10 year city plan proposed to build back better

The Council’s Executive have today welcomed the proposed development of a 10-year City Plan, which will be developed with key partners, to build on York’s strengths to improve the lives of all residents, communities, students and businesses in the city.


The plan will represent the unique qualities of York and focus on a number of key challenges that can best be addressed at a city level. These include the linking of our education, skills and innovation sectors to support employment, further developing the city’s response to climate change, utilising York’s unique culture and heritage, as well as promoting good health and wellbeing.

The themes and activities of the plan will be discussed as part of Our Big Conversation. Please visit www.york.gov.uk/OurBigConversation to take part in shaping York’s future.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Lib Dem Leader of the City of York Council, commented:

“In our initial response to the pandemic, the Council has worked hard to develop a one year strategy to kick start our recovery and renewal work. Moving forward, we fully recognise the importance of developing a longer-term strategy to build back better and we know the Council cannot achieve this alone and must work with residents, businesses and partners across the city.

“That is why we are proposing to develop a 10 year plan for the city, as part of our collective efforts to respond to the pandemic and improve the lives of our residents, businesses and communities. The plan gives us an exciting opportunity to build on our strengths and address key challenges in the city, with input from everyone in York through Our Big Conversation.

“Crucially, the Council will continue to make the case to Government for additional funding for services, local businesses, our communities, and cultural institutions. By developing a 10 Year City Plan, we can demonstrate to Government what York can achieve in building back better and why they must back York to lead the recovery in our region.”

Andrew Waller, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, added:

“Whilst the Council’s immediate response to the economic challenges brought about by the global Covid19 pandemic has been swift and far reaching, there is a clear need to work on a long term approach to enable us to tackle the major challenges our city faces.

“There is real opportunity to use the recovery work to address pre-existing challenges with York’s economy, and to improve outcomes for our residents through strengthening our key sectors, addressing inequality and creating a more resilient and inclusive economy for the future.

“By continuing to work together and focusing on what the city does well, we can adapt and take opportunities to build an even better York; a greener, cleaner, and thriving city for all its residents.”



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