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Our Big Conversation

We want to make sure you have a stake in the city’s present and future; we need to:

  • hear voices from all over the city
  • get residents sharing their wide range of views with each other

Over the next 12 months taking part in 'Our Big Conversation' will give you the opportunity to shape our response to the big challenges facing York, such as:

  • our response and recovery after the Coronavirus pandemic
  • the climate emergency
  • how we move around the city
  • defining an exciting future for our city centre and district centres
  • where we live and work, what jobs are available
  • how we make sure York’s economy works for all residents

Holding city-wide conversations

Throughout the year we're holding conversations online and offline, including:

  • regular surveys
  • live online sessions with leaders across the city answer your questions
  • community conversations with local interest groups and networks
  • business round tables discussing sector by sector approach

We're building networks, and inclusive approaches, to make sure all communities have a voice, including the disabled community, children and young people, older people, students and the LGBTQ community.

We'll share what you're telling us, so you know what other people in the city think, and why we make decisions.

Take part in Our Big Conversation

To join Our Big Conversation, you can:

Complete a ‘Taking the City’s Temperature’ survey

We’re distributing information about Our Big Converstation through all of our community networks, inviting them and their members into the conversation.

Taking the temperature of the city

As part of Our Big Conversation we're asking you to complete a 15 minute survey, once every 3 months. This will:

  • allow us to track attitudes towards coronavirus, its impact, and national/local responses
  • help York’s continued recovery from the significant challenges we all face as a result of coronavirus

We’ll ask you for details about you – where you live, how old you are, what you do for a living, and other information which will help us make sure we’re listening to a wide range of voices.

Devolution: Have your say on the first steps

We're working to begin the process of agreeing a York and North Yorkshire devolution proposal, to form a Combined Authority alongside councils across North Yorkshire.

Devolution usually focuses on growing and strengthening local economies. A deal for York and North Yorkshire could see powers and funding transferred from Westminster, to decision-makers in the local region.

A devolution deal for York and North Yorkshire could potentially unlock significant funding for York.

We want to hear your views. Email us at

Tell us whether you support the idea of devolving powers and funding from central Government to York and North Yorkshire.

If you support devolution, tell us which areas would you would like to see benefit from additional investment in our city, such as:

  • Infrastructure and Place, including investment for York Station, the delivery of a York Riverside Walkway, funding to improve York Castle Museum’s, progress the Castle Gateway scheme, implement York’s Cultural Strategy, funding to transform secondary shopping areas in Haxby and Acomb and develop proposals to relocate a significant Civil Service or parliamentary presence to the York Central site.
  • Innovation, including investment in low carbon technologies and bio-tech innovation to make York and North Yorkshire the UK’s first carbon negative region.
  • Tourism, including the development of a tourism plan between York and North Yorkshire and Visit Britain.
  • Housing, including delivering affordable homes on council sites, such as York Central
  • Skills and Adult Learning, including the creation of a low carbon skills programme to up-skill the existing workforce
  • Or tell us about other areas or services which you feel may benefit...

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