A Tale of Two Cities

York Council says, “Recycle old Christmas lights to Acomb”

The York Council is planning to offer its old Christmas decoration lights, no longer required for the City centre, to Acomb and Haxby.

Front Street Christmas lights

The lights have become surplus to requirements following the decision by the York Business Improvement District (BID) to invest heavily in their own displays. These have already been reinstalled on the Bar Walls in preparation for this year’s festivities.

Christmas lighting in Front Street has improved significantly in recent years thanks to the efforts of local traders and residents.

Acomb Front Street is changing rapidly as the effects of the recession wear off and the efforts of the local trader’s organisation Acomb Alive bear fruits. There are few empty premises in the area while some independent traders may also be set to benefit from budget changes announced on Monday.

City centre lights

But there may be a feeling that the “hand me down” lights proposal once again fails to recognise what is needed to give Front Street a major lift. Residents, in survey after survey, have criticised the uneven surface in the pedestrian area and have called for a holistic solution.

This would involve the owners of the private forecourts, which would have to be incorporated into any paving scheme, cooperating. In turn this could only happen if a full time precinct manager were to be appointed and funded by the Council.

That initiative doesn’t seem to be any closer.

Meanwhile the Council is considering commissioning more reports into the ailing City Centre retail economy. They have been shocked by the decline of Coney Street as a shopping destination, although they claim that the “high street decline” is less pronounced in York than in other City’s.

Visitor numbers – who are not necessarily shoppers – have increased over the last 5 years.

Nevertheless parts of the City, including the Councils own Guildhall building, are looking shabby and need urgent attention.

 

2 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Cities

  1. Malcolm says:

    “Meanwhile the Council is considering commissioning more reports into the ailing City Centre retail economy. They have been shocked by the decline of Coney Street as a shopping destination, although they claim that the “high street decline” is less pronounced in York than in other City’s.”

    Bit LATE after the horse has bolted they should have acted sooner instead of waiting while our city centre looks like a run down shanty town! It would seem that they are acting out of desperation now they are starting to see the effects on finances and given that we have so many empty premises I can’t say it looks good for any potential business who may wish to come and open up in York.

    Austerity according to Phillip Hammond is all but over but I certainly don’t see signs in our high streets that is the case, do you? Maybe is his Disney World Fantasy it could be true but not in the real world!!

  2. Malcolm says:

    With regards to the Christmas Lights they were already hand me downs from Blackpool as City of York Council are SO TIGHT that they were not prepared to invest in NEW or EVEN LEASE from dedicated Christmas Light Specialists. It is time that people realised that Council Tax means nothing when it comes to services or even Christmas Displays for out of town areas, we are treated like second class citizens while the town centre tourists are FIRST CLASS!!!! and that’s all this council thinks about FACT!!!!!!!!!

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