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Source: City of York

Published Tuesday, 20th August 2019

Residents and businesses will help to shape the future of York City Centre under proposals going to City of York Council’s Executive next week.

Councillors will be asked to give the green light to a ‘My City Centre’ engagement exercise, in which the public, businesses and other stakeholders will explore how to respond to the unprecedented challenges facing high streets in the UK.

While York’s footfall and occupancy rates remain high, these mask the growing pressures of internet shopping, economic and social changes and nationally set business rates.

Councillor Andrew Waller, executive member for economic development and strategic planning, said:

“York’s unique heritage, cultural attractions and independent shops mean our city centre is enjoying success in what is a difficult climate for the high street across the UK.

“Whilst York is the second best high street in the country for occupancy, we are not immune to the challenges facing the high street, including how to make sure the city is secure and accessible to all, offers better paid jobs and helps people to get around sustainably.

“The My City Centre consultation will ensure that all stakeholders, from residents and retailers to owners and developers, shape this vision.”

If approved, an engagement exercise following the principles of early and ongoing public involvement, pioneered on the Castle Gateway regeneration scheme, would begin in the new year.

This would deliver a strategic vision for the city centre to guide future development, regeneration and investment decisions.

Executive takes place on Thursday 29 August and will be webcasted live at

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