City of York Council want to enable all people in the city to live healthy and active lives and they want to encourage communities to treat each other with respect, regardless of their age.
That is why, along with over eight hundred other cities and communities across the world, York is now part of the Age Friendly Network.
Being part of the network requires the city to check how age-friendly they are across a range of international agreed checks through the World Health Organisation.
The council want older residents to help shape the city and their local area by working with local groups, businesses and the council to identify and make changes to their physical and social environments.
In York the council have arranged these checks into 5 different domains of which ‘Getting Out And About’ is the first one.
They have recently gathered over 1,300 comments from residents, practitioners, community groups and businesses to establish exactly what the issues you were most concerned about.
From the comments received, the top five improvements to be prioritised were recognised as:
- Maintaining pavements
- Shared space issues (pedestrians/cyclists/cars & the impact on one another)
- Toilet facilities
- Bus Information
You can find the all results and read comments in the Baseline Assessment which has given the council a clear understanding of the current situation on-the-ground.
The council are looking at the feedback and will suggest improvements through a residents group and other meetings and then publish the action plan on the same web page the baseline assessment is currently on.
They very much want the community to continue to be involved and be part of the solution and recognise that it is your city and therefore need to include your thoughts throughout the process.
So get involved!
The next consultation will be ‘Your Destination’ which is scheduled to be released electronically on the Age Friendly York page on 16th September or why not pop down to any of the three 50+ Information Fairs for a chat and to share your views, just ask for Carl Wain.
If you have any further comments please contact AgeFriendlyYork@york.gov.uk