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King’s Square complaint is justified
LINDA WATSON (Letters, September 12) is right to complain about the council’s desecration of King’s Square.
I was present when the steel barriers were erected, and the plant machinery put to task.
On asking the site manager where the 25 yards of cobblestones and granite slabs were to go, he replied “back to the council yard”. “Some councillor’s private driveway,” I muttered.
Just because some visiting street performers, or the Chocolate Story, for example, want smooth, boring paving, we residents forfeit a charming corner of York.
Not all acrobatic artists perform in the winter, and buskers happily play off any surface.
Upset, I immediately telephoned the chairman of Reinvigorate York to discuss these so-called ‘improvements’, only to be told that the said cobblestone and granite slabs were laid as recently as 1976.
That’s not the point, I pleaded, so why not dig up Shambles, Newgate Market, Grape Lane et al, if that’s the case?
Because somebody once stumbled, or the odd wheelchair found the terrain hard going, why must we abide by all these unwanted directives that spew from the wretched Health and Safety Executive.
Why can’t we live dangerously any more – our boys in Afghanistan do daily. In passing nowadays, people say “take care” – no, take risks is my adage.
Geoffrey Widdows, East Mount Road, York.
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