Councillor labels York's Tour de France plans a 'farce'

Coun Nigel Ayre

Coun Nigel Ayre

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AN opposition councillor has labelled consultation over plans for this summer’s Tour de France in York a “farce”.

Liberal Democrat councillor Nigel Ayre said City of York Council’s plans to turn the city’s historic Monk Stray into a camping ground and event hub were advertised in January before any public consultation.

When contacted by The Press, the council highlighted a series of information sessions across the city this month and next, but Coun Ayre, councillor for Heworth Without, claims the nearest meeting for Heworth residents, on Wednesday, from 6pm to 7.30pm at Bell Farm Social Hall, Roche Avenue, is too far away.

He said: “The council’s consultation on the plans for Monk Stray have been a farce from the beginning.

“The camping and entertainment was advertised to visitors before any local residents were told... it was only when I raised concerns and organised a public meeting that the council was forced to act.

“The venue they have chosen for their public information event is ridiculous. It is miles away from the residents who will be most affected by the plans – namely those that live in the Stockton Lane area of Heworth Without Ward.

“Roche Avenue is not on a direct bus route from this area and the venue will be simply inaccessible to many elderly and vulnerable residents.

“I have asked the council to rethink and choose one of the available local venues such as the Church Hall on Stockton Lane.”

For a full list of meeting venues and times see york.gov.uk/tourdefrance or experiencetherace.com

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9:25am Fri 7 Mar 14

Shouter says...

Well said Mr Ayre. At least one person on the council has some common sense!
Well said Mr Ayre. At least one person on the council has some common sense! Shouter
  • Score: -35

9:39am Fri 7 Mar 14

HeworthM says...

This article fails to highlight that the closing date for objections to the licensing application necessary for a significant part of the planned activities closed on 24th February. Under the licensing application submitted, if granted it will allow events to be staged on Monk Stray for up to 10,000 attendees for up to 14 days per annum - which could equate to every weekend of the summer. The Council run consultation being held on 12th March will not allow formal objections to the license application, as this deadline has passed. While I am sure that we will be told that representations from the consultation will be taken to the licensing application, this will be second hand representation rather than first hand objections (& support?) which the licensing committee may have received.
Personally, I support the Tour de France coming to the region and recognise that open spaces such as Monk Stray may need to be used to facilitate the expected visitor numbers. It is the lack of clear communication from the Council, and "excessive" licensing application which seems to have created the need now for time to be spent with consultations, public meetings and correspondance, which doesn't in aggregate seem to be an efficient use of public monies and resources.
This article fails to highlight that the closing date for objections to the licensing application necessary for a significant part of the planned activities closed on 24th February. Under the licensing application submitted, if granted it will allow events to be staged on Monk Stray for up to 10,000 attendees for up to 14 days per annum - which could equate to every weekend of the summer. The Council run consultation being held on 12th March will not allow formal objections to the license application, as this deadline has passed. While I am sure that we will be told that representations from the consultation will be taken to the licensing application, this will be second hand representation rather than first hand objections (& support?) which the licensing committee may have received. Personally, I support the Tour de France coming to the region and recognise that open spaces such as Monk Stray may need to be used to facilitate the expected visitor numbers. It is the lack of clear communication from the Council, and "excessive" licensing application which seems to have created the need now for time to be spent with consultations, public meetings and correspondance, which doesn't in aggregate seem to be an efficient use of public monies and resources. HeworthM
  • Score: -29

10:24am Fri 7 Mar 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Labour manifesto pledge, making consultation genuine.

You would only choose a venue outside the area if you didn't want to hear what people had to say and wanted to make it as difficult as possible to attend.

Make sure you update your manifesto pledge for next years election.

Choose one of the following:

Labour, making consultation pointless and difficult.

Labour, just do as your told.

Labour, it's all about me.

Labour, operating in secret so you can't challenge us.

Labour, making the wrong decisions so you don't have to.

Labour, ignoring you because we can.
Labour manifesto pledge, making consultation genuine. You would only choose a venue outside the area if you didn't want to hear what people had to say and wanted to make it as difficult as possible to attend. Make sure you update your manifesto pledge for next years election. Choose one of the following: Labour, making consultation pointless and difficult. Labour, just do as your told. Labour, it's all about me. Labour, operating in secret so you can't challenge us. Labour, making the wrong decisions so you don't have to. Labour, ignoring you because we can. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -10

11:27am Fri 7 Mar 14

eeoodares says...

Labour have totally stopped listening to the people of York.

They will do the same as the national Labour party did when they knew they would be losing power. Spend Spend Spend and press ahead with policies they want and to hell with the people.

This lot will try to wreck this city before they get kicked out!
Labour have totally stopped listening to the people of York. They will do the same as the national Labour party did when they knew they would be losing power. Spend Spend Spend and press ahead with policies they want and to hell with the people. This lot will try to wreck this city before they get kicked out! eeoodares
  • Score: -19

12:05pm Fri 7 Mar 14

RingoStarr says...

Councillor James Alexander and his wonderful team are, indeed, the most wonderous group of enlightened individuals in the entire history of the City of York. We MUST do as they say!
Councillor James Alexander and his wonderful team are, indeed, the most wonderous group of enlightened individuals in the entire history of the City of York. We MUST do as they say! RingoStarr
  • Score: -15

3:50pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Idris Gawr says...

RingoStarr wrote:
Councillor James Alexander and his wonderful team are, indeed, the most wonderous group of enlightened individuals in the entire history of the City of York. We MUST do as they say!
The word "consultation" is an oxymoron in the hands of the current Labour cabinet.
As a group, they said and led my the council's "officers".
They run the roost in York.
They are unelected and salaried.
Alexander and co. are said and led by fools.
[quote][p][bold]RingoStarr[/bold] wrote: Councillor James Alexander and his wonderful team are, indeed, the most wonderous group of enlightened individuals in the entire history of the City of York. We MUST do as they say![/p][/quote]The word "consultation" is an oxymoron in the hands of the current Labour cabinet. As a group, they said and led my the council's "officers". They run the roost in York. They are unelected and salaried. Alexander and co. are said and led by fools. Idris Gawr
  • Score: -18

5:13pm Fri 7 Mar 14

bolero says...

eeoodares wrote:
Labour have totally stopped listening to the people of York.

They will do the same as the national Labour party did when they knew they would be losing power. Spend Spend Spend and press ahead with policies they want and to hell with the people.

This lot will try to wreck this city before they get kicked out!
They already have in several ways; too numerous to mention.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: Labour have totally stopped listening to the people of York. They will do the same as the national Labour party did when they knew they would be losing power. Spend Spend Spend and press ahead with policies they want and to hell with the people. This lot will try to wreck this city before they get kicked out![/p][/quote]They already have in several ways; too numerous to mention. bolero
  • Score: -21

11:49pm Fri 7 Mar 14

spiritofyork says...

WE DONT WANT IT HERE AND WE DON WANT ANY OTHER CYCLISTS. LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF YORK FOR ONCE. NO TDF, NO CYCLISTS.
WE DONT WANT IT HERE AND WE DON WANT ANY OTHER CYCLISTS. LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF YORK FOR ONCE. NO TDF, NO CYCLISTS. spiritofyork
  • Score: -53

9:06am Sat 8 Mar 14

maybejustmaybe says...

I see the council thumb clicker has been busy!
I see the council thumb clicker has been busy! maybejustmaybe
  • Score: -6

10:10am Sat 8 Mar 14

again says...

spiritofyork wrote:
WE DONT WANT IT HERE AND WE DON WANT ANY OTHER CYCLISTS. LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF YORK FOR ONCE. NO TDF, NO CYCLISTS.
'Spirit of York'? Is that something you found in an off licence?
[quote][p][bold]spiritofyork[/bold] wrote: WE DONT WANT IT HERE AND WE DON WANT ANY OTHER CYCLISTS. LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF YORK FOR ONCE. NO TDF, NO CYCLISTS.[/p][/quote]'Spirit of York'? Is that something you found in an off licence? again
  • Score: 4

11:44am Sat 8 Mar 14

roskoboskovic says...

this council really are something else.it has turned into a dictatorship with any semblance of democracy thrown out long ago.alexander and co shouldn t be flying the labour flag because they are a disgrace to the party.
this council really are something else.it has turned into a dictatorship with any semblance of democracy thrown out long ago.alexander and co shouldn t be flying the labour flag because they are a disgrace to the party. roskoboskovic
  • Score: -14

1:16pm Sat 8 Mar 14

acomblass says...

As a regular reader of the Yorkshire Post (and the Press) it is interesting to note the difference in approach between Leeds Council and York Council. Leeds residents appear to be consulted and included and plans are far advanced whereas it appears the opposite is the case in York. I would like to see a proper breakdown of the £1.6 million being spent in York by the Council. Leeds is offering a bigger event at much less cost.
As a regular reader of the Yorkshire Post (and the Press) it is interesting to note the difference in approach between Leeds Council and York Council. Leeds residents appear to be consulted and included and plans are far advanced whereas it appears the opposite is the case in York. I would like to see a proper breakdown of the £1.6 million being spent in York by the Council. Leeds is offering a bigger event at much less cost. acomblass
  • Score: -13

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