York officials express their opinions on the controversial Heslington East expansion

Mark Hill: Green Councillor

Mark Hill

“The large increase in population should not be at the expense of York. The public inquiry is a bit of a farce really, you have to see the inquiry to see how largely it is stacked in favour of the developers.”

Dr Alistair Rider: York Academic

Alistair Rider

“The reasons for the expansion has little if nothing to do with educational values; it strikes me as having much more to do with commercial interests. The master-plan is very nebulous.”

John Meacock: Head of Heslington East

John Meacock

“If Heslington East doesn’t go ahead we will have to reconsider what that means. It would be far from ideal and set the University back from its current plans quite significantly.”

Ceredig Jamieson-Ball: Lib Dem Councillor

Ceredig Jamieson-Ball

“The University has come up with a formula I don’t agree with. I’m not sure how they’ve done the maths but it certainly doesn’t add up. I’d say 70% of people are probably against it.”

Professors questionaire response

87% Professors who said they were ‘concerned about the expansion’.

27% Professors who said they were ‘strongly against the expansion’

30% Percentage of the proposed Heslington East site designated for commercial development

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