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Our Big Conversation: One week left to have your say

Published Thursday, 28 July 2022

There’s only one week left for residents, visitors and those who work in York to get involved and share their views in the next phase of York’s Our Big Conversation.

We're inviting everyone to get involved in Our Big Conversation, which is a city-wide discussion about some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing York.

Participants will be asked to share their views about three major, developing strategies for the city – climate change, the economy and health and wellbeing.

York businesses and residents have already helped inform the aspirations of these strategies and now have the opportunity to decide whether the priorities are right for the city.

The response from York residents and businesses will shape the city for generations to come.

All views will inform the final development of the Economic Strategy and Climate Change Strategy, which will be taken to Executive for approval in October 2022, and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy that will be approved at September’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

The 10 year strategy survey closes on Friday 5 August 2022.

Paper copies are available at Acomb, Clifton, Tang Hall and York Explore libraries. Online copies can be accessed at all libraries through public computers.

Paper copies can be sent to: Strategies Consultation, FREEPOST RTEG-TYYU-KLTZ Business Intelligence (49), City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA.

City partners, community groups and business representative groups are also invited to take part in the consultation.

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said:

Our Big Conversation provides residents, businesses and local communities with an important opportunity to shape our response to some of the key challenges facing York.

“We are working with partners across the city to ensure as wide a variety of voices are featured in this important conversation as possible. Your feedback will make a difference to the future of the city, so please do take the time to share your views!”

Councillor Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of City of York Council said:

Our Big Conversation is a great way to ensure that our plans for the city take account of the varied ways that people want to be able to live, work, do business and relax in York.

"We want to know what is helping or preventing York residents to live sustainable and happy lives, and better understand how they want us to respond to the local and global challenges of the next decade.This consultation will be our most inclusive conversation to date and accessible to all. We want to ensure no resident feels left out, with paper based opportunities available in Explore.”

Complete the 10 year strategy survey which will help to inform city-wide direction over the next decade.

The council would like to know whether residents’ think the principles which are applied to each of the strategies are helpful and whether the priorities are right for the city. The survey also asks what residents and businesses can do to help deliver the strategies.

The information provided will be shared with the council’s Executive to help them consider whether to approve the strategies at a later date.

The feedback could be used to change the strategies, or included in a future action plan.

To stay up to date with Our Big Conversation and engagement activity throughout the summer sign up to the council’s weekly resident mailing list.

Helping develop the strategies, over 2,000 residents responded to the first phase of Our Big Conversation.

During Phase 2 of the consultation, the council focussed on the views of these communities who the council didn't hear from to make sure these important strategies respond to all the different needs and priorities of York's residents.

The council commissioned a series of focus groups throughout spring 2022, inviting different people to have a discussion about climate change, the economy and transport in York, and what could change over the next decade.

These views will be included in the feedback received during this consultation and shared with Executive in advance of October’s Executive meeting.

More information about how the council developed the strategies.

Our Big Conversation: Budget consultation

Our Big Conversation: 10 year strategy consultation is the start of the Budget Consultation.

Feedback gathered through the 10 year strategies consultation and the joint scrutiny committees being held in July 2022 will be used to help shape the budget for 2023/24, giving us an early opportunity to understand aspects of the city that are most important to residents and businesses.