Below you will find feedback from all the consultations carried out by the Council from 1st April 2012 - 31st March 2013
You Said, We Did (Consultation Feedback)
On this page you will find feedback from all the consultations carried out by the Council during the current financial year from 1st April 2013 - 31st March 2014.
You can also find feedback from all of our past consultations dating back to 2011 in our consultation archives at the bottom of this page.
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Major Changes to housing services - Have Your Say! (Consultation closed 3 May 2013)
From March 2013 - 3 May 2013 a consultation was carried out about North Yorkshire's system of allocating homes - Home Choice. All consultation results have now being evaluated and considered and feedback and a revised policy is now available on the North Yorkshire Home Choice website.
Local Plan Informal Consultation on Scale, Distribution and Sites for Housing and Employment
During June and July 2013, we ran a series of drop-in events designed to engage communities in discussion about a new local plan. In total, over 1000 people attended 20 events in 16 different towns and villages throughout the plan area.
Discussion and feedback
Our discussions centred around some key questions about planning future housing and business development over the next 15 years, including where it should be located, how much is required and which sites are preferable. People provided their feedback at a discussion table, on a Post-it Wall and on feedback forms, after browsing a display of background information.
We've transcribed all of the feedback received and summarised all other feedback received in written statements and letters. These transcriptions and summaries will be posted on our website in due course, so that everyone can see what has been said.
We know that 181 feedback forms and letters have been received, but we haven't yet been able to count the exact number of Post-it notes generated by the discussion table and Post-it wall. There must be several hundred Post-it notes from the events and each one provides us with feedback.
Next, we'll be going through all of the feedback in detail and it's likely that some common threads and key areas of agreement or disagreement will emerge. Where different people's ideas, suggestions, criticisms and points of view begin to coalesce, the right way forward to a new local plan will become clearer.
Already, from our discussions at the events themselves, we know that concerns, priorities and preferred approaches are different from place to place, which confirms to us that positive community engagement and participation is essential to the creation of a successful local plan.
By the end of 2013 or early in the New Year, we're hoping to have put together a first draft of the new local plan, which will be the subject of further informal engagement starting, ideally before the end of January 2014. This first draft will be as close as possible to a complete plan and will include spatial strategy, local housing target, site allocations for housing and business development, a proposals map and related strategic policies (all in draft and up for discussion, of course!)
We'll make as much progress as possible on other essential parts of the plan (i.e. those parts that may be important to you, but aren't mentioned above) and present them in as much detail as possible. If necessary, we'll provide an initial outline for discussion and details of additional work to be done.
Positive and negative
We hope that those of you that attended an event found it worthwhile, or even enjoyable. Hopefully, you'll agree that meeting each other and discussing things together on an informal basis is a good thing to do and is perhaps something we should do more often.
Some of our discussions may have been set against a backdrop of local tension and dissatisfaction and some of you may have left an event thinking that it wasn't at all worthwhile or enjoyable. However, being able to have such face to face discussions is an achievement in itself. The next achievement, for us, will be to use all of the feedback we have received, including the negative, in a positive and constructive way.
Thank you to everyone that attended and participated - including members of town councils, parish councils and parish meetings - for devoting time and effort to the events; and thank you to those people running the venues, all of which were a pleasure to visit.
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Budget Consultation 2013/ 2014 (Closed 6th December 2013)
Consultation background: Craven District Council has begun the process of setting its revenue budget for the 2014/2015 financial year. Throughout October 2013 - December 2013, the Council held a public consultation to seek your opinion about how you think your council spends your money and how we could spend it better. In addition the Council were also looking for your ideas to help it make savings in its budget to help it to make the savings required by the government.
Your Council has already saved nearly £1.6 million from its budget since 2010/2011. We have had a 33% cut in government grant to date, but as a result of continues reductions and other cost pressures it is currently estimated that we still need to generate additional income or make further savings of £1.2million over 2014/2015 to 2016/2017. £681k will be required in 2014/2015.
To collect your views, the Balancing the Budget Survey was available to the public on our website and paper copies were also available on request. We also promoted our consultation using all of the Councils usual communication channels, including Community News, the Residents Feedback Panel and to partner organisations. We also promoted the budget consultation via our Twitter and Facebook pages.
When will feedback be available: Feedback will be provided here by no later than 28th February 2014.
Council Tax Support Consultation (Closed 10 November 2013)
Consultation background: From April 2013, council tax benefit has been replaced by the council tax support scheme. Council tax support helps people on lower incomes with their council tax liability. Council tax support is funded only partly by the the government, meaning that the local authority must make up any shortfall.
We consulted for 2013/14 about reducing maximum support by as much as 35%. However an extra grant from government meant that we could limit cuts in support, setting the maximum entitlement at 91.5%, rather than the worst case scenario of 65%. Unfortunately this funding was available for one year only, so we are now considering what the maximum entitlement will be for 2014/15 and the future.
People who are of pension age will continue to be protected from changes and remain entitled to maximum support of 100%.
We are not proposing any other changes to our scheme, other than a possible change to maximum entitlement as mentioned above. Any changes would take effect from April 2014, and would be for a minimum of one year.
We could choose to fix the changes for longer than one year and we would be interested in your views on whether we should do this.
To gather your views we consulted with you via our Council Tax Support Consultation 2014, Survey. This survey has now closed and we are analysing all of the responses we have received.
Other organisations in Craven Consultation Feedback
The Proposed Reductions to Bus Service Subsidy consultation ran by North Yorkshire County Council and closed on the 25 November 2013l. Initial results will be made public on 20 December 2013 with recommendations and proposals planned for publication on 7 January 2014. For further details and feedback about the consultation, visit the North Yorkshire County Council website.
Below you will find feedback from all the consultations carried out by the Council between 1st April 2011 - 31st March 2012.