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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Conservative Party Candidate for York Outer
Any reference to Julian Sturdy being a Member of Parliament on this website predates the dissolution of Parliament and the 2024 General Election campaign

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York Press column: All action ahead of Easter

York Press column: All action ahead of Easter

It has been a jam-packed couple of weeks since my last column where I had an opportunity to reflect on the Chancellor’s Budget. I want to begin by highlighting the fantastic news that inflation has dropped to 3.4 per cent – the lowest in two and a half years. When the Prime Minister came to

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Julian meets with Minister to discuss Renters (Reform) Bill

Alongside Andy Simpson of York Residential Lettings Association, Julian met with Jacob Young MP...

Julian supports Dogs Trust plea to end puppy smuggling

Julian has pledged his support on the issue of puppy smuggling today at a...

Submission regarding Network Rail (Copmanthorpe No. 2 Level Crossing) (Land Acquisition and Closure) Order

April 23, 2023

Copmanthorpe’s rail crossing has been a heated topic of debate locally since National Rail announced that it was planning on replacing the existing level crossing deeming it to be too dangerous on that segment of railway.

The existing level crossing is proposed to be replaced with a stepped bridge. This follows an unsuccessful search for a new location for the level crossing. The proposed plan put forward by National Rail has been widely criticised on the basis of its lack of inclusivity and accessibility for people with mobility issues that intend to travel from Copmanthorpe to Bishopthorpe.

Julian has engaged constructively with all stakeholders, such as National Rail, constituents, and the Parish Council to ensure that we get an alternative crossing that has local support and a broad consensus. Additionally, he has recently written to the Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Mark Harper MP to outline his advocacy for a ramped aspect to be added to the bridge to ensure that this crossing is available to all members of the public who wish to use it.

As part of his submission to the submission, Julian said:

“Firstly I recognise that a stepped bridge is not suitable for members of the public who have mobility issues, require wheelchairs and those or have young children in prams therefore limiting accessibility and use of the crossing.

Secondly, with plans in the future to develop an active travel route connecting Bishopthorpe and Copmanthorpe that would have to cross the railway line, it seems rather short-sighted to not incorporate a ramped aspect of the bridge in these initial plans rather than having to incur further cost and disruption in the future”.