Next year’s General Election is expected to have a big impact on York, with York’s Conservatives councillors focusing on making an impact for residents rather than national posturing. In May, the first ever elected mayor of York and North Yorkshire will be elected, and it is vital York councillors work closely with them for the best outcomes for York.
Council tax continues to rise, and the total budget at City of York Council (CYC) hits a new record each year. The previous Lib Dem administration wasted vast amounts of money, and the council needs to start spending money more carefully and focus on areas such as Adult Social Care and affordable house building.
The elected mayor will have a large pot of money, with the biggest impact on transportation. A new Local Transport Plan will be voted on in March, and the mayor will be elected in May. This could be the biggest moment of change ever for the city if there are improvements in bus services, cycle provision, and rail. Cross party working is needed for devolution to be successful.
Concerns remain about the Local Plan, but it is hoped that it can finally be signed off to build much-needed homes and control inappropriate development threats. Infrastructure will be the key focus once the plan is approved.
Happy Christmas and New Year to all!