York People’s Assembly have received notice of a series of 22 meetings planned across the city to discuss cuts to services. The full list of meetings is shown below, and each is to be attended by senior council staff. Although some of the meetings are very short notice (and five have already taken place), we would recommend residents take this opportunity to go and make the case for protecting services and refusing sell-offs. There is also an online consultation which you can do from your computer. As a group, York People’s Assembly are very sceptical about this process, and we’d urge people to be careful not to get into ‘cut X to save Y’ discussions, but keep the focus on the bigger picture.
The meetings are being held on a ward-by-ward basis, with Fishergate, Guildhall, Hull Road, Strensall and Wheldrake already having been ‘consulted’. If anyone has been to one of these meetings, we’d love to know what happened and whether it was possible to raise objections or ask meaningful questions about the direction the city is going in.
- Holgate: Monday 18th, 6 to 8.30pm, St Pauls Church
- Micklegate: Monday 18th, 6 to 8.30pm, Scarcroft Primary School
- Osbaldwick: Monday 18th, 6 to 8.30pm, Osbaldwick Primary School (Leyes site)
- Bishopthorpe: Tuesday 19th, 6 to 8.30pm, Bishopthorpe Methodist Hall
- Clifton: Tuesday 19th, 6 to 8.30pm, St Joseph’s Church Hall
- Heworth Without: Tuesday 19th, 6.30 to 9pm, Community Centre, Stray Road
- Acomb: Wednesday 20th, 6 to 8.30pm, Carr Junior School, Ostman Road
- Derwent: Wednesday 20th, 6 to 8.30pm, Dunnington Methodist Church
- Skelton, Rawcliffe and Clifton Without: Wednesday 20th, 6 to 8.30pm,
Skelton Village Hall
- Heslington: Thursday 21st, 6 to 8.30pm, Heslington Church
- Rural West York: Thursday 21st, 6 to 8.30pm, Poppleton Methodist Hall
- Dringhouses: Monday 25th, 6 to 8.30pm, Dringhouses Primary School
- Heworth: Monday 25th, 6 to 8.30pm, Tang Hall Community Centre
- Fulford: Tuesday 26th, 6 to 8.30pm, St Oswald’s Church Hall
- Westfield: Tuesday 26th, 6 to 8.30pm, Oak Room, Gateway Centre
- Haxby & Wigginton: Wednesday 27th, 6 to 8.30pm, Ralph Butterfield School
- Huntington & New Earswick: Thursday 28th, 6 to 8.30pm, Huntington Memorial Hall
The sessions will be held on a drop-in basis. We must make it clear that cuts are unacceptable wherever they fall, and that the problems caused by the financial crisis were created by banks and not communities, who should not have to pay. We hope that City of York councillors will be making loud and clear representations to central government about these cutbacks.