Student let fiasco

York Press: Student let fiasco Student let fiasco

WELL done to Hazel Ward from Badger Hill for replying to Cllr Tracey Simpson Laing’s comments to her earlier letter on student lets (Letters, April 28).

Neither this Labour-run council nor the previous Lib-Dem administration wanted to do anything to limit the spread of the suburban campus around the University of York. The politicians were too interested in pandering to the university authorities and chasing the student vote.

Hence when the Labour Cabinet were shamed into introducing the Article 4 direction to ‘restrict’ the spread of student lets by Osbaldwick parish council and the Badger Hill community group, it approved a policy with a 20 per cent acceptability threshold.

This is not so much a restriction as an invitation to the absentee landlords to take one in five properties in areas such as Osbaldwick, a situation that, with the current number of council tax exempt student lets, is costing York residents approaching £4 million in lost revenue.

In response to Hazel Ward’s final point of “Matthew Laverack for council leader”, I too hope Mr Laverack will consider standing in 2015, along with other independents.

Cllr Mark Warters, Independent, Osbaldwick ward, City of York Council.

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1:01pm Thu 1 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

Well said Coun Mark Warters - I'm sure that Matthew Laverack will be grateful for your endorsement, along with the many others he is receiving from York citizens.
Well said Coun Mark Warters - I'm sure that Matthew Laverack will be grateful for your endorsement, along with the many others he is receiving from York citizens. Badgers Drift
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1:24pm Thu 1 May 14

WhyEver says...

York residents are not losing anything like £4M in lost council tax revenue because the block grant from central government compensates York Council for exempt properties.
York residents are not losing anything like £4M in lost council tax revenue because the block grant from central government compensates York Council for exempt properties. WhyEver
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7:40pm Fri 2 May 14

Bigwood says...

and what about the hundreds of millions in revenue both Universities create for our city? Or the thousands of jobs?
and what about the hundreds of millions in revenue both Universities create for our city? Or the thousands of jobs? Bigwood
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