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Are they serious?
I WAS at York Hospital and an old friend (an ambulance driver) came for a chat.
He said Lendal Bridge was closed to them, too and will put long diversions on journeys.
If it is, can they really be serious, or is it another case of going off half-cocked on hare-brained ideas which nobody wants without proper consultation and consideration of the consequences?
If it is not the case, here’s one ambulance driver who hasn’t been properly informed.
This is dealing with life or death situations depending on the fastest medical attention possible.
George Appleby, Leighton Croft, Clifton, York.
I GREW up just at the back of the Minster. I can remember traffic driving by the front of the Minster.
Slowly, over the years, I’ve seen pedestrianisation of the streets. This has mainly been a good thing.
However, bridges may be different. I remember the opening of Clifton Bridge. There was a big ceremony and it was a happy occasion for York people.
We need to get from one side to the other.
If you want to walk across, go to the Millennium Bridge.
The bridges are the main arteries, from one side to the other.
Hugo Platt, Acomb, York.
IT’S ludicrous to close Lendal Bridge to traffic. It’s like City of York Council throwing away a banana and then trying to eat the skin.
Len Smith, Winchester Avenue, York.
JAMES ALEXANDER has decided to close the road over Lendal Bridge in order to ”.... achieve greater bus reliability and I’d like to see it more attractive along the bridge so everyone can get a fitting introduction to the view there”.
How nice. However, following the closure, the buses are not more reliable as they are stuck in horrendous queues everywhere else. As for the tourists, many of them risk being charged £60 a pop for visiting York when they inadvertently follow their sat- navs over the bridge and don’t see the signs advising them of the bridge closure. Interestingly, I used the feature on the York council website to plan an alternative route to collect my children from Acomb and return to the Groves. The route suggested was over Lendal Bridge. Cynics may say this closure is a great way for the council to earn money from fines. But theses fines will be derived mostly from tourists, our economic lifeblood.
This plan has been poorly thought out, badly implemented and will only get worse when the schools open.
Rosy Casimir, Union Terrace, York.
AS one of many who are York born and bred in my age group, 85 or thereabouts, I feel the need to say how sad it makes me feel when I see how our beloved city is changing.
My late husband and I were always proud to tell people we met when away from home that we lived in York. Now I am on my own this does not happen, and would not.
We enjoyed our lovely city but now, apart from our old and interesting buildings, I find it no longer so lovely.
Our good shops have mostly gone and what we get in their place are coffee shops, takeaways and every kind of restaurant imaginable.
We have hotels of an unknown quantity and more pubs and drinking places than we need and still our council allows more.
The days of enjoying a day in town are finished. I do still have a couple of favourite shops left.
Now we have the bridge – what have we done to deserve a council like ours?
B Horsley, Raven Grove, Acomb, York.
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