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  • Westfield post office
    Article: Sep 14, 2017

    Councillor Sue Hunter (Liberal Democrat, Westfield Ward) has written to Royal Mail asking for clarifications about changes to post box collections in Westfield.

    Recently stickers have appeared on post boxes advising customers that from September 4 collections will be "no earlier than 9am" (7am on Saturdays). The traditional 'last post' in the late afternoon will now only be taken from the post box outside the Post Office on Front Street.

  • Tony Fisher York Road
    Petition: Sep 12, 2017

    Earlier this year, Strensall Parish Council asked City of York Council to provide a pedestrian crossing on York Road near to Barley Rise so that there is a safe place for people to cross.

    City of York's Highways staff responded saying that there was no need for one as the road wasn't busy enough and there hadn't been any accidents. Instead, they proposed spending almost £20k on a scheme with dropped kerbs and wooden bollards at five places. The Parish Council objected to this scheme and said it was a waste of money as, for £6k more, we could have had a proper pedestrian crossing. The Conservative executive member approved the scheme anyway and it has just been built.

  • Councillor Ashley Mason
    Article: Sep 11, 2017

    Councillor Ashley Mason (Vice Chair of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel) raised serious concerns with North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner about recent findings of a Police Federation survey which showed that over 50% of the force's officers have low morale.

    Other concerning figures include recently published data which shows that:

  • A photograph of Cllr Mason with Dom Bielby and Joseph Johnson-Tod with Youth Voice apprentice Shelly Reed
    Article: Sep 10, 2017

    Councillor Ashley Mason (Liberal Democrat, Dringhouses and Woodthorpe) has welcomed Youth Councillors from York Youth Council to West Offices to discuss how they can become more engaged in City of York Council's decision-making process.

    Local students Dom Bielby (Member of the Youth Parliament for York) and Joseph Johnson-Tod (who chairs the Youth Council) recently met with Councillor Ashley Mason for a presentation regarding the Council's structure, how decisions are made and how young people can influence the Council's work.

  • An artist's impression of the proposed Rose Theatre
    Article: Aug 23, 2017

    York's Castle Car Park could play host to a summer of Shakespeare if plans are approved by senior councillors next week (Thursday 31 August).

    The council's Executive will be asked to approve plans to host Europe's first full-scale working pop-up replica of a traditional Shakespearean Theatre between May and September next year.

  • Cllr Andrew Waller with electric bus
    Article: Aug 14, 2017

    A landmark moment has been celebrated in York today as it has become the first UK city outside London to trial a new fully electric double decker bus.

    Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Environment at City of York Council, welcomed the arrival of the first "Metrodecker EV" in York today, which will be trialled on the York Park & Ride network and selected city routes over the next month.

  • Cllr Mason
    Article: Aug 4, 2017

    Local Liberal Democrat Councillors were pleased to help the Dringhouses Bowling Club secure a new defibrillator, along with free training in its use for eight club members.

    The Bowling Club, which is based at York Racecourse Stables, was awarded £1600 by the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward Committee.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2017

    Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for the Environment (Liberal Democrat, Westfield Ward) has welcomed the government's announcement that the sale of diesel and petrol cars will end in 2040 but warned against short term complacency on air quality.

    Cllr Waller said: "Whilst we welcome the government's announcement we can't wait until 2040 to address problems of air quality, particularly in York. The technology already exists to overcome the issues so this is a matter of government priorities. The Liberal Democrats are serious about tackling air pollution; we have called for all new diesel car sales to end by 2025 and a scrappage scheme to help drivers convert to greener vehicles. We have already seen the successful conversion of 14% of the city's taxi fleet to lower emission vehicles through a local scheme to support the cost of replacement.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Councillor Ashley Mason, Vice Chair of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel is calling for an urgent review of the 101 non-emergency phone number to ensure it is fit for purpose for residents in the North Yorkshire police force area.

    At a meeting on 20 July, panel members expressed concerns to the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, about recent poor performance of the service, which can be used to report non-urgent issues to North Yorkshire Police.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Councillor Ashley Mason, Vice Chair of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel, is asking York residents to have their say on proposed Fire Service changes, which could see the Police and Crime Commissioner assume control of the Fire Authority.

    Cllr Mason said 'I urge local residents to have their say on these controversial Fire Service reforms, which could damage the valuable work the Fire Service provide'.