A proper Yorker

A proper Yorker

A proper Yorker

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FULL marks to City of York Council for a bold and exciting local plan.

At last York could see itself elevated to the city it was always meant to be and not some one trick (heritage and maybe leisure) pony anachronism. With some bold strokes of the pen applied to the map, James Alexander and his team have shown us an exciting glimpse of the future.

York was once the second city of England and when this plan comes in it could be well on the way to have everything going for it once again.

York needs housing and I’m sure there is a strong market for commuters who are fed up with living in the suburbs of West Yorkshire and would like to bring up their families in a rural situation such as ours. Why not have them here?

The proposed developments of Whinthorpe and the other one between Skelton and Wiggington will bring thousands of new shoppers into the area, meaning a business boom for local shops and outlying garden centres, not to mention any restaurants located outside the ring road (and just inside it) who I’m sure would welcome the extra trade.

It’s all very well banging on about Askham Bog and what have you, but Leeds used to be a prehistoric swamp (reference: Armley Hippo) and look where they are now. Not looking backward, that’s for sure.

Gordon Cheapcastle, York.

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11:16am Sat 9 Aug 14

gwen4me says...

Hear hear
Hear hear gwen4me
  • Score: 23

12:53pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Badgers Drift says...

Gordon obviously hasn't seen the housing numbers under Alexander's disastrous Labour administration in York.

2011/12 ; 321 (Record low)
2012/13 : 482 (less 124 student accomm) = 358 (3rd lowest on record)
2013/14 : 345 (2nd lowest on record)

Despite increases regionally and nationally, York has bucked the trend under Labour with net completions reducing here.

So much for the rhetoric from Alexander and his deluded, gullible followers.

Roll on May 2015, when they will be voted out....!!!
Gordon obviously hasn't seen the housing numbers under Alexander's disastrous Labour administration in York. 2011/12 ; 321 (Record low) 2012/13 : 482 (less 124 student accomm) = 358 (3rd lowest on record) 2013/14 : 345 (2nd lowest on record) Despite increases regionally and nationally, York has bucked the trend under Labour with net completions reducing here. So much for the rhetoric from Alexander and his deluded, gullible followers. Roll on May 2015, when they will be voted out....!!! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -36

12:59pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Jalymo says...

What a great idea! Let's build all over Yorks rural aspect, then people will flock from the West Riding to live here, so they too can enjoy York's rural aspect. Whoops! Err, Sorry it's gone, we concreted over it.
What a great idea! Let's build all over Yorks rural aspect, then people will flock from the West Riding to live here, so they too can enjoy York's rural aspect. Whoops! Err, Sorry it's gone, we concreted over it. Jalymo
  • Score: -8

1:09pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Badgers Drift says...

To put the net housing completions under Labour over the last three years in contect, here are yearly averages over various periods:

1998/99 to 2006/07 : 843/yr (9yr period)
1988/89 to 2013/14 : 670/yr (16yr period)
2003/04 to 2007/08 : 782/yr (5yr period
2003/04 to 2010/11 : 673/yr (8yr period)

Under Labour (3yr period):
2011/12 to 2013/14 : 383/yr (incl student accom in 2012/13)
2011/12 to 2013/14 : 341/yr (excl student accom in 2013/14)

The only description of Labour's housing performance for York in the last three years I can come up with is catastrophic - much like everything else including Lendal Bridge!

Bye bye James (in May 2015)
To put the net housing completions under Labour over the last three years in contect, here are yearly averages over various periods: 1998/99 to 2006/07 : 843/yr (9yr period) 1988/89 to 2013/14 : 670/yr (16yr period) 2003/04 to 2007/08 : 782/yr (5yr period 2003/04 to 2010/11 : 673/yr (8yr period) Under Labour (3yr period): 2011/12 to 2013/14 : 383/yr (incl student accom in 2012/13) 2011/12 to 2013/14 : 341/yr (excl student accom in 2013/14) The only description of Labour's housing performance for York in the last three years I can come up with is catastrophic - much like everything else including Lendal Bridge! Bye bye James (in May 2015) Badgers Drift
  • Score: -40

1:13pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Badgers Drift says...

What do you get from James Alexander's Labour administration?

Twice as much rhetoric (BS) for half as many houses!
What do you get from James Alexander's Labour administration? Twice as much rhetoric (BS) for half as many houses! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -56

1:15pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Badgers Drift says...

When Kersten England came to York (work inYork and live in East Yorkshire), the girl was taken out of Bradford.

She now wants to bring Bradford to York!
When Kersten England came to York (work inYork and live in East Yorkshire), the girl was taken out of Bradford. She now wants to bring Bradford to York! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -43

3:08pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Badgers Drift says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
To put the net housing completions under Labour over the last three years in contect, here are yearly averages over various periods: 1998/99 to 2006/07 : 843/yr (9yr period) 1988/89 to 2013/14 : 670/yr (16yr period) 2003/04 to 2007/08 : 782/yr (5yr period 2003/04 to 2010/11 : 673/yr (8yr period) Under Labour (3yr period): 2011/12 to 2013/14 : 383/yr (incl student accom in 2012/13) 2011/12 to 2013/14 : 341/yr (excl student accom in 2013/14) The only description of Labour's housing performance for York in the last three years I can come up with is catastrophic - much like everything else including Lendal Bridge! Bye bye James (in May 2015)
Sorry, just spotted a 'typo' error....

1988/89 to 2013/14 : 670/yr

should be:-

1998/99 to 2013/14 : 670/yr
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: To put the net housing completions under Labour over the last three years in contect, here are yearly averages over various periods: 1998/99 to 2006/07 : 843/yr (9yr period) 1988/89 to 2013/14 : 670/yr (16yr period) 2003/04 to 2007/08 : 782/yr (5yr period 2003/04 to 2010/11 : 673/yr (8yr period) Under Labour (3yr period): 2011/12 to 2013/14 : 383/yr (incl student accom in 2012/13) 2011/12 to 2013/14 : 341/yr (excl student accom in 2013/14) The only description of Labour's housing performance for York in the last three years I can come up with is catastrophic - much like everything else including Lendal Bridge! Bye bye James (in May 2015)[/p][/quote]Sorry, just spotted a 'typo' error.... 1988/89 to 2013/14 : 670/yr should be:- 1998/99 to 2013/14 : 670/yr Badgers Drift
  • Score: -43

3:47pm Sat 9 Aug 14

roadwars says...

So, the more people who live in a city the better it is? really? I can think of numerous bigger cities than York that are all complete dumps.
As for building house, half of the problem is that so many builders milked it in the boom years that they are now sitting back and enjoying their well earned rest with no need to build any more houses, several of them spend most of their time writing to the press to complain about how bad the labour party are...
So, the more people who live in a city the better it is? really? I can think of numerous bigger cities than York that are all complete dumps. As for building house, half of the problem is that so many builders milked it in the boom years that they are now sitting back and enjoying their well earned rest with no need to build any more houses, several of them spend most of their time writing to the press to complain about how bad the labour party are... roadwars
  • Score: 43

5:08pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Badgers Drift says...

roadwars wrote:
So, the more people who live in a city the better it is? really? I can think of numerous bigger cities than York that are all complete dumps. As for building house, half of the problem is that so many builders milked it in the boom years that they are now sitting back and enjoying their well earned rest with no need to build any more houses, several of them spend most of their time writing to the press to complain about how bad the labour party are...
If it's so easy to build houses then Labour supporters should get on with it....

The problem is, all Labour are good at is wasting money and telling everyone else how to do it, whilst doing nowt themselves.

The penny has dropped, and political interference with the housing market, by over-regulating the housebuilding sector has resulted in a near oligopoly - a synthesis of capitalism and marxism - just what the left hoped for on their journey. So far the right have bottled out from the only solution - radical de-regulation; starting with completely scrapping affordable (social) housing through S106. York and it's underperformance with completions is proof of the impact of this policy, and how it has not only stifled growth, it has completely dampened it, resulting in higher house prices and rents!

Labour and their moneytree economic thinking - clueless!
[quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: So, the more people who live in a city the better it is? really? I can think of numerous bigger cities than York that are all complete dumps. As for building house, half of the problem is that so many builders milked it in the boom years that they are now sitting back and enjoying their well earned rest with no need to build any more houses, several of them spend most of their time writing to the press to complain about how bad the labour party are...[/p][/quote]If it's so easy to build houses then Labour supporters should get on with it.... The problem is, all Labour are good at is wasting money and telling everyone else how to do it, whilst doing nowt themselves. The penny has dropped, and political interference with the housing market, by over-regulating the housebuilding sector has resulted in a near oligopoly - a synthesis of capitalism and marxism - just what the left hoped for on their journey. So far the right have bottled out from the only solution - radical de-regulation; starting with completely scrapping affordable (social) housing through S106. York and it's underperformance with completions is proof of the impact of this policy, and how it has not only stifled growth, it has completely dampened it, resulting in higher house prices and rents! Labour and their moneytree economic thinking - clueless! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -62

7:01pm Sun 10 Aug 14

A.P.Feeders says...

Lol how far have yorks labour council sunk to made up letters from made up writers just shows how this lot can't be trusted roll on 2015
Lol how far have yorks labour council sunk to made up letters from made up writers just shows how this lot can't be trusted roll on 2015 A.P.Feeders
  • Score: -19

12:09am Mon 11 Aug 14

Badgers Drift says...

A.P.Feeders wrote:
Lol how far have yorks labour council sunk to made up letters from made up writers just shows how this lot can't be trusted roll on 2015
Good spot.

No address given, and a google search comes up with no such person in York.

Must be the score hacker or a Labour colleague?

Desperation!
[quote][p][bold]A.P.Feeders[/bold] wrote: Lol how far have yorks labour council sunk to made up letters from made up writers just shows how this lot can't be trusted roll on 2015[/p][/quote]Good spot. No address given, and a google search comes up with no such person in York. Must be the score hacker or a Labour colleague? Desperation! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -27

12:31pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Fanny Free House says...

Should be titled "A Proper Joker".

Agree with Badgers Drift, but more, no such family name.

Council Cookie Pusher, "Must try harder".
Should be titled "A Proper Joker". Agree with Badgers Drift, but more, no such family name. Council Cookie Pusher, "Must try harder". Fanny Free House
  • Score: -13

12:42pm Mon 11 Aug 14

oi oi savaloy says...

lol.. which liebor councillor is "Gordon Cheapcastle"?
lol.. which liebor councillor is "Gordon Cheapcastle"? oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -13

8:12pm Mon 11 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

gwen4me wrote:
Hear hear
Could you not find a more convincing name than Gordon Cheapcastle? Or was it a unanimous vote by the privileged cabinet members who wrote the letter in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]gwen4me[/bold] wrote: Hear hear[/p][/quote]Could you not find a more convincing name than Gordon Cheapcastle? Or was it a unanimous vote by the privileged cabinet members who wrote the letter in the first place. notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -8

8:14pm Mon 11 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
A.P.Feeders wrote:
Lol how far have yorks labour council sunk to made up letters from made up writers just shows how this lot can't be trusted roll on 2015
Good spot.

No address given, and a google search comes up with no such person in York.

Must be the score hacker or a Labour colleague?

Desperation!
You tried as well, same result even on people finder.
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.P.Feeders[/bold] wrote: Lol how far have yorks labour council sunk to made up letters from made up writers just shows how this lot can't be trusted roll on 2015[/p][/quote]Good spot. No address given, and a google search comes up with no such person in York. Must be the score hacker or a Labour colleague? Desperation![/p][/quote]You tried as well, same result even on people finder. notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -11

11:28pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Dr Robert says...

I am afraid this Labour Council has found new depths to sink to, Mr Cheapcastle is a fictitious writer, either the score hacker is active again, Alexander has drawn on Yorks remaining brainwashed lunes to give the thumbs down vote, or could the Press be in collusion with this claptrap.
I am afraid this Labour Council has found new depths to sink to, Mr Cheapcastle is a fictitious writer, either the score hacker is active again, Alexander has drawn on Yorks remaining brainwashed lunes to give the thumbs down vote, or could the Press be in collusion with this claptrap. Dr Robert
  • Score: -16

9:05am Wed 13 Aug 14

julia brica says...

Gordon cheapcastle ? wasn't he the bloke who jumped in the river and now lives in the arc light centre.
Gordon cheapcastle ? wasn't he the bloke who jumped in the river and now lives in the arc light centre. julia brica
  • Score: -9

2:24pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Badgers Drift says...

julia brica wrote:
Gordon cheapcastle ? wasn't he the bloke who jumped in the river and now lives in the arc light centre.
Is that why the Press did not disclose his address?
[quote][p][bold]julia brica[/bold] wrote: Gordon cheapcastle ? wasn't he the bloke who jumped in the river and now lives in the arc light centre.[/p][/quote]Is that why the Press did not disclose his address? Badgers Drift
  • Score: -5

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