Sorry to be a bit late contributing to this discussion. Our LERC is based in York so we have no excuses not to attend the NBN conference this year!
In case anyone is not yet booked in, I would suggest that Premier Inn blossom street is a better bet than the North West, onm;ly because the latter is out on the Northern Ring road. Better for car access but in the city is easier to get to the Mercant Taylors/the nominated pub.
We are happy to organise the 'LERC fringe' event on whichever evening is better for people - its sounding like Wednesday at the moment. A short walk round York to see some of the sites, suggesting pubs to meet in, booking a table at a curry house are all things we could do. We can arrange this nearer the timne, once we've done our own conference!
We will be in the process of moving offices, approx 100yards across the square, and we have to be out on Nov 20th, so its possible I might bribe you fellow LERC people with the promise of beer, in return for carry a box or two across to our new offices :-)
If anyone needs further advice on travel or accommodation, feel free to drop me an email or give me a ring.
Ecological Information Officer, N&EYEDC