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Battle of Fulford (2013)
WITH reference to your news report of October 9, Coun James Alexander is wrong to imply it is inappropriate for Fulford parish council to use part of its precept to prevent a development that will cause irreversible environmental damage to Fulford.
Fulford residents pay a precept to the parish council and also pay council tax to York. It could be said that tax is used against the Fulford community, while the lesser amount raised by precept is used to promote and defend our village.
As to his call for us to work with the developers, the parish council has found most of our concerns ignored. Indeed the community members on the Germany Beck Forum were instructed not to comment on flooding, traffic, air quality or archaeology (including the Battle of Fulford) because these would not be taken into account.
While all the arguments over this development continue, York as the planning authority has shown it is unwilling or unable to protect communities or individuals, or our local environment.
The council seemed to actively oppose the registration of the 1066 Battle of Fulford, and could be considered to be failing in its duty to protect the city’s heritage.
The parish council represents the interests of Fulford parishioners and Coun Alexander can be assured the local community supports our efforts to defend the village. Local residents have consistently turned out for meetings and indicated the Fulford parish council is right to continue this battle.
We await the outcome of the continued process to seek a judicial review.
Alan Smith, Chair, Fulford parish council.
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