City has no character

City has no character

City has no character

First published in Letters by

I TEND not to go into the city centre unless absolutely necessary, which was the case a few days ago.

I was walking along Parliament Street and a tune kept running through my head.

The tune? Where Have All The Flowers Gone? Except it wasn’t flowers I was thinking of, although there was a distinct lack of any flora. The words I was thinking were:

“Where have all the benches gone?

Long time missing

Where have all the benches gone?

Long time no seats

Where have all the benches gone?

Council took them, every one

When will they ere return?

Or will they ere return?”

There was nowhere for anyone to sit. The flat, bleak, unwelcoming street was so depressing, with people scurrying about, heads down, unsmiling. The whole area feels as if it has had its soul sucked out.

Even the fountain has been put out of action. Walking on past King’s Square, that same feeling of drab greyness took hold. The whole place is flat and boring with no personality.

This council is destroying everywhere with a bit of character.

They’ve closed a main route into and out of town, upset visitors while approving more and more hotels, while leaving us with potholed roads and dangerous, uneven footpaths.

Janet S Kitchen-Cooper, Ashley Park Road, York.

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12:49pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Teabag1 says...

Yes but on the plus side there IS a tesco express!! ;-)
Yes but on the plus side there IS a tesco express!! ;-) Teabag1
  • Score: 2

12:50pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Teabag1 says...

yes but there IS a Tesco Express!
yes but there IS a Tesco Express! Teabag1
  • Score: -1

12:51pm Mon 10 Feb 14

CaroleBaines says...

Splutter. I and just about everyone I speak to says how beautiful York looks. If Ms Kitchen Cooker thinks it is bland then may I suggest looking outwards and not inwardly humming tunes. We are privileged to live here and in my experience, bleakness and depression tend to come from the mind within, rather than circumstances without.
Splutter. I and just about everyone I speak to says how beautiful York looks. If Ms Kitchen Cooker thinks it is bland then may I suggest looking outwards and not inwardly humming tunes. We are privileged to live here and in my experience, bleakness and depression tend to come from the mind within, rather than circumstances without. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 24

1:53pm Mon 10 Feb 14

anistasia says...

I've said this all along benches have gone benches used time seat 6-8 people because they were double benches but most of them disappeared but some but not all got replaced with single sided seats that seat 2-3 people so less benches les seating.will we got the fountain working again.it wad said the contractors who took the splash palace away cut through the workings and it's too expensive too repair but surly the council claim off the contractors.so no out lay for the council or tax payer.
I've said this all along benches have gone benches used time seat 6-8 people because they were double benches but most of them disappeared but some but not all got replaced with single sided seats that seat 2-3 people so less benches les seating.will we got the fountain working again.it wad said the contractors who took the splash palace away cut through the workings and it's too expensive too repair but surly the council claim off the contractors.so no out lay for the council or tax payer. anistasia
  • Score: 4

2:22pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Just zis guy, you know? says...

For York as a whole, Talking Heads' "Road To Nowhere" is probably more appropriate.
For York as a whole, Talking Heads' "Road To Nowhere" is probably more appropriate. Just zis guy, you know?
  • Score: -12

2:39pm Mon 10 Feb 14

nvjames says...

Yes York Council, where are the flowers?!?! It's the middle of Winter for crying out loud. Won't be voting for these goons again.
Yes York Council, where are the flowers?!?! It's the middle of Winter for crying out loud. Won't be voting for these goons again. nvjames
  • Score: 9

3:22pm Mon 10 Feb 14

BL2 says...

She has a very valid point - Kings Square and Parliament Street are VERY dull and grey now!
She has a very valid point - Kings Square and Parliament Street are VERY dull and grey now! BL2
  • Score: -11

3:47pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Tug job says...

Blimey, if she thinks the centre of York is depressing, I fear for her if she ever visits Bradford, Coventry or Derby.
Blimey, if she thinks the centre of York is depressing, I fear for her if she ever visits Bradford, Coventry or Derby. Tug job
  • Score: 19

7:12pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Jonthan says...

BL2 wrote:
She has a very valid point - Kings Square and Parliament Street are VERY dull and grey now!
Seems to happen every winter
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: She has a very valid point - Kings Square and Parliament Street are VERY dull and grey now![/p][/quote]Seems to happen every winter Jonthan
  • Score: 23

7:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Red Star says...

Let's face it Parliament St is a bit of a mess; the paving looks like it has been laid by a couple of drunken amateurs, it goes up and down more times than Brown's lift! The fountain never works for fear a student or two may put washing up liquid in it. There's white paint splattered everywhere as a legacy of the white Winter shed collection and to rub salt into the wound, the council has nicked all the seats in order to maximise income from numerous markets. And it could have been so good; European cities must laugh when they see it.
Let's face it Parliament St is a bit of a mess; the paving looks like it has been laid by a couple of drunken amateurs, it goes up and down more times than Brown's lift! The fountain never works for fear a student or two may put washing up liquid in it. There's white paint splattered everywhere as a legacy of the white Winter shed collection and to rub salt into the wound, the council has nicked all the seats in order to maximise income from numerous markets. And it could have been so good; European cities must laugh when they see it. Red Star
  • Score: -6

7:49pm Mon 10 Feb 14

bolero says...

No fountain, but there is a shower in West offices.
No fountain, but there is a shower in West offices. bolero
  • Score: -14

7:37am Tue 11 Feb 14

Kroythrundthru says...

Tug job wrote:
Blimey, if she thinks the centre of York is depressing, I fear for her if she ever visits Bradford, Coventry or Derby.
But we are not those City's you mentioned. We DO LIVE in this beautiful City so why not enhance it even more & especially in winter when it.s looking tired.
I fear that as we have less tourists around in winter our so called Council will not waste money just to keep the City looking happy for the people who live here. After all we only pay the Coucil Tax !
[quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: Blimey, if she thinks the centre of York is depressing, I fear for her if she ever visits Bradford, Coventry or Derby.[/p][/quote]But we are not those City's you mentioned. We DO LIVE in this beautiful City so why not enhance it even more & especially in winter when it.s looking tired. I fear that as we have less tourists around in winter our so called Council will not waste money just to keep the City looking happy for the people who live here. After all we only pay the Coucil Tax ! Kroythrundthru
  • Score: 2

10:49am Tue 11 Feb 14

Tug job says...

Kroythrundthru wrote:
Tug job wrote: Blimey, if she thinks the centre of York is depressing, I fear for her if she ever visits Bradford, Coventry or Derby.
But we are not those City's you mentioned. We DO LIVE in this beautiful City so why not enhance it even more & especially in winter when it.s looking tired. I fear that as we have less tourists around in winter our so called Council will not waste money just to keep the City looking happy for the people who live here. After all we only pay the Coucil Tax !
I can guarantee that if CoYC was to spend, say, £50,000 on "enhancing it even more - especially in the winter when it is looking tired", this page would be full of letters and comments condemning them for so doing, or claiming it is part of some bizarre Marxist conspiracy to undermine global capitalism. I am visiting relatives in York for a couple of weeks and it looks just fine as it is to me. Sometimes you need to get away from a place to fully appreciate it.
[quote][p][bold]Kroythrundthru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: Blimey, if she thinks the centre of York is depressing, I fear for her if she ever visits Bradford, Coventry or Derby.[/p][/quote]But we are not those City's you mentioned. We DO LIVE in this beautiful City so why not enhance it even more & especially in winter when it.s looking tired. I fear that as we have less tourists around in winter our so called Council will not waste money just to keep the City looking happy for the people who live here. After all we only pay the Coucil Tax ![/p][/quote]I can guarantee that if CoYC was to spend, say, £50,000 on "enhancing it even more - especially in the winter when it is looking tired", this page would be full of letters and comments condemning them for so doing, or claiming it is part of some bizarre Marxist conspiracy to undermine global capitalism. I am visiting relatives in York for a couple of weeks and it looks just fine as it is to me. Sometimes you need to get away from a place to fully appreciate it. Tug job
  • Score: 5

4:23pm Tue 11 Feb 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Perhaps they could brighten the place up with some 20mph signs. Come on Anne you are letting us down.
Perhaps they could brighten the place up with some 20mph signs. Come on Anne you are letting us down. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: 0

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