The Festival of York Central

The Festival of York Central – coming soon!

This is a festival with a difference. The Festival of York Central will be a celebration of people power, of being part of shaping your city, of being part of something big. There will be walks, workshops and videos (and you may find yourself starring in some of them!). There will be questions and some answers. There will be lots of discussions and debate. There will sometimes be food and pubs. And there will almost always be Post-Its. There will be many, many Post-Its (and every one will count).

The York Central Exhibiton is based at the National Railway Museum from 21st March until 27th April. The exhibiton will remain the same throughout except for the many post-it note contributions people are making annotating the boards with their questions, views and ideas.

Alongside the exhibiton we’re running lots of events. Based at the National Railway Museum but reaching out into York Central, the neighbouring communities and the rest of the city, we will be working with the masterplanners Allies & Morrison and York Central Partnership to use the current thinking behind emerging masterplan ideas as a springboard to develop richer and deeper thinking about York Central.

We’ve looked at the questions which are already coming in, and have shaped the first four weeks events around the biggest broad themes:-

Public space in York Central: Week 1 – 19th March – 25th March
Living in York Central: Week 2 – March 26th – 1st April
Working in York Central: Week 3 – 2nd April – 8th April
Moving around (and beyond) York Central: Week 4 – 9th April – 15th April

We’re in the process of setting up activities and events, which will appear on our Events page here, but we want your ideas too. What ideas would you like to kick around, and how? What would you want to be part of, and what would bring in your neighbours and friends? Ideas to myyorkcentral@gmail.com. In the meantime we’ll be busy filling up the diary, so keep checking back to see what’s new and look out for news on Twitter and Facebook (and say hello to us there too).

Meet the York Central Partners and Professionals

Come and meet the partners making York Central happen.

Meet the York Central Partners and Professionals
Wednesday 14th March, 7:30-9:00pm
National Railway Museum

As part of the launch of My York Central, we’ve set up an event where you can come along and meet the York Central Partnership. We’ll have speakers invovled in shaping York Central from City of York Council, Network Rail, Homes England and the National Railway Museum. There will also be contributions from key professionals who are involved in the development of York Central: Arup, Allies and Morrison and Aberfield (Communications). There will then be time for Q&As from the floor.

All very welcome. Book your free place here.

Week 1: My York Central Questions…affordable housing, air quality, land ownership and more…

Last week we launched My York Central by asking for questions you might have about York Central or any of the issues it raises.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted questions so far. If you want to get a flavour of the range of questions that have been rolling in, you can have a look at the list of tags on our flickr site.

The questions will be responded to in the following ways. Everyone Monday we will gather together a batch of questions.

Where there are specific answers we’ll pass them to the York Central Partnership team for them to respond to. As the responses come in, we’ll also use this as a chance to meet the different members of the partnership and of the professional staff team.

Where there are no answers because decisions have yet to be made – or the questions are focused on bigger issues about the kind of city and world we want to live in, as some are – then we’ll say that and use the questions to inform events for the Festival of York Central, which will begin in the week commencing 19th March (and we will probably try and get the question asker involved in running the event too!).

Keep the questions coming, if your question hasn’t been picked this week, we’ll aim to get to it next week!

Questions from week commencing 19th February 2018.

Affordable Housing: How many houses will be affordable…and what is affordable!?

Affordable Housimg? And what is affordable?

Density: How high will the buildings be?

Density: How high will the buildings be?

Cars: what are the target figures for car movement through the site?

Through traffic


Leeman Rd: Will there still be through access?

Access via Leeman Road?

Traffic Impact: How is that being modelled?

Traffic Impact

Air Quality: How are we planning to ensure York Central reduces pollution?

Air Quality?

Cycling: Is proper infrastructure going to be put in?

Cycle Infrastructure

Who owns the land? How public is it?

Who owns the land?

Brief/Vision: What is the Council’s brief to York Central Partnership? What is the vision from each partner?

A brief for York Central?

A vision for York Central?

#CitizenMedia #York: How can we create a positive democratic culture online?

How can we use online spaces to have good conversation about the future of York?

#CitizenMedia #York: How can we create a positive democratic culture online?
Thursday, 15th March, 7.30-9.30

Throughout the Castle Gateway process, we’ve used social media to seek open conversations. Sometimes this has worked well and great ideas and thought-provoking stories have emerged. At other times we’ve not quite known how to respond, or how turn to cynicism, frustration and anger into to constructive discussion. We’ve also met some people who have said they simply don’t engage in debates about York online for fear of personal attacks and sniping. The danger is we all retreat into our own silos of people who think like we do and the sense of a shared public sphere where ideas are shared, debated and exposed to challenge is lost.

We invite you to join us to explore whether there is another way of having debates about York through Facebook, twitter and in the comments on the York Press. How might social media become a space for us as citizens to engaged in debate about our city? How can we shift the emphasis in local debate from what is wrong and what is hated towards people being able to positively contribute what they want to see? How can social media discussion support democratic culture in York and feed into local decision-making?

The objectives of our first workshop are to:

” Explore techniques for engaging well on social media
” Create a community of people prepared to go out there and try some new techniques and then feedback on how it goes, so we can all learn from the experience

Places are limited to 12. To book a place email Helen on h.graham@leeds.ac.uk
Organised by My Future York and Coaching York