More street parties for York? - City boss vows to help

York Press: "Let's do this more often," reads the message on Bishopthorpe Road. City residents are urged to seize the initiative. "Let's do this more often," reads the message on Bishopthorpe Road. City residents are urged to seize the initiative.

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YORK residents who want to reclaim their streets in the wake of the Tour de France parties have been encouraged to seize the initiative.

Kersten England, chief executive of City of York Council, said the authority would strive to work with any residents wanting to organise events to build on the buoyant community spirit displayed during Sunday's Grand Depart in York.

Bishopthorpe Road residents and traders held an afternoon street-party and there was a festival atmosphere in much of the city.

Mrs England said: "We saw a huge party going on in many places, and an energy and optimism and fun. More than one person said to me "Can we do this every Sunday?"."

She cited the example of San Francisco's "Sunday Streets" project, which closes streets in different neighbourhoods on different Sundays, to allow recreation and community events.

She urged residents who wanted to organise events to take the lead and said the council would work to help with practicalities such as road closures and providing waste facilities.

"We want to encourage communities to get together more often and we do not want to get in the way of that happening," she said. "We would really like this stuff to happen so we can make it easy not difficult."

Johnny Hayes, chair of the Bishy Road Traders Association and co-organiser of Sunday's party, said it was a success because it was created by and for the local community. He said: "It is great to hear that City of York Council will do anything they can to help other local traders and communities organise similar events.

"The success of our recent party was down to excellent support from the council and also all our stewards who were local people who kindly gave up their time to ensure the event was safe and successful. We urge other communities to go for it and plan an event."

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Mrs England is responsible for the legacy of the Tour de France and said she wanted the huge success of the weekend's Grand Depart in Yorkshire to be a springboard for community activity in York and for cycling.

She said: "Specifically for York, we have improvements already in infrastructure, such as the velodrome, and we have the Sky Rides coming up again in September."

She said there were more organised bike rides than ever before and praised the work of the Bike Belles, seeking to encourage more women to cycle, and organisations such as York Bike Rescue and Cycle Heaven, helping to promote cycling.

"We are trying to make it easier to access bikes and to access routes across the city," she said.

North Yorkshire County Council leader John Weighell said: "I am confident we shall be counting the benefits of this extraordinary event for many years to come. North Yorkshire looked fabulous, and there can be no doubt that our vitally-important tourism economy will reap huge rewards from this amazing international promotion.”

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5:45pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Woody G Mellor says...

The street party was fantastic! A big thanks to all the organisers. Lets do it a lot more, It was right up my street, literally!
The street party was fantastic! A big thanks to all the organisers. Lets do it a lot more, It was right up my street, literally! Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 16

6:42pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Good times!
Well done and thank you to the organisers and all the people who came and had fun :-)
Good times! Well done and thank you to the organisers and all the people who came and had fun :-) Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 11

7:46pm Mon 7 Jul 14

yorkandproud says...

Just to clarify the situation. Nigel Worthington is City Boss. Kersten England is somebody who works for the council. Thanks.
Just to clarify the situation. Nigel Worthington is City Boss. Kersten England is somebody who works for the council. Thanks. yorkandproud
  • Score: 16

9:12pm Mon 7 Jul 14

pault42 says...

Good for Bishy Road, Just very worried now that KE wants to get involved. It worked fine without you love.
Good for Bishy Road, Just very worried now that KE wants to get involved. It worked fine without you love. pault42
  • Score: 23

9:27pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Silver says...

Can we have one when JA is kicked out?
Can we have one when JA is kicked out? Silver
  • Score: 25

9:35pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Jack Ham says...

KE talks about San Francisco Street Parties. A good model but how long before we have to foot the bill for her, Sonja and James to have a little trip to the west coast?
KE talks about San Francisco Street Parties. A good model but how long before we have to foot the bill for her, Sonja and James to have a little trip to the west coast? Jack Ham
  • Score: 24

10:47pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Caralina22 says...

I would say Mrs England should concern herself with more pressing matters such as how she runs the CYC - the residents of York don't really need help organising their street parties - they need help with cuts to services, anti social behaviour, affordable houses, less handouts for the crisis claimants, not being made to do everything on line so the Council can get rid of more staff, less grandstanding and more action please
I would say Mrs England should concern herself with more pressing matters such as how she runs the CYC - the residents of York don't really need help organising their street parties - they need help with cuts to services, anti social behaviour, affordable houses, less handouts for the crisis claimants, not being made to do everything on line so the Council can get rid of more staff, less grandstanding and more action please Caralina22
  • Score: 25

12:16am Tue 8 Jul 14

MouseHouse says...

Depends what they are for. Certainly agree there should be more car free days, but holding a party has to have some significant event behind it,. The reasons are few and far between really, so get away from the 'street party' idea and focus on 'community day' - close the roads, get the music on, load of things for children, a BBQ and away you go. What is more difficult is getting people to engage with it.
Depends what they are for. Certainly agree there should be more car free days, but holding a party has to have some significant event behind it,. The reasons are few and far between really, so get away from the 'street party' idea and focus on 'community day' - close the roads, get the music on, load of things for children, a BBQ and away you go. What is more difficult is getting people to engage with it. MouseHouse
  • Score: 9

1:17pm Tue 8 Jul 14

CaroleBaines says...

Great idea. Loved the community feel on Sunday.
Its all about feeling connected to something which is larger than just me-me-me. Humans are an inter-personal centred species, we work best together, we are wired for it. Good for mental health, good for society. More please!
Great idea. Loved the community feel on Sunday. Its all about feeling connected to something which is larger than just me-me-me. Humans are an inter-personal centred species, we work best together, we are wired for it. Good for mental health, good for society. More please! CaroleBaines
  • Score: 5

4:05pm Tue 8 Jul 14

poptree says...

Would love it, loved the car free city centre, would love to see gillygate do a community/street day and people from the groves and bootham areas etc could help out. Certainly would;t go short of music or food down that street.
Would love it, loved the car free city centre, would love to see gillygate do a community/street day and people from the groves and bootham areas etc could help out. Certainly would;t go short of music or food down that street. poptree
  • Score: -7

4:38pm Tue 8 Jul 14

the commentator says...

got to admit, the street party was great. The amount of wallets i managed to pilfer was better than the usual Sunday in Coney Street.
got to admit, the street party was great. The amount of wallets i managed to pilfer was better than the usual Sunday in Coney Street. the commentator
  • Score: -9

5:29pm Tue 8 Jul 14

eeoodares says...

How Johnny and the other traders on Bishy Road find the time to organise these events is beyond me.
I would like to say a massive thank you for making an excellent area even better.
Roll on the next Independants day!
How Johnny and the other traders on Bishy Road find the time to organise these events is beyond me. I would like to say a massive thank you for making an excellent area even better. Roll on the next Independants day! eeoodares
  • Score: 10

7:05pm Tue 8 Jul 14

pedalling paul says...

I rather suspect that Kersten's role is one of encouraging. The legal processes for road closures plus event health/safety advice would be administered by Officers lower down the ranks.
I rather suspect that Kersten's role is one of encouraging. The legal processes for road closures plus event health/safety advice would be administered by Officers lower down the ranks. pedalling paul
  • Score: -16

7:18pm Tue 8 Jul 14

nottoooldtocare says...

Caralina22 wrote:
I would say Mrs England should concern herself with more pressing matters such as how she runs the CYC - the residents of York don't really need help organising their street parties - they need help with cuts to services, anti social behaviour, affordable houses, less handouts for the crisis claimants, not being made to do everything on line so the Council can get rid of more staff, less grandstanding and more action please
Bang on. Ms England and Slim Jim need to stay well away from these events and concentrate on sorting out the fiasco they have created. Events like these are fun, relaxed and successful and there to be enjoyed by all. The primary purpose isn't for photo opportunities for little Jimmy and Ms K's piggy backing on others efforts. It's not about them at all, it's about building and creating a community spirit

If I were part of the Bishy Road crowd, or any other potential street party, I would send a loud clear message to both of them "stay away, we can do this without you, there's nothing free here , so nothing of interest for either of you". Look at "The Grande Debacle" at Huntington stadium, huge success, not!
[quote][p][bold]Caralina22[/bold] wrote: I would say Mrs England should concern herself with more pressing matters such as how she runs the CYC - the residents of York don't really need help organising their street parties - they need help with cuts to services, anti social behaviour, affordable houses, less handouts for the crisis claimants, not being made to do everything on line so the Council can get rid of more staff, less grandstanding and more action please[/p][/quote]Bang on. Ms England and Slim Jim need to stay well away from these events and concentrate on sorting out the fiasco they have created. Events like these are fun, relaxed and successful and there to be enjoyed by all. The primary purpose isn't for photo opportunities for little Jimmy and Ms K's piggy backing on others efforts. It's not about them at all, it's about building and creating a community spirit If I were part of the Bishy Road crowd, or any other potential street party, I would send a loud clear message to both of them "stay away, we can do this without you, there's nothing free here , so nothing of interest for either of you". Look at "The Grande Debacle" at Huntington stadium, huge success, not! nottoooldtocare
  • Score: 13

8:27pm Tue 8 Jul 14

hirsty says...

Let's Do This More Often - absolutely! Brilliant day on Bishy Road on Sunday. Great walking down from the Knavesmire with people in their front gardens & kids running around without worrying.

Bristol, Bordeaux & Bogota manage a series of car-free Sundays too & good to know the Council will help if this is what we'd like to do. See also: https://www.facebook
.com/makesundaysspec
ial
Let's Do This More Often - absolutely! Brilliant day on Bishy Road on Sunday. Great walking down from the Knavesmire with people in their front gardens & kids running around without worrying. Bristol, Bordeaux & Bogota manage a series of car-free Sundays too & good to know the Council will help if this is what we'd like to do. See also: https://www.facebook .com/makesundaysspec ial hirsty
  • Score: -9

10:03pm Tue 8 Jul 14

marvell says...

More often - yes, but not weekly - it would lose its special effect.
More often - yes, but not weekly - it would lose its special effect. marvell
  • Score: 13

10:06pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Blimp says...

BishyRd locals instigate mega party?

Brilliant, loved it! More please
BishyRd locals instigate mega party? Brilliant, loved it! More please Blimp
  • Score: 3

11:03pm Tue 8 Jul 14

calmdownyork says...

CYC does have a role to play in facilitating communities holding street parties. They can make road closures, crowd safety, licensing and first aid etc happen. All that boring stuff is needed behind the scenes to make the fun stuff go ahead. An established programme in certain communities in the city is a fantastic idea and I hope everyone gets behind it. Come on Fishergate / Fulford Rd, let's rock!
CYC does have a role to play in facilitating communities holding street parties. They can make road closures, crowd safety, licensing and first aid etc happen. All that boring stuff is needed behind the scenes to make the fun stuff go ahead. An established programme in certain communities in the city is a fantastic idea and I hope everyone gets behind it. Come on Fishergate / Fulford Rd, let's rock! calmdownyork
  • Score: -8

7:05am Wed 9 Jul 14

mjgyork says...

How are you going to get this idea past the car-addicts? Any idea of an annual three day cycle tour n Yorkshire will go the same way. Have they stopped moaning about the road closures for the TDF yet?
How are you going to get this idea past the car-addicts? Any idea of an annual three day cycle tour n Yorkshire will go the same way. Have they stopped moaning about the road closures for the TDF yet? mjgyork
  • Score: -9

12:15pm Wed 9 Jul 14

york_chap says...

mjgyork wrote:
How are you going to get this idea past the car-addicts? Any idea of an annual three day cycle tour n Yorkshire will go the same way. Have they stopped moaning about the road closures for the TDF yet?
Ahh, a moment of clarity at last. I've been under the misapprehension that I drive into York from outside the city because it's the most practical, suitable and often the only option, but actually it's because I'm addicted to cars. Thanks for opening my eyes.

By publicising such events in advance and as long as there's a suitable alternative route available, no-one has anything to complain about - even car addicts like me. Anyway, I must go, I'm getting the shakes as I haven't been near a car for a few hours and, being a car-addict I obviously hate street parties so I'm going to go find one to throw eggs at.
[quote][p][bold]mjgyork[/bold] wrote: How are you going to get this idea past the car-addicts? Any idea of an annual three day cycle tour n Yorkshire will go the same way. Have they stopped moaning about the road closures for the TDF yet?[/p][/quote]Ahh, a moment of clarity at last. I've been under the misapprehension that I drive into York from outside the city because it's the most practical, suitable and often the only option, but actually it's because I'm addicted to cars. Thanks for opening my eyes. By publicising such events in advance and as long as there's a suitable alternative route available, no-one has anything to complain about - even car addicts like me. Anyway, I must go, I'm getting the shakes as I haven't been near a car for a few hours and, being a car-addict I obviously hate street parties so I'm going to go find one to throw eggs at. york_chap
  • Score: 8

12:46pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Fat Harry says...

We've had this surge of interest in street parties after every major event since the jubilee of 1977 (I'm not old enough to remember VE Day or the coronation), as people suddenly discover some sort of community spirit. It soon dissipates, and it will be the same this time.

If people want to hold parties the council should be as helpful as it can within the law, but it shouln't be spending too much time, effort or money, when it has far more important things to do.
We've had this surge of interest in street parties after every major event since the jubilee of 1977 (I'm not old enough to remember VE Day or the coronation), as people suddenly discover some sort of community spirit. It soon dissipates, and it will be the same this time. If people want to hold parties the council should be as helpful as it can within the law, but it shouln't be spending too much time, effort or money, when it has far more important things to do. Fat Harry
  • Score: 6
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