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Shaping the future of York’s transport

8 September 2019

York Environment Forum is in a partnership with York Civic Trust and York Bus Forum to gather evidence and views from residents and from people who commute into York. The findings will feed into City of York Council’s next Transport Plan. The survey initiative takes place throughout September. Then there will be a Citizens’ Tranport Forum set up, comprised randomly of people who take part in the surveys .

Various agencies and charities are funding the opinion surveys.

To answer the questions relevant to you, go online (copy and paste): (for residents) (for commuters)

There will be written information available at all 17 Explore libraries.

Any queries? email




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!).