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First is to reintroduce a double decker on an early bus service from Poppleton after calls from an Acomb councillor.

The 7.30am service had previously enjoyed the increased capacity after Coun. Tracey Simpson-Laing requested a double decker this time last year, due to its popularity with school pupils and those travelling into York and beyond for work.
 
But this was withdrawn in the summer and in recent months capacity has again become an issue on the early morning service with only single decker buses on the route.
 
Acomb Labour councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing said:
 
“I’m pleased First has responded positively to my request to get a double decker back on this route at a very busy time of the morning.  Sometimes a standard bus is sufficient but when the weather takes a turn for the worse, there is insufficient space to get everyone on, leading to safety concerns.  At times there has been no standing room, let alone seats available for paying passengers”.
 
First responded to the calls recently confirming a number of its double deckers have been fitted with the transponders needed to lower the bollard on Low Poppleton Lane, freeing them to run on the No. 10 route from late last month.

Double decker set for return to busy morning service

First is to reintroduce a double decker on an early bus service from Poppleton after calls from an Acomb councillor.

The council’s Cabinet is set to be cut by two, in a move that will see the money saved redirected into winter maintenance.

The council’s Labour Group Leader, Coun. Dafydd Williams, who announced the proposal says:
 
“Subject to council voting for a Labour Council Leader, I propose to reduce portfolio holding Cabinet Members by two and will ensure the money saved in allowances, around £28,000, is redirected to winter maintenance as we are in the most challenging time of the year for this vital service.
 
“This will present a big challenge for remaining Cabinet Members as their portfolios increase, but with ever decreasing budgets we must cut our cloth accordingly.  I am giving a great deal of consideration to what the six new portfolios should look like and will announce these shortly after the December Full Council if I am elected as Council Leader".
 
In addition to the six portfolio positions on the Cabinet, Coun. Williams announced last week that he has offered two non-portfolio Cabinet positions to the leaders of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Groups on the council, if he is elected Council Leader. However, as both already receive an allowance as party leaders, he hopes that they will accept these positions at no additional cost to the taxpayer.

New Leader to cut Cabinet

The council’s Cabinet is set to be cut by two, in a move that will see the money saved redirected into winter maintenance.

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York Central's Labour MP, Hugh Bayley, has announced that he will be standing down at the next General Election, 23 years after he was first elected in the city.

In a statement on his website, he says;

Today I announced my decision to stand down at the General Election in 2015, when I will be 63.

During 22 years in Parliament I have always put York first, speaking up for the city in the House of Commons.  It has been a tremendous privilege to represent York in Parliament for 22 years, which is much longer than I expected when I was first elected in 1992.

Last week I completed my 2 year term as President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. There is never a good time to stand down.  I didn’t want to announce my departure while doing the NATO job because I was pushing NATO to publish its accounts and audit reports, which they have now agreed, but they might have avoided the decision if they’d thought I was about to go.  But it is now agreed and I think it is time to pass the baton to someone else.

My family have been tremendously supportive, and very tolerant about me working long hours, often seven days a week, but now I want to put them first.

It’s too early to start thanking all the many people who have supported me over the years.  I haven’t gone yet, and I will still give the job everything I’ve got over the next six months.  I’ve lots of unfinished business that I still want to do.

Hugh Bayley to stand down after 23 years as York's MP

York Central's Labour MP, Hugh Bayley, has announced that he will be standing down at the next General Election, 23 years after he was first elected in the city.

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