Plan contempt

Plan contempt

Plan contempt

First published in Letters by

YORK’S Local Plan is going to fail because it is driven by James Alexander’s apparent contempt for York homeowners, particularly those in rural areas.

Mr Alexander’s achievement in gaining control of the council in 2011 was commendable. However, there is a difference between winning an election and leading a great city.

Sadly, time and again, Mr Alexander has confirmed that he lacks the leadership that comes with training, time and experience. Consequently, he is pursuing a Local Plan that is alienating large swathes of York’s population, showing the same stubbornness that led to the debacles over Union Terrace car park and Lendal Bridge.

The city has a desperate need for a Local Plan. However, the proposed plan would destroy vast areas of York’s surrounding countryside.

I call on Mr Alexander to ditch the “new towns” on fields that should continue to be used for agriculture and make “greenfield” development modest and incremental.

Then, we could work together with a united voice on a plan that would deliver for York, which all political parties could support and which the people of York would support.

Councillor Joe Watt, Conservative, Skelton, Rawcliffe & Clifton Without, Deputy Chair – Local Plan Working Group, City of York Council.

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10:04am Thu 17 Jul 14

courier46 says...

Totally agree,this man (Alexander) is causing more mayhem with his band of cronies than I can remember anyone else doing (including the Lib-Dems).
We should be working together ,not steam roller everything through in a dictatorial way. I do not trust this man ,as I`m sure many other York residents do not.
Totally agree,this man (Alexander) is causing more mayhem with his band of cronies than I can remember anyone else doing (including the Lib-Dems). We should be working together ,not steam roller everything through in a dictatorial way. I do not trust this man ,as I`m sure many other York residents do not. courier46
  • Score: -4

11:05am Thu 17 Jul 14

The Great Buda says...

And what about those who cannot afford a home in their own City Mr Watt?

Come up with some ideas, some alternatives, other than attacks on the other side. The electorate are waiting to listen. They want to know if their children are going to be priced out of their own city.
And what about those who cannot afford a home in their own City Mr Watt? Come up with some ideas, some alternatives, other than attacks on the other side. The electorate are waiting to listen. They want to know if their children are going to be priced out of their own city. The Great Buda
  • Score: 4

12:28pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Stevie D says...

So, Cllr Watt, what do you propose as an alternative?

More people want homes than before. We are running out of homes in York, and we are fast running out of affordable homes that are within reach of young couples and young families. We can't build lots of city centre flats because people don't want to live in flats. We can't extend existing suburbs and villages because residents complain that we are spoiling the character of the village and destroying their community. And we can't build new towns because ... well, because it was a Labour council who put the plans forwards, it seems.

Where do you think these people should all live?
So, Cllr Watt, what do you propose as an alternative? More people want homes than before. We are running out of homes in York, and we are fast running out of affordable homes that are within reach of young couples and young families. We can't build lots of city centre flats because people don't want to live in flats. We can't extend existing suburbs and villages because residents complain that we are spoiling the character of the village and destroying their community. And we can't build new towns because ... well, because it was a Labour council who put the plans forwards, it seems. Where do you think these people should all live? Stevie D
  • Score: 8

1:03pm Thu 17 Jul 14

roadwars says...

The Great Buda wrote:
And what about those who cannot afford a home in their own City Mr Watt?

Come up with some ideas, some alternatives, other than attacks on the other side. The electorate are waiting to listen. They want to know if their children are going to be priced out of their own city.
I have a "local plan" that should tick off at least a couple of this council's main criteria...
Ban car ownership for residents of all new builds, this would not only mean that the increased developments around the edge of the City would have no impact upon congestion but would also make the new houses less desirable and therefore affordable to first time buyers...
Come on Mr Alexander, you said that you want to take bold steps...
[quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: And what about those who cannot afford a home in their own City Mr Watt? Come up with some ideas, some alternatives, other than attacks on the other side. The electorate are waiting to listen. They want to know if their children are going to be priced out of their own city.[/p][/quote]I have a "local plan" that should tick off at least a couple of this council's main criteria... Ban car ownership for residents of all new builds, this would not only mean that the increased developments around the edge of the City would have no impact upon congestion but would also make the new houses less desirable and therefore affordable to first time buyers... Come on Mr Alexander, you said that you want to take bold steps... roadwars
  • Score: -11

1:33pm Thu 17 Jul 14

CaroleBaines says...

Why can we not drop this 'attack the opposition and do nothing else' stance? Time and time again we see this from our counsellors and Mr Watt is one of the worst. And no, am not a Labour apologist, they were just as bad in opposition.
Okay - this regime isn't working, but what would YOU do, Joe Watt? Where are YOUR ideas? We can all moan and shout from the side lines, but the public want service, they want answers, not this playground nonsense.
Sick of it - sort yourselves out York politicians.
Why can we not drop this 'attack the opposition and do nothing else' stance? Time and time again we see this from our counsellors and Mr Watt is one of the worst. And no, am not a Labour apologist, they were just as bad in opposition. Okay - this regime isn't working, but what would YOU do, Joe Watt? Where are YOUR ideas? We can all moan and shout from the side lines, but the public want service, they want answers, not this playground nonsense. Sick of it - sort yourselves out York politicians. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 11

1:36pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Personally I think given the questions raised above is :
1. There are No serious Tower Blocks within the city or close by, so that covers that, more accommodation per land footage.
2. Land is Not infinite, more terraced housing
3. House prices in the York area have rocketed a £50.000 house 20 years ago is 3 to 4 times as much, far beating any inflation, due to Builders and estate agencies having a free hand .
4. Lack of or should that be no interest in housing by the council (less said on that the batter for now)
just a few facts
,
Personally I think given the questions raised above is : 1. There are No serious Tower Blocks within the city or close by, so that covers that, more accommodation per land footage. 2. Land is Not infinite, more terraced housing 3. House prices in the York area have rocketed a £50.000 house 20 years ago is 3 to 4 times as much, far beating any inflation, due to Builders and estate agencies having a free hand . 4. Lack of or should that be no interest in housing by the council (less said on that the batter for now) just a few facts , Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -4

9:11am Fri 18 Jul 14

mutley12321 says...

Whilst clearly Labour haven't shown themself in the best light over the past few years (and as a previous Labour voter, they've let me down); this letter is nothing more than playing politics.

Whilst Labour have at least produced plan, and admittedly it's flawed in many aspects, what have the Con/Dems put up as an alternative? Writing to the press throwing mud is hardly likely to have the electorate throwing their support behind you?
Whilst clearly Labour haven't shown themself in the best light over the past few years (and as a previous Labour voter, they've let me down); this letter is nothing more than playing politics. Whilst Labour have at least produced plan, and admittedly it's flawed in many aspects, what have the Con/Dems put up as an alternative? Writing to the press throwing mud is hardly likely to have the electorate throwing their support behind you? mutley12321
  • Score: 6

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