The My Castle Gateway team have come to work together in order to develop a new approach to public engagement drawing on their different experiences and perspectives. What we share is a recognition of the limits of conventional approaches to consultation and a desire to explore more open and sustained ways of involving people in shaping York’s future. By the end of the process the team hope to have worked with many organizations, businesses, community groups, families, interested individuals and visitors to create a well-used and much loved area of York

Katie Peeke-Vout is Head of Regeneration at City of York Council, leading the regeneration of the Castle Gateway and Our City Centre projects. From a public sector background, her experience is in management of large scale projects working with a range of disciplines and across partner organisations. As a resident of York, Katie is passionate about driving the delivery of the Castle Gateway masterplan to bring new life to this underutilised area of the city.

My Castle Gateway engagement:-

Helen Graham is half of My Future York which has worked with City of York Council to develop and deliver public engagement on the My Castle Gateway project. She believes we can create a brilliant and inclusive future for York – if we work together and make room for all the ideas, creativity, local knowledge and energy of all of us who live and work here. Helen has – through various activist (York’s Alternative History) and research projects (How should heritage decisions be made?) – long explored how we might use the histories and heritage of York to open up debates about the city’s future. She is especially looking forward to developing further these approaches in an area of York famous for its political histories: both for histories of violence, repression and imprisonment and of protest, resistance and hope. Given that Clifford’s Tower and the Eye of York have become appropriated by those that live in York as places where we can come together to commemorate injustice, celebrate love and have our voices heard there really is no better area in which to experiment with new approaches to democratic participation in shaping the city’s future. Helen teaches Heritage Studies at the University of Leeds, researches participatory politics and has lived in York off and on since she came to study at the University York in 1995.

Phil Bixby is the other half of My Future York. He has lived and worked in York for many years and loves the city but believes we need to plan for future change, and spends much of his time telling people this. As a designer of buildings he’s learned that the best results come from the best brief, where building users really think about, and creatively describe, how they want to use future places and spaces. He believes that York needs the same approach from its residents. He’s an architect who has worked on community self-build, masterplanning and community decision-making in York and elsewhere, and spends a lot of his time watching  and learning about York from the saddle of a bicycle.

Katherine Atkinson supports work on regeneration projects at City of York Council, with an emphasis on community involvement.  With a background in planning, and experience on other major developments including Heslington East, Terry’s and York Central, Katherine is keen to explore new ways to engage people in the creation of better places.

Castle Gateway Project Delivery:-

Sally Cawthorn is Regeneration Officer at City of York Council, concentrating on shaping the design principles for the regeneration projects in the Castle Gateway. With over 20 years of experience in planning and regeneration, Sally is keen to see the projects in the Castle Gateway transform this important part of the City.