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Another cracking team was out yesterday evening collecting signatures for our Citizens Advice Petition.

Cracking team out in Acomb

Another cracking team was out yesterday evening collecting signatures for our Citizens Advice Petition. Read more

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After speaking to Foxwood residents in recent weeks we have taken action on the following issues:
  
  • We have reassured residents that Labour will fight any bin tax or any move to reduce bin collections to three weeks.
  • We have been campaigning outside Foxwood Lane shops with a petition to scrap the bedroom tax, a national Labour party pledge if elected.
  • We have reported fly tipping  on Chesney Fields
  • We will investigate what charity funding grants are available to set up new activities for children and young people in the area, focussing on teenagers first. 
  • We will talk to the council and the police about what can be done to stop cars parking on the pavement as this makes it difficult for people to use the pavement, particularly those with pushchairs or mobility scooters.
  • We will investigate how additional parking can be created to avoid cars from parking on grass verges.
  • We have reported pot holes and the poor road surface on Walker Drive
  • We have carried out a litter pick around the park on Slessor Road and Tedder Road and around the Foxwood Lane shops.
 

Westfield, Foxwood - actions taken after talking with residents

After speaking to Foxwood residents in recent weeks we have taken action on the following issues:    We have reassured residents that Labour will fight any bin tax or any...

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Over recent few weeks your local Labour team have been surveying residents in this area and picking up local concerns and issues.
 
After speaking to residents last week we have taken action on the following issues:
 
  • We will fight to protect local bus services - many of you said how important the number 24 is to you.
  •  We will work with the community to revive the Residents Association so you are part of the decisions taken to improve your local area
  • We will tell the council about your concerns with noise and disruption at the Hob Stone development site
  • We will investigate how additional parking can be created to avoid cars from parking on grass verges
  • We will continue to check the area on a regular basis and report any more streetlights and potholes that need repairing, as we have been doing all year round.
  • We will talk to the council and the police about what can be done to stop cars parking on the pavement as they make it difficult for people to use the pavement, particularly those with pushchairs or mobility scooters
Results of the survey are as follows:
 
You said that Fairer Wages are important to you
  • Since 2013 Labour has introduced a living wage for Council employees. This has led to other employers in the city paying a living wage such as York Hospital and Nestle.
  • We don't think this goes far enough and will continue to encourage other employers to pay the living wage. Nationally Labour has pledged to increase the minimum wage to more than £8 and ban zero hours contracts.
You said that Affordable Housing is important to you
  • Locally we aim to build more Council homes, adding to the 71 being built this year.
  • The Labour Council has brought many disused buildings back into use for housing such as the White Swan Hotel
  • Locally we have been campaigning on Front Street, Chapelfields and Foxwood to abolish the bedroom tax, a national Labour party pledge if elected
  • Nationally Labour has pledged to build 200,000 new homes
 
You said the Street Environment is important to you
  • The main concern you raised was dog fouling and we can see this is a problem in the area. That's why York Labour has invested an additional £300,000 in the Council's enforcement team, working with the Police to have Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers patrolling the city.
  • Please help us stamp out anti-social behaviour by reporting incidences of graffiti, fly-tipping and dog fouling to your Westfield Labour team.
Louise Corson
Reece Goscinski
Steve Burton

Labour's Westfield candidates

Westfield Survey results: The Kingsway area

  Over recent few weeks your local Labour team have been surveying residents in this area and picking up local concerns and issues.   After speaking to residents last week we have taken...

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Last week your local Labour team were out surveying residents in this area and picking up local concerns and issues.
 
After speaking to residents last week we have taken action on the following issues:
 
  • We have asked the council to clean the back lanes
  • We have reported the road surface down Severus Street to the council as needing resurfacing and several pot holes need filling
  • We are considering a petition for you to sign, to put gates at the end of the back lanes to prevent fly tipping
  • We are investigating what charity funding grants are available to set up new activities for children and young people in the area
  • We are considering a petition to Biffa and local businesses because rubbish is continuing to be left in the back lane behind Beaconsfield Street
  • We will talk to the council and the police about what can be done to stop cars parking on the pavement  on Green Lane as they make it difficult for people to use the pavement, particularly those with pushchairs or mobility scooters
  • We will talk to First and the Council about the location of the bus terminal on Green Lane as you have told us it causes problems for traffic trying to get past
  • We reassured residents that York Labour has rejected proposals to reduce grey waste collection to every 3 or 4 weeks.
     
Results of the survey are as follows:
 
You said the Acomb Shopping Centre is important to you
  • Locally Labour has already invested £40,000 to improve the area with new benches, planters and removing old railings. Labour has also reduced business rates for empty shops to encourage new businesses to the area.
  • Your Westfield Labour team have some fresh ideas and are keen to trial specialist markets and pop-up shops to try and match the success of 'Bishy Road'.
You said the Street Environment is important to you
  • The main concern you raised was dog fouling and we can see this is a problem in the area. That's why York Labour has invested an additional £300,000 in the Council's enforcement team, working with the Police to have Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers patrolling the city.
  • Please help us stamp out anti-social behaviour by reporting incidences of graffiti, fly-tipping and dog fouling to your Westfield Labour team.
You said that Lower Energy Bills are important to you
  • Locally Labour has introduced a Big Community Energy Switch which has saved people an average of £169 per year.
  • Nationally Labour has pledged to freezes energy bills until 2017 and reform the broken energy market.

Westfield Survey results: Beaconsfield, Gladstone, Milner, School, Severus & Howe Streets

Last week your local Labour team were out surveying residents in this area and picking up local concerns and issues.   After speaking to residents last week we have taken action on the following...

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Whilst out talking to reisdents this morning, your local Labour team spotted a broken lawnmower and bin bags full of rubbish dumped here at Chesney Fields. The team has reported this to the council.

York Labour has invested an extra £300,000 in the Council’s enforcement team, working with the Police to have Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers patrolling the city. Please help us stamp out anti-social behaviour by reporting incidences of graffiti, fly-tipping and dog fouling to your Westfield Labour team.

Louise Corson
Reece Goscinski
Steve Burton

Labour's Westfield candidates

Flytipping reported in Chesney Fields

Whilst out talking to reisdents this morning, your local Labour team spotted a broken lawnmower and bin bags full of rubbish dumped here at Chesney Fields. The team has reported...

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In recent weeks your Westfield Labour team have surveyed Thoresby Road, St Stephens Road & Square, Tithe Close & The Reeves. We wanted to find out what the most important issues are for local residents and see whether there were practical things we could do to improve things.

 

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to complete our survey and for all the conversations we've had.

 

Since talking with you we have taken the following action:

 

  • Carried out a litter pick and whilst doing this, noted that grates need clearing out, so have reported these
  • Reported issues with the uneven road surface leading to the parking bays on Tithe Close
  • Reassured residents that York Labour has rejected proposals to reduce the frequency of grey waste bin collections
  • We listened to concerns about car parking, in particular parking on grass verges and are looking into what we can do here

 

The survey results show the following:

 

You said that Fairer Wages are important to you

· Since 2013 Labour has introduced a living wage for Council employees. This has led to other employers in the city paying a living wage such as York Hospital and Nestle. 

· We don’t think this goes far enough and will continue to encourage other employers to pay the living wage. Nationally Labour has pledged to increase the minimum wage to more than £8 and ban zero hours contracts.

 

You said that Affordable Housing is important to you.

· Locally we aim to build more Council homes, adding to the 71 being built this year

· The Labour Council has brought many disused buildings back into use for housing such as the White Swan Hotel

· Locally we have been out campaigning on Front Street and in Chapelfields to abolish the bedroom tax

· Nationally Labour have pledged to build 200,000 new homes.

 

You said the Street Environment is important to you.

· The main concern you raised was dog fouling and we can see that is a problem in the area. That’s why York Labour has invested an extra £300,000 in the Council’s enforcement team and is working in partnership with the Police to have Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers patrolling city-wide from April onwards.

· Please help us to stamp-out anti-social behaviour by reporting incidences of graffiti, fly-tipping and dog fouling to your Westfield Labour team.

Westfield Survey Results: Thoresby, St Stephens, Tithe Close & The Reeves

In recent weeks your Westfield Labour team have surveyed Thoresby Road, St Stephens Road & Square, Tithe Close & The Reeves. We wanted to find out what the most important...

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Your Westfield Labour team were joined by York Central parliamentary candidate Rachael Maskell on Saturday afternoon, near Foxwood Lane shops. Thank you to everyone who stopped to speak with us. We heard from lots of local people affected by the cost of living crisis and got even more signatures for our 'scrap the bedroom tax' petition. This grossly unfair tax was introduced by the Tory / Liberal Democrat government and if elected in May, Labour will scrap it.

Foxwood residents oppose the bedroom tax

Your Westfield Labour team were joined by York Central parliamentary candidate Rachael Maskell on Saturday afternoon, near Foxwood Lane shops. Thank you to everyone who stopped to speak with us. We...

We have been listening to residents in the Lowfields area, meeting with groups of neighbours, listening to their concerns about the proposed development of the old school site.

As local residents know from a newsletter we delivered, the original plan to build an older people's home and care village on the site is no longer considered viable. The council tried to find a private company to provide this but the project failed to find developers. To complete the original proposal it would have cost York tax payers an additional £1.5 million every year. The Labour council made the decision to look for an alternative way to provide the homes that older residents need without the extra cost.

As part of this new plan the council intends to use the Lowfields site for housing. This includes housing for older people such as step-down flats and hopefully bungalows. The site will not be sold and the housing will only be built on the footprint of the school, not the playing fields.

We know from listening to residents that there are concerns about the size of the development, road access and the height of the new homes. Others may have some other, different concerns and we are interested to know what these might be.

Currently the council have not produced the detailed proposals for the site. We have been clear from the start that local people should be consulted on those plans. If elected we will ensure the community is involved in the planning process at every stage. The new proposals have to be right for local residents. We agree that the site cannot be built too high, be too big and must have proper access. One thing we do know is that there will not be any three storey houses. This was one of many reasons why the proposals from the private market for the care village were rejected.

Our pledge to the local community is to work with them as the proposals come forward. We want local people to have a genuine opportunity to influence how the development is shaped. We want them to be able to look at the plans, voice any concerns, and ensure the council listens. If we are elected in May we pledge to be with local residents every step of the way.

Louise Corson
Reece Goscinski
Steve Burton

Labour's Westfield candidates

Lowfields Development: Our pledge to local residents

We have been listening to residents in the Lowfields area, meeting with groups of neighbours, listening to their concerns about the proposed development of the old school site. As local...

Over the past few months the Westfield Labour team have been on the doorsteps discussing what matters to you. We have heard how the cost of living crisis is affecting people in the local community; we have heard how there is a need for affordable homes in the community; we have heard how people feel let down by Labour’s communication in the area.

Since 2011 York Labour has introduced the Living Wage, the Big Community Energy Switch and the Financial Assistance Scheme to the city. These are practical ways York Labour has tried to protect people affected by harsh cuts initiated by a Tory-Lib-Dem coalition. Locally Labour will continue to support such schemes to ease the cost of living crisis we all face.

Beyond this there are also consistent concerns people have raised in the area. If elected we would like to focus on these four priorities for Westfield over the next four years.

  • Local Bus services – to protect and improve your local bus services
  • Commit to build local homes you can afford
  • Find creative ways to improve your shopping experience on Front Street
  • Improve your local environment

Many people have mentioned there has been a lack of communication from Labour in the ward. We want to reconnect politics to the issues that impact us all on a daily basis. We think that there needs to be a new way to conduct community politics in the area.

We are committed to building strong relationships with the community, being involved in local activities and taking the lead where you need issues resolving.

We want you to see more of us. We will hold regular street surgeries where you can approach us and we can listen to your concerns.

In Westfield we have an exciting opportunity to build a better politics. Seeing this through will be our new, enthusiastic candidates Louise Corson and Reece Goscinski alongside experienced councillor Steve Burton. Nationally our local parliamentary candidate Rachael Maskell will work hard to ensure your voice is heard in parliament.

Hopefully you’ll say you’re with us in building a better politics on May 7th.

Louise Corson
Reece Goscinski
Steve Burton

Labour's Westfield candidates

Labour in the Community – A New Politics for Westfield

Over the past few months the Westfield Labour team have been on the doorsteps discussing what matters to you. We have heard how the cost of living crisis is affecting...

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