Negative vibes

Negative vibes

Negative vibes

First published in Letters by

AS SOMEONE who doesn’t live in York, I thought it appropriate to congratulate City of York Council on doing their utmost to create a negative vibe for visitors returning to the city.

Having been caught up in the money-making Lendal Bridge fiasco as a visitor, I now see they’re making it as difficult as possible for drivers to get their money back.

Having been found wanting they find it simply impossible to hold their hands up, admit they were wrong and repay innocent motorists.

Phone customer services, listen to the recorded message and you’ll learn that at some time in the future there will be a message alerting the public as to the process of reclaiming these incorrectly taken payments.

Like all the other motorists I appreciate it’s a tactic devised to minimise those claimants who would make the effort to follow up. But I can’t wait to receive my ‘gesture of goodwill’, until then I’ll simply remain guilty of driving over a bridge legally so I could pay money to support another York visitor attraction.

Doesn’t encourage me to return in a hurry.

Phil Pemble, Sutton Coldfield.

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8:10pm Tue 5 Aug 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Problem you face is that the perpetrator of this scheme, Mr Merrett, said he would resign if they had got it so wrong, referring to the legality of the fines. If they admit they were that wrong by paying the fines back he would have to keep his word. He isn't about to do that so they call it a good will gesture which will probably cost more to administer than just paying all the fines back automatically.
Problem you face is that the perpetrator of this scheme, Mr Merrett, said he would resign if they had got it so wrong, referring to the legality of the fines. If they admit they were that wrong by paying the fines back he would have to keep his word. He isn't about to do that so they call it a good will gesture which will probably cost more to administer than just paying all the fines back automatically. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -6

8:14pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Justin7 says...

Another person not from York who can't read street signs and thinks York is their personal tourist park.

Why the Press is publishing these foolish letters is beyond me.
Another person not from York who can't read street signs and thinks York is their personal tourist park. Why the Press is publishing these foolish letters is beyond me. Justin7
  • Score: 5

8:53pm Tue 5 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Justin7 wrote:
Another person not from York who can't read street signs and thinks York is their personal tourist park.

Why the Press is publishing these foolish letters is beyond me.
They keep accepting your foolish comments!!!
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: Another person not from York who can't read street signs and thinks York is their personal tourist park. Why the Press is publishing these foolish letters is beyond me.[/p][/quote]They keep accepting your foolish comments!!! notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -6

6:56am Wed 6 Aug 14

last of the mandms says...

If you deliberately drove over Lendal Bridge to demonstrate the illegality of the closure your fine should be returned, if you drove over because you didn't realise it was restricted access your fine should be returned then you should be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.
If you deliberately drove over Lendal Bridge to demonstrate the illegality of the closure your fine should be returned, if you drove over because you didn't realise it was restricted access your fine should be returned then you should be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention. last of the mandms
  • Score: 3

8:56am Wed 6 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

last of the mandms wrote:
If you deliberately drove over Lendal Bridge to demonstrate the illegality of the closure your fine should be returned, if you drove over because you didn't realise it was restricted access your fine should be returned then you should be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.
It might help you in future before you put pen to paper so to speak if you read the road traffic regulations as to the definition of 'Driving without due care and attention'!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]last of the mandms[/bold] wrote: If you deliberately drove over Lendal Bridge to demonstrate the illegality of the closure your fine should be returned, if you drove over because you didn't realise it was restricted access your fine should be returned then you should be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.[/p][/quote]It might help you in future before you put pen to paper so to speak if you read the road traffic regulations as to the definition of 'Driving without due care and attention'!!!!! notpedallingpaul
  • Score: 3

9:14am Wed 6 Aug 14

mjgyork says...

Justin7 wrote:
Another person not from York who can't read street signs and thinks York is their personal tourist park.

Why the Press is publishing these foolish letters is beyond me.
Agreed. What York does not need is more half-blind. illiterate. half-wits. It was a bold move which was not allowed to succeed. If YCC cannot determine something as vital as traffic management for the City, without the interference of central government and the lawyers, then what is their function supposed to be?
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: Another person not from York who can't read street signs and thinks York is their personal tourist park. Why the Press is publishing these foolish letters is beyond me.[/p][/quote]Agreed. What York does not need is more half-blind. illiterate. half-wits. It was a bold move which was not allowed to succeed. If YCC cannot determine something as vital as traffic management for the City, without the interference of central government and the lawyers, then what is their function supposed to be? mjgyork
  • Score: -1

10:09am Wed 6 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

mjgyork wrote:
Justin7 wrote:
Another person not from York who can't read street signs and thinks York is their personal tourist park.

Why the Press is publishing these foolish letters is beyond me.
Agreed. What York does not need is more half-blind. illiterate. half-wits. It was a bold move which was not allowed to succeed. If YCC cannot determine something as vital as traffic management for the City, without the interference of central government and the lawyers, then what is their function supposed to be?
Not to put in place 'half baked traffic management' schemes without a competent person being involved who would have foreseen the legalities of the scheme before it was introduced, so now you and I and everyone who pays council tax will fund this amerture effort by this encumbent council through further cuts in our services, you are no doubt aware of the saying 'leave it to the experts' need I say more!
[quote][p][bold]mjgyork[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: Another person not from York who can't read street signs and thinks York is their personal tourist park. Why the Press is publishing these foolish letters is beyond me.[/p][/quote]Agreed. What York does not need is more half-blind. illiterate. half-wits. It was a bold move which was not allowed to succeed. If YCC cannot determine something as vital as traffic management for the City, without the interference of central government and the lawyers, then what is their function supposed to be?[/p][/quote]Not to put in place 'half baked traffic management' schemes without a competent person being involved who would have foreseen the legalities of the scheme before it was introduced, so now you and I and everyone who pays council tax will fund this amerture effort by this encumbent council through further cuts in our services, you are no doubt aware of the saying 'leave it to the experts' need I say more! notpedallingpaul
  • Score: 0

11:19am Wed 6 Aug 14

marvell says...

Labour stooges and apologists on here I see. The majority of York residents agree with you Mr Pemble that it was a catastrophically badly administered scheme with incompetent signage and illegal bus lanes. You have a current Labour administration that would swear black was white if it suited their agenda.
Labour stooges and apologists on here I see. The majority of York residents agree with you Mr Pemble that it was a catastrophically badly administered scheme with incompetent signage and illegal bus lanes. You have a current Labour administration that would swear black was white if it suited their agenda. marvell
  • Score: -3

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