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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, black and minority ethnic people (BAME), 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 ‘Blue Badge city centre consultation’ survey

Join one of our upcoming Live Q&As about the city’s coronavirus response:

  • 2 September: Back to School

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

Blue Badge and the City Centre

The council has extended the amount of pedestrianised areas in the city centre, known as footstreets, to allow social distancing and support York’s economy. We had to move quickly and could not consult beforehand.

We want to hear from all disabled people, whether they use a blue badge or not. We also welcome the views of any other residents who may not consider themselves disabled but feel the footstreets extension has affected their ability to access the city centre. We want to consider ways in which we can best cater for everyone’s needs as well as improving safety and accessibility.

Take the survey so we can make improvements.

Taking the temperature of the city

As part of Our Big Conversation we're asked you to complete a 15 minute survey, which has now closed. The results 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

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, or complete our online devolution survey.

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...

Unitarisation: Tell us what you think

The Government has said any York and North Yorkshire devolution deal requires local government to simplify by removing the complex two-tier (County and District) structure in other parts of North Yorkshire.

We want to hear from residents about their views about our size and boundaries, including where they would like decision making to take place.

Tell us what you think by completing our online devolution survey.

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