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An artist’s impression of Hiscox Insurance’s architectural plans for its new York office in Hungate, which is set to house up to 500 employees

An artist’s impression of Hiscox Insurance’s architectural plans for its new York office in Hungate, which is set to house up to 500 employees

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THE council working in partnership with business to bring Hiscox and hundreds of jobs to York is a coup for the city that should be welcomed.

Hiscox coming to the Hungate site and improving this area of the city should be equally as welcomed.

Hiscox, along with the possible redevelopment of Stonebow House and progress on housing developments, gives us a unique opportunity to improve this entrance into the city.

Therefore it is only right that we should consider investing in the public environment along this corridor for the benefit of residents, employees and visitors (The Press, April 27).

For many years under the Liberal Democrats, the city was starved of investment in our public environment. It is therefore disappointing they still would like such a policy to continue – ruling out repair and renewal.

It is even more disappointing that they take umbrage against this £175,000 investment when they wasted £1m of council taxpayer’s money on the aborted new council HQ at Hungate. Instead they left Hungate derelict. Labour is putting this mess right.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council.

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2:27pm Mon 5 May 14

LibDem says...

Labour, under James Alexander, chose to sell the Haymarket site at the low point of the recession... receiving less than half what it would fetch today.

The developers are well able to pay for improvements to the roads and footpaths in the area.

It should not be paid for by more borrowing which - together with other vanity projects - will leave Council Taxpayers to find an additional £1.6 million to cover interest payments each year.
Labour, under James Alexander, chose to sell the Haymarket site at the low point of the recession... receiving less than half what it would fetch today. The developers are well able to pay for improvements to the roads and footpaths in the area. It should not be paid for by more borrowing which - together with other vanity projects - will leave Council Taxpayers to find an additional £1.6 million to cover interest payments each year. LibDem
  • Score: -55

4:14pm Mon 5 May 14

Jonothon says...

LibDem wrote:
Labour, under James Alexander, chose to sell the Haymarket site at the low point of the recession... receiving less than half what it would fetch today.

The developers are well able to pay for improvements to the roads and footpaths in the area.

It should not be paid for by more borrowing which - together with other vanity projects - will leave Council Taxpayers to find an additional £1.6 million to cover interest payments each year.
The victors write the history. That lets you out
[quote][p][bold]LibDem[/bold] wrote: Labour, under James Alexander, chose to sell the Haymarket site at the low point of the recession... receiving less than half what it would fetch today. The developers are well able to pay for improvements to the roads and footpaths in the area. It should not be paid for by more borrowing which - together with other vanity projects - will leave Council Taxpayers to find an additional £1.6 million to cover interest payments each year.[/p][/quote]The victors write the history. That lets you out Jonothon
  • Score: 5

4:37pm Mon 5 May 14

CaroleBaines says...

LibDem wrote:
Labour, under James Alexander, chose to sell the Haymarket site at the low point of the recession... receiving less than half what it would fetch today.

The developers are well able to pay for improvements to the roads and footpaths in the area.

It should not be paid for by more borrowing which - together with other vanity projects - will leave Council Taxpayers to find an additional £1.6 million to cover interest payments each year.
More mud slinging that achieves nothing. No wonder the public are turned off politics.
[quote][p][bold]LibDem[/bold] wrote: Labour, under James Alexander, chose to sell the Haymarket site at the low point of the recession... receiving less than half what it would fetch today. The developers are well able to pay for improvements to the roads and footpaths in the area. It should not be paid for by more borrowing which - together with other vanity projects - will leave Council Taxpayers to find an additional £1.6 million to cover interest payments each year.[/p][/quote]More mud slinging that achieves nothing. No wonder the public are turned off politics. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 33

5:25pm Mon 5 May 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Cllr James Alexander:
It is even more disappointing that they take umbrage against this £175,000 investment when they wasted £1m of council taxpayer’s money on the aborted new council HQ at Hungate. Instead they left Hungate derelict. Labour is putting this mess right.

More mud slinging indeed. It would have been better to have committed the time and effort to informing us what £175k was actually being spent on, but then if you don't know just drop in a distraction line.

Real leaders defend with actions and results not bickering and criticism thats for the playground.
Cllr James Alexander: It is even more disappointing that they take umbrage against this £175,000 investment when they wasted £1m of council taxpayer’s money on the aborted new council HQ at Hungate. Instead they left Hungate derelict. Labour is putting this mess right. More mud slinging indeed. It would have been better to have committed the time and effort to informing us what £175k was actually being spent on, but then if you don't know just drop in a distraction line. Real leaders defend with actions and results not bickering and criticism thats for the playground. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -121

6:53am Tue 6 May 14

oi oi savaloy says...

get your application form in now james and you never know, this time next year you could be sat at the end of a phone cold calling people to try to con them into buying an insurance for an extortionate price on minimum pay!!
get your application form in now james and you never know, this time next year you could be sat at the end of a phone cold calling people to try to con them into buying an insurance for an extortionate price on minimum pay!! oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -60

1:22pm Tue 6 May 14

marvell says...

When will Cllr Alexander get it into his head that based on previous results under his stewardship that people don't trust him to spend the money wisely.

There was a really good letter in The Press last week stating that the real hub of the matter is HOW the money will be spent. It makes the point that in the real world companies have to cost justify expenditure.

When Labour are spending public money - why should they not have to be precise about what the money is spent on.
When will Cllr Alexander get it into his head that based on previous results under his stewardship that people don't trust him to spend the money wisely. There was a really good letter in The Press last week stating that the real hub of the matter is HOW the money will be spent. It makes the point that in the real world companies have to cost justify expenditure. When Labour are spending public money - why should they not have to be precise about what the money is spent on. marvell
  • Score: -44

7:02pm Wed 7 May 14

gmsgop says...

James your Group's latest attempt to get curry favour with citizens by writing blatantly political letters as the election approaches is as inadequate as all others. You spend our taxes without even a pretence at cost or benefit - without any thought for citizens. Worst still you allow pathetic reports from overpaid staffers who can't even be bothered to even attempt to articulate what our taxes will be spent on- let alone any rationale or cost benefit.

So great the Chamber (not you) got Hiscox here- any other results of your umm 'jobs&growth' agenda? (Or is it housing and transport as you said in Council?) after all we have an award winning investment attraction strategy & in the top x of y in Europe- that would mean a nice record of investments not just Hiscox and some shops.... Waiting to hear the good news!

Gwen Swinburn
James your Group's latest attempt to get curry favour with citizens by writing blatantly political letters as the election approaches is as inadequate as all others. You spend our taxes without even a pretence at cost or benefit - without any thought for citizens. Worst still you allow pathetic reports from overpaid staffers who can't even be bothered to even attempt to articulate what our taxes will be spent on- let alone any rationale or cost benefit. So great the Chamber (not you) got Hiscox here- any other results of your umm 'jobs&growth' agenda? (Or is it housing and transport as you said in Council?) after all we have an award winning investment attraction strategy & in the top x of y in Europe- that would mean a nice record of investments not just Hiscox and some shops.... Waiting to hear the good news! Gwen Swinburn gmsgop
  • Score: -28

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