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Ideas for Reynard’s...
JUST a thought, couldn’t Reynard’s Garage be pulled down and the land used as a much needed bus station (The Press, September 25)?
It’s central and would be an asset to York and since we own it should be fairly reasonable to convert.
We need more shops and hotels like a hole in the head. Let’s have something we need for a change.
As to the building being retained as a place of interest, have you looked at it? It’s an eyesore, as are quite a few buildings we appear to want to keep, the White Swan Hotel being a prime example.
What on earth visitors to York think of this area goodness only knows.
Rita Crombleholme, Badger Hill, York.
• They kept that quiet. The derelict Reynard’s Garage in Piccadilly has all the time been owned by City of York Council.
For more than ten years, our councillors of all political hues have been content to allow this site to be an eyesore and to lose potential income to the city coffers. Don’t any of them care?
If they really care about the shortage of affordable housing, why didn’t they develop it? Now they hope to pocket some more capital for their vanity projects by selling the dirt to the private sector.
The stock of family jewels is depleting quickly.
Geoff Robb, Hunters Close, Dunnington.
• Further to J Beisly’s letter of September 30 about Reynard’s Garage in Piccadilly, those who have an interest in early aviation will probably be aware of the building’s connection with early flying when Nevil Shute founded the Airspeed Aviation firm on the site in 1931.
The board of the company included Amy Johnson and Sir Alan Cobham, two great names of early flying It therefore has a strong historical aviation significance although at present in very tatty condition. But a large building located in the city centre could be restored and put to other uses and possibilities could include an indoor antiques market similar to the one in Pickering (tourists would love it!); an indoor exhibition, events and food market (to replace those already held outdoors in Parliament Street and always dependent on the weather); or as a community and arts centre including café and restaurant.
The building could be named the Airspeed Building and have an area illustrating its history in pictures. So much can be done with positive thinking, but please don’t let’s lose it.
Tony Baker, Lucombe Way, Hartrigg Oaks, New Earswick, York.
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