Here’s your answer, Mr Thornton

York Press: Lendal Bridge Lendal Bridge

THIS letter will be the 301st time The Press will have covered the Lendal Bridge trial since its announcement in April.

Keith Thornton has asked me to “confirm or deny through the letters page whether a ‘deal’ was struck with the new owners before the purchase of the old council offices” (Letters, December 21).

I can put Keith’s mind at rest. Neither I nor any of my Labour colleagues were involved in the July, 2007 sale when the previous Liberal Democrat Council sold St Leonard’s council offices for use as a hotel. This was almost four years before Labour was elected to lead the council.

The Press of July 30, 2007, covered the sale at the time by saying: “York’s tourism chief has called for landmark buildings in St Leonard’s Place to be transformed into the city’s first five-star hotel”.

This information was previously stated in the letters page by the council’s assistant director of planning and sustainable development (Rumour... and denial, December 4, 2013).

Coun James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, Holgate Road, Holgate, York.

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9:47am Tue 24 Dec 13

Micklegate says...

I wonder if I am alone in wanting a council leader who runs the council rather than counting how many times the local media features every story.
I wonder if I am alone in wanting a council leader who runs the council rather than counting how many times the local media features every story. Micklegate

11:23am Tue 24 Dec 13

George Appleby says...

The road sign is ideally situated in a place where, if a motorist ACTUALLY could read it and keep his eye on traffic around him, it would be impossible to reverse back and respect the council's rules, and the same applies at the other end.

No matter, it's been a very successful source of seasonable income !!!? I wonder what wonderful social purposes it has been put to? Maybe to make us all feel happier at Christmas?
The road sign is ideally situated in a place where, if a motorist ACTUALLY could read it and keep his eye on traffic around him, it would be impossible to reverse back and respect the council's rules, and the same applies at the other end. No matter, it's been a very successful source of seasonable income !!!? I wonder what wonderful social purposes it has been put to? Maybe to make us all feel happier at Christmas? George Appleby

6:15pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Jonthan says...

Micklegate wrote:
I wonder if I am alone in wanting a council leader who runs the council rather than counting how many times the local media features every story.
Micklegate, you will not be alone in evading the fact that the old turkey about the the bridge restrictions being linked to the St Leonards hotel sale, is now well and truly stuffed.

Turns out the Lib-Dems dunnit.
Facts, doncha just hate 'em.
[quote][p][bold]Micklegate[/bold] wrote: I wonder if I am alone in wanting a council leader who runs the council rather than counting how many times the local media features every story.[/p][/quote]Micklegate, you will not be alone in evading the fact that the old turkey about the the bridge restrictions being linked to the St Leonards hotel sale, is now well and truly stuffed. Turns out the Lib-Dems dunnit. Facts, doncha just hate 'em. Jonthan

1:01am Wed 25 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

Well then, it seems as though those with the "I must drive absolutely anywhere and everywhere whenever I want" mentality will have to find something else they can piggyback onto so as to blame the bridge closure on.
Well then, it seems as though those with the "I must drive absolutely anywhere and everywhere whenever I want" mentality will have to find something else they can piggyback onto so as to blame the bridge closure on. Magicman!

3:56pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Ichabod76 says...

Did the lib dems also grant planning in 2007 or is that going on now ?
Care to answer James ?
Did the lib dems also grant planning in 2007 or is that going on now ? Care to answer James ? Ichabod76

12:10am Fri 27 Dec 13

strangebuttrue? says...

A quick flick through the internet tells you that the original sale by the council was in 2006 to a developer called Rushbond and an even easier find is that Rushbond sold it to Ambiance Hotels this year as reported in the press on 13th of June 2013.
A quick flick through the internet tells you that the original sale by the council was in 2006 to a developer called Rushbond and an even easier find is that Rushbond sold it to Ambiance Hotels this year as reported in the press on 13th of June 2013. strangebuttrue?

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