A plan to grant the Arts Barge permission to moor permanently in York City centre on The Ouse by Skeldergate Bridge, alongside Tower Gardens, has been approved.
The Arts Barge say, "We are ecstatic, overjoyed, delighted and so relieved. The social, heritage and City development benefits that the Arts Barge will bring were recognised by the majority of Councillors on the Planning Committee and we are really excited now to be able to move into the next stage and start to bring these plans about."
"This is going to demand all our focused time and energy – there’s a fair bit of fundraising and building to do."
Due to this "happy diversion" the organisers say they will not be holding the usual Riverside Festival this summer, but that Riverside will be back when the Arts Barge’s ‘Selby Tony’ is beautifully converted and in place beside their festival site.
The Arts Barge will, however, still be putting on their Great Yorkshire Swing at The Great Yorkshire Fringe in the summer and in the meantime will be continuing with regular smaller-scale activities which you can find out about on The Arts Barge Facebook Page: also useful for wider info on local arts events.The Arts Barge