Turnedoutniceagain says...

Electrification of the railway between Hull and Selby
Err, then what?
Electrification of the railway between Hull and Selby Err, then what? Turnedoutniceagain
  • Score: 10

8:41am Mon 7 Jul 14

bolero says...

Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably.
Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably. bolero
  • Score: 23

8:49am Mon 7 Jul 14

julia brica says...

Well done James you have done all this on your own.
Sure to get voted back in with this achievement.
Well done James you have done all this on your own. Sure to get voted back in with this achievement. julia brica
  • Score: -10

8:50am Mon 7 Jul 14

pedalling paul says...

bolero wrote:
Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably.
it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line.
[quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably.[/p][/quote]it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line. pedalling paul
  • Score: -14

8:57am Mon 7 Jul 14

ouseswimmer says...

Surely dualling the A64 to Malton would create far more jobs and better links? Not to mention lives saved. Sand Hutton is already a dangerous place to cross the A64 with this it will be far worse.
Surely dualling the A64 to Malton would create far more jobs and better links? Not to mention lives saved. Sand Hutton is already a dangerous place to cross the A64 with this it will be far worse. ouseswimmer
  • Score: 34

9:35am Mon 7 Jul 14

myselby says...

Note that BOCM get a loan - not a grant ?
Note that BOCM get a loan - not a grant ? myselby
  • Score: 11

10:25am Mon 7 Jul 14

Justin7 says...

No mention of the football ground and the £18m the Council continue to sit on?
No mention of the football ground and the £18m the Council continue to sit on? Justin7
  • Score: -2

10:38am Mon 7 Jul 14

marvell says...

Just to illustrate the dual nature of James Alexander - he'll always slag off the government when he chooses to make cuts to fund his vanity projects but then will claim credit when the government, not his administration, funds projects in the region.

Still, less than a year before he's jobless himself... !
Just to illustrate the dual nature of James Alexander - he'll always slag off the government when he chooses to make cuts to fund his vanity projects but then will claim credit when the government, not his administration, funds projects in the region. Still, less than a year before he's jobless himself... ! marvell
  • Score: -6

10:45am Mon 7 Jul 14

bolero says...

pedalling paul wrote:
bolero wrote:
Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably.
it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line.
With a station at Sand Hutton? Like the ones at Haxby and York hospital. Electrification of the rail link would greatly benefit the cyclists commuting to Sand Hutton. What is it like living outside of the real world?
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably.[/p][/quote]it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line.[/p][/quote]With a station at Sand Hutton? Like the ones at Haxby and York hospital. Electrification of the rail link would greatly benefit the cyclists commuting to Sand Hutton. What is it like living outside of the real world? bolero
  • Score: 3

10:48am Mon 7 Jul 14

nearlyman says...

What happens if his lot win the next Westminster election ?.....i am sure they can find more deserving cases fir all that dosh.......i mean, why spend it responsibly ?
What happens if his lot win the next Westminster election ?.....i am sure they can find more deserving cases fir all that dosh.......i mean, why spend it responsibly ? nearlyman
  • Score: -5

11:03am Mon 7 Jul 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

I've just seen the illustration of what the 'Bio-Hub' is going to look like. We're lucky - the architect could have designed some thing that was INCREDIBLY ugly (rather than what he did, which is simply OUTSTANDINGLY ugly).

You have to ask the question - just what exactly is it that messes these peoples imaginations up so much?
I've just seen the illustration of what the 'Bio-Hub' is going to look like. We're lucky - the architect could have designed some thing that was INCREDIBLY ugly (rather than what he did, which is simply OUTSTANDINGLY ugly). You have to ask the question - just what exactly is it that messes these peoples imaginations up so much? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 5

11:05am Mon 7 Jul 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

And "Biovale". Who is ever going to say that, without adding "Ooo Danone" afterwards?
And "Biovale". Who is ever going to say that, without adding "Ooo Danone" afterwards? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 0

11:22am Mon 7 Jul 14

York2000 says...

Haha, positive news for the city slagged off by the Press comments team. Another reason why comments threads ruin local news websites.
Haha, positive news for the city slagged off by the Press comments team. Another reason why comments threads ruin local news websites. York2000
  • Score: 21

11:28am Mon 7 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Its the Average Man and women of York that would like jobs,

Instead its HIGHLY SKILLED, that i am sure there are. York as lost a lot of the Semi Skilled work, and paces like Terrys, Nestle, Bassett, BR Engine and carriage works, Sugar Beat Works, Thats 1000s of people over the last 20 years. Think 6 month contract work it a no brainer . Duyuuhhh
Its the Average Man and women of York that would like jobs, Instead its HIGHLY SKILLED, that i am sure there are. York as lost a lot of the Semi Skilled work, and paces like Terrys, Nestle, Bassett, BR Engine and carriage works, Sugar Beat Works, Thats 1000s of people over the last 20 years. Think 6 month contract work it a no brainer . Duyuuhhh Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -12

12:12pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Turnedoutniceagain wrote:
Electrification of the railway between Hull and Selby
Err, then what?
I was going to be sarcastic and say "Electric trains between Hull and Selby" but then I remembered that neither Selby - Doncaster or Selby - Micklefield are electrified?
[quote][p][bold]Turnedoutniceagain[/bold] wrote: Electrification of the railway between Hull and Selby Err, then what?[/p][/quote]I was going to be sarcastic and say "Electric trains between Hull and Selby" but then I remembered that neither Selby - Doncaster or Selby - Micklefield are electrified? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 3

12:16pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

myselby wrote:
Note that BOCM get a loan - not a grant ?
It's a private company building houses for profit. Why should it get a grant of taxpayer's money?
[quote][p][bold]myselby[/bold] wrote: Note that BOCM get a loan - not a grant ?[/p][/quote]It's a private company building houses for profit. Why should it get a grant of taxpayer's money? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 26

12:51pm Mon 7 Jul 14

myselby says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
myselby wrote:
Note that BOCM get a loan - not a grant ?
It's a private company building houses for profit. Why should it get a grant of taxpayer's money?
it should not but lots of the other projects are Private as well-
Biovale -
The York Central regeneration project

Electrification of the railway between Hull and Selby

Askham Bryan College, for a £1.6 million new state-of-the-art 'Agri-Tech' training Centre and Engineering Centre of Excellence

all private ?
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]myselby[/bold] wrote: Note that BOCM get a loan - not a grant ?[/p][/quote]It's a private company building houses for profit. Why should it get a grant of taxpayer's money?[/p][/quote]it should not but lots of the other projects are Private as well- Biovale - The York Central regeneration project Electrification of the railway between Hull and Selby Askham Bryan College, for a £1.6 million new state-of-the-art 'Agri-Tech' training Centre and Engineering Centre of Excellence all private ? myselby
  • Score: 3

1:13pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

myselby wrote:
Pinza-C55 wrote:
myselby wrote:
Note that BOCM get a loan - not a grant ?
It's a private company building houses for profit. Why should it get a grant of taxpayer's money?
it should not but lots of the other projects are Private as well-
Biovale -
The York Central regeneration project

Electrification of the railway between Hull and Selby

Askham Bryan College, for a £1.6 million new state-of-the-art 'Agri-Tech' training Centre and Engineering Centre of Excellence

all private ?
I agree , no private projects, or at least those aimed at profit, should be given grants.
I have looked up the Hull - Selby electrification and the grant there is aimed at a feasibility study into electrifying the line which is of course owned by the state owned company Network Rail. I believe the electrification work itself is to be paid for by the private company Hull trains.
[quote][p][bold]myselby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]myselby[/bold] wrote: Note that BOCM get a loan - not a grant ?[/p][/quote]It's a private company building houses for profit. Why should it get a grant of taxpayer's money?[/p][/quote]it should not but lots of the other projects are Private as well- Biovale - The York Central regeneration project Electrification of the railway between Hull and Selby Askham Bryan College, for a £1.6 million new state-of-the-art 'Agri-Tech' training Centre and Engineering Centre of Excellence all private ?[/p][/quote]I agree , no private projects, or at least those aimed at profit, should be given grants. I have looked up the Hull - Selby electrification and the grant there is aimed at a feasibility study into electrifying the line which is of course owned by the state owned company Network Rail. I believe the electrification work itself is to be paid for by the private company Hull trains. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 11

2:28pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Pedro says...

bolero wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
bolero wrote:
Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably.
it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line.
With a station at Sand Hutton? Like the ones at Haxby and York hospital. Electrification of the rail link would greatly benefit the cyclists commuting to Sand Hutton. What is it like living outside of the real world?
I think you need to get a map out. Sand Hutton is nowhere near a rail line!
[quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably.[/p][/quote]it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line.[/p][/quote]With a station at Sand Hutton? Like the ones at Haxby and York hospital. Electrification of the rail link would greatly benefit the cyclists commuting to Sand Hutton. What is it like living outside of the real world?[/p][/quote]I think you need to get a map out. Sand Hutton is nowhere near a rail line! Pedro
  • Score: 3

3:08pm Mon 7 Jul 14

YorkPatrol says...

pedalling paul wrote:
bolero wrote: Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably.
it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line.
Come on then brains, based on what exactly?
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably.[/p][/quote]it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line.[/p][/quote]Come on then brains, based on what exactly? YorkPatrol
  • Score: 6

3:43pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Thunderblade says...

Wonderful, where are the people with the skills for these top jobs going to come from? Obviously they will not be taken from the unskilled long term unemployed. So more migration to the city and strain on the housing stock and infrastructure.
Wonderful, where are the people with the skills for these top jobs going to come from? Obviously they will not be taken from the unskilled long term unemployed. So more migration to the city and strain on the housing stock and infrastructure. Thunderblade
  • Score: 2

3:50pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Pedro wrote:
bolero wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
bolero wrote:
Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably.
it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line.
With a station at Sand Hutton? Like the ones at Haxby and York hospital. Electrification of the rail link would greatly benefit the cyclists commuting to Sand Hutton. What is it like living outside of the real world?
I think you need to get a map out. Sand Hutton is nowhere near a rail line!
It used to be on the Sand Hutton Light Railway.

http://www.disused-s
tations.org.uk/featu
res/sand_hutton_ligh
t_railway/index.shtm
l
[quote][p][bold]Pedro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably.[/p][/quote]it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line.[/p][/quote]With a station at Sand Hutton? Like the ones at Haxby and York hospital. Electrification of the rail link would greatly benefit the cyclists commuting to Sand Hutton. What is it like living outside of the real world?[/p][/quote]I think you need to get a map out. Sand Hutton is nowhere near a rail line![/p][/quote]It used to be on the Sand Hutton Light Railway. http://www.disused-s tations.org.uk/featu res/sand_hutton_ligh t_railway/index.shtm l Pinza-C55
  • Score: 2

4:15pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Priapus says...

Thunderblade wrote:
Wonderful, where are the people with the skills for these top jobs going to come from? Obviously they will not be taken from the unskilled long term unemployed. So more migration to the city and strain on the housing stock and infrastructure.
The people who get these jobs pay the taxes that provide benefits for "the unskilled long term unemployed" and also the training that will hopefully get them into work. We can never have enough high-skill jobs in York.
[quote][p][bold]Thunderblade[/bold] wrote: Wonderful, where are the people with the skills for these top jobs going to come from? Obviously they will not be taken from the unskilled long term unemployed. So more migration to the city and strain on the housing stock and infrastructure.[/p][/quote]The people who get these jobs pay the taxes that provide benefits for "the unskilled long term unemployed" and also the training that will hopefully get them into work. We can never have enough high-skill jobs in York. Priapus
  • Score: 5

5:02pm Mon 7 Jul 14

bloodaxe says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
Turnedoutniceagain wrote:
Electrification of the railway between Hull and Selby
Err, then what?
I was going to be sarcastic and say "Electric trains between Hull and Selby" but then I remembered that neither Selby - Doncaster or Selby - Micklefield are electrified?
Electrification of Leeds-Selby is already approved and factored in. This transpennine trains will be electric. Hardly any rail builder wants anything to do with diesels. Going electric means much cheaper rolling stock ultimately as well as faster trains, better acceleration and less pollution.
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turnedoutniceagain[/bold] wrote: Electrification of the railway between Hull and Selby Err, then what?[/p][/quote]I was going to be sarcastic and say "Electric trains between Hull and Selby" but then I remembered that neither Selby - Doncaster or Selby - Micklefield are electrified?[/p][/quote]Electrification of Leeds-Selby is already approved and factored in. This transpennine trains will be electric. Hardly any rail builder wants anything to do with diesels. Going electric means much cheaper rolling stock ultimately as well as faster trains, better acceleration and less pollution. bloodaxe
  • Score: 3

5:04pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Thunderblade says...

Priapus wrote:
Thunderblade wrote:
Wonderful, where are the people with the skills for these top jobs going to come from? Obviously they will not be taken from the unskilled long term unemployed. So more migration to the city and strain on the housing stock and infrastructure.
The people who get these jobs pay the taxes that provide benefits for "the unskilled long term unemployed" and also the training that will hopefully get them into work. We can never have enough high-skill jobs in York.
Sorry, my brain wasn't as engaged as my typing when I posted this. What I was trying to say was why all the fuss about X Number of new jobs for York when we don't have the skills base any more, all the people who did are now retired.
Surely these jobs will go to non- locals, who will then either commute into the city or move here. So not benefitting the city at all.
As regards the wages of these skilled people paying for the benefits and training of the unskilled unemployed I understand the benefits bit, but really can't see 1300 extra wages getting these people to work.
[quote][p][bold]Priapus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thunderblade[/bold] wrote: Wonderful, where are the people with the skills for these top jobs going to come from? Obviously they will not be taken from the unskilled long term unemployed. So more migration to the city and strain on the housing stock and infrastructure.[/p][/quote]The people who get these jobs pay the taxes that provide benefits for "the unskilled long term unemployed" and also the training that will hopefully get them into work. We can never have enough high-skill jobs in York.[/p][/quote]Sorry, my brain wasn't as engaged as my typing when I posted this. What I was trying to say was why all the fuss about X Number of new jobs for York when we don't have the skills base any more, all the people who did are now retired. Surely these jobs will go to non- locals, who will then either commute into the city or move here. So not benefitting the city at all. As regards the wages of these skilled people paying for the benefits and training of the unskilled unemployed I understand the benefits bit, but really can't see 1300 extra wages getting these people to work. Thunderblade
  • Score: -4

5:10pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Pedro says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
Pedro wrote:
bolero wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
bolero wrote:
Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably.
it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line.
With a station at Sand Hutton? Like the ones at Haxby and York hospital. Electrification of the rail link would greatly benefit the cyclists commuting to Sand Hutton. What is it like living outside of the real world?
I think you need to get a map out. Sand Hutton is nowhere near a rail line!
It used to be on the Sand Hutton Light Railway.

http://www.disused-s

tations.org.uk/featu

res/sand_hutton_ligh

t_railway/index.shtm

l
I actually knew that. One of the mad private narrow gauges they once had. Rather historical though.
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pedro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: Dualling the A64 to accommodate the additional traffic at sand Hutton as well presumably.[/p][/quote]it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line.[/p][/quote]With a station at Sand Hutton? Like the ones at Haxby and York hospital. Electrification of the rail link would greatly benefit the cyclists commuting to Sand Hutton. What is it like living outside of the real world?[/p][/quote]I think you need to get a map out. Sand Hutton is nowhere near a rail line![/p][/quote]It used to be on the Sand Hutton Light Railway. http://www.disused-s tations.org.uk/featu res/sand_hutton_ligh t_railway/index.shtm l[/p][/quote]I actually knew that. One of the mad private narrow gauges they once had. Rather historical though. Pedro
  • Score: 5

5:16pm Mon 7 Jul 14

bloodaxe says...

Thunderblade wrote:
Wonderful, where are the people with the skills for these top jobs going to come from? Obviously they will not be taken from the unskilled long term unemployed. So more migration to the city and strain on the housing stock and infrastructure.
Possibly from one of Europe's leading universities at, er, York. Isn't one of the big moans (among so many) that graduates leave the city because of lack of high quality jobs ? This helps to consolidate the biotech cluster and hold good, well paid jobs in the city. Regarding unskilled long term unemployed, I'd love to know what your solution to that one is (other than upskilling) ; going back to a metal-bashing, pre digital coal and iron based economy perhaps ? A high-wage labour force can afford taxes which help those who cannot find work and pay for transport infrastructure and the social services which have been so run down. You must be one of the few people who believe that a static population, in reality a declining one, is an economic positive.
[quote][p][bold]Thunderblade[/bold] wrote: Wonderful, where are the people with the skills for these top jobs going to come from? Obviously they will not be taken from the unskilled long term unemployed. So more migration to the city and strain on the housing stock and infrastructure.[/p][/quote]Possibly from one of Europe's leading universities at, er, York. Isn't one of the big moans (among so many) that graduates leave the city because of lack of high quality jobs ? This helps to consolidate the biotech cluster and hold good, well paid jobs in the city. Regarding unskilled long term unemployed, I'd love to know what your solution to that one is (other than upskilling) ; going back to a metal-bashing, pre digital coal and iron based economy perhaps ? A high-wage labour force can afford taxes which help those who cannot find work and pay for transport infrastructure and the social services which have been so run down. You must be one of the few people who believe that a static population, in reality a declining one, is an economic positive. bloodaxe
  • Score: 9

5:17pm Mon 7 Jul 14

bloodaxe says...

Priapus wrote:
Thunderblade wrote:
Wonderful, where are the people with the skills for these top jobs going to come from? Obviously they will not be taken from the unskilled long term unemployed. So more migration to the city and strain on the housing stock and infrastructure.
The people who get these jobs pay the taxes that provide benefits for "the unskilled long term unemployed" and also the training that will hopefully get them into work. We can never have enough high-skill jobs in York.
Dammit, you got there first !
[quote][p][bold]Priapus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thunderblade[/bold] wrote: Wonderful, where are the people with the skills for these top jobs going to come from? Obviously they will not be taken from the unskilled long term unemployed. So more migration to the city and strain on the housing stock and infrastructure.[/p][/quote]The people who get these jobs pay the taxes that provide benefits for "the unskilled long term unemployed" and also the training that will hopefully get them into work. We can never have enough high-skill jobs in York.[/p][/quote]Dammit, you got there first ! bloodaxe
  • Score: 8

6:57pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

What is the York Central Area
The York Central regeneration project for land behind the railway station, with £1.65 million for site access, remediation and preparation works

and the "remediation and preparation works"
What is the York Central Area The York Central regeneration project for land behind the railway station, with £1.65 million for site access, remediation and preparation works and the "remediation and preparation works" Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -4

7:02pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Kandro says...

This sounds ok to me so far. I was totally against modernising the centre & wasting money but creating jobs & improving the railways is good planning. However untill I see further evidence of Labours commitment to the historical side of York and a clearn message of lessons learned coming from Labour (lendal/ kings square etc)...I still think they could do more stuff like that if we keep them in the council
This sounds ok to me so far. I was totally against modernising the centre & wasting money but creating jobs & improving the railways is good planning. However untill I see further evidence of Labours commitment to the historical side of York and a clearn message of lessons learned coming from Labour (lendal/ kings square etc)...I still think they could do more stuff like that if we keep them in the council Kandro
  • Score: -6

7:04pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Kandro says...

Also not comfortanble with the plan still in place to make near the minster and theatre royal look like kings square.
They are removing cycle racks there. And after the Tour de France. Its wrong
Also not comfortanble with the plan still in place to make near the minster and theatre royal look like kings square. They are removing cycle racks there. And after the Tour de France. Its wrong Kandro
  • Score: -6

9:17pm Mon 7 Jul 14

julia brica says...

And where are they all going to live ?
And where are they all going to live ? julia brica
  • Score: -3

9:38pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Jack Ham says...

bloodaxe wrote:
Thunderblade wrote:
Wonderful, where are the people with the skills for these top jobs going to come from? Obviously they will not be taken from the unskilled long term unemployed. So more migration to the city and strain on the housing stock and infrastructure.
Possibly from one of Europe's leading universities at, er, York. Isn't one of the big moans (among so many) that graduates leave the city because of lack of high quality jobs ? This helps to consolidate the biotech cluster and hold good, well paid jobs in the city. Regarding unskilled long term unemployed, I'd love to know what your solution to that one is (other than upskilling) ; going back to a metal-bashing, pre digital coal and iron based economy perhaps ? A high-wage labour force can afford taxes which help those who cannot find work and pay for transport infrastructure and the social services which have been so run down. You must be one of the few people who believe that a static population, in reality a declining one, is an economic positive.
So Sonja Bloodaxe. Are you going to congratulate the government for the investment?

It's good to see how much has gone into North Yorkshire & how we are benefitting.

Remind us.....hasn't James refused to work with the North Yorkshire LEP and instead thrown his lot in with the West Yorkshire lot. Are they the ones who want to take money from us rather than bring money in?

Sounds like yet again Labour York has backed the wrong horse and has its head so far in the sand it hasn't even noticed!
[quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thunderblade[/bold] wrote: Wonderful, where are the people with the skills for these top jobs going to come from? Obviously they will not be taken from the unskilled long term unemployed. So more migration to the city and strain on the housing stock and infrastructure.[/p][/quote]Possibly from one of Europe's leading universities at, er, York. Isn't one of the big moans (among so many) that graduates leave the city because of lack of high quality jobs ? This helps to consolidate the biotech cluster and hold good, well paid jobs in the city. Regarding unskilled long term unemployed, I'd love to know what your solution to that one is (other than upskilling) ; going back to a metal-bashing, pre digital coal and iron based economy perhaps ? A high-wage labour force can afford taxes which help those who cannot find work and pay for transport infrastructure and the social services which have been so run down. You must be one of the few people who believe that a static population, in reality a declining one, is an economic positive.[/p][/quote]So Sonja Bloodaxe. Are you going to congratulate the government for the investment? It's good to see how much has gone into North Yorkshire & how we are benefitting. Remind us.....hasn't James refused to work with the North Yorkshire LEP and instead thrown his lot in with the West Yorkshire lot. Are they the ones who want to take money from us rather than bring money in? Sounds like yet again Labour York has backed the wrong horse and has its head so far in the sand it hasn't even noticed! Jack Ham
  • Score: -7

11:07pm Mon 7 Jul 14

GordonH44 says...

For God's sake don't let Alexander and his cronies on his cabinet get anywhere near this money !!!!!!!!!!!!!
For God's sake don't let Alexander and his cronies on his cabinet get anywhere near this money !!!!!!!!!!!!! GordonH44
  • Score: -4

7:54am Tue 8 Jul 14

Kevin Turvey says...

‘bloodaxe says...
Electrification of Leeds-Selby is already approved and factored in. This transpennine trains will be electric. Hardly any rail builder wants anything to do with diesels. Going electric means much cheaper rolling stock ultimately as well as faster trains, better acceleration and less pollution.’

So where does the electric current come from to power the clean and eco friendly electric trains?
Let me think….
The national grid where it is still mostly generated by coal!
By the way we are currently just operating under the maximum generating capacity, so where does the extra wattage come from?
Whose lights go out to do this?


‘Dave Ruddock says...
and the "remediation and preparation works"’

Cleaning up the huge amount of land contamination from the 100 years or so of rail operations in the area.
Asbestos, unburnt hydrocarbons, diesel contamination, PCB’s, human waste, Japanese knotweed, weed killer deposits and the other junk that litters the rail infrastructure.
Basically they will cover 6 ft in soil.
Don’t plant vegetables in the gardens of the new houses that will be built there!


‘pedalling paul wrote:
it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line.’

And take 30 years or so to pay back for a low amount of users!
Maybe if you get free travel like yourself and want to get to Scarborough a full 5 minutes earlier!
just like everyone else I would set off 5 minutes earlier in my car that does 60 mpg for four people, so there and back for 1 ½ gallons of diesel as opposed to a few hundred pounds each for the taxpayer subsidized trip on the train until its paid off!
That’s cost effective eh?

Maybe you want to start thinking for the costs/effect on everyone rather than just your own not so sweet subjective viewpoint!


Oh and by the way all of these initiatives have nothing to do with the efforts of James Alexander.
Indeed some of them are maintenance under the guise of upgrades, polishing turds again!
‘bloodaxe says... Electrification of Leeds-Selby is already approved and factored in. This transpennine trains will be electric. Hardly any rail builder wants anything to do with diesels. Going electric means much cheaper rolling stock ultimately as well as faster trains, better acceleration and less pollution.’ So where does the electric current come from to power the clean and eco friendly electric trains? Let me think…. The national grid where it is still mostly generated by coal! By the way we are currently just operating under the maximum generating capacity, so where does the extra wattage come from? Whose lights go out to do this? ‘Dave Ruddock says... and the "remediation and preparation works"’ Cleaning up the huge amount of land contamination from the 100 years or so of rail operations in the area. Asbestos, unburnt hydrocarbons, diesel contamination, PCB’s, human waste, Japanese knotweed, weed killer deposits and the other junk that litters the rail infrastructure. Basically they will cover 6 ft in soil. Don’t plant vegetables in the gardens of the new houses that will be built there! ‘pedalling paul wrote: it would be far more cost effective to electrify the York-Scarborough rail line.’ And take 30 years or so to pay back for a low amount of users! Maybe if you get free travel like yourself and want to get to Scarborough a full 5 minutes earlier! just like everyone else I would set off 5 minutes earlier in my car that does 60 mpg for four people, so there and back for 1 ½ gallons of diesel as opposed to a few hundred pounds each for the taxpayer subsidized trip on the train until its paid off! That’s cost effective eh? Maybe you want to start thinking for the costs/effect on everyone rather than just your own not so sweet subjective viewpoint! Oh and by the way all of these initiatives have nothing to do with the efforts of James Alexander. Indeed some of them are maintenance under the guise of upgrades, polishing turds again! Kevin Turvey
  • Score: 1

10:56am Tue 8 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

julia brica wrote:
And where are they all going to live ?
St Leonard's Place when they finally admit they have no intention of turning it into a hotel and use it as flats instead.
[quote][p][bold]julia brica[/bold] wrote: And where are they all going to live ?[/p][/quote]St Leonard's Place when they finally admit they have no intention of turning it into a hotel and use it as flats instead. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -1
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