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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian questions Ministers on flood defences south of York

Julian questions Ministers on flood defences south of York

Julian this morning asked Ministers about the resilience of flood defences, and emphasised the need to remember smaller communities south of York when drawing up flood protection plans. In the House of Commons during questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, Julian said: “Hard flood defences like the

Julian visits Copmanthorpe Pharmacy to encourage residents to ‘Stay Well this Winter’ and ‘Think Pharmacy First’

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Julian Pledges his support to help campaigners save New Earswick Swimming Pool

Last Saturday, Julian visited New Earswick Swimming Pool where he met with campaigners, pool...

Julian visits Haxby fish and chip shop for Small Business Saturday 2017

Julian today paid a visit to the award-winning Millers fish and chip shop in...

Julian Updates Councillors on Ring Road Upgrade Funding Situation

November 19, 2013

Last week, Julian attended a special meeting of the City of York Council’s Corporate and Scrutiny Management Committee, in which he answered questions from Councillors on his efforts to secure funding for improvements to the northern outer ring road.

Julian explained to Councillors that under the current Government, transport infrastructure funding streams have been simplified and decentralised. Under the previous government there were 26 different funding streams which were tightly controlled by central government. However, due to reforms made by the Department for Transport, to which Julian is a Parliamentary Private Secretary, there are now only 4 main funding streams and the onus is much more on local authorities to work together to bid for funding.

Reflecting on the meeting, Julian said:

“I was delighted to be the first MP to attend one of the Committee’s meetings in a very long time and I enjoyed discussing the important issue of the future of our northern outer ring road with some of the City’s Councillors.

“I have for some time now been vocal in my belief that the ring road is the main barrier to economic growth in our City and without significant improvements I have little doubt that congestion will get worse, particularly if the Council are successful in their ill-thought through proposals for 16,000 new homes in the greenbelt, including over 4000 to the north of Clifton Moor.

“Transport infrastructure funding has now been devolved and simplified and if we are ever going to achieve the dualling of the ring road we desperately need, the Council must work with other local authorities and local enterprise partnerships from both North and West Yorkshire. I hope the Councillors in attendance took that very clear message away with them.”

Pictured: Julian at last week’s Council meeting.