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‘Council’s disregard for the vulnerable’
Much has been written about Lendal Bridge, but the one aspect I have not seen mentioned is the sheer disregard the current Labour administration has for vulnerable and disabled residents in York.
With a big fanfare last week the council opened West Offices, its new “one stop shop” for residents. However, consider for a moment you are unable to walk there. There are parking spaces available at West Offices for disabled people, accessed from Station Rise.
However, the council prohibits all blue badge holders from using Lendal Bridge. Coming from somewhere like Clarence Street would have been about a half-a-mile, five-minute trip. Now, with the closure of Lendal Bridge, we are looking at a three-mile trip round Foss Islands or a near four- mile trip round Clifton Bridge. This change will actually make it harder for residents to access West Offices.
Time and again the Labour council fails to take regard of how its policies will impact on the more vulnerable in our city. This is not only a moral obligation but a legal one.
Coun Lynn Jeffries, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for equalities, Westfield Ward, York.
• I spent an idle 30 minutes in Costa Coffee one morning recently. It happened to be after the 10.30am curfew with restricted access for Lendal Bridge. I found myself wondering what sort of reduction we residents are going to enjoy off our community tax.
I counted up 32 vehicles, all of the “restricted” variety, passing over it. Isn’t that £60 apiece and £1,900 in half an hour? We’re rich!
Or perhaps, because the signage is so woefully inadequate, a legal loop hole will be found, and not a cent need be paid. That would be disappointing, because a gilded bridge, to go with our pavements soon to be paved in gold, would be a fine sight.
Simon Mitchell, Marygate, York.
• The sight of a driving instructor and learner driver crossing Lendal Bridge last Thursday afternoon brought a smile to my face. Some interesting questions arose, including: will it be the pupil or the driving school who pays the fine?
And what about the procedure for collecting fines from foreign-registered cars and drivers of hired vans/cars? Roll on February 2014.
Tony Furnandiz, Calf Close, Haxby, York.
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