City of York Council’s Joint Administration, formed by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups, has confirmed its commitment to providing forward-looking leadership for York. The Joint Administration, which has run the Council since 2015, will continue to work in the best interests of the city; delivering on major projects and protecting frontline services.
Cllr Ian Gillies, as the newly elected Leader of the Council, will appoint three Conservative Executive members shortly.
The Liberal Democrat group has confirmed that their Executive Members moving forward will be Councillors Andrew Waller, Keith Aspden, Carol Runciman and Nigel Ayre.
The administration will continue to:
- Deliver a balanced Local Plan and ensure that major projects, such as the Community Stadium and York Central, are delivered.
- Work towards becoming the Greenest City in the North, maintain effective waste collections and increase recycling in the city.
- Protect frontline services and vulnerable residents, including delivering the Older Persons Accommodation Programme.
- Support services for communities, children, and young people, including devolved funding through Ward Committees.
- End wasteful vanity projects.
- Provide value for money services to all residents.
Moving forward, as part of the new arrangements, the administration has also committed to:
- Protecting libraries in York, including helping smaller libraries to become sustainable centres of their communities, and not accepting any reductions in the number of staffed libraries across the city.
- To convene a small task group with the purpose of addressing a series of strategic and operational governance issues in the Council.
Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Group Leader, said:
“Following the unexpected events in February, we felt it was vital to take time and receive further assurances before confirming our commitment to the joint administration. With Labour clearly unprepared to step up and run the council, it is clear that our approach is the best way forward.”
“We look forward to building on our successes, including protecting the services that matter most to local residents, ensuring that there are no library reductions and delivering on essential major projects.”