How can event be allowed on Stray?

York Press: Monk Stray, York Monk Stray, York

THANK you for alerting York residents to the council’s plans to site a nine-day event of camping and entertainments on Monk Stray to coincide with Le Grand Depart (The Press, February 7).

How and when was planning permission for this granted when a similar proposal was dropped some three years ago?

The underhand approach of this council to alter the nature of the Stray from an open space we can all enjoy for nothing to a blatant commercialisation of the green heritage of York is disgraceful.

Some years ago residents understood that no such use of the Stray would be imposed without consultation of the householders and businesses affected.

Yes, there is a presentation tomorrow at Heworth Cricket Club, yet caravan and camping places on Monk Stray are already being advertised for hire on the council’s website. This is before a licence has been granted and before the consultation period for a licence has expired.

This council is passing measures the council taxpayers and residents will long regret; let us hope changing the use of Monk Stray will not be one of them.

Why not deal with the inadequate bus service, the dangerous pavements and the pot-holes rather than interfering in Lendal Bridge, King’s Square and Monk Stray?

If more money is needed why not hold a local referendum on raising the council tax and leave our precious Stray alone.

Prof Peter Lock, Straylands Grove, York.

 

• IN RESPONSE to my worries that there are local concerns over plans to turn Monk Stray into a nine-day campsite for the Tour De France, Labour’s Coun Sonja Crisp responded by saying: “A meeting is taking place next week in his ward, involving himself and residents, so I’m not really sure what his point is” (The Press, February 7).

What she failed to say was that the meeting is only happening because I arranged it. Before this, City of York Council had no apparent plans for a public meeting or to consult residents.

This goes against what Coun Crisp said in September 2011, when she said that future use of the stray for public events “would be subject to public consultation”.

So, my “point” is: why did Coun Crisp break this promise and why did Labour not consult local residents?

Perhaps instead of trying to muddy the waters, Coun Crisp and City of York Council should address these issues and explain the plans to local people. Their opportunity will come at the public meeting tomorrow at 7pm at Heworth Cricket Club on Elmpark Way.

Coun Nigel Ayre, Heworth Without ward, Galtres Road, York.

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11:21am Wed 12 Feb 14

Heslington says...

Perhaps the letter writers have not heard that the greatest cycle race in the world is coming to York. Stop moaning and get behind it. It is for nine days for goodness sake.
Perhaps the letter writers have not heard that the greatest cycle race in the world is coming to York. Stop moaning and get behind it. It is for nine days for goodness sake. Heslington

12:57pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Teabag1 says...

Heslington wrote:
Perhaps the letter writers have not heard that the greatest cycle race in the world is coming to York. Stop moaning and get behind it. It is for nine days for goodness sake.
The writer is entitled to there opinion not everyone likes cycle races, I know i don't would rather watch paint dry.
[quote][p][bold]Heslington[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the letter writers have not heard that the greatest cycle race in the world is coming to York. Stop moaning and get behind it. It is for nine days for goodness sake.[/p][/quote]The writer is entitled to there opinion not everyone likes cycle races, I know i don't would rather watch paint dry. Teabag1

1:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

adrean says...

this is a lifetime event and we should get behind it. surely its good for York. I am not a lover of cycling but what a great event and its coming to York !!! just enjoy it.
this is a lifetime event and we should get behind it. surely its good for York. I am not a lover of cycling but what a great event and its coming to York !!! just enjoy it. adrean

2:52pm Wed 12 Feb 14

AntMcM says...

It sounds like another money-making scheme by this ludicrous Council, yet again with no consultation. Nine days of camping on the Stray will have a massive effect on local residents, with all the noise, mess, extra traffic etc. It will be interesting to see what happens at the public meeting tomorrow.
It sounds like another money-making scheme by this ludicrous Council, yet again with no consultation. Nine days of camping on the Stray will have a massive effect on local residents, with all the noise, mess, extra traffic etc. It will be interesting to see what happens at the public meeting tomorrow. AntMcM

3:13pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The Great Buda says...

adrean wrote:
this is a lifetime event and we should get behind it. surely its good for York. I am not a lover of cycling but what a great event and its coming to York !!! just enjoy it.
This is York.

Change is Bad.
Fun is Bad.
The Day ending in a Y is Bad.
[quote][p][bold]adrean[/bold] wrote: this is a lifetime event and we should get behind it. surely its good for York. I am not a lover of cycling but what a great event and its coming to York !!! just enjoy it.[/p][/quote]This is York. Change is Bad. Fun is Bad. The Day ending in a Y is Bad. The Great Buda

3:50pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Firedrake says...

Some historians maintain that the first battle of the Wars of the Roses was fought on Monk Stray. Looks like we may be in for a replay!
Some historians maintain that the first battle of the Wars of the Roses was fought on Monk Stray. Looks like we may be in for a replay! Firedrake

3:55pm Wed 12 Feb 14

E=MC^2 says...

Zut alors! Quelle horreur!...... Thees is ow you say in eenglish – ‘carry on camping meets Mr Bean’- non?? ….. et moi? je vacance en Isle de Martinique avec mon bicyclette…. Au revoir mes amis!.........
Zut alors! Quelle horreur!...... Thees is ow you say in eenglish – ‘carry on camping meets Mr Bean’- non?? ….. et moi? je vacance en Isle de Martinique avec mon bicyclette…. Au revoir mes amis!......... E=MC^2

5:26pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Heslington says...

AntMcM wrote:
It sounds like another money-making scheme by this ludicrous Council, yet again with no consultation. Nine days of camping on the Stray will have a massive effect on local residents, with all the noise, mess, extra traffic etc. It will be interesting to see what happens at the public meeting tomorrow.
Massive effect! Get a life.
[quote][p][bold]AntMcM[/bold] wrote: It sounds like another money-making scheme by this ludicrous Council, yet again with no consultation. Nine days of camping on the Stray will have a massive effect on local residents, with all the noise, mess, extra traffic etc. It will be interesting to see what happens at the public meeting tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Massive effect! Get a life. Heslington

6:53pm Wed 12 Feb 14

AntMcM says...

Heslington wrote:
AntMcM wrote:
It sounds like another money-making scheme by this ludicrous Council, yet again with no consultation. Nine days of camping on the Stray will have a massive effect on local residents, with all the noise, mess, extra traffic etc. It will be interesting to see what happens at the public meeting tomorrow.
Massive effect! Get a life.
OK why don't you move to Stockton Lane for the duration?!
[quote][p][bold]Heslington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AntMcM[/bold] wrote: It sounds like another money-making scheme by this ludicrous Council, yet again with no consultation. Nine days of camping on the Stray will have a massive effect on local residents, with all the noise, mess, extra traffic etc. It will be interesting to see what happens at the public meeting tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Massive effect! Get a life.[/p][/quote]OK why don't you move to Stockton Lane for the duration?! AntMcM

7:36pm Wed 12 Feb 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

It would appear that Council's don't give a dam about residents affected by such decisions. And also it would appear that the decision to hold this event for nine days has already been made!
It appears to be a case of mind over matter: They don't mind and you don't matter. Beware!
It would appear that Council's don't give a dam about residents affected by such decisions. And also it would appear that the decision to hold this event for nine days has already been made! It appears to be a case of mind over matter: They don't mind and you don't matter. Beware! ColdAsChristmas

10:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Pinza-C55 says...

"Give them bread and circuses".
"Give them bread and circuses". Pinza-C55

9:30am Thu 13 Feb 14

tonyfromitaly says...

Labour council consult residents ?...........When did that ever happen ?
The sooner this lot get voted out the better.
Labour council consult residents ?...........When did that ever happen ? The sooner this lot get voted out the better. tonyfromitaly

3:51pm Thu 13 Feb 14

HeworthM says...

What is being overlooked in these letters and comments, is that from correspondance I have received the license is not just for the Tour de France proposed camping. It will allow up to 9,999 people to attend various public entertainments requiring such a license until 11pm, and some retail until 5am, for a maximum of 14 days per year.
I am in favour of the Tour de France coming to York, and I can live with and embrace a one off event for this "once in a lifetime" event on the basis it will be apprpriately supervised and run, but the possibility of 7 full weekend events or 14 evening events over the summer months (this is an outdoor venue subject to being very wet) on a scale of up to 9,999 people is the bigger issue.
What is being overlooked in these letters and comments, is that from correspondance I have received the license is not just for the Tour de France proposed camping. It will allow up to 9,999 people to attend various public entertainments requiring such a license until 11pm, and some retail until 5am, for a maximum of 14 days per year. I am in favour of the Tour de France coming to York, and I can live with and embrace a one off event for this "once in a lifetime" event on the basis it will be apprpriately supervised and run, but the possibility of 7 full weekend events or 14 evening events over the summer months (this is an outdoor venue subject to being very wet) on a scale of up to 9,999 people is the bigger issue. HeworthM

9:12pm Thu 13 Feb 14

wallman says...

Heslington wrote:
Perhaps the letter writers have not heard that the greatest cycle race in the world is coming to York. Stop moaning and get behind it. It is for nine days for goodness sake.
want them in your garden then?
[quote][p][bold]Heslington[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the letter writers have not heard that the greatest cycle race in the world is coming to York. Stop moaning and get behind it. It is for nine days for goodness sake.[/p][/quote]want them in your garden then? wallman

2:09pm Fri 14 Feb 14

hustler says...

Ah, the good old score hacking moron has been having fun again, I see!
Ah, the good old score hacking moron has been having fun again, I see! hustler

7:21am Sat 15 Feb 14

Kroythrundthru says...

What is it with you York Cycleists? You cause havoc wherever you go.
The clue is in the Race title! THE TOUR DE FRANCE! There's enough Cycleists in York without this lot.
What is it with you York Cycleists? You cause havoc wherever you go. The clue is in the Race title! THE TOUR DE FRANCE! There's enough Cycleists in York without this lot. Kroythrundthru

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