First Community Woodland trees to be planted this year as ambitious plans are finalised

Final designs and operational plans for the city’s new Community Woodland will see 50,000 trees planted by spring 2023, increasing to 80,000 after, to develop the natural landscape which will be free for residents and visitors to enjoy. Next steps for the woodland project include planting 17,500 trees and creating the main pathways, starting in November 2021.

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Council Leader to hold a city partner roundtable meeting on supporting Afghan refugees

Recognising the challenges of the Afghanistan crisis and the need for our city to pull together in response, City of York Council is arranging a (virtual) roundtable meeting on 15th September. This will bring together key partners across the city, from business, health, faith, housing, voluntary and charitable organisations to discuss how to best work together to support refugees who will be resettling in York.

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Councillor warns that access to vital English classes is at risk for thousands

Liberal Democrat Councillor Darryl Smalley has written to Government Ministers to seek assurances that vital ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) training will be available to refugees under the new resettlement schemes.

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York's live music venues to receive crucial cash boost

Recognising Council’s commitment to live music venues in the city, councillors have approved plans to use £100k to support live music venues in York. 

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Further support for local businesses

Members of the Council’s Executive have approved plans for an additional £500k package of support for York’s independent businesses.

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York to support Afghan refugees

Lib Dem-led Council is working around the clock to support Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme and give refugees the sanctuary they need.

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Calls for Government action to solve HGV driver crisis

Councillors are urging the Government to extend the grant for apprentice HGV drivers and encourage foreign HGV drivers to work in the UK by relaxing visa rules to ensure acute driver shortages can be addressed.

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York Community Woodland project takes next step

Council’s Executive is set to consider proposals for the future design and funding of the York Community Woodland. A report on the feedback received through community engagement, plans for deciding the final design for the area and the process of selection for funding and delivery partner will all be presented to Executive members for decision later next week.

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Government must step up to help Afghan refugees

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Regarding the developing situation in Afghanistan, Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure & Communities at City of York Council commented:

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York's city centre recovery is among the best in the country

York’s recovery from lockdown is among the best in the country, as analysis from the Centre For Cities reveals that York has the fourth equal best footfall out of 63 cities and towns around the UK.

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