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Simple pleasures bring real delight

York Press:

10:31am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THANK YOU to The Press for telling us about Mummy Duck and her latest offspring in the Merchant Adventurer’s beautiful garden.

No casinos in city

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10:28am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

QUESTION time. Like many people I am intrigued as to why there are no gambling casinos in York.

Council spends

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10:28am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BRIAN ROGERS asks why if recycling was ‘sold’ as saving money, council tax has risen since its introduction.

Speed cameras

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10:27am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

 NOW that the council has lost all that revenue from opening up Lendal Bridge, why don’t they buy some hand-held speed cameras and catch all those vehicles exceeding the 20mph limit they are introducing in York streets?

Alternate routes

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10:26am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WHEN all is said and done about Lendal Bridge, most people would agree how much better it has been around the bridge, the railway station, the Minster and The Theatre Royal, during the closure.

Lip service only

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10:24am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

HERE we go (Press, April 18): £2 million extra for road and path repairs is the first of the popular schemes that our council will be casting our way to get back in our good books after three years of profligacy and ignoring what the residents wanted.

Titanic calamity

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10:23am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE cabinet reshuffle at City of York Council is another example of “rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic”.

Making it clear

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10:23am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

 AS MY opinion, for some reason, has been sought by a number of journalists on MEPs’ expenses may I re-state my view in full so there can be no misunderstanding?

Pedestrians too

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10:22am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WILL Councillor Levene also be setting up a York Pedestrians’ Forum to balance the views of the recently announced Motorist User Forum?

Nothing to emulate

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10:18am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

JULIAN Sturdy is surely taking the Michael by stating the budget rewards people who have worked all their lives with a private pension tax cut (‘People who have worked all lives deserve pension tax cut,’ The Press, April 11).

Lots of dogs here

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10:17am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

IN RESPONSE to the article headlined ‘Diver’s appeal for stray dogs’ (The Press, April 15), how can anybody want to bring every stray dog in Romania to England?

Not worth cost

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10:16am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

I agree with much of John Cossham’s sentiments (Letters, April 19) about the minority of silly cyclists in York. However, I would like to point out that those countries which have tried to introduce a bike licensing scheme have eventually scrapped it.

Baffled by banner

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10:15am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

HAVING a great interest in Australia, I was baffled by the protesters who unveiled their banner on Clifford’s Tower.

It’s a golden rule

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10:13am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

JULIAN Cole (April 17) should not despair. The following rule applies to cameras as to anything.

Why don’t we ‘recycle’ our buildings?

York Press: Stonebow House which is claimed by many to be a blot on York’s cityscape

10:11am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

DOES Stonebow House deserve “a new lease of life”?

Time to think about helping Syrians

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11:26am Monday 21st April 2014

DEATH, destruction, starvation. Total civil war is being engaged in Syria.

Anglers aware

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11:25am Monday 21st April 2014

THE item on ‘killer shrimp’ and other invasive species (The Press, April 14) made for interesting reading, again presuming the angler is allegedly responsible for the extensive spread of these ‘aliens’ around the country.

Lives ruined

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11:24am Monday 21st April 2014

NIGEL EVANS, the MP and former deputy speaker, is right in asking that the Crown Prosecution Service pays all his defence costs after being found not guilty of nine serious accusations.

Care for birds

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11:23am Monday 21st April 2014

NOW it is that time of year again when blackbirds swoop across the road to distract from their nesting sites, often getting killed, as one can see when driving around.

Horrible history

11:23am Monday 21st April 2014

SO Coun James Alexander has played musical chairs with members of his cabinet in an attempt to hoodwink York’s electorate next May and I quote (The Press, April 17) “we will focus on York’s local elections standing on our record to stop a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition taking control of the council”.

Smoky bridge

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11:22am Monday 21st April 2014

HOLY smoke. The pollution has returned to Lendal Bridge.

Treasure the photo of those brave men

York Press: Normandy Veterans. From the left are Gordon Collinson, Ken Cooke, Ken Smith,  Roy Rowbotham, Bert Barritt, George Meredith and Douglas Haw. Picture David Harrison. (5489669)

11:19am Monday 21st April 2014

THE splendid photograph (The Press, April 17) of seven of this country’s bravest men was both a delight and timely reminder in one.

Voting counts

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11:15am Monday 21st April 2014

IT IS no secret that young people are increasingly alienated from mainstream politics, reflected by lower turnout in recent elections.

Missing cycle link

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11:11am Monday 21st April 2014

PAUL ANDERSON suggested (Letters, April 12) that expenditure on a cycle lane alongside the A1237 has been a waste of money, as he has not seen one cyclist on it.

Real transparency

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11:10am Monday 21st April 2014

I FIND it interesting that, based on your front-page article of April 16, it would appear that the Labour group, usually so closely controlled by their masters, broke free during their private meeting and voted to open Lendal Bridge.

Generosity is key

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11:10am Monday 21st April 2014

ONE always rejoices over lost sheep found (Letters, April 15 ). Earlier this month, my neighbour David showed me a bunch of keys he had found lying in the gutter in Carr Lane, Acomb.

Lendal trial principles were sound

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11:46am Saturday 19th April 2014

WITH all the overblown rhetoric about Lendal Bridge from Conservative and Lib Dem councillors, it’s easy to forget that the principles behind the trial are still sound.

Officers to blame

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11:45am Saturday 19th April 2014

SO COMMON sense has finally prevailed in the Lendal Bridge saga; now for the recriminations, calls for resignations, etc.

Parking charges

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11:45am Saturday 19th April 2014

FIASCO is such an inadequate word to use when describing the Labour council’s handling of the Lendal Bridge debacle.

Too many cars

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11:44am Saturday 19th April 2014

DURING my childhood only one or two cars would be found parked in any street and children owned residential streets for play.

What about us?

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11:44am Saturday 19th April 2014

Oh Cllr James Alexander, how can you pontificate about housing? You have let the university grow and grow and all those students now rent the “affordable” housing.

Late night buses

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11:43am Saturday 19th April 2014

I WAS surprised to see the Conservative MP for Outer York and ward councillor for Strensall celebrating the return of late-night buses to Stockton-on-the-Forest from May as a Conservative success.

Head of waste

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11:43am Saturday 19th April 2014

IN The Press (Monday 14 April) among other titles Andy Binner is described as “head of waste at City of York Council”.

Silly cyclists give rest of us a bad name

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11:41am Saturday 19th April 2014

MIKE Usherwood again makes assumptions about cyclists (Letters, April 16).

Negative figures

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11:39am Saturday 19th April 2014

WOE betide us Northerners. According to official reports people in the north are 20 per cent more likely to die prematurely than people in the south.

Supermarket waste

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11:39am Saturday 19th April 2014

SUPERMARKETS tell us we waste too much food. Not guilty: I can think of a hundred ways to use up leftover potatoes/slices of stale bread.

Pension dangers

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11:38am Saturday 19th April 2014

WITH reference to the announcement in the Budget that those entitled to a state pension will be able to release part or whole of their lifetime contributions, this has its merits. However, there are hidden dangers.

March of progress

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11:38am Saturday 19th April 2014

GIVEN time, the likes of Tom Scaife (Letters March, 31) will join the rest of us in living in the 21st century; manufacturing techniques have considerably developed since the invention of the wheel.

Divers are praised

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11:37am Saturday 19th April 2014

WITH regards to the feature in The Press of April 10 about police divers who search for missing people in the rivers of York, these officers do a fantastic job going into cold water.

It’s back to the future in Gillygate

York Press: Motorists stuck in heavy traffic in Gillygate during roadworks last September

10:56am Friday 18th April 2014

ONCE again, Gillygate traffic is backing up from Bootham Bar to Union Terrace car park by mid morning. Yet The Press of April 15 proclaimed free city-centre parking, while bemoaning the rising costs of a new cycle route.

Mixed message

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10:54am Friday 18th April 2014

 BE AWARE that the new free three-hour car parking, coming into effect in May, does not apply to all council-owned car parks.

Double standards

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10:53am Friday 18th April 2014

HOW can the council back free parking in the city car parks?

Get traffic flowing

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10:53am Friday 18th April 2014

I AGREE with Matthew Laverack on congestion (The Press, April 16).

Use the local bus

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10:52am Friday 18th April 2014

I AM surprised that Mr Casperson needs to use Park & Ride (The Press, April 14) when there is a bus stop 200 yards from his house served during the day by a half- hourly bus service (no.10) which goes through the city centre, calling at York Railway Station, Rougier Street and Piccadilly, before leaving York on the Hull Road.

Pointless change

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10:51am Friday 18th April 2014

THERE have been letters written in before, but please can someone give me just one benefit from the alterations where the A166 Stamford Bridge Road meets Grimston Bar roundabout?

Move is too late

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10:51am Friday 18th April 2014

DAVE MERRETT’S move (Bridge saga boss moved on in council shape up, The Press, April 17) is much too little, far too late.

Building deserves new lease of life

York Press: Stonebow House which is claimed by many to be a blot on York’s cityscape

9:42am Thursday 17th April 2014

YORK Alternative History and York Civic Trust should be commended on their York: Living With History Project which has opened up discussion about how decisions are made on our local urban heritage (The Press, April 7).

Bridge reopening

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9:41am Thursday 17th April 2014

I AM disappointed that the Lendal Bridge closure has now been reversed.

Air pollution

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9:40am Thursday 17th April 2014

I WATCHED the Lendal Bridge closure trial with interest and being a cyclist, occasional pedestrian, taxi customer and bus user, I benefited from this thoroughfare being safer, quicker to pass across and generally nicer without the cars and lorries clogging it up during the day.

Pothole fiasco

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9:39am Thursday 17th April 2014

IN THE Press of April 8, Cllr James Alexander informs us that he is going to reinvest income raised from fines during the Lendal Bridge fiasco to fill in potholes.



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