York Villages

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In both 1996 and 2010 the Conservatives attempted to sell off our National Forests. These plans were only halted thanks to the campaigns run by ordinary people all over the country. If re-elected, it is clear that another Conservative government would try for a third time to privatise our forests and woodlands.

If Hagg Wood and Wheldrake Woods are sold off, then under private ownership, access rights for the public are not guaranteed. Private landowners will be keen to make a return on their investment, resulting in the use of heavier machinery and more disruption to neighbouring communities.

Hagg and Wheldrake Woods are much loved local assets, freely available and much used by residents of all ages. Only Labour promises to keep these woodlands in public ownership and open to everyone.

Unlike the Conservatives, we also strongly oppose any fracking developments in the York area.

Save Hagg and Wheldrake Woods

In both 1996 and 2010 the Conservatives attempted to sell off our National Forests. These plans were only halted thanks to the campaigns run by ordinary people all over the...

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Great poster location in Elvington

Great poster location in Elvington

Great poster location in Elvington

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We all know that there is a desperate shortage of all types of homes in York, particularly affordable family homes for local people. York has been required to set building targets for new houses by the Tory led government, in the form of a local plan.

Only Labour has approached this task in an honest way. While brown field sites are our favoured first option, the simple fact is that there are not enough of these sites to meet the housing targets for the next fifteen years. This means that - whoever wins the election in May - some green belt land will be built on.

In proposing the building of a new village - Winthorpe - Labour is ensuring that a minimum number of new houses need to be built in the established villages.

Both the local Conservative and LibDems have opposed the development of Winthorpe, whilst also refusing to say where they will build these thousands of new houses instead.

Housing for local people in York Villages

We all know that there is a desperate shortage of all types of homes in York, particularly affordable family homes for local people. York has been required to set building...

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Traffic congestion is a major problem in our area, with long queues of stationary traffic on the A19 and A1079 every day. These problems will only get worse as the housing crisis forces more and more local people to move out of York, to places like Selby, only to have to commute back into York every day for work. The Labour council has invested heavily in expanding the Park & Ride schemes across York, but more must be done to avoid gridlock and to improve the timings, regularity and cost of bus services for village residents.

To address this concern, the Labour council is setting up an independently-chaired cross-party congestion commission to recommend the long-term solutions that we need. Sadly, the local LibDems and the Conservatives are refusing to take part.  Only Labour is prepared to work with everyone for the good of the city.

 

Transport: a major concern in outer York

Traffic congestion is a major problem in our area, with long queues of stationary traffic on the A19 and A1079 every day. These problems will only get worse as the...

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