The York Council has let a contract for provision of a stray dog kennelling and collection service “pursuant to its statutory duties, powers and functions”.
This will include the provision of 5 kennels for the sole use of the Council for the housing of stray and other dogs held by the Council.
The contract will start on 1st June and will last for 2 years.
It is expected that the value of the contract will be £102,000
Only a small proportion of the cost is expected to be reclaimed from dog owners although most dogs are now micro-chipped.
North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a road traffic collision that occurred on Beckfield Lane, near Boroughbridge Road in York.
The collision happened at around 3.15pm on Monday 22 May 2017 and involved a cyclist and a small red vehicle driven by a woman described as white, around 40-year-old, medium to heavy build, 5ft 6in tall with blonde hair. She had a male passenger in the car with her at the time of the collision.
A cyclist was knocked from her bike in the collision, causing a fracture to her knee cap and a fracture to her toe, plus heavy bruising to her arms and legs.
Hard on the heels of its decision to hide information about the work rate of individual Councillors, the York Council has now refused to reveal the costs of yesterdays Lord Mayors luncheon.
A citizen posted a series of questions under Freedom of Information rules which would have revealed which Councillors paid for their own meals at the exclusive Star Inn the City restaurant following the Guildhall event.
The request has been refused because of the “the context, history, purpose and impact of your requests and contact with and about the council, its officers and particular Councillors, the information that has already been made public regarding the Lord Mayors lunch and the fact that you are aware of where council expenditure will be published”.
While the Council may find the particular citizens dogged pursuit of wrongdoing an irritant, it is not a reason to suppress facts in which there is a public interest.
Nor has the Council yet explained why it publicly claimed that the event could not take place in the traditional Assembly Rooms venue “because it was unavailable due to repair works”
It subsequently transpired that the Assembly Rooms will continue to operate as a normal dining venue until at least July.
Those Councillors who have made a contribution towards the costs of the event – or made a charitable donation in lieu – would be wise publicise the fact.
In the meantime the York Council should come out from behind its barricades and provide more citizen engagement than can be achieved by some ritual flag waving.
NB. Total direct costs of Lord Mayors Day – including refreshments – are normally around £6000
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Consultation closes on 30/6/17
Readers will recall that a few weeks ago we published a list of inquiries that York Councillors had recorded with the City of York Council.
The list (left) indicated how many inquiries individual Councillors had recorded during the 2015/16 year.
We submitted an Freedom of Information request asking for the up to date figures for the 2016/17 year.
The Council has now responded saying,
“This information is exempt under section 44 of the FOIA because it is considered that due to the forthcoming general election, it could affect public support for a particular party.
Should you wish to submit a new request for this information following the election, the council would be happy to consider this”.
Given that none of the York Councillors are candidates in the General Election we do wonder how voting intentions might be influenced by the publication of a factual list?
Perhaps the electors in the Hull Road and Micklegate Council by elections deserve to know how hard they might expect their new Councillors to work for them?