City of York council decision-makers take ‘community conversations’ initiative on road

Council leader James Alexander

Council leader James Alexander

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CITY leaders will begin a fact-finding exercise with residents next week.

A City of York Council survey last year revealed only a quarter of the 2,700 people who responded believed they could influence decision-making in York.

In a response to that survey, the authority will start a series of “community conversations” next Wednesday in Haxby and Wigginton.

The events will be held in every ward in the city, involving residents, community organisations and local businesses as well as ward councillors, members of the Labour cabinet, senior council officials and public sector representatives to find out what neighbourhood needs are.

Council leader James Alexander will attend each event and take part in a one-hour question-and-answer session.

Kersten England, the council’s chief executive, said: “We want to support community life in this city and it will provide a regular opportunity for residents to talk to us directly about the issues they face and the York they would like to see in the future – we can only make life better for people in this city if we are working with them.”

A list of meetings already organised is at york.gov.uk/community_conversations and will be updated as new meetings are announced.

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9:26am Wed 29 Jan 14

Madasanibbotson says...

One hour question and answer session with Jimmy Alexander !.

He will need about three days in each ward, to answer questions on all his crazy ideas, if the real council tax payers are allowed to ask questions.

No doubt you will have to be a Labour lover to be allowed to ask a question, that has been set by Jimmy and Co in the first place.

Can't wait to attend.
One hour question and answer session with Jimmy Alexander !. He will need about three days in each ward, to answer questions on all his crazy ideas, if the real council tax payers are allowed to ask questions. No doubt you will have to be a Labour lover to be allowed to ask a question, that has been set by Jimmy and Co in the first place. Can't wait to attend. Madasanibbotson
  • Score: -14

9:34am Wed 29 Jan 14

Knavesmire view says...

We don't like you or your cronies, and can't wait to vote you out at the next election.

Anything else you'd like to know little Jimmy?
We don't like you or your cronies, and can't wait to vote you out at the next election. Anything else you'd like to know little Jimmy? Knavesmire view
  • Score: -31

9:40am Wed 29 Jan 14

Knavesmire view says...

Oh, and that link doesn't work by the way
Oh, and that link doesn't work by the way Knavesmire view
  • Score: -45

9:42am Wed 29 Jan 14

Whis1962 says...

Too little too late. Jimmy should be packing his bags and looking for his passport.
Too little too late. Jimmy should be packing his bags and looking for his passport. Whis1962
  • Score: -40

9:58am Wed 29 Jan 14

tonyfromitaly says...

I can see it now, J A Godfather sitting at a desk in a darkened corner and people queuing to kiss his hand. Saying "Why didn't you come to me sooner to ask for these favours"
Must go now I have to check there isn't a horses head in my bed.
I can see it now, J A Godfather sitting at a desk in a darkened corner and people queuing to kiss his hand. Saying "Why didn't you come to me sooner to ask for these favours" Must go now I have to check there isn't a horses head in my bed. tonyfromitaly
  • Score: -41

9:59am Wed 29 Jan 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

You don't need a meeting to fact find why people don't believe they can influence the decision making process in York.

Just take a look back at every controversial decision (list not required) analyse the raw data, compare it to your public justification and actions.

Managed process to achieve ideological outcome is not a representation of public opinion (only ask those who will give me the answer I want, disregard all others).

The answers you seek are with you not the public, your looking in the wrong place and using the wrong platform.
You don't need a meeting to fact find why people don't believe they can influence the decision making process in York. Just take a look back at every controversial decision (list not required) analyse the raw data, compare it to your public justification and actions. Managed process to achieve ideological outcome is not a representation of public opinion (only ask those who will give me the answer I want, disregard all others). The answers you seek are with you not the public, your looking in the wrong place and using the wrong platform. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -44

10:01am Wed 29 Jan 14

chelk says...

Nobody believes you or your council will listen Alexander so this is just another pointless exercise you will know how we the residents feel at the next election, roll on 2015. The Muppet Show continues. thinking minus 400 points this time from the manipulating Moron
Nobody believes you or your council will listen Alexander so this is just another pointless exercise you will know how we the residents feel at the next election, roll on 2015. The Muppet Show continues. thinking minus 400 points this time from the manipulating Moron chelk
  • Score: -58

10:56am Wed 29 Jan 14

ozziedog1966 says...

He will only answer questions about the latest cameras available which is fine as it is the only thing that he is qualified to do.i look forward to attending and will be doing everything I can to make sure attendance is to the Max & I urge fellow readers/Voters to do the same, Hopefully we may be able to give him a nervous breakdown
He will only answer questions about the latest cameras available which is fine as it is the only thing that he is qualified to do.i look forward to attending and will be doing everything I can to make sure attendance is to the Max & I urge fellow readers/Voters to do the same, Hopefully we may be able to give him a nervous breakdown ozziedog1966
  • Score: -53

11:02am Wed 29 Jan 14

Ichabod76 says...

What's he going to do when someone asks a question he doesn't like ?
he wont be able to block them like he does on twitter !
What's he going to do when someone asks a question he doesn't like ? he wont be able to block them like he does on twitter ! Ichabod76
  • Score: -54

11:27am Wed 29 Jan 14

Soupdragon70 says...

Knavesmire view wrote:
Oh, and that link doesn't work by the way
Lol! Its like "We're going to have 'Community Conversations' but we're not telling you where...does that remind you of the fireworks fiasco from a few years back? They'll be very one sided 'conversations' much like all their so-called consultations!
[quote][p][bold]Knavesmire view[/bold] wrote: Oh, and that link doesn't work by the way[/p][/quote]Lol! Its like "We're going to have 'Community Conversations' but we're not telling you where...does that remind you of the fireworks fiasco from a few years back? They'll be very one sided 'conversations' much like all their so-called consultations! Soupdragon70
  • Score: -48

11:30am Wed 29 Jan 14

meme says...

amazing the link supposed to be telling everyone when/where these meetings are does not work!!
amazing the link supposed to be telling everyone when/where these meetings are does not work!! meme
  • Score: -51

11:37am Wed 29 Jan 14

Soupdragon70 says...

James Alexander on the road... hopefully a one-way road trip out of York!
James Alexander on the road... hopefully a one-way road trip out of York! Soupdragon70
  • Score: -44

11:47am Wed 29 Jan 14

Proudlock says...

What a lovely photo of our Council leader.
What a lovely photo of our Council leader. Proudlock
  • Score: -57

11:54am Wed 29 Jan 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

im going to ask him how he stole mark lamarrs' hair without him noticing.
im going to ask him how he stole mark lamarrs' hair without him noticing. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -44

12:50pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Rocking Horse says...

Ask him for the truth about the Combined West Yorkshire Authority, which York has to pay £4m a year to ?

This is all about strengthening Labour ties with there pals for more power for their party, and is not for York's benefit. The excuse that it's for transport funding is just that, an excuse.

James Alexander and his Labour cronies are ruining York. They must be kicked out in 2015.
Ask him for the truth about the Combined West Yorkshire Authority, which York has to pay £4m a year to ? This is all about strengthening Labour ties with there pals for more power for their party, and is not for York's benefit. The excuse that it's for transport funding is just that, an excuse. James Alexander and his Labour cronies are ruining York. They must be kicked out in 2015. Rocking Horse
  • Score: -40

1:16pm Wed 29 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

What's he going to do when he loses his looks...
What's he going to do when he loses his looks... YorkPatrol
  • Score: -39

2:26pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Hope this lot remember "Vote" s count and and we need road sweepers
Hope this lot remember "Vote" s count and and we need road sweepers Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -35

5:50pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Silver says...

Will we be considered qualified to comment on anything? Because then he can just ignore us
Will we be considered qualified to comment on anything? Because then he can just ignore us Silver
  • Score: -28

11:15pm Wed 29 Jan 14

oi oi savaloy says...

the sooner that bell end goes the better!
the sooner that bell end goes the better! oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -16

10:55am Thu 30 Jan 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Such a high number of negative responses to all these e-mails.

It's almost as if the Ragtime Band are employing (probably at our expense) a team of hackers to sit there all day clicking 'don't like' to any comment that doesn't appear in their vapid thought balloons.
Such a high number of negative responses to all these e-mails. It's almost as if the Ragtime Band are employing (probably at our expense) a team of hackers to sit there all day clicking 'don't like' to any comment that doesn't appear in their vapid thought balloons. Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -22

11:10am Thu 30 Jan 14

Madasanibbotson says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Such a high number of negative responses to all these e-mails.

It's almost as if the Ragtime Band are employing (probably at our expense) a team of hackers to sit there all day clicking 'don't like' to any comment that doesn't appear in their vapid thought balloons.
We know that CYC staff log onto York Press, Twitter and Facebook up to 70,000 times a day.
Clearly they have more staff than they need.
Some I assume are being used to give thumbs down so Jimmy Alexander can convince himself he is of some use to York (He is alone in that opinion)
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Such a high number of negative responses to all these e-mails. It's almost as if the Ragtime Band are employing (probably at our expense) a team of hackers to sit there all day clicking 'don't like' to any comment that doesn't appear in their vapid thought balloons.[/p][/quote]We know that CYC staff log onto York Press, Twitter and Facebook up to 70,000 times a day. Clearly they have more staff than they need. Some I assume are being used to give thumbs down so Jimmy Alexander can convince himself he is of some use to York (He is alone in that opinion) Madasanibbotson
  • Score: -24

11:33pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Soupdragon70 says...

Yay! Finally achieved that dubious honour of posting some comments that stir the Score Doctorers into action. Minus 47 and minus 43- my personal bests. Let's see what this gets, although they might have given up and gone home- after all council offices do shut early!
Yay! Finally achieved that dubious honour of posting some comments that stir the Score Doctorers into action. Minus 47 and minus 43- my personal bests. Let's see what this gets, although they might have given up and gone home- after all council offices do shut early! Soupdragon70
  • Score: -149

8:09pm Sun 2 Feb 14

geoff tibletts says...

oi oi savaloy wrote:
the sooner that bell end goes the better!
Your correct he is a right bell end
[quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: the sooner that bell end goes the better![/p][/quote]Your correct he is a right bell end geoff tibletts
  • Score: 0

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