Rivers ‘to be heart of cul­ture strat­egy’


THE RIVERS run­ning through a his­toric York­shire city should be made into an at­trac­tion in their own right as part of its new cul­tural strat­egy, it is claimed.

And City of York coun­cil of­fi­cers say the city also needs more mu­sic venues.

Plans to make bet­ter use of the River Ouse and the River Foss were put for­ward at a City of York Coun­cil meet­ing, with pro­pos­als in­clud­ing arts and her­itage ac­tiv­i­ties near the rivers.

Res­i­dents called for the rivers to be made into more of a fea­ture of the city as part of a con­sul­ta­tion on York’s cul­tural fu­ture.

Char­lie Croft, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor com­mu­ni­ties at the coun­cil, said at the meet­ing: “The ques­tion of the rivers came out re­ally strongly in all the con­sul­ta­tion, in the sense of need­ing to open up ac­cess to the rivers, hav­ing arts and her­itage ac­tiv­ity along­side the rivers and re­ally mak­ing them more of an at­trac­tion for both res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.”

Coun­cil­lors were dis­cussing a re­port on the cul­tural strat­egy for York for 2019 to 2025.

Other pro­pos­als in­clude en­cour­ag­ing “high qual­ity twi­light ac­tiv­ity”, mean­ing early evening en­ter­tain­ment. Mr Croft said could ad­dress some res­i­dents’ con­cerns about anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and drink­ing cul­ture in the city.

He added that res­i­dents also called for more mu­sic venues: “In some of the feed­back ses­sions peo­ple felt that par­tic- ularly mu­sic venues were miss­ing. The point has been made in fact that mu­sic is a bit thin specif­i­cally.”

The con­sul­ta­tion also raised con­cerns over a lack of space for artists and en­trepreneurs in the city, with a lack of brown­field sites or ware­houses to ac­com­mo­date creative work.

Mr Croft said find­ing “flex­i­ble, cheap space” must be a pri­or­ity if the city wants to at­tract startup com­pa­nies and de­sign­ers.

The re­port also high­lighted am­bi­tions for York to reach the top five in the lo­cal au­thor­ity league ta­ble for cul­tural en­gage­ment.

The six stamps re­leased to cel­e­brate the 70th birth­day of the Prince of Wales..

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