Just pay it back

Just pay it back

Just pay it back

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SO the council has decided to refund the many tourists and general public who were fined during the Lendal Bridge fiasco.

How very gallant. But only if the unlucky people go through the proper channels to claim so as to ensure there won’t be any fraudulent claims.

The council has all the details (or rather the company away from York has them), so why not just reimburse the people now?

The council was very quick to charge them and to add further charges if the fines were not paid immediately. So rather than setting up a long-winded application process, why not just pay it back?

Of course, the public who were fined could also make a counter claim having not been refunded the money immediately?

This is really not a gesture of goodwill on the council’s part, but more a complete nightmare on a par with the closure of the bridge.

Does the council ever do anything that doesn’t involve more meetings and agendas?

S McClaren, Boroughbridge Road, York.

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2:24pm Thu 31 Jul 14

strangebuttrue? says...

They won't just pay it back because that would be tantamount to admitting it was illegal. They won't admit is was illegal because they are protecting the perpetrator of the fiasco Mr Merrett who would then have to stick to his word and resign.

So that leaves us with firstly the cost of this bridge closure then the £11k to apparently find out they could not legally win a challenge on the findings of the report which said they had no powers to issue them in the first place. Further, I would suspect, the cost of administering claims will be higher than the cost of just paying back the money to all even with the initial fine money taken into account. All of this on-going cost and bad publicity to protect one man?
They won't just pay it back because that would be tantamount to admitting it was illegal. They won't admit is was illegal because they are protecting the perpetrator of the fiasco Mr Merrett who would then have to stick to his word and resign. So that leaves us with firstly the cost of this bridge closure then the £11k to apparently find out they could not legally win a challenge on the findings of the report which said they had no powers to issue them in the first place. Further, I would suspect, the cost of administering claims will be higher than the cost of just paying back the money to all even with the initial fine money taken into account. All of this on-going cost and bad publicity to protect one man? strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -5

2:03am Fri 1 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

Perhaps it is a test... a test to see those who are willing to accept they *did* drive past a very visible sign stating they shouldn't proceed, and to see who have the mindset that they were never wrong.
Perhaps it is a test... a test to see those who are willing to accept they *did* drive past a very visible sign stating they shouldn't proceed, and to see who have the mindset that they were never wrong. Magicman!
  • Score: 3

9:48am Fri 1 Aug 14

strangebuttrue? says...

And like magic my score seems to have gone from a healthy positive to a manipulated misleading negative? Wonder where we have seen misleading before in this saga?
And like magic my score seems to have gone from a healthy positive to a manipulated misleading negative? Wonder where we have seen misleading before in this saga? strangebuttrue?
  • Score: 3

11:43am Fri 1 Aug 14

Scorpio says...

strangebuttrue? wrote:
And like magic my score seems to have gone from a healthy positive to a manipulated misleading negative? Wonder where we have seen misleading before in this saga?
I've noticed that any letter/comments that criticise the council suddenly get lots of negative scores!!
Of course there will be a Director of Press Letters, an Assistant Director and at least 2 underlings with fancy titles scouring the Press letters and scoring in the councils favour!!
[quote][p][bold]strangebuttrue?[/bold] wrote: And like magic my score seems to have gone from a healthy positive to a manipulated misleading negative? Wonder where we have seen misleading before in this saga?[/p][/quote]I've noticed that any letter/comments that criticise the council suddenly get lots of negative scores!! Of course there will be a Director of Press Letters, an Assistant Director and at least 2 underlings with fancy titles scouring the Press letters and scoring in the councils favour!! Scorpio
  • Score: 0

7:42pm Fri 1 Aug 14

sharplesh says...

Perhaps they will also pay the due interest lost on these rogue fines as a gesture of good will....somehow I think not !!!!! Heads should roll for this hairbrained idea........
Perhaps they will also pay the due interest lost on these rogue fines as a gesture of good will....somehow I think not !!!!! Heads should roll for this hairbrained idea........ sharplesh
  • Score: 2

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