Liberal Democrats call for Minster FM rethink

City of York Council leaders have written to executives at Bauer Media to urge them to reconsider the decision to shut Minster FM, following their commercial takeover. This follows local outcry from residents who have launched a petition to keep the station on air, which currently has over 6000 signatures. There is widespread concern that the loss of the service will damage York’s local media, lose community support and disproportionately hurt residents with limited internet access who rely on local radio as a source of news, trusted information and entertainment.

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Haxby Station Bid Submitted

City of York Council has submitted a bid for the New Stations Fund, with the hope of obtaining much needed Central Government funding to unlock the decades-long aspiration for a new station in Haxby. It was local Liberal Democrat Councillors on City of York Council who successfully lobbied for £50,000 to be set aside in the Council Budget to prepare the Business Case for the new station, and this money has now been deployed to refresh the plans, validate the Business Case and take this rare opportunity to apply for Government Funds. This bid also involved an online survey of local residents, which received over 1,300 individual responses.

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York Central and York's economic recovery

With work now focussing on the city’s economic recovery, following coronavirus pandemic, the York Central scheme has never been more important.

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Council Coronavirus scheme upgraded to provide support to more of York’s businesses

Local businesses which have so far missed out on government support could benefit from grants of up to £10,000, as the council extends its scheme for small and micro businesses in the city.

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Open letter from City of York Council Group Leaders

City of York Council Leaders have written an open letter committing to working together during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Council leader calls for fair funding for York

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, has today written to Ministers to underline the need to for national government to uphold its promise by covering the cost of Covid-19 to local authorities.

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£500,000 for new walking and cycling improvements

City of York Council is investing £500,000, as part of a longer term initiative, to introduce cycling and walking improvements across the city.

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Liberal Democrats celebrate Askham Bog victory

York Liberal Democrats have welcomed the decision made by the planning inspector to reject plans to build 516 homes on land next to the Askham Bog Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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Petition launched to put pressure on private parking company to change track

Three weeks after calling for the private parking company at Tower Court to do the decent thing, the local Lib Dem Councillors for Rawcliffe and Clifton Without have launched a petition to increase pressure on the company. The petition calls for the parking company and the owners of Tower Court to relax parking enforcement during the Covid-19 period, commit to fully review the rules, and refund local residents that have been unfairly hit with fines.

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York's Lib Dem Councillors responding to Coronavirus

In March – as the true extent of the crisis was becoming clearer – City of York Council took steps to enable the council to deliver support to individuals and York’s businesses and communities. Like all other local authorities, the shutdown rendered normal decision-making procedures unworkable, and you can read about how local decision-making is adapting here.

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