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History of fountain
YOUR comment column (August 15) ref asked York residents what they want in Parliament Street instead of the fountain.
When the original plans were drawn up, three or four complete designs were taken to every ward to vote on. It could not be ‘pick and mix’ but one scheme in its entirety. In every ward the overwhelming comment was “No fountain” due to costly maintenance, rubbish, soapsuds, etc. After months of meetings the council’s choice was revealed: a mishmash of schemes, with a fountain.
Later the council scheme to lend cycles for return was launched. About 30 bikes were left in town on trust. Next day all had vanished, never to be seen again.
A recent reader’s letter said York’s walled centre would soon be empty apart from tourists and locals in historical costumes. When the first footstreets were opened, The Press printed my letter which said much the same. This caused great hilarity and disbelief among many people, as did the original suggestion a few years ago to close Lendal Bridge.
Do any of these schemes of yore sound familiar? Perhaps if councillors get more new rises (Richard Bridge, Letters, August 15) they might come up with better new schemes. Better still – new councillors!
Mrs M Barker, Ousecliffe Gardens, York.
• WITH regard to the fountain, Parliament Street I couldn’t think of anything any better than to plant it up, as in other areas in the city. We appear to have an excellent team in our gardening area. May this suggestion be taken on board.
M Warwick, Glen Avenue, Heworth, York.
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