Pointless ‘pyromania’

York Press: Pointless ‘pyromania’ Pointless ‘pyromania’

EAST Riding County Council wisely took the steam out of the Beverley-to-York Minsters’ Rail Campaign by deciding it was not deliverable due to lack of finance; consequently it was decided unrealistic to protect any proposed route from development.

The burning by George Mcmanus, chairman of the campaign, of a supposed list of 10,000 signatures in support of the railway seemed pretty futile as only about 20 supporters turned up.

Who knows, in 20 years time we may have a completely new mode of transport.

Macmanus’s pyromaniac event lit up the fact that there were more reporters than supporters.

Chris Etherington, Bolton Gates, Wilberfoss, York.

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12:45pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Zetkin says...

What a bizarre letter.

The attendance at a photo-opportunity doesn't really tell you anything about the support a campaign does or does not have.

It certainly doesn't justify the myopic decision taken by East Riding council, which will deliver handsome financial benefits to a handful of developers, and bequeath a legacy of traffic jams and road accidents to future generations, whilst leaving York and Hull with poor transport links to the economic and social detriment of both.
What a bizarre letter. The attendance at a photo-opportunity doesn't really tell you anything about the support a campaign does or does not have. It certainly doesn't justify the myopic decision taken by East Riding council, which will deliver handsome financial benefits to a handful of developers, and bequeath a legacy of traffic jams and road accidents to future generations, whilst leaving York and Hull with poor transport links to the economic and social detriment of both. Zetkin
  • Score: 12

2:04pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Pinza-C55 says...

According to Google Earth the writer lives a short distance from the line (possibly in the level crossing Gatehouse?) so I spy a vested interest here.
According to Google Earth the writer lives a short distance from the line (possibly in the level crossing Gatehouse?) so I spy a vested interest here. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 9

2:35pm Fri 17 Jan 14

old_geezer says...

A bizarre letter indeed. 20 is a pretty good turnout as a deputation for a petition, and as for a new mode of transport, while I can't say we won't be beamed up by Scotty, I'd rather be planning within the limits we know about now!.
A bizarre letter indeed. 20 is a pretty good turnout as a deputation for a petition, and as for a new mode of transport, while I can't say we won't be beamed up by Scotty, I'd rather be planning within the limits we know about now!. old_geezer
  • Score: 6

9:13pm Fri 17 Jan 14

pedalling paul says...

Just watched Michael Portillo's latest foray, along the once closed but now reopened Robin Hood line, between Nottingham & Worksop. One million journeys a year. If they can do it, why can't others?
Just watched Michael Portillo's latest foray, along the once closed but now reopened Robin Hood line, between Nottingham & Worksop. One million journeys a year. If they can do it, why can't others? pedalling paul
  • Score: 6

1:06am Sat 18 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Just watched Michael Portillo's latest foray, along the once closed but now reopened Robin Hood line, between Nottingham & Worksop. One million journeys a year. If they can do it, why can't others?
Yes I watched that too.

The East Yorkshire decision seems incredibly short sighted at such a time as this, when the railways are on the verge of a second heyday.

The attendance at an event doesn't really have much connection about the amount of support for a cause, particularly that for a railway line... it could be that a lot of the supporters suffer health conditions and so can't travel very far on their own.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Just watched Michael Portillo's latest foray, along the once closed but now reopened Robin Hood line, between Nottingham & Worksop. One million journeys a year. If they can do it, why can't others?[/p][/quote]Yes I watched that too. The East Yorkshire decision seems incredibly short sighted at such a time as this, when the railways are on the verge of a second heyday. The attendance at an event doesn't really have much connection about the amount of support for a cause, particularly that for a railway line... it could be that a lot of the supporters suffer health conditions and so can't travel very far on their own. Magicman!
  • Score: -19

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