Lost opportunity

York Press: Lost opportunity Lost opportunity

WHAT a pity that Stephen Lewis’s excellent feature of January 30 on the Airspeed factory was not published in September, when more public support might have been gained to influence the Cabinet decision in favour of the proposal.

People come to York for the history and heritage. The development of aviation is the next link in the chain, following on from the National Railway Museum.

A plaque is not enough – the site is specific to part of York’s history.

An Airspeed attraction, as described so graphically by MrRead, supported by the Civic Trust and developed by a York-based firm, would surely create employment, generate income and benefit citizens and taxpayers alike.

The increased footfall in Piccadilly would help to regenerate the area, increasing retail opportunities. The untidy space under the Stubbs development in Merchant Gate might at last attract an occupant. This is a more exciting option than another hotel, which would be better built near a Park&Ride site, helping to keep the city traffic free.

What a great hands-on resource it would be for schools, too.

Visit York wanted a new attraction. Let us hope the Cabinet has the foresight, vision and courage to grasp this opportunity.

A Gardiner, Kingsway, Stamford Bridge, York.

 

• IN the feature about Reynard’s garage, James Alexander talks about regeneration and says the area ought to be retail-led.

I would have thought the first job would be to fill all the empty shops dotted around the city before building more. There has been empty ground-floor space for two years-plus in Merchantgate since that building was turned into flats.

I agree the area needs to be revitalized, but not only with shops and hotels but also an attraction such as an air museum, which will bring more visitors to York.

More money would be spent in the city, which I am sure would please the council and all the shop and eatery owners.

Maureen Robinson, Broadway, York.

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11:03am Tue 4 Feb 14

Lunatic says...

Wasn't the plaque suggested by the people involved in York's heritage rather than by the council? Sure I read something about that on York Stories.
Wasn't the plaque suggested by the people involved in York's heritage rather than by the council? Sure I read something about that on York Stories. Lunatic

12:20pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Hicarrumba says...

How about turning the empty ground floor of the building into the Airspeed museum?

The Reynards garage is derelict and would need major renovation to make safe before even thinking about turning it into a attraction.
Yes fine its the building itself but as most museums have a gallery of some sort why not photo graph the building now and record it. then show as it was.

Yes we need history, but also a Themed hotel bar and Restaurant would regenerate as well.
How about turning the empty ground floor of the building into the Airspeed museum? The Reynards garage is derelict and would need major renovation to make safe before even thinking about turning it into a attraction. Yes fine its the building itself but as most museums have a gallery of some sort why not photo graph the building now and record it. then show as it was. Yes we need history, but also a Themed hotel bar and Restaurant would regenerate as well. Hicarrumba

1:46pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Hicarrumba wrote:
How about turning the empty ground floor of the building into the Airspeed museum?

The Reynards garage is derelict and would need major renovation to make safe before even thinking about turning it into a attraction.
Yes fine its the building itself but as most museums have a gallery of some sort why not photo graph the building now and record it. then show as it was.

Yes we need history, but also a Themed hotel bar and Restaurant would regenerate as well.
The hotel next to the Barbican has yet to appear despite the site being empty for several years and the same goes for the Walmgate site. St Leonards Place has been empty for 11 months now with no signs of any activity. If there is such a demand for hotels why are these other projects stalled?
[quote][p][bold]Hicarrumba[/bold] wrote: How about turning the empty ground floor of the building into the Airspeed museum? The Reynards garage is derelict and would need major renovation to make safe before even thinking about turning it into a attraction. Yes fine its the building itself but as most museums have a gallery of some sort why not photo graph the building now and record it. then show as it was. Yes we need history, but also a Themed hotel bar and Restaurant would regenerate as well.[/p][/quote]The hotel next to the Barbican has yet to appear despite the site being empty for several years and the same goes for the Walmgate site. St Leonards Place has been empty for 11 months now with no signs of any activity. If there is such a demand for hotels why are these other projects stalled? Pinza-C55

8:09pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Philcrowder says...

There are some 30 companies any of which contributed more to York who have left or closed in the last 25 years. Some of these would be more suitable than Air speed to be on record.. All of them manufacturers and I have only included the ones as an engineer I supplied.
There are some 30 companies any of which contributed more to York who have left or closed in the last 25 years. Some of these would be more suitable than Air speed to be on record.. All of them manufacturers and I have only included the ones as an engineer I supplied. Philcrowder

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