Grey areas over city’s stray areas

Grey areas over city’s stray areas

Grey areas over city’s stray areas

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FURTHER to Ruth Roberts (no relation) of May 20, who refers to the fact that City of York Council does not own Monk Stray or any of the other strays in York.

I was under the impression, rightly or wrongly, that they belonged to the Freemen of York and were governed by people known as “pasture masters”. This was certainly the case in the 1980s when the Benson & Hedges Golf Tournament was held at Fulford Golf Club.

Spectators were allowed to park cars free of charge on the other side of the road, part of an area I knew in the 1940s and 1950s as Low Moor and stray land.

Would someone with far greater local knowledge than myself please confirm who owns what. Particularly where Micklegate Stray is and what part of Knavesmire actually belongs to York Racecourse.

Peter Roberts, Thornhills, Haxby.

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7:18pm Sat 24 May 14

MarkyMarkMark says...

I raised the issue via the council last year of the mesh fencing being erected on the Knavesmire around the actual racecourse, since it has the effect of restricting ease of access (as well as incidentally causing localised wear on the running surface, since it channels all of the foot traffic over a very few areas).

It seems the Racecourse company has had the right to do thing since their previous renewal of the lease they hold, from which i surmise they don't actually own much of the green space, but do lease it with certain conditions. Unfortunately those conditions don't include not fencing large areas off from ready access using visually intrusive white mesh.
I raised the issue via the council last year of the mesh fencing being erected on the Knavesmire around the actual racecourse, since it has the effect of restricting ease of access (as well as incidentally causing localised wear on the running surface, since it channels all of the foot traffic over a very few areas). It seems the Racecourse company has had the right to do thing since their previous renewal of the lease they hold, from which i surmise they don't actually own much of the green space, but do lease it with certain conditions. Unfortunately those conditions don't include not fencing large areas off from ready access using visually intrusive white mesh. MarkyMarkMark
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11:25pm Sat 24 May 14

wallman says...

the racecourse owners do what they like you see signs saying no tents or camping, what do they erect but great big tents,
the racecourse owners do what they like you see signs saying no tents or camping, what do they erect but great big tents, wallman
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