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York Labour Party is calling for an immediate end to fracking in York. Fracking is not safe, not economically viable, and not wanted near York homes. It industrialises rural areas,...

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Social housing

 

Labour has called for parties to work together following the Government’s announcement that it wants councils to return to building homes for social rent.

This month’s announcement by Theresa May follows years of Conservative opposition to social housing, both nationally and here in York.  But the Prime Minister’s announcement last week that councils will be supported to build more genuinely affordable homes has led Labour to call on the council’s ruling Tory-led Coalition to open a debate on how the city meets its affordable housing needs.
 
Labour councillor Michael Pavlovic said:
 
“This announcement has come as something of a surprise and is one we need to understand the impact of locally.  We have over 1,600 people on the waiting list for a social rented home here in York – with over 200 in ‘gold band’ - those in the most desperate need for a home.  Given the Local Plan is not going to deliver the level of genuinely affordable housing people in this city need, we need to discuss collectively as a council how we are going to deliver it.
 
“This announcement offers an opportunity to start that conversation”.
 
Analysts are sceptical that the amount of funding announced by the Government will achieve much at all, with some putting the figure at as little as 5,000 extra homes for the funding identified.  Given the desperate need across many parts of the country, this could be a drop in the ocean, according to Coun. Pavlovic:
 
“We need to make York’s case for some of this funding as a starter, however small the pot of money is. But more fundamentally for this administration, we need to hear whether or not it believes in building socially rented homes at all. All social housing York has seen built in recent years was commissioned and funded by the previous Labour council. And Coalition councillors have sought to reduce the amount of housing delivered on Labour-commissioned schemes, such as Newbury Avenue which, almost two and half years after taking control of the council, has still not been given the green light”.
 
Coun. Pavlovic said Labour would be seeking talks with ruling parties in the coming weeks to discuss whether the council’s approach to providing more social housing will change following Theresa May’s announcement.

Labour calls for action on social housing

  Labour has called for parties to work together following the Government’s announcement that it wants councils to return to building homes for social rent.

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Friday 20 October  -  6pm to 7pm

Lidgett Methodist Church

60 Wheatlands Grove, YO26 5NH

Residents in Acomb deserve high quality green open space. More than 500 people signed a petition led by the Labour Councillor for Acomb, Stuart Barnes, calling for the old Manor School playing fields on Boroughbridge Road to become public open space.

The Council's open space assessment shows Acomb has one of biggest shortages of green space in York. Given this shortage of green space, and the fact that Acomb is already providing the Civil Service & British Sugar sites that will provide huge areas for housing development, it seems completely unjust that local residents could now be set to lose have this amazing green space stolen from them too.

But the Tory and Liberal Democrat coalition in charge of the Council has completely ignored the petition, riding roughshod over the views of local people.

The new proposals in their Local Plan show that they now want to see this lovely open space turned into housing.

York needs more housing, but it must not come at the expense of public amenities. If you care about protecting this green space, and want to see it preserved and enhanced for future generations then please come along to this public meeting.

Acomb Councillor Stuart Barnes, and York's MP Rachael Maskell will be hosting a public meeting to bring residents together and begin planning to save this site for future generations.

We hope the event will be a chance for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and discuss ideas for the future of the green space that could offer so much in terms of leisure, sport, children's play and other community activities.

As well as discussing a positive vision for the future of the site, we also plan to discuss the launch of a positive campaign group, Friends of Acomb Park dedicated to the protection and enhancement of this precious community asset.

Friends of Acomb Park - Urgent Public Meeting

Friday 20 October  -  6pm to 7pm Lidgett Methodist Church 60 Wheatlands Grove, YO26 5NH

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Brilliant to see former Clifton Labour Cllr David Yellen at Kirby Misperton site today to oppose fracking. Labour will ban fracking because it would lock us into an energy infrastructure based on fossil fuels, long after the point in 2030 when the Committee on Climate Change says gas in the must sharply decline.

Emerging technologies such as carbon capture and storage will help to smooth the transition to cleaner fuels and to protect existing jobs as part of the future energy mix. We are committed to renewable energy projects, including tidal lagoons, which can help create manufacturing and energy jobs as well as contributing to climate change commitments.

Please get in touch if you want to help support the campaigners at Kirby Misperton.

danny.myers@yorklabour.org.uk
margaret.wells@yorklabour.org.uk

At Kirby Misperton Fracking Site

Brilliant to see former Clifton Labour Cllr David Yellen at Kirby Misperton KM8 fracking site today to oppose fracking. Labour will ban fracking because it would lock us into an...

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