Castle/Piccadilly redevelopment – more meetings

New river walkways and public spaces, new uses for Castle car park, and alternative parking are among the exciting ideas to regenerate Castle Gateway being shared over the next month.

Guided walks across the weekend will introduce the range of ideas to regenerate the huge area of the city ― taking in Piccadilly, Fossgate, Castle, Eye of York and much more – at a special launch event taking place this weekend.

Planners have generated the ideas based on what people said during the first stage of My Castle Gateway, a unique and bold new consultation approach introduced earlier this year. You can also view and feed back all the ideas online at www.york.gov.uk/CastleGatewayIdeas .

City of York Council has joined forces with local engagement experts My Future York to run a series of guided walks, interactive events and online discussions to explore what people want to see and do in the area.

Instead of producing a single masterplan, the Castle Gateway team has created a series of options to allow York’s residents and businesses to keep shaping the future.

However, the consultation process has been criticised for being too ponderous and lacking any sense of urgency. Decisions on the sites are needed urgently to avoid piecemeal development and seize the opportunity to regenerate an area which has been run down for too long.

The full list of events is as follows:

Weekend timetable

Saturday 25 9:00am – 11:30am, based at Tower Gardens riverside

Tower Gardens and New Walk plus the Ouse riverside

A guided walk around the area with Coaching York. The Environment Agency will be on hand to share flood protection plans and information on the improved pumping station.

Saturday 25 12:00 – 2:30pm, based at the Foss riverfront adjacent to Raindale Mill

The Foss from the Blue Bridge up to Piccadilly

A  guided walk around the area including the Mill building and riverside at the York Museum Trust, an area that is normally closed off will be open for this occasion. Walk the proposed new route down the Foss and learn more about York Wild swimmers, The River Foss Society and Rescue Service.

Saturday 25 3:00 – 5:30pm, based at the Skeldergate Bridge pedestrian exit

St George’s Fields and its boundaries, plus the gyratory and the Skeldergate bridge junction

A guided walk around the area to consider possible new developments and parking proposals, looking at the war memorial and traffic movement. The Environment Agency will be on hand to share flood protection plans and information on the improved pumping station.

Sunday 26 9:30 – 12:00 – based at Piccadilly outside Spark site

Piccadilly and the Coppergate Centre

A guided walk around Piccadilly, to consider proposed new walking and cycling routes to a new bridge. Spark:York will help to look at how creativity can be brought into this area, and ask what you would want to do here.

Sunday 26 12:30 – 5:00pm – based at the Eye of York

The Eye of York, including Castle car park and Clifford Street

A guided walk around the area to consider proposed new buildings and spaces, and to ask how these changes would work for you.

Also on Sunday 12.30 – 2.30pm

Aworkshop with Neil Redfern, Principle Inspector, Historic England exploring how heritage can shape development.  Book via www.mycastlegateway.org

There will also be three public consultation sessions held at 29 Castlegate,York YO1 9RN (next to Fairfax House – look for the signs Connexions Castlegate) York.

Meet the team and masterplanners

This is your chance to come in, speak to the team and get involved.

Come and see us at 29 Castlegate on

Tuesday 28 November 2:00-7:00pm

Thursday 30 November 2:00-7:00pm

Wednesday 6 December 1:00-5:00pm

Find out more about the drop in launch event at www.mycastlegateway.org

One thought on “Castle/Piccadilly redevelopment – more meetings

  1. Roger Pierce says:

    I attended one of the walks and visited parts of the city previously unknown to me. The academics running their project have developed their approach from a critique of previous public participation exercises which they regard as ill informed and superficial. However, they made no attempt to establish how representative the people were of the wider population. I suspect that they were a narrow group. They invited ideas without any recognition of the costs or means. So a never ending shopping list emerged of ‘good ideas’. There was no recognition that the good ideas would have to be funded by developers contributions and what that development might be. So, yes, a flawed exercise. But, no, no time was lost. I suspect that very little will happen. I’m very suspicious that the project is being run by the councils commercial development arm who seem to take an over optimistic view of gains, eg York’s Guildhall where I very much doubt that the income forecast will be achieved. I suspect that the senior staff have no real experience or feel for large scale projects, eg community stadium where a simple replacement football stadium has grown to a white elephant. Sad, really.

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