For many people, York is a great place to live and the city has many assets. But what sort of place do we want York to be in the future? Is enough being done to make the best use of our assets for everyone’s benefit? And how can we build upon the city’s distinctiveness to improve it still further?
With a healthy economy and low unemployment, York compares well when measured against other British cities. There are now huge opportunities for the city that will shape the next thirty years. As well as these there are challenges such as congestion, rising house prices and skills shortages which we need to deal with in order to remain competitive
‘Without Walls’ is a group of people who are working together to develop a shared vision and look at ways to improve quality of life for people in the city. This partnership is made up of representatives of public, voluntary and business organisations in York. Partners include the police, council, health, voluntary agencies and local businesses.
The result of their work is the Strategy for York, based around seven ‘themes’ - areas we want to concentrate on to improve the quality of life for everyone in the city over the next twenty years or so.
The themes are:
Without Walls have also produced an action plan addressing a more immediate time span. The City Action Plan examines the Strategy for York's aims and intentions in the four years to 2015.
The Partnership launched the first Strategy for York in July 2004 following widespread consultation, in what was called a 'Festival of Ideas'. Hundreds of people gave their views about the kind of York they wanted to see in the future. Comments gathered were used to produce the first strategy, which included a promise to review it regularly to make sure it remained relevant.
The strategy was recently updated by Without Walls for the third time. Although the vision for the city has remained constant as:
In order to ensure York is always an attractive place to live, work and visit, the partnership has also identified six strategic ambitions that incude:
In response to the opportunities and challenges facing the city, Without Walls has identified three immediate partnership priorities that are critical to address in order to secure York's future.
Partnership Priorities to 2015
The following pages explain who will take the lead in making improvements and what you can do to help.
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