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2013 - 2014 consultation archive

Feedback from consultation by the Council 1st April 2013 - 31st March 2014

Gargrave Parish Council - Application to Designate a Neighbourhood Area (Closed 20th January 2014)

Consultation background: In accordance with the Localism Act 2011, Gargrave Parish Council has submitted a formal proposal to designate a Neighbourhood Area, which is an initial step in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan. As the local planning authority, Craven District Council is carrying out a 7-week public consultation on the proposed Neighbourhood Area (consultation is normally for 6 weeks, but an extra week has been added for Christmas). This is not consultation on the plan itself, which has yet to be prepared by the parish council, but an opportunity to comment on the proposed area.

The consultation welcomed comments about the Gargrave Application for a Neighbourhood Area [1Mb] by anyone who lives, works or carries out business in Gargrave area by no later than 20 January 2014.

Feedback: No comments were received and we designated a Neighbourhood Area covering the entire parish (current boundary) as proposed by Gargrave Parish Council in their application. See our Planning for Parishes web-page for more details.


Craven Museum & Gallery Visitor Survey (Closed  24th December 2013)

Consultation background: Craven Museum & Gallery is located in Skipton Town Hall and offers impressive displays of social history, archaeology, costume and art.The gallery on the ground floor offers a changing programme of exhibitions and the museum is also the permanent home a Shakespeare First Folio. Craven Museum & Gallery conducted an online and paper based survey to find out what visitors thought about the museum & gallery

When will feedback be available? Limited feedback was received. pdf icon Results of visitor survey [98kb] Craven District Council will be further consulting on the options for redeveloping Craven Museum & Gallery and Skipton Tourist Information Centre, both housed within the Town Hall in 2015.


Budget Consultation 2013/ 2014 (Closed 6th December 2013)

Consultation background: Craven District Council has now set 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 , the and to partner organisations. We also promoted the budget consultation via our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Feedback: document includes the results of the consultation and tells you how we are responding.

The Council's 2014/15 Revenue budget will be available on the webpage in the next few months.


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.

Feedback: Thank you to everyone who took part in our consultation regarding council tax support for 2014/15. The response rate was low, at only 27 fully complete surveys returned. Of those, only 14% were in receipt of council tax support.

41% of respondents agreed that the scheme should be kept the same for 2014/15 as in 2013/14. The remaining 59% wanted to reduce support, varying from an extra 1.5% cut through to more than 20% less help.

The Council's Policy Committee decided on 19th November to cap support at 90%, a small reduction from the current maximum of 91.5%. In view of the continuing economic uncertainty the scheme was set for 2014/15 only. As a rough guide, the cut in support means that a claimant couple in a Band B property will pay around £15 per year more. Letters will be going out to council tax payers currently in receipt of council tax support to let them know about the changes to the scheme.


Major Changes to housing services - Have Your Say! (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.

What next?
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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