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Go and live somewhere else, the message from York Tories and LibDems

Calls by the Conservative-led Coalition council leader to build more houses in other council areas to meet York's needs sends a strong signal that people need to leave York if they want a home, says Labour.
 
Tory council leader Coun. Chris Steward made the calls recently, saying York didn't have room for more houses.
 
Labour Group Leader Coun. Dafydd Williams was highly critical in his response, saying:
 
"The Conservative vision for York's housing crisis is clear: if you earn anything like an average income in York you should live elsewhere because the Conservatives have valued protecting the green belt over providing you with a home.
 
"What makes this even more staggering as a message is the lack of responsibility it shows asking other councils to solve York's problems for us. This is particularly bizarre given that the Conservative Leader of neighbouring Selby clearly has no intention of supporting Cllr Steward's abdication of responsibility".
 
"So far we have a receptive ear from Ryedale where land is expensive and a far less receptive ear from Selby where land is more affordable, which doesn't bode well.
 
"Labour's Local Plan would protect the vast majority of the draft green belt and involve York taking responsibility for meeting York's needs, not planning homes in other areas which can only add significantly to the traffic congestion problem the city faces.  It appears on both homes and congestion that the Coalition's plans just don't stack up".

The comments from the council leader reflect those of coalition colleague and Lib Dem councillor Ann Reid who recommended a number of years ago that those people who could not afford to live in York went to live in Selby District instead.

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