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No room here for so many houses

York Press:

9:56am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I AM delighted that Mr Bryan (Letters, July 21) enjoyed laughing at the “Stop Urban Sprawl” message in Earswick.

On democracy

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:54am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

KEITH MASSEY (“Three dropped” – July 16) goes some way to answering his own interesting questions.

James Robson

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:54am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LAST Saturday, I bought a writing bureau at the auction at the Murton Livestock Centre.

Hats off to school

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:53am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WELCOME To The Sixties, the cabaret at All Saint’s School last week, was put together in only two weeks.

Alarm system

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:52am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

FOR less than £300 per 200 metres, an early-warning infra-red alarm beam can be set up which phones five separate numbers immediately the beam is broken by someone crossing through it.

Clean our streets

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:52am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LETTERS in The Press of July 21 join others published earlier to bemoan quite rightly the state of York streets and open areas.

Walls in a state

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:51am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

YESTERDAY my husband decided to walk the city walls. We started at Exhibition Square and the rubbish up the stairs and on the walls in unacceptable.

Romance locked out...

York Press:

9:48am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

SO ROMANCE is dead in York! The “lovelocks” have been removed from the Millennium Bridge (The Press, July 21).

Clean up after you

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:46am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I WELCOME criticism, but why does Mr/Ms Rawcliffe think I advocate getting the unemployed to clean York’s streets for nothing?

Traffic jam problems

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:45am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I WOULD thank the three guys who helped me push my little yellow Audi out of a traffic jam in Fulford Road.

An uncivil war

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:44am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

JANET ROWNTREE needs to put her reference to 1667 in context. (Letters, July 21). England was recovering from the Civil War and, post-Cromwell, had made the grievous error of readmitting the Stuarts to the throne.

No offence taken

York Press: Coun John Galvin, who believes the topic of knowing your councillor needs serious consideration

9:43am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I HAVE a lot of time for Councillor John Galvin, who many do not consider a proper Tory. He has also not taken to personal attacks on opponents or council staff as his party in York has chosen to under its current leadership.

60,000 offenders

York Press: Crunch vote on Lendal Bridge trial tonight

9:42am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WITH regard to the recent correspondence about the Lendal Bridge closure, there are two points I would like to mention.

Full Kelly inquest is only answer

York Press:

3:06pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

GIVEN Hillsborough and hacking, and the shocking allegations of corruption in areas of government and the police, it is so important to be vigilant about the concealment of the truth.

Thankless job

York Press: Letters - zxc

3:04pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WITH reference to letters regarding the state of York’s streets, I have four staff who work from 5am till 9am on Saturday and Sunday morning clearing the mess from the night-time revellers, a task made difficult due to many pubs closing at 4am and us having to deal with people hampering our efforts as they stagger around at 5am.

All time low

York Press: Letters - zxc

3:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

YOU couldn’t even get into the council meeting where Dave Merrett and James Alexander faced calls to resign without a ticket, yet the public benches were half-empty while people were being turned away.

It’s not funny

York Press: Letters - zxc

3:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

I ATTENDED the Council ‘pantomime’ last Thursday. It was neither funny nor entertaining.

Who’s to blame?

York Press: Letters - zxc

3:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ARE councillors James Alexander and Dave Merrett the correct people to blame for the Lendal Bridge fiasco?

Taken to account

York Press: Letters - zxc

3:01pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SURELY there can be no doubt in the mind of any right-thinking person that Russia was somehow involved in shooting down the Malaysian airliner.

Back to committee

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ANOTHER day, another story about the erosion of local democracy in York. Too much power in too few hands, unnecessary secrecy, spin and self-publicity, poorly thought-through decision making, political tribalism and a two-tier system where some councillors seem to exist just to toe the party line.

No crystal ball

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MANY words have been written about the Lendal Bridge closure, and no doubt there will be many more. What puzzles me is the often quoted reason (excuse) for this and other costly traffic management schemes, i.e. the forecast of more congestion and even gridlock.

Buskers unplugged

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:49pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

FOLLOWING letters from Mr V King and D M Deamer, I too think amplified music in the city should be banned.

Return of the market

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:48pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AS A York resident who remembers the original site of York market, it was a breath of fresh air to see it back home. This is only temporary, according to the traders I spoke to.

Nazi controversy

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:47pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE surrender of the German armed forces on Luneburg Heath in 1945 was an impressive affair. How splendid the German generals looked in their smart uniforms emblazoned with Nazi medals and insignia.

A dirty business

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:46pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

CHRISTIAN VASSIE (Letters, July 19) must surely realise that in party politics you are always only one step in front of a “friendly” stab in the back.

Bring back the Crier

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:45pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WHEN John Redpath retired as Town Crier about five years ago (Letters, July 16), I wrote to City of York Council to offer my services if I could be of any help; no reply!

I agree with Ken... what a big mystery!

York Press:

2:44pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WHEN reading my paper the other day, I was interested to see an interview with Mr K Clarke,Conservative MP and recently retired Minister and was surprised to find that I agreed with almost every opinion that Mr Clarke expressed.

Use of force condemns both sides

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:49am Monday 21st July 2014

THE wrongfulness of many Israeli practices, such as the repression of the Palestinians through building for Israeli habitation on the other state’s land, cannot be justified.

Cycle saturation

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:47am Monday 21st July 2014

IN REPLY to some recent letters regarding the Tour de France, not everyone is interested in cycle racing. The Tour de France race is very long and tedious, lasting many weeks and clearly belongs to another country.

Dignity of work

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:47am Monday 21st July 2014

IF Heather Causnett (The Press, July 8) is so keen on keeping the city streets clean and free of litter, why doesn’t she become part of the big society and volunteer to sweep the streets herself with other like-minded folk?

Flooded roads

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:46am Monday 21st July 2014

WHAT has happened to the York city council street grate cleaning system? We get two days and one night of rain and what happens?

Unclean streets

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:43am Monday 21st July 2014

HOW I agree with all the letters about the dirty and unkempt streets and verges of York. The grass growing a foot tall on the side of the footpath on Monks Stray.

Take pride in city

York Press:

8:38am Monday 21st July 2014

ONE day last week you had a page full of letters from readers bemoaning the fact that York streets were dirty and full of litter.

Minster memory

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:35am Monday 21st July 2014

FROM within old mother York’s towering Minster came 90 minutes of celestial bliss. It took this scribe completely by surprise as he reached out to switch off the radio in down under Perth.

Lendal bridge is Alexander’s legacy

York Press: Crunch vote on Lendal Bridge trial tonight

8:34am Monday 21st July 2014

THE problem for James Alexander and the Labour party is that the Lendal Bridge fiasco has taken on a life of its own and refuses to have a line drawn under it.

No help from Pride

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:33am Monday 21st July 2014

I WAS recently given a card which says: “Help us to improve your street by reporting on telephone action line 551551”.

Fantastic tour

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:31am Monday 21st July 2014

RE the Tour de Yorkshire. We spent an enjoyable day in Bishop Auckland on Saturday, July 4, visiting our granddaughter.

More Tour praise

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:31am Monday 21st July 2014

I’D like to say I was very sceptical about all the roads closed thinking it would never work and like many residents I imagined upheaval, but I’ve got to congratulate everyone involved in the organisation of the whole of the Tour de France race.

Ticket winners

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:27am Monday 21st July 2014

I ENTERED the competition to win a pair of tickets to York Racecourse for the Tour de France Grand Depart Stage 2.

La Belly Pork

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:26am Monday 21st July 2014

I HAVE visited Paris many times. No one had heard of Yorkshire but I always said there is a connection; the French Belle Epoch and the Yorkshire delicacy belly pork.

Urban sprawl

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:26am Monday 21st July 2014

I ALMOST had an accident in my car recently, because I was laughing so much at the “urban sprawl” notices at Earswick Chase.

Remember Trieste

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:25am Monday 21st July 2014

WITH so many remembering the start of the Great War and the anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, may I remind folk of another, lesser-known anniversary.

Market is back in its rightful place

York Press:

9:03am Saturday 19th July 2014

HOW heart-warming and nostalgic to see the market back in its rightful place in Parliament Street.

Not a job for life

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:01am Saturday 19th July 2014

I HAVE some sympathy for Keith Massey’s points on democracy and candidate selection (Letters, July 16), having been barred earlier this year from the shortlist for prospective party candidates for the Liberal Democrats in York Outer in spite of having increased the Lib Dem vote in York Central by 50 per cent in 2010.

Closer to home

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

IN THE Property Press of July 17, a feature about Spire View in Pickering noted that the architect for the scheme was originally from New Zealand. The architect was in fact ourselves, Bramhall Blenkharn, from Malton.

Keep it at 800

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:57am Saturday 19th July 2014

READING the Guardian, one is led to believe that one of the country’s leading architects and guardians of our precious greenbelt has written: “with intelligent design and planning, we don’t need to overflow into new towns on greenfield sites”.

Chance not taken

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:56am Saturday 19th July 2014

SOME two-and-a-half weeks ago, I wrote to Councillor James Alexander, the leader of the council, with the suggestion that following the relocation of the Askham Bar park and ride, a golden opportunity had arisen for the council to facilitate the building of social/affordable housing on the redundant car park.

Interesting maths

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:54am Saturday 19th July 2014

I NOTE that some readers are commenting about the need for a £20 charge for the residents’ parking badge.

Sorry, Sherlock

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:53am Saturday 19th July 2014

BEING a strict teetotaller, I’m afraid I won’t be coming face to face in a York pub with the great detective Sherlock Holmes, although I admit to being a big admirer of the great man.

Show’s success sets a great standard

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:52am Saturday 19th July 2014

YORKSHIRE excelled with the Grand Depart and again with the Great Yorkshire Show. Traffic seemed to go smoother than usual in and out of the show.



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