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Helen Heraty should be helped, not hindered
10:40am Monday 21st October 2013 in Letters
MY PARTNER and I write in response to your articles about the Gray’s Court public inquiry.
We want to support Gray’s Court and to endorse the wonderful things Helen Heraty and her family are doing. We find it hard to understand why there would be anything but acclaim for a brave, entrepreneurial, sensitive and innovative project which has truly brought one of the local historic gems to life. Gray’s Court is doing wonders for the local economy and has opened up a beautiful site to others.
We first came across Gray’s Court on a trip to York, and two years later decided to get married there. It was precisely because of Helen and her family’s approach that we fell in love with the place. As someone who has worked in the heritage sector, I believe that if we are not to lose our great national landmarks, we must be able to find innovative and sustainable ways of keeping them in use. Gray’s Court would be a terrible waste as a private home, shut off to visitors. Not only has Helen sympathetically restored this beautiful house, she has saved it from obscurity and enabled the general public to enjoy its beautiful surroundings.
Why has there been anything but a positive response to this remarkable family? They aren’t building a Tesco, a Starbucks, or local nightclub – they have opened a tranquil, peaceful open space for everyone to enjoy. Yes I agree, there should be restrictions, but I do hope an arrangement can be made so the property can continue to be such a wonderful advert for York. As far as I can see, every city needs a Helen Heraty.
Ana Horton and Christopher Osborne,
Bells Hill, Bishop’s Stortford.
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