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Fuming at hold-ups
BEING among the unfortunate people who live the wrong side of the city and have to cross the river to get to the station to pick up friends and visitors, I should like to add some points to the many being put forward re the closure of Lendal Bridge.
The council members quote reduction of pollution as a reason for the closure. In order for me to get to the station:
• My route will now take longer
• I will cause more tailbacks on Fulford Road, which has two primary schools in it
• I will then have to go down Nunnery Lane, which has yet another primary school at the end of it.
Is the intention of the council to reduce future pollution by killing off the youth of today with more vehicle fumes?
Marie Taylor, St Wulstan Close, Fossway, York.
• Please don’t stop including letters about the looming catastrophe of Lendal Bridge’s closure. On the contrary, I would suggest two courses of additional action:
1 Forming a dossier of all the letters relating to this ready as ammo for the impending lockdown
2 Printing the stats re those who have written pro and con, to emphasise the present Cabinet’s refusal to listen and act on behalf of the majority of its beleaguered constituents.
Right from the off I had thought to gather a small group of those against this insane decision to have a sit-in on Lendal Bridge – I come from the original generation of direct action. This would have illustrated the dire consequences for any traffic movement throughout York. Shopkeepers in the centre of York told me it was a great idea but of course they’d be unable to take part during their working day and so on, until I “bottled” trying to organise this.
But I do ask you readers just to think what the consequences would likely have been and to continue to bombard their councillors and this paper with their reasoned objections.
Dorothy Nicholson, Grange Garth, York.
• Traffic in York can be likened to blood flowing through a human body.
The city is in a poor state because for years more and more roads have been blocked by traffic planners. This has resulted in urban dysfunction because moving around is so difficult.
Now imagine your body is the city and your blood is the traffic; and then imagine a consultant tells you that the way to solve your problem is to cut one of three vital arteries carrying lifeblood from one half of your body to the other.
Would you accept this recommendation or would you go and tell the idiot to jump off Lendal Bridge?
Matthew Laverack, Architect of this parish, Lord Mayors Walk, York.
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