Council could appeal against its own Monk Stray decision

York Press: Council could appeal against its own Monk Stray decision Council could appeal against its own Monk Stray decision

COUNCIL bosses could challenge a decision by their own councillors to prevent them holding events on a York stray.

An application by City of York Council to use Monk Stray, in Heworth Without, for "family events" on up to 14 days a year was turned down last month, although it will be one of the city's spectator hubs for the Tour de France in July.

The cross-party licensing panel made the decision to approve the Tour plans but no other events after about 300 letters asking for the proposals to be dropped or amended were lodged. Heworth Without councillor Nigel Ayre and York Outer MP Julian Sturdy also objected, but the authority has not ruled out an appeal.

Sally Burns, director of communities and neighbourhoods, said: "The council is currently considering its position.

"We're delighted a one-day license has been granted, which will enable a temporary community-based hub so families can be even more involved in the city-wide celebrations surrounding the incredible spectacle which is the Tour de France."

The application's opponents claimed the council was using the Tour as a "Trojan horse" for more regular Monk Stray events, and that this could lead to their lives being disrupted almost every summer weekend.

The authority said it had no current plans to use the stray for anything apart from the spectator hub, but having a permanent licence would save money if events were held in the future.

Coun Ayre said: "The public and the licensing panel have made their views clear, and the council should listen and rule out any appeal.

"If the council does challenge the decision, we would be in the farcical position where taxpayers would be funding both sides - the council committee trying to defend its decision and the council bosses trying to force through an unpopular application. All along, the council said the application was not about turning Monk Stray into a regular venue for events, so if they appeal it would be an admission that their plan all along was for wider use of the stray."

In a letter to Heworth Without residents, Mr Sturdy said the licensing panel showed "common sense" and any council appeal must be challenged.

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9:58am Wed 9 Apr 14

zorpie says...

Good on Julian Sturdy for standing up to CYC on this one.
Good on Julian Sturdy for standing up to CYC on this one. zorpie
  • Score: -6

11:28am Wed 9 Apr 14

the original Homer says...

We have a small number of Council "leaders" (I use the term loosely) who have proven that the one thing they are good at is picking losing fights.

It has reached the point where the rest of us don't really need to consider and evaluate matters any more. All we need to do is see what the Council leaders say and then campaign for the opposite, on the basis that the leaders are bound to be wrong.
We have a small number of Council "leaders" (I use the term loosely) who have proven that the one thing they are good at is picking losing fights. It has reached the point where the rest of us don't really need to consider and evaluate matters any more. All we need to do is see what the Council leaders say and then campaign for the opposite, on the basis that the leaders are bound to be wrong. the original Homer
  • Score: -3

11:48am Wed 9 Apr 14

eeoodares says...

What is going on? I feel as though I am living in a reality programme that is pushing its 'housemates' as hard as they can by creating nonsensical farcical incidents. If you were to watch a play at the theatre re-enacting our Labour council you would say it was ridiculous, because it could never happen!
What is going on? I feel as though I am living in a reality programme that is pushing its 'housemates' as hard as they can by creating nonsensical farcical incidents. If you were to watch a play at the theatre re-enacting our Labour council you would say it was ridiculous, because it could never happen! eeoodares
  • Score: -2

2:41pm Wed 9 Apr 14

york_chap says...

It was Newham council, not Ealing. Apologies.
It was Newham council, not Ealing. Apologies. york_chap
  • Score: -5

2:59pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Thord Gellir says...

Oh! You could not make this up.
How has City of York Council got into the hands of such people?
I despair.

A suggestion to those who are not familiar with what is going on: go and sit in on a few Council Committee meetings. See the poor quality of debate. See those who cannot follow what is going on. Watch the Councillors who are clearly not listening because their minds have been made up a party meetings. See them playing with their electronic gadgets.
See them not paying attention when members of the public are given their three minutes to speak.

York deserves better!
Oh! You could not make this up. How has City of York Council got into the hands of such people? I despair. A suggestion to those who are not familiar with what is going on: go and sit in on a few Council Committee meetings. See the poor quality of debate. See those who cannot follow what is going on. Watch the Councillors who are clearly not listening because their minds have been made up a party meetings. See them playing with their electronic gadgets. See them not paying attention when members of the public are given their three minutes to speak. York deserves better! Thord Gellir
  • Score: -2

6:47pm Wed 9 Apr 14

stephen123 says...

I do not think the Council have any idea about what they are planning on Monk Stray. Their camping internet advert is misleading and mis- representing what is available and will end up antagonising the thousands of people they hope to welcome to York.
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The post code in their internet advert shows the spectator hub as the campsite and tells people it is a 15 minute walk to the City Centre whereas the campsite is much nearer to the Hop Grove and is a 40 to 50 minute walk to town. I have asked them to correct their advert but so far the people responsible for arranging the event and for their internet advert have not even acknowledge receipt of my emails.
I do not think the Council have any idea about what they are planning on Monk Stray. Their camping internet advert is misleading and mis- representing what is available and will end up antagonising the thousands of people they hope to welcome to York. . The post code in their internet advert shows the spectator hub as the campsite and tells people it is a 15 minute walk to the City Centre whereas the campsite is much nearer to the Hop Grove and is a 40 to 50 minute walk to town. I have asked them to correct their advert but so far the people responsible for arranging the event and for their internet advert have not even acknowledge receipt of my emails. stephen123
  • Score: 3

10:48pm Thu 10 Apr 14

What-a-joke-they-are says...

This council is a joke.

Not much more to say
This council is a joke. Not much more to say What-a-joke-they-are
  • Score: -1

10:49pm Thu 10 Apr 14

What-a-joke-they-are says...

Sorry meant
This council's leaders are
Sorry meant This council's leaders are What-a-joke-they-are
  • Score: -1

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