The historic city wall bars sparkle and shine this winter season
Four of York’s historic city wall bars will take on a new look this winter season. Beginning this Thursday (1 Dec) at dusk, a cascade of shimmering lights will drape Micklegate Bar, Walmgate Bar, Monk Bar and Bootham Bar. The city or ‘bar’ walls of York are the most complete examples of medieval city walls still standing in England today.
The unprecedented display will showcase York’s renowned structures as ‘shining gateways’ that lead to the historic attractions and businesses in and around the city walls. The addition of the winter lights is sponsored by the York Business Improvement District (BID) and is part of the BID’s overall commitment to enhancing the city’s inviting atmosphere for all who live, visit, study and work in York. The light installation will run from December until February.
The York Independent Business Association is putting Indie York on the map; new pilot aims to boost York’s independent retailers and shops
York’s independent businesses are putting themselves on the map - the ‘Indie York’ map. A pilot project, which includes development of a new Indie York website (www.indieyork.co.uk) and a bespoke-designed Indie York map, will deliver a directory and navigational tool to help customers and visitors locate the city's independent shops. The project currently includes 30 independent businesses and will eventually feature over 100 of York’s independent businesses. The pilot project has received funding by the York Business Improvement District (BID) and is part of the Indie York initiative which focuses on promoting York’s diverse range of independent and specialist businesses located in and around the City Centre.
York BID launches enhanced street and pavement cleansing
Starting this week, the York Business Improvement District (BID) will launch enhanced street and pavement cleansing services to York City Centre. The services build on the ongoing baseline cleansing efforts provided by the local authority and include routine deep cleaning such as heavy-duty pavement jet wash, gum, flyposting and graffiti removal and rapid response clean-up. The programme will cover streets included within the entire BID area, which are mainly located within and along the city walls. The additional street cleansing services support the BID’s goal of improving the appearance and environment in York City Centre and is part of its commitment to enhancing the city’s inviting atmosphere for all who visit, work, study and live in York.
The York BID has teamed with Future Cleaning Services of York, who will provide trained staff to fill the operative roles. The services will run seven days a week and use two York BID-branded caddy vans equipped with enhanced power-washing functions. Later this month, a rapid response service will be available to BID levy payers so operatives can address cleanliness issues that require immediate attention.
The BID’s cleansing services will dovetail the recently established BID Street Rangers, who will also help highlight issues that require the attention of the cleansing teams.
BID Rangers Hit the Streets!
The York BID is rolling out its new Rangers programme, partnering with Eboracum Security who will fill the roles with their professionally trained staff who have experience of working in similar capacities within the city centre. Rangers will be easy to spot in their highly visible uniforms and will be positioned throughout the BID area, which includes the city centre streets, Fossgate, Gillygate, Walmgate and Micklegate.
They will work with city partners and take a friendly approach to deter antisocial behaviour or disorderly conduct and act as a reassuring presence to curtail potential crime. Rangers will also serve as a welcoming presence, available to give information and assistance to residents and visitors to the city. They will be the eyes and ears on the street, logging locations requiring improvements, such as littering or drunkenness, and work with relevant bodies to address any detected issues.
It supports the BID’s initiative to boost safety and security in York city centre and is part of the BID’s overall commitment to enhancing the city’s inviting atmosphere for all who visit, work, study and live in York.
York Greeters Scheme Launched
A new scheme has been launched in York to help provide a friendly welcome to visitors. York Greeters will be based at the railway station, to offer visitors, shoppers and visiting business people advice or directions. The initiative was set up by the York Business Improvement District (York Bid), and will see a team of four Greeters in the city centre.
Andrew Lowson, appointed Executive Director of the York BID
In April earlier this year we saw York BID's new executive director take up post in a role which will oversee how £800,000 a year is spent on improving the city centre's economy. Andrew Lowson has been appointed to lead York's first Business Improvement District, which was voted in by city centre businesses in November last year. Mr Lowson brings with him to the role experience as the former managing director of York-based teepee-style marquee company PapaKata, as well as previous roles with Halcrow, Yorkshire Forward and Newcastle Airport.