Lendal bridge is Alexander’s legacy

WRONG TURNING: Lendal Bridge

WRONG TURNING: Lendal Bridge

First published in Letters by

THE problem for James Alexander and the Labour party is that the Lendal Bridge fiasco has taken on a life of its own and refuses to have a line drawn under it.

It all reminds me of the eminent scientist who persuaded a volunteer to jump into a bath of freezing water and subsequently into a bath of boiling water, every single calculation he had made indicates that on average the volunteer would be merely “warm” – fatally so, it turned out.

The conclusion, you see, is that it’s the practical that counts, not the theoretical. Maybe in years to come the defining moment in a politician’s life in York will come to be known as their “Lendal moment”.

Geoffrey Searstone, Moor Lane, York.

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11:42am Mon 21 Jul 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Well said but we need to keep reminding ourselves that Mr Merrett’s Lendal Bridge ‘closure’ is more the point here than the ensuing fiasco of implementation. It was the closure that finally brought residents to say - enough is enough - following years of the councils war against law abiding resident motorists. This closure was opposed by the silent majority, some who became not so silent, before any sign was erected.

The council are trying their level best to mislead York residents into believing that this backlash was the result of a botched implementation. This is something some appear to try to blame on advising officers, rather than the closure itself I have no doubt in the hope that at some future date, and as Mr Levene puts it – having done all the hearts and minds stuff – or further brain washing to put it another way, a new bridge closure can be implemented.

I note that Mr Levene and Mr Alexander are both carrying on saying the same thing Mr Merrett started – “the congestion problem is not going away”. Well they should know as the council war on resident motorists created it in the first place as evidenced by increasing congestion and pollution without any increase in the volume of traffic. What this appears to imply is they have no intension of letting up on the war against residents driving cars until they bring about Mr Merrett’s dream of a car free city.
Well said but we need to keep reminding ourselves that Mr Merrett’s Lendal Bridge ‘closure’ is more the point here than the ensuing fiasco of implementation. It was the closure that finally brought residents to say - enough is enough - following years of the councils war against law abiding resident motorists. This closure was opposed by the silent majority, some who became not so silent, before any sign was erected. The council are trying their level best to mislead York residents into believing that this backlash was the result of a botched implementation. This is something some appear to try to blame on advising officers, rather than the closure itself I have no doubt in the hope that at some future date, and as Mr Levene puts it – having done all the hearts and minds stuff – or further brain washing to put it another way, a new bridge closure can be implemented. I note that Mr Levene and Mr Alexander are both carrying on saying the same thing Mr Merrett started – “the congestion problem is not going away”. Well they should know as the council war on resident motorists created it in the first place as evidenced by increasing congestion and pollution without any increase in the volume of traffic. What this appears to imply is they have no intension of letting up on the war against residents driving cars until they bring about Mr Merrett’s dream of a car free city. strangebuttrue?
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10:17pm Mon 21 Jul 14

jay, york says...

strangebuttrue? wrote:
Well said but we need to keep reminding ourselves that Mr Merrett’s Lendal Bridge ‘closure’ is more the point here than the ensuing fiasco of implementation. It was the closure that finally brought residents to say - enough is enough - following years of the councils war against law abiding resident motorists. This closure was opposed by the silent majority, some who became not so silent, before any sign was erected. The council are trying their level best to mislead York residents into believing that this backlash was the result of a botched implementation. This is something some appear to try to blame on advising officers, rather than the closure itself I have no doubt in the hope that at some future date, and as Mr Levene puts it – having done all the hearts and minds stuff – or further brain washing to put it another way, a new bridge closure can be implemented. I note that Mr Levene and Mr Alexander are both carrying on saying the same thing Mr Merrett started – “the congestion problem is not going away”. Well they should know as the council war on resident motorists created it in the first place as evidenced by increasing congestion and pollution without any increase in the volume of traffic. What this appears to imply is they have no intension of letting up on the war against residents driving cars until they bring about Mr Merrett’s dream of a car free city.
Ignore all the negative votes - they are just labour trolls, who are not even capable of writing a comment. What you have said is absolutley spot on. This labour councilis a total failure.
[quote][p][bold]strangebuttrue?[/bold] wrote: Well said but we need to keep reminding ourselves that Mr Merrett’s Lendal Bridge ‘closure’ is more the point here than the ensuing fiasco of implementation. It was the closure that finally brought residents to say - enough is enough - following years of the councils war against law abiding resident motorists. This closure was opposed by the silent majority, some who became not so silent, before any sign was erected. The council are trying their level best to mislead York residents into believing that this backlash was the result of a botched implementation. This is something some appear to try to blame on advising officers, rather than the closure itself I have no doubt in the hope that at some future date, and as Mr Levene puts it – having done all the hearts and minds stuff – or further brain washing to put it another way, a new bridge closure can be implemented. I note that Mr Levene and Mr Alexander are both carrying on saying the same thing Mr Merrett started – “the congestion problem is not going away”. Well they should know as the council war on resident motorists created it in the first place as evidenced by increasing congestion and pollution without any increase in the volume of traffic. What this appears to imply is they have no intension of letting up on the war against residents driving cars until they bring about Mr Merrett’s dream of a car free city.[/p][/quote]Ignore all the negative votes - they are just labour trolls, who are not even capable of writing a comment. What you have said is absolutley spot on. This labour councilis a total failure. jay, york
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7:28am Tue 22 Jul 14

oi oi savaloy says...

Just seen J.A.'S twitter responses to Burgins perfumery regarding trading & job losses, absolute disgrace!! JA should go now he is an absolute disgrace!!
I have shopped at Burgins all my adult life for gifts for my wife and family , JA you do not belong in York we the true born Yorkies do not like you!
Just seen J.A.'S twitter responses to Burgins perfumery regarding trading & job losses, absolute disgrace!! JA should go now he is an absolute disgrace!! I have shopped at Burgins all my adult life for gifts for my wife and family , JA you do not belong in York we the true born Yorkies do not like you! oi oi savaloy
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3:00pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Badgers Drift says...

oi oi savaloy wrote:
Just seen J.A.'S twitter responses to Burgins perfumery regarding trading & job losses, absolute disgrace!! JA should go now he is an absolute disgrace!! I have shopped at Burgins all my adult life for gifts for my wife and family , JA you do not belong in York we the true born Yorkies do not like you!
Seen it too, here it is....

James Alexander @jmalexander1982 16h
Some wouldn't be surprised your business struggling when all you do is talk down York + own business @BurginsofYork. I wouldn't shop there

What a disgrace!

Go now Alexander!
[quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: Just seen J.A.'S twitter responses to Burgins perfumery regarding trading & job losses, absolute disgrace!! JA should go now he is an absolute disgrace!! I have shopped at Burgins all my adult life for gifts for my wife and family , JA you do not belong in York we the true born Yorkies do not like you![/p][/quote]Seen it too, here it is.... James Alexander @jmalexander1982 16h Some wouldn't be surprised your business struggling when all you do is talk down York + own business @BurginsofYork. I wouldn't shop there What a disgrace! Go now Alexander! Badgers Drift
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6:54am Thu 24 Jul 14

julia brica says...

For a council leader to use twitter at all is ok as long as he sticks to non politics and refrains from trashing the town and its businesses.
His tweeting about burgins says it all about the man.
He should go. I hope the electorate give him the boot come the next elections.
For a council leader to use twitter at all is ok as long as he sticks to non politics and refrains from trashing the town and its businesses. His tweeting about burgins says it all about the man. He should go. I hope the electorate give him the boot come the next elections. julia brica
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