DETAILS of the public consultation
that will help shape the future of Yorke Square have been
Richmondshire District Council is working with the Save Our
Shire campaign group to compile a list of possible options for the
future use of the Richmond car park.
A period of public consultation will run throughout June, with a
major drop-in event on June 10. That event, to be held at The
Station, Richmond, will involve photographs and maps of Yorke
Square, as well as displays showing possible future uses.
As part of this, community groups are being invited to put
together their own displays outlining what they would like to see
happen at Yorke Square.
In addition to that event, displays and information are being
distributed throughout Richmondshire District Council's Community
Offices and Tourist Information Centres, together with a display at
Yorke Square itself. Dozens of posters and hundreds of "comment
cards" have been printed, there will be a phone number to ring and
also a dedicated website at richmondshire.gov.uk/yorkesquare.
The consultation period will run until June 25.
Councillor Melva Steckles, Leader of Richmondshire District
Council, said: "We are starting the public consultation on Yorke
Square from a 'blank page' – and we want residents from across
Richmondshire to help us fill it in. Over the coming weeks we'll be
working hard to make sure as many people as possible have the
chance to do just that."
Councillors Linda Curran and Stuart Parsons, ward members for
Richmond West, said: "It is very important that everyone who wants
to has their say on the future of Yorke Square, so whether it's at
the event in person, at a Community Office, over the phone or
online, we hope residents take this opportunity to make their
John McDonald, of Save Our Shire, said: "Developing Yorke Square
as a top quality car park will draw visitors to the riverside and
all its amenities. Making residents and visitors all feel welcome
in this way is crucial to Richmond's future prosperity."
The eventual aim of the public consultation is to draw up a
shortlist of options for the future of Yorke Square, which will
then be brought back to elected members.