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Have your say in current consultations

We'll publish details of new consultations on this page as soon as they're available. For further information, see our consultations page.

Talkabout citizens' panel

We're currently updating Talkabout, our citizens' panel, which is one of the ways you can give us your feedback and views and influence what happens in York.


Our Big Conversation

Our Big Conversation

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

My City Centre York

Help us to shape a city centre where the people of York love to spend time, live and work. My City Centre York is a response to the huge challenges facing the high street. Our city centre has always evolved, but changes to the way people shop, bank, access services and spend money mean that this will be quicker and more dramatic than we’ve seen before. See more information about My City Centre York, fill in our questionnaire, use or view an interactive feedback map, or find out about other events and activities.

The My City Centre York project has been paused temporarily as staff are redeployed to the coronavirus emergency response. Thank you for all responses to date, which will be taken into account when we recommence. We look forward to resuming discussions on the long term vision for the city centre soon.


Age Friendly York: Your Time - Leisure

We now want to find out your views about “Your Leisure Time” which will take about 10 minutes to complete and asks your views the opportunities there are in York for social activities and volunteering.

Age Friendly York: Your Time - Leisure survey

We welcome your comments if:

  • you live in York and are an older person or have an interest in ensuring the best experience for people growing old in York
  • you work for an organisation that meets the interest of older people in York
  • you are part of a volunteer group that engages with older people
  • you are a carer or have a neighbour or relative that is an older person in York

You can also provide general feedback via email: agefriendlyyork@york.gov.uk or Twitter: @AgeFriendlyYork.

For more information visit our Age Friendly York webpage.

Age Friendly York: Your Destination

We've reopened our consultation about 'Your Destination' to provide an ongoing opportunity for you to express your views on how we can make the internal and external public spaces you currently use, or would like to use, more 'Age Friendly.'

Age Friendly York - Your Destination survey

We welcome your comments if you:

  • live in York and are an older person
  • have an interest in ensuring the best experience for people growing old in York
  • work for an organisation that meets the interest of older people in York
  • are part of a volunteer group that engages with older people
  • are a carer or have a neighbour or relative that is an older person in York

You can also provide general feedback via email: agefriendlyyork@york.gov.uk or Twitter: @AgeFriendlyYork.

For more information visit our Age Friendly York webpage

Consultation closes end November 2020


Proposed street works permit scheme

The management of street works coordination is currently funded from:

  • internal budgets
  • income from inspections
  • penalties for utility works

The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 is the primary legislation governing street works. This legislation has been augmented by Part 3 of the Traffic Management Act 2004, which provides the option for an authority to operate a permit scheme, which charges for the management of street works coordination.

We’re therefore proposing to adopt a street works permit scheme.

Permit schemes require both statutory undertakers and our highway services to apply to book road space for their activities, rather than to notify the authority when they want to work.

Permit applications can be refused, meaning that the process is more proactive than the existing notification system.

Statutory undertakers are charged a reasonable fee and this is calculated to recover the time and overhead costs associated with the management of the permits, up to a maximum level set by the Department for Transport.

Authorities not implementing a permitting scheme are still required to maintain a register of these activities and have a legal duty to coordinate (the Network Management Duty), but are not able to charge for the costs of providing this service.

Permit schemes can be expected to deliver the following benefits:

  • Improvements in coordination: permits would better support us to meet our Network Management Duty
  • Reduced disruption on the network: permits would support us in minimising disruption and inconvenience across the network
  • Permit income: money received from permits can go directly to the operation of the scheme, for instance to support staff, IT, monitoring, coordination and training costs
  • Safety on sites: permits encourage a greater emphasis on safety, through an enhanced site inspection regime. Site safety improvements would benefit site operatives and all road users, with a special emphasis on the more vulnerable

The proposed scheme will be developed in accordance with the powers provided in:

This scheme will be developed with regard to the guidance issued by the Secretary of State and the Department for Transport, contained in:

We're undertaking a full consultation in relation to the scheme, as set out in Regulation 3.

Full details of the proposed Permit Scheme are available on request by emailing: streetworks@york.gov.uk.

Consultation responses should be sent to streetworks@york.gov.uk before Friday 9 October 2020.

See the Street Works Permit Scheme consultation privacy notice.

Feedback received through the consultation will then be analysed and a report assessing options and making recommendations for a decision will be presented to the Executive Meeting/Full Council.

If a decision is taken to move to a permit scheme, City of York Council will aim to implement this change by April 2021.

Consultation closes 8 October 2020.


Recently closed consultations

  • Environmental Permit Under Consideration (closed 17 July 2020) - For more information please visit the environmental permits webpage. All applications for environmental permits are listed in our public register of sites
  • York Physical Activity and Sport Strategy 2020-2030 (closed 24 April 2020) - we asked residents to read our draft Physical Activity and Sport Strategy and provide feedback
  • Bishopthorpe Infant School admission arrangements 2021/22 (closed 17 January 2020) - we sought feedback on plans to reduce the Pupil Admission Number for Bishopthorpe Infant School
  • 2020/21 Budget Consultation (closed 31 December 2019) - an annual consultation for residents to give feedback on budget priorities for the following year
  • Admission Arrangements 2021/22 (closed 29 November 2019) - our annual admission arrangements consultation to give feedback on draft policies; previous and current documents can be viewed via our School admission policies and reports page

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