Nick Clegg praises city's ‘vibrant economy’ on eve of Lib Dem party conference in York

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said York has a great “get up and go spirit”

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said York has a great “get up and go spirit”

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YORK’S “get up and go” economy and its fight against poverty have been hailed by Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg as his party arrives in the city for its spring conference.

Speaking exclusively to The Press ahead of the three-day political gathering at the Barbican, which starts today, the Deputy Prime Minister said a “vibrant and diverse” economic approach meant York was in prime shape for the future.

He applauded local efforts to tackle deprivation, backed by The Press Stamp Out Poverty campaign, but insisted that, despite the unpopularity of Government welfare reforms, policies driven by his party have eased the pain.

Mr Clegg, who has described York as “a great place to do business”, told The Press: “Through policies we’ve been involved in, we’ve seen a real ‘get up and go’ spirit in York, economically speaking.

“A lot of York companies are doing extremely well, which bodes well for York’s future. There are some high-profile instances of local employers shifting jobs elsewhere or even closing their operations, but the fact York has a vibrant and diverse economy is worth celebrating.

“What went wrong in the past was when cities relied heavily on the public sector or one industry at the exclusion of others. But York, very importantly, has a diverse range of businesses.”

Mr Clegg said Westminster had tried to command all key decisions affecting communities “for far too long”, and York’s anti-poverty work showed this was not the only way. “Sometimes, the best solutions to the most complex problems are found locally,” he said.

“I’m very supportive of any effort in York where local communities work across party lines to help people in those communities.”

The Lib Dem leader accepted welfare reforms were “difficult and have provoked controversy”, but said: “We cannot create opportunity and hope for people facing difficult times unless we extend the opportunity to work, the best way out of poverty.”

He said thousands of York residents had benefited from a Lib Dem policy to cut income tax for basic rate taxpayers, “perhaps increasing the incentive to work”, the Pupil Premium had supported the education of about 4,500 York children and his party had secured free childcare and school meals for Key Stage One pupils.

“We’re trying to help people make a vast adjustment after the huge economic shock of 2008,” he said.

Mr Clegg believes his pro-EU party face “a tough set” of European elections in May, saying: “The conditions were more benign for us last time, but now we’re in Government, taking a lot of very difficult decisions.

“Some people love or hate Europe come hell or high water. The vast majority are sceptical about how parts of it work – I don’t blame them; it needs reform and improvement – but, in their hearts, know being in Europe means being in work. A lot of jobs are at stake, and being in the single market means York companies can sell their ideas and services.

“Employment in Yorkshire and the Humber has risen by 126,000 since the last election. I don’t think that would have been remotely possible without Europe. We can’t create jobs if we turn our backs on the rest of the world.”

Immigration, which the Lib Dems and Tories clashed on yesterday, will be a key issue at the conference. “It needs to be tougher in some respects, but migrant workers are incredibly important for us – the NHS would collapse overnight without them,” Mr Clegg said.

“I hope people, Lib Dem or not, will see our conference stands out from the crowd by being democratic rather than stitched up by a coterie of MPs.

“As a Yorkshire MP, albeit from the southern tip, I’m really chuffed it’s in York – I’ve been there many times, and it’s a wonderful place.

“The next few days will be pretty full on, but I hope I’ll get the chance to get some fresh air and look around the beauty of York.”


Clegg to ‘expose’ UKIP

TAKING on UKIP leader Nigel Farage in a televised debate on Europe next month will be a chance to “expose” the anti-EU party, Nick Clegg told The Press.

Mr Farage has said he is relishing the prospect of the April 2 showdown in the run-up to the European elections, but Mr Clegg said: “I think UKIP have a lot to be embarrassed about.

“They say they’re standing up for Britain, but when they have a licence to do that in the European Parliament they do exactly the opposite.

"They don’t vote for measures to bring more jobs to Britain, they vote against measures which would bring down mobile phone roaming charges, they vote against research budgets which benefit the University of York and many others. It’s not a bad thing to expose the huge gap between what UKIP say and what they fail to do.”


Government cuts protest in city centre

A MASS demonstration against Government austerity measures will be held in York tomorrow lunchtime as the Liberal Democrat conference continues.

Thousands of people are expected to join the Better Way rally organised by Yorkshire and Humber TUC, with a march leaving Clifford’s Tower at 11.30am and heading past the Barbican conference venue and into the city centre before returning to the Eye of York for a 12.30pm rally.

Bill Adams, Yorkshire and Humber TUC regional secretary, said: “The Government’s austerity policies have driven down living standards, slashed public services, reduced economic recovery, increased debt and plunged huge numbers of people into poverty – this demonstration will be a chance to show an alternative path forward.”

Last week, an independent review of the benefits system in York claimed Government sanctions had led to vulnerable claimants suffering and were not encouraging people to seek work.

Meanwhile, police have assured the public this weekend’s conference will be “safe and secure”.

Superintendent Phil Cain, York safer neighbourhood Commander, said police would work with the council and other agencies to ensure disruption was kept to a minimum.

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9:28am Fri 7 Mar 14

Zetkin says...

What a hypocrite Clegg is - praising attempts to counteract poverty, while his government is bending every effort to pushing as many people as possible into poverty.

I hope tomorrow's demonstration is the biggest York has seen for years.
What a hypocrite Clegg is - praising attempts to counteract poverty, while his government is bending every effort to pushing as many people as possible into poverty. I hope tomorrow's demonstration is the biggest York has seen for years. Zetkin
  • Score: 13

9:29am Fri 7 Mar 14

Pedro says...

Welcome to fantasy island. Enjoyed the read, now I am off to collect a coconut for breakfast.
Welcome to fantasy island. Enjoyed the read, now I am off to collect a coconut for breakfast. Pedro
  • Score: 13

10:25am Fri 7 Mar 14

oldgoat says...

Who cares.... They'll be all loosing their deposits at the next elections, and since we already kicked them out of York......
Who cares.... They'll be all loosing their deposits at the next elections, and since we already kicked them out of York...... oldgoat
  • Score: 18

10:25am Fri 7 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Caption Competition:

"Listen Mr Alexander... One weekend only - then I'm gone...".
Caption Competition: "Listen Mr Alexander... One weekend only - then I'm gone...". Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 6

11:35am Fri 7 Mar 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Mr Clegg:
YORK’S “get up and go” economy.

Quite right, York has a getup and go somewhere else economy.

GO TO, Monks Cross, Clifton Moor, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield, Scarborough, Whitby, and many market towns on market days.

£200,000 reduction in car parking revenue indicates a lot of people have already got up and gone.

John Lewis opening soon.
Mr Clegg: YORK’S “get up and go” economy. Quite right, York has a getup and go somewhere else economy. GO TO, Monks Cross, Clifton Moor, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield, Scarborough, Whitby, and many market towns on market days. £200,000 reduction in car parking revenue indicates a lot of people have already got up and gone. John Lewis opening soon. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -54

11:50am Fri 7 Mar 14

oldgoat says...

YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote:
Mr Clegg:
YORK’S “get up and go” economy.

Quite right, York has a getup and go somewhere else economy.

GO TO, Monks Cross, Clifton Moor, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield, Scarborough, Whitby, and many market towns on market days.

£200,000 reduction in car parking revenue indicates a lot of people have already got up and gone.

John Lewis opening soon.
Don't forget Selby - free parking in city centre and some nice shops!
[quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: Mr Clegg: YORK’S “get up and go” economy. Quite right, York has a getup and go somewhere else economy. GO TO, Monks Cross, Clifton Moor, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield, Scarborough, Whitby, and many market towns on market days. £200,000 reduction in car parking revenue indicates a lot of people have already got up and gone. John Lewis opening soon.[/p][/quote]Don't forget Selby - free parking in city centre and some nice shops! oldgoat
  • Score: -1

11:53am Fri 7 Mar 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

oldgoat wrote:
YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote:
Mr Clegg:
YORK’S “get up and go” economy.

Quite right, York has a getup and go somewhere else economy.

GO TO, Monks Cross, Clifton Moor, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield, Scarborough, Whitby, and many market towns on market days.

£200,000 reduction in car parking revenue indicates a lot of people have already got up and gone.

John Lewis opening soon.
Don't forget Selby - free parking in city centre and some nice shops!
Quite right, also Beverly, Hull, Ripon,Wetherby and Darlington.
[quote][p][bold]oldgoat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: Mr Clegg: YORK’S “get up and go” economy. Quite right, York has a getup and go somewhere else economy. GO TO, Monks Cross, Clifton Moor, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield, Scarborough, Whitby, and many market towns on market days. £200,000 reduction in car parking revenue indicates a lot of people have already got up and gone. John Lewis opening soon.[/p][/quote]Don't forget Selby - free parking in city centre and some nice shops![/p][/quote]Quite right, also Beverly, Hull, Ripon,Wetherby and Darlington. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -16

12:14pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Fat Harry says...

Quite embarrassing for Clegg's local troops who spend a lot of time telling us that York is screwed.

I'm not sure whether it's the general or the infantry who are out of step, but I don't suppose they have a clue either.
Quite embarrassing for Clegg's local troops who spend a lot of time telling us that York is screwed. I'm not sure whether it's the general or the infantry who are out of step, but I don't suppose they have a clue either. Fat Harry
  • Score: 17

12:37pm Fri 7 Mar 14

rodney'sdog says...

The Lib Dems-Famous in York for promising to freeze Council tax when they came to power and then put it up by £90.
Not to be trusted..
The Lib Dems-Famous in York for promising to freeze Council tax when they came to power and then put it up by £90. Not to be trusted.. rodney'sdog
  • Score: 21

1:09pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

"Last week, an independent review of York’s benefits system claimed Government sanctions had led to vulnerable claimants suffering and were not encouraging people to seek work."

as independent as asking a liverpool fan who will win the league.
"Last week, an independent review of York’s benefits system claimed Government sanctions had led to vulnerable claimants suffering and were not encouraging people to seek work." as independent as asking a liverpool fan who will win the league. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Kelvar says...

As a previous Lib-Dem Supporter and voter, if this man was standing in front of me now, I would spit in his eye, smack him across his face and call him a bloody hypocritical LIAR. I for one, will NEVER, EVER vote Lib-Dem again...
As a previous Lib-Dem Supporter and voter, if this man was standing in front of me now, I would spit in his eye, smack him across his face and call him a bloody hypocritical LIAR. I for one, will NEVER, EVER vote Lib-Dem again... Kelvar
  • Score: 14

1:56pm Fri 7 Mar 14

marvell says...

Loads of comments on here kicking the Lib Dems yet what a total disaster Labour have been for this city as well.

They have had the chance to freeze council tax and have chosen not to - for political point scoring.
Loads of comments on here kicking the Lib Dems yet what a total disaster Labour have been for this city as well. They have had the chance to freeze council tax and have chosen not to - for political point scoring. marvell
  • Score: -11

2:35pm Fri 7 Mar 14

MouseHouse says...

Liar liar pants are on fire.

You're political toast Mr. Clegg.
Liar liar pants are on fire. You're political toast Mr. Clegg. MouseHouse
  • Score: 14

3:07pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Kelvar says...

marvell wrote:
Loads of comments on here kicking the Lib Dems yet what a total disaster Labour have been for this city as well.

They have had the chance to freeze council tax and have chosen not to - for political point scoring.
Can we just remind you that it was Nick Clegg (LIB-DUM) who did this regarding referendum on voting for Council Tax rises:

Quote "Speaking to the BBC, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said that he would have liked the cap to be set lower. It has been reported that plans to lower the cap to 1.5% were blocked by other Cabinet members, including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg."

(and this article is about Nick Clegg/Lib-Dums not the current Labour Council, who we all know have let York down immensely)!!!
[quote][p][bold]marvell[/bold] wrote: Loads of comments on here kicking the Lib Dems yet what a total disaster Labour have been for this city as well. They have had the chance to freeze council tax and have chosen not to - for political point scoring.[/p][/quote]Can we just remind you that it was Nick Clegg (LIB-DUM) who did this regarding referendum on voting for Council Tax rises: Quote "Speaking to the BBC, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said that he would have liked the cap to be set lower. It has been reported that plans to lower the cap to 1.5% were blocked by other Cabinet members, including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg." (and this article is about Nick Clegg/Lib-Dums not the current Labour Council, who we all know have let York down immensely)!!! Kelvar
  • Score: -12

3:19pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Kevin Turvey says...

I wonder if the Lib Dems conference in York is the reason why the TUC march is the same time?
Maybe they are also thinking that he and his party are not to be trusted, just like Alexander and his eco-communists.

‘Ignatius Lumpopo says...
Caption Competition:

"Listen Mr Alexander... One weekend only - then I'm gone...".’

Or:
If you are a liar and you know it raise your hands

To all those students I have shafted with the £9000 per year costs now is your chance
I wonder if the Lib Dems conference in York is the reason why the TUC march is the same time? Maybe they are also thinking that he and his party are not to be trusted, just like Alexander and his eco-communists. ‘Ignatius Lumpopo says... Caption Competition: "Listen Mr Alexander... One weekend only - then I'm gone...".’ Or: If you are a liar and you know it raise your hands To all those students I have shafted with the £9000 per year costs now is your chance Kevin Turvey
  • Score: -11

3:33pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Idris Gawr says...

oldgoat wrote:
Who cares.... They'll be all loosing their deposits at the next elections, and since we already kicked them out of York......
I agree on this point.
The LibDums in York were a pathetic lot.
I voted for the Labour candidate in 2010. I have voted Labour all my life.
I will NEVER vote Labour in York local elections in 2015 or ever again.
I am quite disgusted by Alexander and his lot. They call themselves Labour but they are more like Thatcher gang. They ignore the needs and wishes of the electorate.
Alexander, Merrett and the res of so-called Labour councillors are in the pockets of a lot of salaried "officers" who are determined to spoil OUR city by their "vision" of York.
They should have gone to Specsavers!
[quote][p][bold]oldgoat[/bold] wrote: Who cares.... They'll be all loosing their deposits at the next elections, and since we already kicked them out of York......[/p][/quote]I agree on this point. The LibDums in York were a pathetic lot. I voted for the Labour candidate in 2010. I have voted Labour all my life. I will NEVER vote Labour in York local elections in 2015 or ever again. I am quite disgusted by Alexander and his lot. They call themselves Labour but they are more like Thatcher gang. They ignore the needs and wishes of the electorate. Alexander, Merrett and the res of so-called Labour councillors are in the pockets of a lot of salaried "officers" who are determined to spoil OUR city by their "vision" of York. They should have gone to Specsavers! Idris Gawr
  • Score: 11

3:41pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Idris Gawr says...

rodney'sdog wrote:
The Lib Dems-Famous in York for promising to freeze Council tax when they came to power and then put it up by £90.
Not to be trusted..
Yes, the LibDums promised everything but did nothing for York.
Now they are so quiet about the mess the Labour cabinet, with their "officers" in tow, have done, and want to do more harm in OUR city.
I have voted Labour all my life, but will not vote Labour in the local election in 2015.
I will vote UKIP first!
[quote][p][bold]rodney'sdog[/bold] wrote: The Lib Dems-Famous in York for promising to freeze Council tax when they came to power and then put it up by £90. Not to be trusted..[/p][/quote]Yes, the LibDums promised everything but did nothing for York. Now they are so quiet about the mess the Labour cabinet, with their "officers" in tow, have done, and want to do more harm in OUR city. I have voted Labour all my life, but will not vote Labour in the local election in 2015. I will vote UKIP first! Idris Gawr
  • Score: 3

3:44pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Idris Gawr says...

rodney'sdog wrote:
The Lib Dems-Famous in York for promising to freeze Council tax when they came to power and then put it up by £90.
Not to be trusted..
Yes, the LibDums promised everything but did nothing for York.
Now they are so quiet about the mess the Labour cabinet, with their "officers" in tow, have done, and want to do more harm in OUR city.
I have voted Labour all my life, but will not vote Labour in the local election in 2015.
I will vote UKIP first!
[quote][p][bold]rodney'sdog[/bold] wrote: The Lib Dems-Famous in York for promising to freeze Council tax when they came to power and then put it up by £90. Not to be trusted..[/p][/quote]Yes, the LibDums promised everything but did nothing for York. Now they are so quiet about the mess the Labour cabinet, with their "officers" in tow, have done, and want to do more harm in OUR city. I have voted Labour all my life, but will not vote Labour in the local election in 2015. I will vote UKIP first! Idris Gawr
  • Score: 2

4:07pm Fri 7 Mar 14

hendom says...

Oh Yeah. Isn't he the guy who thinks that religious rights are more important than the welfare of animals.
Who thinks that animals should be slaughtered by having their throats slashed while fully conscious if that's the way religious sects prefer to kill them?
Lib Dems should wake up - that is not the policy that will win them votes.
Oh Yeah. Isn't he the guy who thinks that religious rights are more important than the welfare of animals. Who thinks that animals should be slaughtered by having their throats slashed while fully conscious if that's the way religious sects prefer to kill them? Lib Dems should wake up - that is not the policy that will win them votes. hendom
  • Score: 4

4:16pm Fri 7 Mar 14

MouseHouse says...

All the big three parties, and UKIP are in bed with big business. They still believe in the out dated dogma of the so-called free market. They take corporate sponsorship for the conferences, MPs and those in positions of power sit on company boards, scratching each others backs.

There is nothing wrong with a bit of competition, but we don't have any where it matters so we end up with the drawbacks of capitalism with very few of the advantages. Water, rail, gas, electricity, banking etc. are all working against the good of society and people, yet the politicians do nothing but feed at the corporate trough. Why would they bite the hand that feeds them?

Time for a change, and a future that doesn't include Labour, UKIP, Lib Dems or the Tories governing..
All the big three parties, and UKIP are in bed with big business. They still believe in the out dated dogma of the so-called free market. They take corporate sponsorship for the conferences, MPs and those in positions of power sit on company boards, scratching each others backs. There is nothing wrong with a bit of competition, but we don't have any where it matters so we end up with the drawbacks of capitalism with very few of the advantages. Water, rail, gas, electricity, banking etc. are all working against the good of society and people, yet the politicians do nothing but feed at the corporate trough. Why would they bite the hand that feeds them? Time for a change, and a future that doesn't include Labour, UKIP, Lib Dems or the Tories governing.. MouseHouse
  • Score: 3

4:21pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Justin7 says...

Bravo Coalition!

Great stuff. More please!
Bravo Coalition! Great stuff. More please! Justin7
  • Score: -7

5:12pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Caecilius says...

MouseHouse wrote:
All the big three parties, and UKIP are in bed with big business. They still believe in the out dated dogma of the so-called free market. They take corporate sponsorship for the conferences, MPs and those in positions of power sit on company boards, scratching each others backs.

There is nothing wrong with a bit of competition, but we don't have any where it matters so we end up with the drawbacks of capitalism with very few of the advantages. Water, rail, gas, electricity, banking etc. are all working against the good of society and people, yet the politicians do nothing but feed at the corporate trough. Why would they bite the hand that feeds them?

Time for a change, and a future that doesn't include Labour, UKIP, Lib Dems or the Tories governing..
Well said. A lot of people seem to support Farage on the basis that they've learned to hate the three main parties and he's against them, therefore he must be a good chap. The truth is, as a banker and a Tory, he was a small fish in a large pond. He realised he could do a lot better for himself in UKIP, where he proved the truth of the old saying, "in the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is King" (let's remember that this is the party in which Godfrey Bloom was one of the leading lights - which says it all). Since 1999, he's lived very comfortably at taxpayers' expense while doing the minimum of work, thanks to his ability to manipulate the desperate and gullible who are eager to be conned. They lap up his blokeish, saloon bar act and eagerly agree when he blames everything that's wrong with this country - most of it actually caused by people exactly like him - on convenient hate figures like the EU and immigrants. He even craftily resigned as leader before the 2010 general election, doubtless knowing the party wasn't going to win a single seat and not wishing to be tainted with its failure, only to get himself readopted again once the election was safely over. The man is a snake oil salesman and not one whit different from his LibLabCon counterparts.
[quote][p][bold]MouseHouse[/bold] wrote: All the big three parties, and UKIP are in bed with big business. They still believe in the out dated dogma of the so-called free market. They take corporate sponsorship for the conferences, MPs and those in positions of power sit on company boards, scratching each others backs. There is nothing wrong with a bit of competition, but we don't have any where it matters so we end up with the drawbacks of capitalism with very few of the advantages. Water, rail, gas, electricity, banking etc. are all working against the good of society and people, yet the politicians do nothing but feed at the corporate trough. Why would they bite the hand that feeds them? Time for a change, and a future that doesn't include Labour, UKIP, Lib Dems or the Tories governing..[/p][/quote]Well said. A lot of people seem to support Farage on the basis that they've learned to hate the three main parties and he's against them, therefore he must be a good chap. The truth is, as a banker and a Tory, he was a small fish in a large pond. He realised he could do a lot better for himself in UKIP, where he proved the truth of the old saying, "in the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is King" (let's remember that this is the party in which Godfrey Bloom was one of the leading lights - which says it all). Since 1999, he's lived very comfortably at taxpayers' expense while doing the minimum of work, thanks to his ability to manipulate the desperate and gullible who are eager to be conned. They lap up his blokeish, saloon bar act and eagerly agree when he blames everything that's wrong with this country - most of it actually caused by people exactly like him - on convenient hate figures like the EU and immigrants. He even craftily resigned as leader before the 2010 general election, doubtless knowing the party wasn't going to win a single seat and not wishing to be tainted with its failure, only to get himself readopted again once the election was safely over. The man is a snake oil salesman and not one whit different from his LibLabCon counterparts. Caecilius
  • Score: 0

6:06pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Fabius the Delayer says...

oldgoat wrote:
YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote:
Mr Clegg:
YORK’S “get up and go” economy.

Quite right, York has a getup and go somewhere else economy.

GO TO, Monks Cross, Clifton Moor, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield, Scarborough, Whitby, and many market towns on market days.

£200,000 reduction in car parking revenue indicates a lot of people have already got up and gone.

John Lewis opening soon.
Don't forget Selby - free parking in city centre and some nice shops!
SO not just me then
I haven't been shopping in York since my last £60 ticket
for the extra 5 minuets i took getting back from spending my hard erned cash, to my car, after paying £4 for parking in the first place.
Thats a year ago.
Back on topic..
Im voting UKIP, at least when they make a coalition and keep the Tories in power i won't feel STABED IN THE BACK! . Even the Green party will feel sorry for this bunch of losers come the next election ..... Too late
[quote][p][bold]oldgoat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: Mr Clegg: YORK’S “get up and go” economy. Quite right, York has a getup and go somewhere else economy. GO TO, Monks Cross, Clifton Moor, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield, Scarborough, Whitby, and many market towns on market days. £200,000 reduction in car parking revenue indicates a lot of people have already got up and gone. John Lewis opening soon.[/p][/quote]Don't forget Selby - free parking in city centre and some nice shops![/p][/quote]SO not just me then I haven't been shopping in York since my last £60 ticket for the extra 5 minuets i took getting back from spending my hard erned cash, to my car, after paying £4 for parking in the first place. Thats a year ago. Back on topic.. Im voting UKIP, at least when they make a coalition and keep the Tories in power i won't feel STABED IN THE BACK! . Even the Green party will feel sorry for this bunch of losers come the next election ..... Too late Fabius the Delayer
  • Score: -41

8:24pm Fri 7 Mar 14

piaggio1 says...

Well if this shower of s***e ever get round to holding their meetings in york again....
Back room of the blue bell sbould be adequate. ..
Well if this shower of s***e ever get round to holding their meetings in york again.... Back room of the blue bell sbould be adequate. .. piaggio1
  • Score: 8

12:06am Sat 8 Mar 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Fabius the Delayer wrote:
oldgoat wrote:
YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote:
Mr Clegg:
YORK’S “get up and go” economy.

Quite right, York has a getup and go somewhere else economy.

GO TO, Monks Cross, Clifton Moor, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield, Scarborough, Whitby, and many market towns on market days.

£200,000 reduction in car parking revenue indicates a lot of people have already got up and gone.

John Lewis opening soon.
Don't forget Selby - free parking in city centre and some nice shops!
SO not just me then
I haven't been shopping in York since my last £60 ticket
for the extra 5 minuets i took getting back from spending my hard erned cash, to my car, after paying £4 for parking in the first place.
Thats a year ago.
Back on topic..
Im voting UKIP, at least when they make a coalition and keep the Tories in power i won't feel STABED IN THE BACK! . Even the Green party will feel sorry for this bunch of losers come the next election ..... Too late
Well, that's both you and me and many more (not that I had a ticket).

I guess it's of little importance being as residents don't spend as much as visitors as claimed by the council. Maybe visitors do spend more over a few days but my contribution over the year far exceeded most visitor spends by £000,s.

How many of the 7million visitors counted for visitor numbers were in-fact residents (that would be a clever camera), quite a few I guess. But hey ho Yorks economy doesn't need residents spending £50 - £100 plus per week 50 weeks a year, it's got tourists visiting freebie events where extraordinary visitor number can be published (numbers that are only published when events are on).

-ve £200,000 in car park revenue is indicative of decline (residents, tourists or a mixture of both). Add the declared impact of John Lewis -ve £38million City Centre revenue per year (coming soon) and you have a solid foundation for crisis.

Well, never mind i'm sure we will be seeing wonderful record breaking stats with the TdeF which will off-set year one's underlying downward trend when averaged out for the year. The real problem is we won't have a TdeF in 2015, then what ?, are we going to be throwing council tax money at freebie events to attract the punters.

Nice one, my earlier post attracted a -ve 60, must have struck the golden nerve with that one.
[quote][p][bold]Fabius the Delayer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldgoat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: Mr Clegg: YORK’S “get up and go” economy. Quite right, York has a getup and go somewhere else economy. GO TO, Monks Cross, Clifton Moor, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield, Scarborough, Whitby, and many market towns on market days. £200,000 reduction in car parking revenue indicates a lot of people have already got up and gone. John Lewis opening soon.[/p][/quote]Don't forget Selby - free parking in city centre and some nice shops![/p][/quote]SO not just me then I haven't been shopping in York since my last £60 ticket for the extra 5 minuets i took getting back from spending my hard erned cash, to my car, after paying £4 for parking in the first place. Thats a year ago. Back on topic.. Im voting UKIP, at least when they make a coalition and keep the Tories in power i won't feel STABED IN THE BACK! . Even the Green party will feel sorry for this bunch of losers come the next election ..... Too late[/p][/quote]Well, that's both you and me and many more (not that I had a ticket). I guess it's of little importance being as residents don't spend as much as visitors as claimed by the council. Maybe visitors do spend more over a few days but my contribution over the year far exceeded most visitor spends by £000,s. How many of the 7million visitors counted for visitor numbers were in-fact residents (that would be a clever camera), quite a few I guess. But hey ho Yorks economy doesn't need residents spending £50 - £100 plus per week 50 weeks a year, it's got tourists visiting freebie events where extraordinary visitor number can be published (numbers that are only published when events are on). -ve £200,000 in car park revenue is indicative of decline (residents, tourists or a mixture of both). Add the declared impact of John Lewis -ve £38million City Centre revenue per year (coming soon) and you have a solid foundation for crisis. Well, never mind i'm sure we will be seeing wonderful record breaking stats with the TdeF which will off-set year one's underlying downward trend when averaged out for the year. The real problem is we won't have a TdeF in 2015, then what ?, are we going to be throwing council tax money at freebie events to attract the punters. Nice one, my earlier post attracted a -ve 60, must have struck the golden nerve with that one. YOUWILLDOASISAY
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