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Differing on tip
9:47am Thursday 19th April 2012 in Letters
The ongoing debate concerning the closure of Beckfield Lane recycling centre (tip) appears to have taken a new direction with your correspondent Bob Towner (Letters, April 16).
He makes some very relevant points concerning the inappropriate location of such a facility in a residential area. I would add to this the fact that the site adjoins three food outlets and a recently opened orthodontic practice, not the most obvious neighbours?
In addition the question of the viability of this site given the need for investment to bring the facility up to requirements is a neglected one; the need to relocate this site was identified by the Audit Commission as far back as 2004 in an inspection report.
Regular visitors either for or against closure cannot fail to recognise that this site is no longer fit for purpose, irrespective of its usefulness and convenience to local residents.
John Harrison, Acomb, York.
• BOB TOWNER correctly observes that if a waste depot were proposed in Beckfield Lane today there would be considerable opposition to it; but this argument does not help the case of his Labour friends who are determined to shut down the facility. On the contrary, it is precisely because the tip exists and that neighbours have got used to it and accept its value that it should remain.
Once it’s gone, it’s gone. When the magnitude if its loss is realised it will be difficult and expensive to obtain approval for another waste depot west of the river.
Furthermore, in the unlikely event that a private housebuilder can be found to purchase the site, its freehold value will be severely limited by the affordable housing policies proposed by this Labour council for all sites of two or more dwellings. With an imposed value for planning purposes of £180,000 to £245,000 per acre, the site can only realise £294,000 at the most. Probably a lot less when demolition and decontamination is factored in. It is worth far more than that in its current use. The case for closing it is fundamentally flawed.
John Jones, Sand Hutton Manor, York.