No bridge deal

York Press: Lendal Bridge Lendal Bridge

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” with regards to the trial traffic restriction across Lendal Bridge (Letters, December 21).

I responded saying: “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” (Here’s your answer, Mr Thornton, 24th December).

I also gave reference to when The Press covered this sale on July 30, 2007.

Mr Thornton said this was a “typical politician’s answer, ie not answering the question that was asked” (Letters, January 1).

Forgive me, but I am not sure how much clearer I can be. There has not been any deal my Labour colleagues and I were involved in when the sale took place in July 2007 while in opposition, or since being elected to lead the council in May 2011.

Coun James Alexander, Leader of City of York Council.

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12:33pm Thu 23 Jan 14

The Great Buda says...

He's lying, or is he?
He's lying, or is he? The Great Buda

1:02pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Ichabod76 says...

I'll tell you how much clearer you can be Mr Alexander,

Did the Lib Dems also grant planning permision for a hotel in 2007 or was that a much more recent decision ??????
I'll tell you how much clearer you can be Mr Alexander, Did the Lib Dems also grant planning permision for a hotel in 2007 or was that a much more recent decision ?????? Ichabod76

1:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

powerwatt says...

This still doesn't answer the question. What about Council officers involved. He denies he was involved in any deal at the time.

No mention of what is going on currently.
This still doesn't answer the question. What about Council officers involved. He denies he was involved in any deal at the time. No mention of what is going on currently. powerwatt

5:42pm Thu 23 Jan 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Was this site not sold to its current owners last year? Who was in power then? Mind you it does not appear to matter who is in power just have a look at Mr Merretts attendance at meeting for the last 6 years and you can see who has had a steady hand on the tiller of transport in York regardless of which party is in power.
Was this site not sold to its current owners last year? Who was in power then? Mind you it does not appear to matter who is in power just have a look at Mr Merretts attendance at meeting for the last 6 years and you can see who has had a steady hand on the tiller of transport in York regardless of which party is in power. strangebuttrue?

5:49pm Thu 23 Jan 14

wildthing666 says...

He's a politician, his mouth's open so he's lying through his teeth
He's a politician, his mouth's open so he's lying through his teeth wildthing666

7:11pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Pinza-C55 says...

As far as I remember St Leonards Place was sold when it was expected the council would be building the Hungate offices and it was then leased back by them when Hungate fell through?
His answer is factually correct and I don't suppose he was privy to the internal dealings of the Liberal council?
As far as I remember St Leonards Place was sold when it was expected the council would be building the Hungate offices and it was then leased back by them when Hungate fell through? His answer is factually correct and I don't suppose he was privy to the internal dealings of the Liberal council? Pinza-C55

9:51pm Thu 23 Jan 14

old_geezer says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
As far as I remember St Leonards Place was sold when it was expected the council would be building the Hungate offices and it was then leased back by them when Hungate fell through?
His answer is factually correct and I don't suppose he was privy to the internal dealings of the Liberal council?
That's as I remember, too, but I'm open to correction. Another aspect that occurs to me is that a sale might be agreed (i.e. council decision) at one time, but take effect (contract signed and money transferred) at another.
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: As far as I remember St Leonards Place was sold when it was expected the council would be building the Hungate offices and it was then leased back by them when Hungate fell through? His answer is factually correct and I don't suppose he was privy to the internal dealings of the Liberal council?[/p][/quote]That's as I remember, too, but I'm open to correction. Another aspect that occurs to me is that a sale might be agreed (i.e. council decision) at one time, but take effect (contract signed and money transferred) at another. old_geezer

11:47pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
As far as I remember St Leonards Place was sold when it was expected the council would be building the Hungate offices and it was then leased back by them when Hungate fell through?
His answer is factually correct and I don't suppose he was privy to the internal dealings of the Liberal council?
Yes I too remember about the sale of the offices... the problem was that everybody hated the Hungate design for the new council base, and set proceedings back so far that another administration was in place by time the people who purchased St Lenoards Place actually had the building to themselves....
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: As far as I remember St Leonards Place was sold when it was expected the council would be building the Hungate offices and it was then leased back by them when Hungate fell through? His answer is factually correct and I don't suppose he was privy to the internal dealings of the Liberal council?[/p][/quote]Yes I too remember about the sale of the offices... the problem was that everybody hated the Hungate design for the new council base, and set proceedings back so far that another administration was in place by time the people who purchased St Lenoards Place actually had the building to themselves.... Magicman!

10:18am Fri 24 Jan 14

CaroleBaines says...

Have met and talked to a lot of people who use West Offices. I have also been in there. What I hear is almost 100% negative. Its grey, its overly noisy, the security staff make it feel like a prison, as do the infamous 'suicide nets' and the balcony/walkway design.

It cost a fortune. I would say it is not a success. Meanwhile projects for residents such as the stadium remain in the long grass. Hmm.
Have met and talked to a lot of people who use West Offices. I have also been in there. What I hear is almost 100% negative. Its grey, its overly noisy, the security staff make it feel like a prison, as do the infamous 'suicide nets' and the balcony/walkway design. It cost a fortune. I would say it is not a success. Meanwhile projects for residents such as the stadium remain in the long grass. Hmm. CaroleBaines

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