Investing In York’s Independence

York council wants to know your views on how to make Fossgate (more) fabulous 

There’s A £500,000 investment and the council wants to know what YOU think they should do with it.

The end is nigh! Doomsday, Ragnarok, the end of the world as we know it, or at least of the high street, so we’ve been told. Economists and retail gurus have long predicted that the rise of the Internet amongst others things, would be the final nail in the coffin of bustling busy city centres. And we’ve seen a lot of evidence to back this doomed prophecy, as giants of retail once considered too big to fail have fallen. But were the Goliaths of industry have perished the Davids’ of this world have thrived; enter the age of the independents. And what better success story then our own Fossgate, and with hard work comes reward, as the largely independent business owners of what is now considered by most to be the heart of city have earned it. And what you may ask is their award? A £500,000 investment and the council wants to know what YOU think they should do with it?
Councillor Keith Aspden, executive member for economic development and community engagement, said of the regeneration plans:
Fossgate’s businesses have built something really special. This investment will support them to reach new heights, and give residents and visitors even more reason to spend time in the heart of York.”
The council’s aim is to work with local business and residents to build on what is already a street of such success. Plans being considered are: repaving and widening of footpaths, an aesthetic recreation of junctions to create a better welcome to the street. There is also plans to create  ‘built out’ sections of street furniture offering bike stands, benches and trees and the introduction of ‘speed tables’ and crossing points to create a safer environment for pedestrians. The proposal can be viewed at the foyer of West Offices, Station Rise, YO1 6GA or at www.york.gov.uk/fossgate. Alternatively there is drop-in sessions on Monday 24 September and Wednesdays 3 October at Ambient, Fossgate. So why not pop down to enjoy some small plates while you help make some big changes.

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