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September meeting.

7 September 2019

This month we are looking at housing. We are pleased to welcome Cllr Denise Craghill who is Executive Member at York City Council for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods.

She will be covering the Housing Delivery Programme, which will lead to more social housing such as that at the Lowfield site. The second topic is the Design Guide for new housing.  The relevant CYC officer accompanying Cllr Craghill is Michael Jones.

Denise has had a long involvement with YEF. She is local councillor for Guildhall ward. More details of her roles and responsibilities with CYC can be found in various sections of


Outdoor Meeting in August

19 August 2019

Here we are last week, setting aside the normal business and format, getting to know what we are all up to and our pressing concerns. Back indoors on Tuesday 10th September.


August Meeting

10 August 2019

Tuesday 13th August, 4 to 6pm, is when York Environment Forum meets next.

St Nicks is generously hosting the meeting, and we are hoping for nice weather so we can be outdoors, and inside if wet.  St Nicks’ address is Rawdon Avenue, YO10 3ST.

In holiday-mode, there is no agenda or previous minutes. Instead we have a Programme. This has three main aspects – finding out more about St Nicks and the interests and enthusiasms of the other members present, recording what YEF has been doing from the perspective of the members; and feedback about how they and their agencies / businesses benefit from YEF environmentally.

The minutes of YEF meetings can be found on the Minutes section of this website.








July 2019 update

7 July 2019

The next meeting of York Environment Forum is on Tuesday 9th July, at the usual time of 4 to 6pm, at West Offices, Station Rise.

The main agenda item is:

Climate and Ecological Emergencies, organised and presented by member John Cossham.

We will also be planning the August meeting – this will be more informal than is customary and will take place outdoors.

Expect, too, discussions and information-sharing among the members, and indepth reporting from the YEF Transport Group.

June 2019 Update

7 June 2019

York Environment Forum this year is organising around several themes. This will allow members to cover issues in depth alongside members with similar interests.

The themes are:

  • Transport
  • Natural environment and infrastructure
  • Built environment
  • Waste
  • One Planet York

New themes will be added as interest arises.

And each meeting has a focus decided by the members. In April this was community-led housing, climate change adaptation undertaken by Yorkshire Water (May), food sustainability follows in June, and Climate Emergency in July.


October 2018 Update

16 October 2018

The pace of updates on this site might lead you to one of two conclusions – wither we’re all pretty much asleep and nothing’s been going on, or we’re (and in particular those of use with login details for the website) so busy that updating the site has taken a back seat. The latter is the case.

The Forum has had a busy year – involvement with community engagement on York Central and input into the Local Plan both being major tasks. The transport subgroup has been very active (working in partnership with Professor Tony May and the Civic Trust) and public transport in York has been a big issue of discussion and action. Natural environment has also been a big concern, with close ties with Treemendous York and action on Askham Bog. The Forum will be ending the year with discussions on transport planning and clean air – and if these are issues that interest you, please come along. Meetings are, as always, 4pm – 6pm on the second Tuesday of every month at West Offices.

Next year will see changes, with current chair Phil Bixby standing down. Watch this space (or better still, come along and get a ringside seat!).

February 2017 update

10 February 2017

As 2017 rushes past, continuing the all-too-established theme of apparently increasing chaos and uncertainty, the Forum continues to keep its collective eye on local issues while being mindful of the national context. The February meeting sees a Q&A session with the council’s Chief Executive, a presentation and discussion about the developing proposals for Castle Gateway (The Artist Formerly Known As The Southern Gateway) and a follow-up discussion to the previous meeting’s look at waste and recycling, with a personal viewpoint on behaviour change from Tom Waring, who has had many years at St.Nicks pondering this issue.

Our March meeting will look at broader environmental issues which are of very specific interest to York residents – flooding and air quality, and in April we’ll be talking with the Environment Observatory to see how local data can help us understand – and hopefully address – local environmental issues.

We are represented on the York Central Community Forum, and have been active in commenting on the proposals for York Central (both collectively and as individual members and representatives of local groups) and other local significant development proposals. We have been active in discussing proposals for some of the major sites identified in the draft Local Plan, and in encouraging local debate, a process we aim to encourage both via the Forum itself and via events in partnership with the My Future York project.

If you represent a local group whose voice you’d like to be part of the Forum, or have skills or experience which you feel would be of value, then please get in touch. Expertise and information are increasingly precious.