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10:50am Saturday 26th May 2012 in Letters
I AM not advocating that the last rites should be administered to York city centre in the wake of the council deciding in favour of Monks Cross.
This could be a major setback for the heart of York – time will tell. Stand by with the defibrillator! Let’s hope the potential of the city centre hasn’t been jeopardised. However, a few worries linger:
• Under the current regime and its predecessor, there have been near misses with ill-judged plans. Let us hope Monks Cross isn’t the “daddy” of them all.
• Why can’t John Lewis locate to the city centre as in Peterborough?
• While congratulating ‘double whammy’ York City, is there incontrovertible evidence that most supporters favour a Monks Cross ground to an enhanced Bootham Crescent?
• Even if pro and con figures of the conflicting business lobbies are toned down, isn’t there enough residual doubt for justifiable concern over the council’s apparent dicing with inner York’s future?
• So much needs doing in the centre, Piccadilly being one example. Why does the council go off to the periphery? Why not highlight the fact that the city centre is open for business for residents as well as visitors?
Derek Reed, Middlethorpe Drive, York.