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I read in The Press (September 6) that permission had been given for nine flats and 18 houses at the former waste disposal site on Beckfield Lane.
No surprise there then – City of York Council owns the site.
The council has, on numerous occasions, highlighted the need for additional social housing to rent, but advised it cannot achieve this because of budget restraints.
So a golden opportunity for the council – it owns the site (no cost) and it has given itself building permission (negligible cost).
If it scrapped the unnecessary and unwanted 20mph limits (saving £600,000), the King’s Square redevelopment (saving £470,000) and I could mention a few others,I believe it would have released enough money to build the development and provide much-needed work for the decimated construction industry, from which I have retired.
This development could provide social housing to give permanent homes and reduce expenditure on temporary bed and breakfast accommodation etc.
So what will the council do? Sell the site, I expect, and waste the proceeds.
We need City of York Council to be run by businessmen as a business and using a bit of common sense – left to our existing ruling body, we would be bankrupt.
Roll on election day. Meanwhile, I will endure the extra cost and increased pollution by taking my excess rubbish across York to James Street.
Stuart Cariss, Hessay, York.
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