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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.

Sing your heart out

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:51pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

CALLING all choirs, singers, and music groups in Harrogate, now is your chance to perform in your local community during the festive run-up to Christmas – and raise money for Heart Research UK in the process.

History project

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:49pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

SERENDIPITY Art Ltd is an arts organisation working with communities to help them tell their stories.

Too many lights

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:48pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

AFTER reading The Press letters page on September 20 I have to agree with all the writers who say we don’t need a congestion commission.

Tackling traffic jams

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:47pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

PETER Boulton (Letters, September 20) claims that we’ll never cure York’s traffic problems, so there’s no point in bringing in consultants. He also says, by way of contradiction, that we simply have to re-adjust the traffic lights. This advice comes from Mr Boulton free of charge, in contrast to the consultants being brought in at £400 per day, which he objects to.

City’s tenant search

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:47pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

GOOD news. York’s unemployment rate fell again last month to 1.1 per cent. We are at full employment. What York people need is better pay in both middle-income sectors and more high-value jobs.

Market site needs to stay where it is

York Press:

12:46pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

LAST Saturday I did something I never planned and have never done before. I bought goods from York Market.

Salmond let down by farewell rant

York Press:

2:40pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

DESPITE my long distrust of Alex Salmond, I did for one fleeting moment think he had acted with honour and dignity by resigning after Scotland rejected his call for separation.

Too much given?

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:29pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

NOW that Scotland has voted no the electorate can get on with their lives. The no vote was bigger than expected.

We pay bankers

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:28pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

TONY TAYLOR (Letters, September 18) follows many right-wing commentators in blaming the current recession on public spending by the last Labour government.

Homes not right

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:27pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

DAVID Rhodes of Bishopthorpe (Letters, September 19) claims that an obvious site for affordable housing is the old Park & Ride next to Tesco in Dringhouses. I disagree.

Not for weather

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:26pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

SO Labour’s Local Plan is finally unveiled (The Press, September 13) with the proposed urban sprawl into the city’s green belt.

Road solution here

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:25pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

I AM all for tackling gridlock, but it seems ludicrous to spend the huge amount of money suggested in the manner described (The Press, September 17).

Paint did not work

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:24pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

CITY of York Council should be aware that the magic paint it has sprayed on pavements all the way through Goodramgate to Coney Street (now in different colours) has not worked.

Cost for toilet use

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:23pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

IS charging 40p to use the new toilets at St Georges Field car park on top of the cost of parking not a bit greedy by City of York Council? The numbers arriving in coaches all wishing to use these facilities at the same time also makes it difficult.

Help traffic to flow

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:23pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

I AM thankfully retired and do not have to suffer the torture of driving into York each weekday.

Learn time of trains

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:21pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE Press of September 18 reports on the York to Leeds via Harrogate rail improvements.

A link to the past

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:20pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

GENERALLY I find most letters submitted to The Press interesting, but I particularly enjoy D. Deamer’s contributions, some of which are very amusing.

Pool future uncertain thanks to Labour

York Press:

2:19pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

COUNCILLOR Sonja Crisp claims there are no plans to close Yearsley Pool (Letters, September 18).

Traffic nightmare

York Press:

9:23am Saturday 20th September 2014

THANK goodness for the latest revelation in The Press about City of York Council employing part-time consultants on £400 per day to try and solve an impossible problem, namely traffic congestion in York.

Down with lights!

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:22am Saturday 20th September 2014

WOW! Your front page piece of September 17 was really something: £86,000 to study the traffic congestion problem in York.

Take politics out

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:21am Saturday 20th September 2014

WHEN I cycled across Lendal Bridge last after a council meeting, I feared being hit and injured by vehicles. The congestion was as bad as ever.

Get cars moving

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:21am Saturday 20th September 2014

SO WE’RE to have a “congestion commission” to alleviate our traffic problems (The Press, September 17).

Reopen our roads

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:20am Saturday 20th September 2014

I COULD not believe City of York Council is to set up a “congestion commission” with members receiving £400 a day; and councillors (already paid) receiving further remuneration for attending this pointless talking shop.

No complacency over local plan move

York Press:

9:19am Saturday 20th September 2014

I AM pleased that the immediate housing plans for Moor Lane in Woodthorpe have been dropped as part of Labour’s Local Plan rethink (The Press, September 12).

Catching Turpin bus

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:18am Saturday 20th September 2014

IT SEEMS many quarters and visitors are enthralled by the Dick Turpin, aka Richard story.


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