Have your say - current consultations

We will publish details of new consultations on this page as soon as they are available. For more information, see our Consultations page.

We are currently updating our citizens' panel, Talkabout. The panel is one of the ways people can influence what happens in York by giving their feedback and views. For more information and to apply to join, see our Talkabout panel page.


Current consultations

Budget Consultation 2018 to 2019

Our work to plan the council's budget for the coming year is underway. As in previous years, we're asking for your views - complete a Budget Consultation survey online. Alternatively, a paper version is included in the latest edition of Our City (currently in distribution).

You can also get involved in one of our drop-in sessions:

We already know that in 2018 there will be further financial challenges and some tough decisions to make. We've responded well to these challenges so far and in the last decade we've achieved efficiency savings of more than £100 million through careful management of our resources.

The pressures remain however and in 2018 to 2019 we need to save £6.1 million (and another £4.2 million in 2019 to 2020). In our last budget we agreed proposals which already identify £3 million of savings towards the target for next year.

Consultation closes on Friday 1 December 2017 (for paper surveys from Our City) and at midnight on Friday 15 December 2017 (for online surveys)


Sexual Health Services in York

We want your views of sexual health services in York. We are inviting residents of York to complete a short survey; you can complete our online survey even if you do not use sexual health services.

Consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 17 December 2017


Marjorie Waite Court Planning Engagement

We have proposed plans to modernise Marjorie Waite Court and extend the existing scheme as part of work to raise the quality of care for older people in York and increase the number of people who have access to this vital service.

The current plans would see 29 new purpose built apartments specially designed for older people living with dementia and 4 new bungalows replacing the existing Burton Stone Lane community centre. Other improvements include a new buggy store, laundry and social space for the existing and new homes as well as 25 parking spaces. The plans also include the creation of a new community facility on the front of the scheme. View the plans for the proposed Marjorie Waite Court development.

We are hosting a drop-in information event for neighbours at Burton Stone Lane Community Centre on Tuesday 12 December 2017 between 4.00pm and 7.00pm. We would like to use this event to show our latest plans for the extension of Marjorie Waite Court, the next door independent living scheme and new community facilities on the site and to hear your views.

If you would like to comment on the plans please email: MWConsultation@york.gov.uk.

Consultation closes at midnight on Tuesday 12 December 2017


Accessing Customer Services at City of York Council

Our Customer Centre responded to almost 300,000 enquiries during 2016 and 2017. We answered 96% of telephone calls and 75% of these within 20 seconds. On arrival at West Offices, we see 75% of residents within 10 minutes. In a challenging financial climate, these are the two most expensive ways you have of interacting with us.

Although you continue to contact us by phone and in person, your behaviour is changing. More and more of you are choosing alternative, cheaper ways to access council services.

For example, during 2016 and 2017:

  • Over 67,000 customers accessed an individual or service using our automatic operator facility
  • Approximately 21,000 customers paid for a service using our automated payment facility
  • Customers reported 50% of street lighting and cleansing issues online

We want more of you to access council services online by choice, and we want to offer support for those of you who are unable to access our services in this way. By completing this survey about accessing customer services, you will help us inform our future approach to the continued delivery of excellent customer service at City of York Council.

Survey closes at midnight on Friday 22 December 2017


My Castle Gateway

My Castle Gateway, a partnership between City of York Council and My Future York, is consulting on the redevelopment of Castle Gateway, an area spanning Fossgate, Piccadilly, Coppergate, the Castle area, Tower Gardens, St Georges Field and the Foss Basin.

Stages one and two

At stage one of the project, we asked you:

  • what matters to you about the Castle Gateway area?
  • what would you like to do in Castle Gateway in future?

This stage is now complete, and your views have provided us with a development brief for the My Castle Gateway area.

In stage two we explored the challenges in meeting the development brief, and finding creative solutions to these challenges. This further informed the development brief.

Stage three

We have now entered stage three of the project, to explore ideas for the area. We want your views on a range of plans which reflect what you have told us you love, value and want to change. You can view these ideas and provide feedback online or attend any of our series of events and drop-in sessions. Your feedback will then be used to help shape a preferred masterplan option which we will take to the council’s Executive in March 2018.

To join in the debate, and for regular updates, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr.

If you have any questions about the My Castle Gateway project, please email us: mycastlegateway@gmail.com.

Consultation closes at midnight on Friday 22 December 2017


Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018-2021

This is your opportunity to offer feedback and comments on the draft 2018-2021 Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) for York.

This consultation follows on from earlier surveys which invited you to share your views on pharmacy services in the city. We have used the information we collected from those surveys to shape the content of this draft PNA.

After this consultation a final draft PNA will be discussed by our Health and Wellbeing Board in March 2018. Subject to approval, the completed PNA will then be published at www.healthyork.org.

Please use the consultation response form to structure your feedback and submit all responses by email to jennifer.saunders@york.gov.uk.

Consultation closes at midnight on Friday 5 January 2018


Libraries Consultation

We want to hear your views about York's libraries.

In 2019 we are due to enter into a new contract for library services. We need to set out in the contract what we want from our library service.

We have produced some background information on the performance of the current service and what we already know about customers' views of the service from previous research.

We would like to know what you would like to see for the future of your library service and whether our vision for the service is on the right lines.

Have your say by completing our online survey about the library service. Assistance to complete the survey online is available from your local library.

Alongside the online survey we are holding 16 stakeholder engagement meetings across York between November 2017 and January 2018. If you represent a stakeholder group (either citywide or specific to a branch library) and would like to be involved, please contact andy.laslett@york.gov.uk.

Consultation closes at midnight on Wednesday 14 February 2018


Recent consultations (now closed)

  • Annual admissions arrangements (closed 1 December 2017). Consultation on admissions policies. Admission authorities will determine their admission arrangements by 28 February 2018 in line with the School Admissions Code.
  • Animal Welfare Licensing (closed 13 November 2017). We consulted on a draft policy in relation to Animal Welfare Licensing. The policy details the legal requirements of licensing regimes that we administer and enforce. Responses will be considered by the Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory Committee before the final policy is approved.
  • Draft Local Plan (2017) (closed 30 October 2017). We asked for comments and views on the Pre-Publication draft Local Plan (2017) document. You can view all documents on our New Local Plan page.
  • Clifton Without Junior School (closed 17 October 2017). Consultation on a proposal to change the use of the site of the former Clifton Without Junior School. View the Clifton Withour Junior School location map which shows the site edged, in red.
  • York's draft Mental Health Strategy (closed 9 October 2017). Healthwatch York consulted on behalf of the York's Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Partnership Board on the draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

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