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WHY can’t we exchange brown-field for green-belt sites?
A 37-hectare park could be created on the brown-field teardrop development – perhaps more parks and playing fields on the British Sugar and old Manor School sites too.
If Queens Bridge were demolished this would provide easy access to the entrance to the new park at the current Railway Institute including from York railway station. From here tourists could venture through the park filled with landscaped ponds, woods and meadows. They could also travel along a timeline of York’s historic past from neolithic to modern times.
Finance should be available from central government and the EU carbon funds.
Apart from the huge initial employment for the landscaping and building projects, long-term employment would be generated for the theme elements and upkeep of the new York central park.
Regarding housing, if a new single carriageway link road were built from the Stockton-on-Forest junction on the A64 westwards, attractive eco villages could be constructed in bubbles of land between this new and the old northern ring-road.
Due to new council revenue from this tourist opportunity, business rates could be reduced and high street shopping areas revamped to include new local housing.
Tom Scaife, Manor Drive, York.
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