Wrong decision

Wrong decision

Wrong decision

First published in Letters by

AS A resident living on Bootham for over 35 years, I disagree with the council’s decision to abandon the closure of Lendal Bridge.

Substantial improvements in our living conditions in terms of lower pollution, less traffic noise and easier access within the city centre have resulted.

I am willing to put up with the inconvenience of a longer journey for the overwhelming benefits we saw this winter.

St Leonard’s Place, Exhibition Square and Gillygate will return to unpleasantly congested and polluted environments.

What now for the programme of improvements to Exhibition Square in time for the reopening of the Art Gallery?

York’s economy relies so heavily on ensuring tourists enjoy their visits and the reopening of Lendal Bridge must adversely affect this objective.

I believe the closure has unfairly been blamed for much of the major traffic disruption caused by the necessary works for the A59 Park & Ride. The council should make a calm and rational assessment of all the available traffic data.

I am sure many residents who enjoyed the beneficial changes to our lives brought about by the closure remained silent up to now. I hope this will now change and supporters will get involved in challenging negative attitudes to environmental change and will promote the very real and tangible benefits that we’ve experienced in recent months.

Dr Roger Wools, Bootham, York.

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3:44pm Tue 15 Apr 14

BL2 says...

Not negative views to environmental changes - negative views to ridiculous changes that cause far more problems for everyone not immediately in the area (and for some of those too - .i.e. businesses).
Not negative views to environmental changes - negative views to ridiculous changes that cause far more problems for everyone not immediately in the area (and for some of those too - .i.e. businesses). BL2
  • Score: 2

3:51pm Tue 15 Apr 14

razor08 says...

I can understand your very blinkered opinion but what about all the other residents who suffered from more congestion and pollution on the south side of the city due to the bridge closure. I would strongly support the closure of Skeldergate bridge as I would then have 'Substantial improvements in our living conditions in terms of lower pollution, less traffic noise and easier access within the city centre have resulted.' as you say it would be great for me but look at the bigger picture and don't be selfish!!
I can understand your very blinkered opinion but what about all the other residents who suffered from more congestion and pollution on the south side of the city due to the bridge closure. I would strongly support the closure of Skeldergate bridge as I would then have 'Substantial improvements in our living conditions in terms of lower pollution, less traffic noise and easier access within the city centre have resulted.' as you say it would be great for me but look at the bigger picture and don't be selfish!! razor08
  • Score: 6

10:02pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Mean Mr Mustard says...

Well said razor08! Dr Wools, you chose to live on one of York's busiest roads (it was a "no-go" street in the 1960s for delivery drivers, and has been ever since in my experience) please don't complain that you live on the A19. I have the main East Coast rail line running behind my house, I never complain about the noise from the trains - the line was there when I moved in!
Well said razor08! Dr Wools, you chose to live on one of York's busiest roads (it was a "no-go" street in the 1960s for delivery drivers, and has been ever since in my experience) please don't complain that you live on the A19. I have the main East Coast rail line running behind my house, I never complain about the noise from the trains - the line was there when I moved in! Mean Mr Mustard
  • Score: 5

10:46pm Tue 15 Apr 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Look no further than the traffic lights at the end of your road to see what the problem is. During the closure the lights were set, only during closure times, to allow more traffic through at each green sequence off Bootham and make the closure look good. Outside those hours they went back to normal, set short as the council describe what they do with them. I would like to bet they are again set short all day now the closure has ended?
Look no further than the traffic lights at the end of your road to see what the problem is. During the closure the lights were set, only during closure times, to allow more traffic through at each green sequence off Bootham and make the closure look good. Outside those hours they went back to normal, set short as the council describe what they do with them. I would like to bet they are again set short all day now the closure has ended? strangebuttrue?
  • Score: 3

10:40am Wed 16 Apr 14

ZachCohen says...

Smaller queues at bootham end. But longer queues at the Clifton green end.
So pollution has moved elsewhere.
Smaller queues at bootham end. But longer queues at the Clifton green end. So pollution has moved elsewhere. ZachCohen
  • Score: 0

1:24pm Wed 16 Apr 14

roy_batty says...

You would expect better from a Dr wouldn't you?
Especially one who i presume bought a house on Bootham 35 years ago? The A19 a main route into and thru hour city back then, this is purely a selfish letter from somebody who benefited from the closure!
You would expect better from a Dr wouldn't you? Especially one who i presume bought a house on Bootham 35 years ago? The A19 a main route into and thru hour city back then, this is purely a selfish letter from somebody who benefited from the closure! roy_batty
  • Score: 5

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