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City’s traffic lights do need sorting

York Press:

3:04pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

PAUL HEPWORTH states that it’s a myth that traffic lights are deliberately programmed to cause congestion (Letters, September 27). Surely if a system isn’t used to its full potential, indeed never been tried, this is by definition deliberate.

Sterling effort

York Press: Letters - zxc

3:02pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

WARMEST thanks and congratulations to Barbara Hudson for her sterling efforts in clearing the flowerbeds at Stonebow (The Press, September 29).

Fountain disgrace

York Press: Letters - zxc

3:01pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

WELL done to Barbara Hudson (Letters, September 29). I am willing to help you clean up the disgrace which is supposed to be a fountain.

Sad news

York Press: Letters - zxc

3:00pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

I WAS sorry to read in the obituaries of the death of Ida May Goodrick. I never met the lady but she wrote numerous letters to the Press and I loved reading them. Rest in peace.

Green candidate

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:59pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

 AS A resident of Westfield, I am being bombarded with election literature from big parties with big budgets. Having limited funds, I am writing this letter to help voters understand why I am standing for the Green Party in the by-election on October 16 and to tell them a little about myself.

Shelters please

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:58pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

 WHOSE idea was it to put seats at the bus stops in Pavement? Shame they aren’t in the shelters where they might be used in the rain.

Arab forces needed

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:57pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

SHOCKING atrocities are being and have been committed by the Islam State Army on all who are not of their extreme beliefs, including aid workers.

Burning issue

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:56pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

THERE have been many articles in The Press over the past couple of years about the Allerton Park incinerator scheme (The Press, September 26).

Stunning photos

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:54pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

 WHAT a stunning set of photographs you produced for last Friday’s edition of The Press, displaying the work of the talented women from the Northern College of Costume.

Cost of deficit

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:55pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

IT IS unbelievable that while the Government claims to be reducing the deficit, the Treasury has so far this year borrowed £45.4 billion. Even more than last year.

Don’t pull the plug

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:53pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

HAVING created so many beneficial health facilities in the past (The British Children’s Asthmatic Swimming Groups, for example) as well as swimming for the long-term patients at Clifton Hospital and swimming for the elderly, disabled etc, I am naturally suspicious when non-swimmers (like our council members) group together with yet another plan.

Blooming shame

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:53pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

AS I stood in St Helen’s Square while doing a period of charity collecting, I had the time to have a good look at the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House.

We’ll drink to apple pressing project

York Press: Marion Burgess organises the apple pressing at Edward the Confessor church  Tadcaster Rd.Picture Nigel Holland (10833974)

2:52pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to Marion Burgess (The Press, September 30) on her community apple pressing.

Questions still to ask over stadium

York Press:

2:59pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

I HAVE followed the debate over the funding for the proposed new stadium for York City and York City Knights with interest, but consider that one important point seems to have been overlooked.

The £4m pool link

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:58pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THANKS to your reporters for sharing the briefing paper to the council that appears to show that the new leisure pool and £4 million required for it is “inextricably linked” to its survival as a scheme.

Stadium farce

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:57pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

 I HOPE Berwick Kaler is taking notes on the unfolding Community Stadium saga because it is descending into a farce worthy of a Christmas pantomime.

Not anti-motorist

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:56pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

CONTRARY to D McTernan’s view (Letters, September 26), a Green Party member of the Congestion Commission would not be “by definition against measures to help the motorist”.

Drawing a blank

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:55pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

I BOUGHT the new mTicket from First last Tuesday.

An evil response

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:54pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE naivety of our leaders seems to spring eternal from the fountain of ignorance. For their answer to every overseas security issue is bomb, bomb and bomb again.

Driven to distraction

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:53pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE number of times I have rung the council to sort the barking dogs out at Clifton Moor is unreal.

Civilised approach

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:53pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

MUCH has been reported on the recent referendum of Scotland. Most of this has been from people who know little of Scotland but believe that they are qualified to criticise the finest politician the UK has ever produced.

Charity toy bid

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:52pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

 HERE we are heading towards Christmas already. So please will you help me to make it special for our deaf babies and children have a hearing life through a cochlear implant?

Cancer support

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:51pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE next meeting of the York Haematology Support Group for patients, families, carers and friends dealing with blood cancers will be held on Thursday at 7pm at Huntington Working Men’s Club.

17,000 extra cars

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:50pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

17,000 extra cars IT HAS just occurred to me that another 17,000 houses in and around York will mean another 17,000 cars. I just hope our planners have thought of this.

Store giant has fallen short for a while

York Press:

2:49pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

LIKE Keith Massey (Letters, September 24), I too became disillusioned with Tesco with regard to prices and, more particularly, their apparent attitude concerning their customers. My own experience relates in particular to the Clifton Moor store in York.

Anger at Tesco threat to local pub

York Press:

11:10am Saturday 27th September 2014

I WRITE regarding the Punch Bowl in Lowther Street, which regulars fear could become a Tesco.

Beyond belief

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:08am Saturday 27th September 2014

THE arrogance of the Labour council regarding the repayments of fines for the crossing of Lendal Bridge is beyond belief (it was never a bus lane).

Historic invasion

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:08am Saturday 27th September 2014

WITH talk of devolution moved from centre stage for the time being, proving even Alex Salmond can’t always swim against the tide, the citizens of York within our fiefdom, can once again raise the portcullis, Braveheart though he may be.

Smoked Salmond

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:07am Saturday 27th September 2014

I WAS in Scotland from September 15 to 19 and met many people for and against independence.

Ed is a full-on Red

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:06am Saturday 27th September 2014

ED MILLIBAND’S speech at the Labour Party conference has been described as “visionary”. Sadly it was full of tired Marxist theory.

Update the lights

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:06am Saturday 27th September 2014

 I AM absolutely amazed that York is to be inflicted yet again with another expensive traffic survey (Fresh drive to tackle gridlock, September 17).

What’s the point?

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:05am Saturday 27th September 2014

WHAT is the point of having council cabinet members with a large team working for each of them, covering every aspect of council business, who then renounce responsibility when any important decision has to be made by employing expensive outside consultants to do their jobs for them.

Car tax myths

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:04am Saturday 27th September 2014

PETER Boulton incorrectly states (Letters, September 25) that the car tax which he pays is the sole income source for upkeep of UK roads.

Jail animal attackers

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:03am Saturday 27th September 2014

THE RSPCA informs The Press that causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal ie a tethered horse, is a criminal actoffence with a maximum sentence of six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine (Horse in stabbing put down, September 23).

Let’s make our villages more attractive

York Press:

11:02am Saturday 27th September 2014

FOLLOWING The Press coverage of the Yorkshire in Bloom awards ceremony at the York Racecourse, I felt it timely to draw further attention to the many awards achieved locally and hope this may encourage more local participation from villages etc.

Fears over future of ‘superb’ pool

York Press:

3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

IN all the recent Press information about the plans for a new ‘Community Stadium’ at Monk’s Cross I have been most concerned about the suggestion that as a consequence of the replacement of Waterworld, Yearsley Pool might close.

India in space!

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:59pm Friday 26th September 2014

I BELIEVE that India are about to join the space race when a “home-grown” spacecraft is to begin final manoeuvres around Mars; do I hear “good for India”? Certainly not, in my case.

Keep it simple

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:58pm Friday 26th September 2014

THANK you for printing so many sensible letters about the proposed traffic commission. Why do the council always go running to expensive consultancies when the answer is staring them in the face? If only they would listen to the public!

Lend us a tenor

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:55pm Friday 26th September 2014

As we build our Come & Sing chorus of 200 for a special charity performance of Handel’s Messiah in Ripon Cathedral on Saturday October 18, we have a shortage of male voices — tenors and basses.

River walk safety

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:54pm Friday 26th September 2014

IF new river safety measures are to be launched could these please include lighting along the pathway from Lendal bridge to Marygate Landing?

Flying the flag

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:50pm Friday 26th September 2014

I WOULD like to reply to Ian Cawood who stated on this letters page, with regard to the council flying the Saltire, that ‘As specific planning permission is required to fly any flag other than the Union Jack, can the council confirm that it holds this permission or is a prosecution pending?’

Get facts right

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:49pm Friday 26th September 2014

In response to Jim McGurn of Get Cycling (Letters, September 24) - please get your facts right. I did not at any point in my letter say we simply have to adjust the traffic lights, although that would be a start.

Nothing changes

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:48pm Friday 26th September 2014

NOW that the dust has settled on the Scottish devolution issue perhaps it is worth looking back to the events of 1699.

Lightweight leader

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:47pm Friday 26th September 2014

WHILE the Scottish referendum has thrown up more questions than answers, one thing has become very clear: Ed Miliband commands little respect, and being totally devoid of both gravitas and charisma he will be a major liability for Labour at the general election.

Sick attack on a defenceless animal

York Press:

2:46pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE story of the horse stabbed six times (The Press, September 23) made me sick.

Who said ‘every little helps’?

York Press:

12:58pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

WHO would have thought that Tesco could be left on the shelf and in trouble with the city?

No going back

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:55pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

PHEW! It was the highest turnout in UK history yet the people of Scotland finally gave a resounding no to Independence.

Wrong priority

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:54pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

REFERENCE to The Press article “Farmland” earmarked for travellers’ pitches” (The Press, September 20).

It doesn’t add up

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:53pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

YORK’S 2013 population was 201,200. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates this will increase by 20,000 in the next 15 years.

Litter problem

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:52pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

THERE has been a lot of talk of litter and rubbish in York city centre.


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