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Bonding Warehouse should not be left to rot
The Bonding Warehouse, one of York’s most significant and prominent buildings of both architectural and historic interest, must not be left to rot.
Coun Anna Semlyen is incorrect in stating that previous restoration attempts have failed because of flood concerns.
The often-repeated assertion that the original abandonment of the building was the result of the 2000 flood is wrong – the building had been empty for several years before that. The most recent attempt to convert it to offices and flats was not defeated by the floods but by the recession.
This scheme included an upper-level access across the road for use when Skeldergate flooded, which had received planning approval, and the ground floor was protected by an inner wall, which has already been constructed and presumably protected the building this time.
There is no reason why the current proposal should not proceed and that the chair of the economic and city development committee should, through her ignorance, suggest this is disgraceful.
Nick Derbyshire, South Esplanade, York.