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New building is ‘too high a price’
THERE seems to be no reaction to the proposal to plonk an industrial building right next to the ancient Black Swan and St Anthony’s Hall that will be a true rival to Stonebow House.
All three are listed but, surely, the latter was as a warning.
That Hiscox are coming to York is wonderful and to be welcomed by all, but I must question the wisdom of placing such a modern angular building right alongside two of York’s most important, ancient and beautiful buildings.
The builders of King’s Pool managed to produce a very sympathetic design for this important quarter. How is it that the horror of the defunct council’s pretend parliament building proposal is to be again visited on us? At least the architect designing that had the grace to place a row of trees in front of it.
All we ask is for something that will blend in with its surroundings.
Maybe we should give in and, scrap the Black Swan and St Anthony’s Hall and set up a fast-food joint and a DIY shed.
JA Whitmore, Springfield Road, York.
• I REALISE York needs to encourage new businesses into the city, but the monstrosity planned to blight Hungate (the proposed Hiscox headquarters) is a price too high to pay.
Are Hiscox just laughing at us because we appear so desperate? Surely this building is a joke?
We may have to bargain over this, but some things are too precious to risk, such as beautiful York.
Beth Izak, Finsbury Street, South Bank, York.
• THE new Hiscox development, with the prospect of up to 600 new jobs, is great news.
Positive gains like this help to counteract the slow drip of job losses elsewhere.
If the occupancy rate of current hotel and B&B sites in York was a healthy 90 per cent, the extra 262 new Hungate hotel rooms would be readily absorbed and bring competition into the industry.
Unfortunately, this is not the case, and the end result will be that the total count of empty bedrooms will increase by this figure.
Geoff Robb, Hunters Close, Dunnington, York.