Monday, September 21, 2020

Ten-year post-COVID plan proposed for York

A ten-year ‘City Plan’ designed to help York “build back better” from the impact of COVID-19 will be considered by the City Council’s executives next week.

The proposal will be developed between the Council and key partners. It proposes to build on York’s strengths to improve the lives of all residents, communities, visitors, students and businesses in the city.

It will represent the unique qualities of York and focus on a number of key challenges that can best be addressed at a city level.

These are likely to include the linking of our education, skills and innovation sectors to support employment, further developing the city’s response to climate change, utilising York’s unique culture and heritage, and promoting good health and wellbeing.

“In our initial response to the pandemic, we have worked hard to develop a one-year strategy to tackle the immediate challenges posed by Covid-19. Looking forward, we are determined to build back better, but we fully recognise  to achieve this, the Council cannot do it alone and must work with partners across the city,” said Leader of City of York Council, Cllr Keith Aspden.

“That is why we are proposing to develop a 10 year plan for the city,   one that is owned by the Council and its partners as part of our collective efforts to  improve the lives of everyone who lives, works, studies or does business in the city.

“The plan gives us an exciting opportunity to build on our strengths and address key challenges in the city, with input from residents and key partners thanks to Our Big Conversation.”

It is intended that this plan is in place by March 2021, to follow on the one-year Recovery and Renewal strategy.

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