Striking a chord on draft local plan

York Press: Striking a chord on draft local plan Striking a chord on draft local plan

JULIAN Cole’s column on the draft local plan struck a chord (‘Fielding tricky green question’, The Press, June 19).

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy’s selective language is threatening to unbalance the debate on York’s local plan for jobs and homes.

Among hyperbole such as claiming York would become a “suburb of Leeds” – alongside other treats from Tories such as “Milton Keynes of the north” and “bulldozing/concreting over the Green Belt” (take your pick of word) – lies the misguided view that one York political party has any less respect for our city than the other.

Julian implies that the Tory message is “build your homes on someone else’s patch”. If this was recreated at Mr Sturdy’s public meetings, then he would be building a divisive urban vs rural debate rather than one about securing homes and jobs for generations of York citizens.

Putting the strong language aside and pinning down Tories on their proposals for housing figures and other local plan content is a challenge, such is their over-reliance on rhetoric.

Further potential local plan sites are out for consultation: sift through the facts, then have your say.

Councillor Neil Barnes, Labour, Hull Road ward, Member of local plan working group, City of York Council.

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4:28pm Sun 22 Jun 14

oi oi savaloy says...

Neil Barnes, you are not from York, if you don't like this city like it is why don't you go back to Southampton and ruin that city, instead of ruining this one?
Neil Barnes, you are not from York, if you don't like this city like it is why don't you go back to Southampton and ruin that city, instead of ruining this one? oi oi savaloy
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10:37pm Mon 23 Jun 14

roadwars says...

The people of York have already found out, over and over again, that there is no point "having your say", if you don't agree with the council's plans then you will not be listened to.
The council will push ahead with whatever secures them the most funding, primarily from development corporations. They will build park and rides on greenbelt sites so that they can declare old park and ride sites as brownfield and redevelop them, they will end up squeezing a unique habitat (Askham Bog) by concreting all around it, most probably leading to it becoming Askham Lake, They will not be stopped on any plans because mon£y rules...
On top of all this they will restrict resident's private journeys, they will continue to reduce services year on year whilst charging more tax for them.
Worst of all, there is no escape, this lot are no worse than the previous self-serving bunch.
The people of York have already found out, over and over again, that there is no point "having your say", if you don't agree with the council's plans then you will not be listened to. The council will push ahead with whatever secures them the most funding, primarily from development corporations. They will build park and rides on greenbelt sites so that they can declare old park and ride sites as brownfield and redevelop them, they will end up squeezing a unique habitat (Askham Bog) by concreting all around it, most probably leading to it becoming Askham Lake, They will not be stopped on any plans because mon£y rules... On top of all this they will restrict resident's private journeys, they will continue to reduce services year on year whilst charging more tax for them. Worst of all, there is no escape, this lot are no worse than the previous self-serving bunch. roadwars
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1:10pm Tue 24 Jun 14

keepitshut says...

Off subject but............PRESS WEBSITE WHY ARE SATURDAYS LETTERS STILL ON HERE, WHERE ARE MONDAYS AND TODAYS?
Off subject but............PRESS WEBSITE WHY ARE SATURDAYS LETTERS STILL ON HERE, WHERE ARE MONDAYS AND TODAYS? keepitshut
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2:07pm Tue 24 Jun 14

powerwatt says...

roadwars wrote:
The people of York have already found out, over and over again, that there is no point "having your say", if you don't agree with the council's plans then you will not be listened to.
The council will push ahead with whatever secures them the most funding, primarily from development corporations. They will build park and rides on greenbelt sites so that they can declare old park and ride sites as brownfield and redevelop them, they will end up squeezing a unique habitat (Askham Bog) by concreting all around it, most probably leading to it becoming Askham Lake, They will not be stopped on any plans because mon£y rules...
On top of all this they will restrict resident's private journeys, they will continue to reduce services year on year whilst charging more tax for them.
Worst of all, there is no escape, this lot are no worse than the previous self-serving bunch.
Not with the Local Plan.
All submissions are counted and if the council are shown not to have acted over responses to the consultation then a inquiry would change that.

It's important to respond to this, it is not an internal consultation.
[quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: The people of York have already found out, over and over again, that there is no point "having your say", if you don't agree with the council's plans then you will not be listened to. The council will push ahead with whatever secures them the most funding, primarily from development corporations. They will build park and rides on greenbelt sites so that they can declare old park and ride sites as brownfield and redevelop them, they will end up squeezing a unique habitat (Askham Bog) by concreting all around it, most probably leading to it becoming Askham Lake, They will not be stopped on any plans because mon£y rules... On top of all this they will restrict resident's private journeys, they will continue to reduce services year on year whilst charging more tax for them. Worst of all, there is no escape, this lot are no worse than the previous self-serving bunch.[/p][/quote]Not with the Local Plan. All submissions are counted and if the council are shown not to have acted over responses to the consultation then a inquiry would change that. It's important to respond to this, it is not an internal consultation. powerwatt
  • Score: 13

6:24pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

keepitshut wrote:
Off subject but............PRESS WEBSITE WHY ARE SATURDAYS LETTERS STILL ON HERE, WHERE ARE MONDAYS AND TODAYS?
Yes!
The letters page is the most fun part of the paper.

Come on Press, whoever is ill or on holiday... couldn't you have trained someone else to do the uploading?
[quote][p][bold]keepitshut[/bold] wrote: Off subject but............PRESS WEBSITE WHY ARE SATURDAYS LETTERS STILL ON HERE, WHERE ARE MONDAYS AND TODAYS?[/p][/quote]Yes! The letters page is the most fun part of the paper. Come on Press, whoever is ill or on holiday... couldn't you have trained someone else to do the uploading? Buzzz Light-year
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