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Rumour... and denial
I BELIEVE it to be more than a rumour about the closure of Lendal Bridge (Letters, December 2).
It is only since the opening of the new council palace that these punitive restrictions have been imposed. The only way the council could offload the old council offices was to assure the purchasers that they would stem the flow of traffic outside one way or another. In doing so, they have created a haven for their new place of work and hell for the rest of York.
Due to the Lendal Bridge closure, the traffic has been pushed all around, drivers have had to find an alternative route and the traffic in my street has trebled. Due to restricted movement in my street, vehicles drive on the grass verges and have made a dreadful mess in doing so.
I dread to think of the volume of traffic we will experience when the house building begins on the old grain stores in Water Lane.
Tony Feetenby, Burdyke Avenue, Clifton, York.
• In response to the letter of December 2, City of York Council’s offices in St Leonard’s Place were sold as far back as 2007, and is set to become a high-class hotel.
Although the Lendal Bridge traffic trial restriction is part of the wider city’s transport plans, which were published and agreed in April 2011, the six-month trial did not begin until August this year. It’s also important to note that there is no connection to the trial and the proposed new hotel.
To find out more about the trial please visit: york.gov.uk/citycentreimprovements
Mike Slater, Assistant director of planning and sustainable development, City of York Council.
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