Small turnout to quiz City of York councillors

York Press: Council leader James Alexander Council leader James Alexander

About a dozen people attended an event in York to air concerns about their community with city leaders.

The Westfield Community Conversation at Gateway Centre, Acomb, was part of the council’s bid to hold “community conversations” after a survery revealed only a quarter of the 2,700 people who responded believed they could influence decision-making in York.

At the event, attended by Westfield Ward councillors and Council leader James Alexander, residents claimed the authority showed favouritism towards the council-run Tang Hall Community Centre over volunteer-run Foxwood Community Centre.

They called for more support in attracting businesses into empty shops in Front Street, including reduced business rates, while the residents’ association covering Cornlands Road asked for more say in how money was spent on local projects.

Coun Alexander said: “Events like this are far more useful than reading council reports.”

He denied any favouritism and suggested York community centres met to improve their chances of getting non-council funding.

He also pledged support in helping them become self- sustaining.

Both he and Coun Dafydd Williams, the financial portfolio holder, spoke about the difficulties in changing business rates, and the meeting heard of possible moves to encourage more shoppers to Acomb involving local traders’ and community group Acomb Alive.

Coun Alexander said he was concerned that problems with meals at Gale Farm Court had lasted for a long time and promised to look into it and the Cornlands Road group’s concerns.

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10:09am Sat 15 Feb 14

sheps lad says...

So about a dozen people actually believed that turning up would result in their concerns being listened to?
So about a dozen people actually believed that turning up would result in their concerns being listened to? sheps lad
  • Score: -58

10:15am Sat 15 Feb 14

eeoodares says...

There is no point in talking to this Council. They do not listen, they do not care and they do not represent the people of York. Come the elections, GET THEM OUT!
There is no point in talking to this Council. They do not listen, they do not care and they do not represent the people of York. Come the elections, GET THEM OUT! eeoodares
  • Score: -70

10:22am Sat 15 Feb 14

LibDem says...

Absolutely no one believes that the Council has changed its spots and is now listening to residents.

The 20 mph signs continue to go up on roads where there have been no accidents and where vehicle speeds are already low, Lendal Bridge remains closed, the "consultation" on spending £3 million "tarting up" the City centre fails to provide a "none of these" option while representations on the draft Local Plan are being ignored.

There are many more effective and economical ways of getting residents input than expecting them to turn out to a meeting in a draughty church hall on a winters evening.
Absolutely no one believes that the Council has changed its spots and is now listening to residents. The 20 mph signs continue to go up on roads where there have been no accidents and where vehicle speeds are already low, Lendal Bridge remains closed, the "consultation" on spending £3 million "tarting up" the City centre fails to provide a "none of these" option while representations on the draft Local Plan are being ignored. There are many more effective and economical ways of getting residents input than expecting them to turn out to a meeting in a draughty church hall on a winters evening. LibDem
  • Score: -63

12:04pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Jiffy says...

More may have turned out if they had actually known it was happening& what time of day was it held?
More may have turned out if they had actually known it was happening& what time of day was it held? Jiffy
  • Score: -73

12:21pm Sat 15 Feb 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

LibDem says…
There are many more effective and economical ways of getting residents input than expecting them to turn out to a meeting in a draughty church hall on a winters evening.

I totally agree, one of the fundamental requirements has to be honesty, openness and genuine CONsultation.

Leadership, 70% listening, 25% analysis, 5% talking. There is no leadership in York, it is an ideological free for all that disregards the electorates views in favour of pet projects and personal publicity.
LibDem says… There are many more effective and economical ways of getting residents input than expecting them to turn out to a meeting in a draughty church hall on a winters evening. I totally agree, one of the fundamental requirements has to be honesty, openness and genuine CONsultation. Leadership, 70% listening, 25% analysis, 5% talking. There is no leadership in York, it is an ideological free for all that disregards the electorates views in favour of pet projects and personal publicity. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -65

1:33pm Sat 15 Feb 14

stephen123 says...

Why turn out when the Council just bully's its way through with no regard to what local residents clearly do not want.

A good example is a meeting held last Thursday at Heworth cricket club with Jill Cooper, Head of Culture, Tourism and City centre, concerning turning Monk Stray into a camp site and drinking and entertainment hub for 9 days. Over 150 people attended and a clear message was given to her that we do not want this because of the many problems that it will cause residents - watch this space no doubt it will go ahead. The Council seem to forget that they are there to represent the people and not just think of ways of making money no matter what impact it will have on the local community.

I apologise for being a bit off topic, but I needed to vent my feelings about who the Council have been elected to represent.
Why turn out when the Council just bully's its way through with no regard to what local residents clearly do not want. A good example is a meeting held last Thursday at Heworth cricket club with Jill Cooper, Head of Culture, Tourism and City centre, concerning turning Monk Stray into a camp site and drinking and entertainment hub for 9 days. Over 150 people attended and a clear message was given to her that we do not want this because of the many problems that it will cause residents - watch this space no doubt it will go ahead. The Council seem to forget that they are there to represent the people and not just think of ways of making money no matter what impact it will have on the local community. I apologise for being a bit off topic, but I needed to vent my feelings about who the Council have been elected to represent. stephen123
  • Score: -83

2:08pm Sat 15 Feb 14

powerwatt says...

The James Alexander vanity tour.
The James Alexander vanity tour. powerwatt
  • Score: -34

3:18pm Sat 15 Feb 14

MouseHouse says...

surprised they got that many.
surprised they got that many. MouseHouse
  • Score: 5

3:23pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Rocking Horse says...

It's lip service from this arrogant, ignorant shower.

They spend three years destroying York, putting it in increasing debt, defying and not listening to residents wishes, then this pathetic attempt at engaging.

They are out in 2015.
It's lip service from this arrogant, ignorant shower. They spend three years destroying York, putting it in increasing debt, defying and not listening to residents wishes, then this pathetic attempt at engaging. They are out in 2015. Rocking Horse
  • Score: -110

6:09pm Sat 15 Feb 14

acomblass says...

It was obvious to those who attended the meeting that JA does not know what is going on. Plans to put the cleaning contract for schools out to the private sector has had a knock on effect on community centres who were expecting to be able to use this in house service. Housing are also threatening to stop the outreach services at community centres due to the axing of caretakers. Meanwhile another "Acomb office" is due to open in Lindsay Avenue!!! Of the 12 residents attending at least one does not live in the area..
It was obvious to those who attended the meeting that JA does not know what is going on. Plans to put the cleaning contract for schools out to the private sector has had a knock on effect on community centres who were expecting to be able to use this in house service. Housing are also threatening to stop the outreach services at community centres due to the axing of caretakers. Meanwhile another "Acomb office" is due to open in Lindsay Avenue!!! Of the 12 residents attending at least one does not live in the area.. acomblass
  • Score: -101

10:37pm Sat 15 Feb 14

level-headed says...

stephen123 wrote:
Why turn out when the Council just bully's its way through with no regard to what local residents clearly do not want.

A good example is a meeting held last Thursday at Heworth cricket club with Jill Cooper, Head of Culture, Tourism and City centre, concerning turning Monk Stray into a camp site and drinking and entertainment hub for 9 days. Over 150 people attended and a clear message was given to her that we do not want this because of the many problems that it will cause residents - watch this space no doubt it will go ahead. The Council seem to forget that they are there to represent the people and not just think of ways of making money no matter what impact it will have on the local community.

I apologise for being a bit off topic, but I needed to vent my feelings about who the Council have been elected to represent.
And the application is not just for the those 9 days - it would allow similar use on a number of days every year........
[quote][p][bold]stephen123[/bold] wrote: Why turn out when the Council just bully's its way through with no regard to what local residents clearly do not want. A good example is a meeting held last Thursday at Heworth cricket club with Jill Cooper, Head of Culture, Tourism and City centre, concerning turning Monk Stray into a camp site and drinking and entertainment hub for 9 days. Over 150 people attended and a clear message was given to her that we do not want this because of the many problems that it will cause residents - watch this space no doubt it will go ahead. The Council seem to forget that they are there to represent the people and not just think of ways of making money no matter what impact it will have on the local community. I apologise for being a bit off topic, but I needed to vent my feelings about who the Council have been elected to represent.[/p][/quote]And the application is not just for the those 9 days - it would allow similar use on a number of days every year........ level-headed
  • Score: -114

10:38pm Sat 15 Feb 14

level-headed says...

stephen123 wrote:
Why turn out when the Council just bully's its way through with no regard to what local residents clearly do not want.

A good example is a meeting held last Thursday at Heworth cricket club with Jill Cooper, Head of Culture, Tourism and City centre, concerning turning Monk Stray into a camp site and drinking and entertainment hub for 9 days. Over 150 people attended and a clear message was given to her that we do not want this because of the many problems that it will cause residents - watch this space no doubt it will go ahead. The Council seem to forget that they are there to represent the people and not just think of ways of making money no matter what impact it will have on the local community.

I apologise for being a bit off topic, but I needed to vent my feelings about who the Council have been elected to represent.
And the application isn't just for this year. If granted, it would permit similar use on a number of days every year........
[quote][p][bold]stephen123[/bold] wrote: Why turn out when the Council just bully's its way through with no regard to what local residents clearly do not want. A good example is a meeting held last Thursday at Heworth cricket club with Jill Cooper, Head of Culture, Tourism and City centre, concerning turning Monk Stray into a camp site and drinking and entertainment hub for 9 days. Over 150 people attended and a clear message was given to her that we do not want this because of the many problems that it will cause residents - watch this space no doubt it will go ahead. The Council seem to forget that they are there to represent the people and not just think of ways of making money no matter what impact it will have on the local community. I apologise for being a bit off topic, but I needed to vent my feelings about who the Council have been elected to represent.[/p][/quote]And the application isn't just for this year. If granted, it would permit similar use on a number of days every year........ level-headed
  • Score: -106

12:36am Sun 16 Feb 14

Grey Lady says...

I don't believe that it makes any difference which party is in power in either the local council or the central government, none of them listen to what we the people want.

At election time they come out with lots of promises of what they will do if they get in, then when they do, they blame the previous administration for all their troubles, go back on all their promises using that as an excuse, and we are back at square one.
I don't believe that it makes any difference which party is in power in either the local council or the central government, none of them listen to what we the people want. At election time they come out with lots of promises of what they will do if they get in, then when they do, they blame the previous administration for all their troubles, go back on all their promises using that as an excuse, and we are back at square one. Grey Lady
  • Score: 5

9:44am Sun 16 Feb 14

Scores On The Doors says...

The over night negative scores achievement awards are as follows.

Gold = level-headed - 113
Silver = Rocking Horse - 112
Bronze = level-headed - 106

Only one award per person, well done to all who took part.
The over night negative scores achievement awards are as follows. Gold = level-headed - 113 Silver = Rocking Horse - 112 Bronze = level-headed - 106 Only one award per person, well done to all who took part. Scores On The Doors
  • Score: 0

10:43am Sun 16 Feb 14

York1234 says...

JA work up and realised he needed to engage with the residents to be re-elected (I hope we aren't that stupid again).

But why turn up? He doesn't listen to us. He needs a second term to get a safe Labour MP seat. He isn't interested in York, we are just a stepping stone to being an MP.

He should be looking internally to the money being spent on the Transformation programme. Several staff upgraded to 50K plus to transform the services most worked on under More for York which failed to deliver the savings and transformation expected. How paying the same staff more money to do the same work again will deliver anything is beyond me.

Look out York more services will be cut.
JA work up and realised he needed to engage with the residents to be re-elected (I hope we aren't that stupid again). But why turn up? He doesn't listen to us. He needs a second term to get a safe Labour MP seat. He isn't interested in York, we are just a stepping stone to being an MP. He should be looking internally to the money being spent on the Transformation programme. Several staff upgraded to 50K plus to transform the services most worked on under More for York which failed to deliver the savings and transformation expected. How paying the same staff more money to do the same work again will deliver anything is beyond me. Look out York more services will be cut. York1234
  • Score: 11

1:11pm Sun 16 Feb 14

wimtroch says...

Wherever you are in the country, please do not vote for the nasty labour party ever again
Wherever you are in the country, please do not vote for the nasty labour party ever again wimtroch
  • Score: 4

9:32am Mon 17 Feb 14

CaroleBaines says...

It is quite clear that the majority of York residents do not really engage with local politics and frankly, do not care. Easy to think people are passionate when you read some of the pressure group/vested interest stuff on here, but I would be surprised if more than half of residents can even name the council leader. Do even one in thirty read the Press forums, I doubt it?
Residents have come second best to tourists, students and the local-trader-lobby for decades, no wonder we are switched off. At least the former two bring money into the local economy - but heavens, have we ever had much of a voice? The residents and tax payers?
It is quite clear that the majority of York residents do not really engage with local politics and frankly, do not care. Easy to think people are passionate when you read some of the pressure group/vested interest stuff on here, but I would be surprised if more than half of residents can even name the council leader. Do even one in thirty read the Press forums, I doubt it? Residents have come second best to tourists, students and the local-trader-lobby for decades, no wonder we are switched off. At least the former two bring money into the local economy - but heavens, have we ever had much of a voice? The residents and tax payers? CaroleBaines
  • Score: 2

2:28pm Mon 17 Feb 14

meme says...

York residents have given up trying to influence things with this council as whatever is said is just ignored if not liked or twisted to suit their agenda
A shame but fact.
The way they distort things is mindboggling
York residents have given up trying to influence things with this council as whatever is said is just ignored if not liked or twisted to suit their agenda A shame but fact. The way they distort things [see Lendal bridge bus times they are travelling faster but arrive later!!] is mindboggling meme
  • Score: 3

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