Residents ignored

Residents ignored

Residents ignored

First published in Letters by

THREE items in The Press caught my eyes recently.

1. Tourists spend more than £600 million a year in visits to the city, but nowhere is mentioned any form of benefit to the people who live here. No doubt businesses will be rubbing their hands as their coffers swell from all this activity, but the poor old resident gains nothing.

2. Vince Cable states there is a good case for remaining in the EU as “membership enables Britain to influence the rules and regulations on trade and climate change”. Are these the “rules” that most member states of the EU ignore while Britain kowtows to them?

3. Council leader James Alexander and Coun Linsay Cunningham-Cross in a letter thank the 70 or so people who attended a “community conversation” meeting. Would it be too much to expect that he will take into account the responses from the audience and act on them?

Finally, on benefits to residents, I recently had to make a delivery to a colleague in Pottery Lane – what a rough ride. The residents there deserve to see the road planed off and re-laid as the surface is so badly pitted by potholes.

R Hutchinson, Sherwood Grove, York.

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12:37pm Thu 20 Feb 14

TheManor says...

"Poor old residents gain nothing" from £600 million spent in York? Really? A high proportion of York residents, myself included, work in the tourism sector - we would have no jobs and no income if tourists did not come to the city. The businesses who are making money from this sustain the city's economy with business rates, employing the people who pay the very taxes that make York an attractive place to live and work. No-one in York can claim they don't benefit from tourism income.
"Poor old residents gain nothing" from £600 million spent in York? Really? A high proportion of York residents, myself included, work in the tourism sector - we would have no jobs and no income if tourists did not come to the city. The businesses who are making money from this sustain the city's economy with business rates, employing the people who pay the very taxes that make York an attractive place to live and work. No-one in York can claim they don't benefit from tourism income. TheManor
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1:06pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Prob says...

Perhaps you expect every tourist coming through to pop a fiver through your letterbox?
Perhaps you expect every tourist coming through to pop a fiver through your letterbox? Prob
  • Score: 4

1:42pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

but the poor old resident gains nothing.

Fail.
How many residents are directly involved in the tourist industry?
How many are indirectly involved?
Pretty much all of us.
[quote]but the poor old resident gains nothing.[/quote] Fail. How many residents are directly involved in the tourist industry? How many are indirectly involved? Pretty much all of us. Buzzz Light-year
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2:46am Fri 21 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

If the letter writer turns the other way out of his street and goes onto Yearsley Grove he will find another exampleof road on a similarly bad scale to Pottery Lane - but this road is exaccerbated by it being filled up with cars twice a day as parents flock to the nearby school.
If the letter writer turns the other way out of his street and goes onto Yearsley Grove he will find another exampleof road on a similarly bad scale to Pottery Lane - but this road is exaccerbated by it being filled up with cars twice a day as parents flock to the nearby school. Magicman!
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