Smarter York community scheme launched

York Press: Coun David Levene Coun David Levene

A COMMUNITY scheme aimed at keeping York clean and offering more chances for residents to get involved in volunteering will be launched today.

Smarter York, a City of York Council-run project, is designed to keep neighbourhoods free of litter and encourage people to play a greater role in protecting York’s image as public spending becomes increasingly squeezed.

The initiative will run alongside the council’s existing Love Where You Live drive and build on the work already being done by community groups such as the Friends of Chapman’s Pond, in Dringhouses, and parish councils to maintain and enhance the appearance of the city. Smarter York will work with the authority’s street-cleaning and waste teams and allow residents to take up more local volunteering opportunities.

Volunteer schemes already backed by the council – which has to save £19.7 million over 2012/13 and 2013/14 – include snow wardens, with more than 100 people having so far been recruited to help clear paths during bad winter weather. Coun David Levene, cabinet member for environmental services, said this proved residents’ appetite for taking an active role in their community is growing.

“Smarter York sums up how we want to engage and empower residents and businesses to keep York a beautiful place to live and work,” he said.

“It is about the council recognising the huge financial challenges we face by being honest about what we can do, encouraging residents to help out and working more effectively to help keep York looking like a world-class city.

“This is just the start, and looking ahead we’d like to establish a Smarter Charter to outline our key aims and priorities.”

As well as Smarter York – which will be launched today at the York Environment Centre at St Nicholas Fields, in Tang Hall – community contracts are being forged across the city between the council and residents to lay out shared responsibilities. More information about the campaign is available at york.gov.uk/smarteryork, by e-mailing smarter.york@york.gov.uk, following @CityofYork #Smarter York on Twitter or by downloading the project’s app for free.

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9:56am Wed 28 Nov 12

atorycouncil2014 says...

Sorry this article doesnt say anything. What is the scheme about?
Sorry this article doesnt say anything. What is the scheme about? atorycouncil2014

12:32pm Wed 28 Nov 12

M.Lucas says...

atorycouncil2014 wrote:
Sorry this article doesnt say anything. What is the scheme about?
Er, not 100% sure either...

Think it's about asking residents of York to pick up litter/clear snow because the council can't afford to pay for it?

If so then the Council really need to look at what their spending priorities are.

They've used an old picture too, just to add to the confusion. Suggests it's about the city centre, but I'm pretty sure they're not going to lay off the street cleaning team and ask the public to clean up?

Although there's a few members of the council I'd like to see sweep the streets rather than govern. Didn't Alexander have a 'trial' on the bins once? Guessing they didn't ask him back...
[quote][p][bold]atorycouncil2014[/bold] wrote: Sorry this article doesnt say anything. What is the scheme about?[/p][/quote]Er, not 100% sure either... Think it's about asking residents of York to pick up litter/clear snow because the council can't afford to pay for it? If so then the Council really need to look at what their spending priorities are. They've used an old picture too, just to add to the confusion. Suggests it's about the city centre, but I'm pretty sure they're not going to lay off the street cleaning team and ask the public to clean up? Although there's a few members of the council I'd like to see sweep the streets rather than govern. Didn't Alexander have a 'trial' on the bins once? Guessing they didn't ask him back... M.Lucas

4:03pm Wed 28 Nov 12

atorycouncil2014 says...

M.Lucas wrote:
atorycouncil2014 wrote:
Sorry this article doesnt say anything. What is the scheme about?
Er, not 100% sure either...

Think it's about asking residents of York to pick up litter/clear snow because the council can't afford to pay for it?

If so then the Council really need to look at what their spending priorities are.

They've used an old picture too, just to add to the confusion. Suggests it's about the city centre, but I'm pretty sure they're not going to lay off the street cleaning team and ask the public to clean up?

Although there's a few members of the council I'd like to see sweep the streets rather than govern. Didn't Alexander have a 'trial' on the bins once? Guessing they didn't ask him back...
You seem to be correct and apparently theyre going to give us "community contracts are being forged across the city between the council and residents to lay out shared responsibilities"

Err I know my responsibility its to pay council tax. I expect services in return.

Why I should pick up litter and shovel snow while simultaneously paying for a bloody floating art gallery and sending Calamity James on holiday to France is not exactly clear to me
[quote][p][bold]M.Lucas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]atorycouncil2014[/bold] wrote: Sorry this article doesnt say anything. What is the scheme about?[/p][/quote]Er, not 100% sure either... Think it's about asking residents of York to pick up litter/clear snow because the council can't afford to pay for it? If so then the Council really need to look at what their spending priorities are. They've used an old picture too, just to add to the confusion. Suggests it's about the city centre, but I'm pretty sure they're not going to lay off the street cleaning team and ask the public to clean up? Although there's a few members of the council I'd like to see sweep the streets rather than govern. Didn't Alexander have a 'trial' on the bins once? Guessing they didn't ask him back...[/p][/quote]You seem to be correct and apparently theyre going to give us "community contracts are being forged across the city between the council and residents to lay out shared responsibilities" Err I know my responsibility its to pay council tax. I expect services in return. Why I should pick up litter and shovel snow while simultaneously paying for a bloody floating art gallery and sending Calamity James on holiday to France is not exactly clear to me atorycouncil2014

4:36pm Wed 28 Nov 12

bloodaxe says...

Try volunteering. Nobody seems to care. You'd think that they'd jump at the offer of volunteers. This is just window dressing for The Press to report.
Try volunteering. Nobody seems to care. You'd think that they'd jump at the offer of volunteers. This is just window dressing for The Press to report. bloodaxe

5:13pm Wed 28 Nov 12

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5:50pm Wed 28 Nov 12

bob the builder says...

It's a way of reducing costs by losing staff at the council without making cuts in services. The council saves on the wages bill, council tax doesn't go up, services stay roughly the same so the public stay loyal and vote Labour back in next time. What their friends the 'unions' will make of it who knows, perhaps by the time they wake up to this it will be a done deal.
It's a way of reducing costs by losing staff at the council without making cuts in services. The council saves on the wages bill, council tax doesn't go up, services stay roughly the same so the public stay loyal and vote Labour back in next time. What their friends the 'unions' will make of it who knows, perhaps by the time they wake up to this it will be a done deal. bob the builder

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