Rare visit spoilt

Rare visit spoilt

Rare visit spoilt

First published in Letters by

AS A York born resident, may I add my thoughts about what is happening to the beautiful, historic city of York.

On Tuesday I had a very rare visit. I paid my parking fees for the day as I fully intended to have a good shop, look around and support local traders.

What a complete disappointment: York is now dirty and scruffy. King’s Square is horrendous with its new decor – all the character has gone, York stone gone, cast iron lamp posts gone, red pillar boxes gone.

I am sorry to say this, but it appears that the management of York wants it to look as common, rough and out of character as possible. I returned to the car long before my ticket ran out.

On Wednesday I visited the McArthur Glenn outlet and it was immaculate.

The drive up was planted out beautifully – all credit to gardeners – and the car parks were clean, free and well organised and the inside of the outlet made a person actually want to shop.

No dirt, no litter, no graffiti. I am sure the council would refer to cut backs rather than admit something is going terribly wrong in York.

It may be the policy to “get York moving”, but what about respecting the city, heritage and conservation instead of reinvigorating York to destruction.

Jan S, Murton Way, Osbaldwick, (Full name supplied).

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2:58pm Sat 23 Aug 14

York2000 says...

Tory troll.
Tory troll. York2000
  • Score: 3

4:01pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Seadog says...

Erm ... I'm sure I posted something in a red pillarbox in Kings' Square only the other day. Perhaps I was hallucinating.
Erm ... I'm sure I posted something in a red pillarbox in Kings' Square only the other day. Perhaps I was hallucinating. Seadog
  • Score: 6

4:48pm Sat 23 Aug 14

pedalling paul says...

Osbaldwick resident eh....? Did you consider using the Park & Ride for your journey.
Osbaldwick resident eh....? Did you consider using the Park & Ride for your journey. pedalling paul
  • Score: 19

9:20am Sun 24 Aug 14

julia brica says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Osbaldwick resident eh....? Did you consider using the Park & Ride for your journey.
You remind me of the Ripping Yarns series where the most boring man in the world had nothing to say other than about the spear and Jackson no 4 shovel.
Well done Paul you have taken the title.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Osbaldwick resident eh....? Did you consider using the Park & Ride for your journey.[/p][/quote]You remind me of the Ripping Yarns series where the most boring man in the world had nothing to say other than about the spear and Jackson no 4 shovel. Well done Paul you have taken the title. julia brica
  • Score: 35324

2:49pm Sun 24 Aug 14

last of the mandms says...

julia brica wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
Osbaldwick resident eh....? Did you consider using the Park & Ride for your journey.
You remind me of the Ripping Yarns series where the most boring man in the world had nothing to say other than about the spear and Jackson no 4 shovel.
Well done Paul you have taken the title.
I think you will find his main preoccupation was local precipitation. My primary interest, is of course, promoting pedantry.
[quote][p][bold]julia brica[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Osbaldwick resident eh....? Did you consider using the Park & Ride for your journey.[/p][/quote]You remind me of the Ripping Yarns series where the most boring man in the world had nothing to say other than about the spear and Jackson no 4 shovel. Well done Paul you have taken the title.[/p][/quote]I think you will find his main preoccupation was local precipitation. My primary interest, is of course, promoting pedantry. last of the mandms
  • Score: -45

4:22pm Sun 24 Aug 14

CHISSY1 says...

Oh yes and lets not forget the number of recent violent crimes,in this beautiful, historic city of York.
Oh yes and lets not forget the number of recent violent crimes,in this beautiful, historic city of York. CHISSY1
  • Score: -33

12:00am Tue 26 Aug 14

Omega Point says...

Very rare visit to the city but live in Osbaldwick. Hypocrite
Very rare visit to the city but live in Osbaldwick. Hypocrite Omega Point
  • Score: 26

3:19pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Terry3 says...

Come on people, the lady is right, York is no longer a wonderful city to live in..at least for those of us who remember York in the period 1950 to 1960. little crime, and people felt safe on the streets even after dark.. Look at it now, and tell me I am wrong, rampant crime, rape murder, assaults almost daily. Not only that, the city, thanks to planners with little sense, have destroyed to "old city" feel. York is a medieval city and was proud of the fact.. no longer.. many tourists don't bother to visit for the above reasons.
Come on people, the lady is right, York is no longer a wonderful city to live in..at least for those of us who remember York in the period 1950 to 1960. little crime, and people felt safe on the streets even after dark.. Look at it now, and tell me I am wrong, rampant crime, rape murder, assaults almost daily. Not only that, the city, thanks to planners with little sense, have destroyed to "old city" feel. York is a medieval city and was proud of the fact.. no longer.. many tourists don't bother to visit for the above reasons. Terry3
  • Score: -3

4:26pm Tue 26 Aug 14

yorkresident007 says...

Don't go out - use online shopping instead. You will not have to mix with the peasants
Don't go out - use online shopping instead. You will not have to mix with the peasants yorkresident007
  • Score: 1

5:22pm Tue 26 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Terry3 wrote:
Come on people, the lady is right, York is no longer a wonderful city to live in..at least for those of us who remember York in the period 1950 to 1960. little crime, and people felt safe on the streets even after dark.. Look at it now, and tell me I am wrong, rampant crime, rape murder, assaults almost daily. Not only that, the city, thanks to planners with little sense, have destroyed to "old city" feel. York is a medieval city and was proud of the fact.. no longer.. many tourists don't bother to visit for the above reasons.
Cities change over time, I do remember York in those days you mention, but we get older, younger people take our places, they want different types of venue to what we had, don't forget we didn't have all the technology that influences our replacements, nor did we have a drug problem that's nation wide, you can't turn the clock back to how you saw the city in the 50's and 60's however much you would like to.
[quote][p][bold]Terry3[/bold] wrote: Come on people, the lady is right, York is no longer a wonderful city to live in..at least for those of us who remember York in the period 1950 to 1960. little crime, and people felt safe on the streets even after dark.. Look at it now, and tell me I am wrong, rampant crime, rape murder, assaults almost daily. Not only that, the city, thanks to planners with little sense, have destroyed to "old city" feel. York is a medieval city and was proud of the fact.. no longer.. many tourists don't bother to visit for the above reasons.[/p][/quote]Cities change over time, I do remember York in those days you mention, but we get older, younger people take our places, they want different types of venue to what we had, don't forget we didn't have all the technology that influences our replacements, nor did we have a drug problem that's nation wide, you can't turn the clock back to how you saw the city in the 50's and 60's however much you would like to. notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -12

10:05pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Terry3 says...

"you can't turn the clock back to how you saw the city in the 50's and 60's however much you would like to."
I don't need to..York to me is the york of my memories..and I doubt I will ever see the city again. sadly I have a daughter in York, and of course that worries me.
"you can't turn the clock back to how you saw the city in the 50's and 60's however much you would like to." I don't need to..York to me is the york of my memories..and I doubt I will ever see the city again. sadly I have a daughter in York, and of course that worries me. Terry3
  • Score: 1

5:46pm Thu 28 Aug 14

York_Jester says...

Good god some people live incredibly sheltered lives. Reading this letter and some of the comments you would think York was a warzone.

York is a city. Cities have problems with graffiti, disorder and anti social behaviour. They also need to evolve to the needs of their citizens. If everyone complained about every little change we would have a road network even worse than what we have now. Progress is necessary.

If you want a quiet life where nothing ever changes, or happens, stick to the villages.
Good god some people live incredibly sheltered lives. Reading this letter and some of the comments you would think York was a warzone. York is a city. Cities have problems with graffiti, disorder and anti social behaviour. They also need to evolve to the needs of their citizens. If everyone complained about every little change we would have a road network even worse than what we have now. Progress is necessary. If you want a quiet life where nothing ever changes, or happens, stick to the villages. York_Jester
  • Score: 0

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