Addressing questions related to Tower Gardens

In a recent post we shared some questions raised during our Tower Gardens event on 3rd February. One question was: How much water does Tower Gardens absorb and does this make a difference to managing flooding on the Ouse? Would further paving in Tower Gardens increase flooding down stream? Could this be balanced by creation … Read more Addressing questions related to Tower Gardens

Living Well With Water Network Gathering

Living Well With Water Network Gathering 17th February 2018 ‘We need to make York’s rivers friendly again’ Emerging from the My Castle Gateway work has been a network of people interested in talking about the Foss and the Ouse and how we might live well with the city’s rivers. To continue the conversation we met … Read more Living Well With Water Network Gathering

Saturday Night!: Exploring York’s Streets, Rivers and Public Spaces

9:00pm Saturday 14th October 2017 Six of us gathered for the night walk, slightly concerned that it was a race weekend and the town might be full of unavoidable drunkenness. In the event the over-riding feeling was of emptiness – public spaces were generally quiet and under-used. It didn’t feel particularly dangerous and where people … Read more Saturday Night!: Exploring York’s Streets, Rivers and Public Spaces

Look at Your City: The power of 10 and the power of the perch

14th October 2017 Five of us undertook to Look at York, spending time in a variety of the city’s public spaces and trying to work out what was going on. To set the scene for our walk we looked at the Project for Public Spaces Power of 10: ‘The idea behind this concept is that … Read more Look at Your City: The power of 10 and the power of the perch

Challenges: Ownership and Values

In the fourth and final of our Challenges events we looked at ownership and values. In the My Castle Gateway draft brief the following was expressed: People want to be able to: Shop at independent shops or visit independent cafes or restaurants Develop small and independent businesses Not have to spend money – a place … Read more Challenges: Ownership and Values

A Longer Term View: Economics, Prosperity and the York Castle Gateway Project

As part of the My Castle Gateway process we have invited people to contribute in any way they’d like, from adding a post it on a walk or social media post through to recording a You Tube video. This also extends – for those that like writing – to contributing a blog to our website. … Read more A Longer Term View: Economics, Prosperity and the York Castle Gateway Project

How are people using York’s public spaces?

By Phil Bixby and Helen Graham Last Saturday – as part of the Looking at Your City walk – we spoke to people spending time in various parts of York. We explored a variety of different types of public spaces in York – Museum Gardens, St Helen’s Square, St Sampson’s Square, Shambles Market food court … Read more How are people using York’s public spaces?

Not easy on foot: Fishergate to Bishopthorpe Road via Castle Gateway

By Susan Major In Step 2 My Castle Gateway process we’re seeking to address key challenges that arise from our Draft Brief. The aim is to understand the issues better so we can refine the brief and openly address disagreements and tensions. Below is a blog by Susan Major who took part in our Public … Read more Not easy on foot: Fishergate to Bishopthorpe Road via Castle Gateway