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Changes to benefits are ‘deplorable’

York Press:

10:34am Friday 24th October 2014

I WISH to deplore the latest outrage from Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Many thousands of people with long-term chronic and degenerative diseases are having their benefits slashed, allegedly as an incentive to encourage them back to work.

Traveller site bill

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:32am Friday 24th October 2014

MATTHEW Laverack, in his letter of October 18, states that the planning application for a traveller site at city of York council West Offices is neither foolish or frivolous, but goes on to state that “it may be tongue in cheek”.

Making mischief

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:31am Friday 24th October 2014

LOOKING through the Spooks supplement in The Press of October 22, it was good to see the advice given to children going trick or treating.

Working together

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:30am Friday 24th October 2014

 LOCAL Lib-Dem Nick Love has a short memory on the issue of proportionality (Letters, October 11) .

Flawed sentiment

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:29am Friday 24th October 2014

THE hopes and sentiments of Nick Love (Letters, October 22) in his wish for York councillors to work together, regardless of party, are spot on but have one tiny flaw.

Good development

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:14am Friday 24th October 2014

WHEN James Alexander, fresh from university, first got involved in what was happening in York and the Tories had control, we exchanged regular emails and agreed on most things.

Days of variety

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:13am Friday 24th October 2014

WHEN thoughts turn to keeping variety alive in the UK, as it was in the 50s and 60s, and remembering the likes of Sunday Night At The London Palladium, can we honestly still keep places such as the Futurist and others going today?

Haves and have-nots

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:12am Friday 24th October 2014

WE are now being told that our beloved country is becoming divided into the haves and have-nots.

Good housekeeping

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:11am Friday 24th October 2014

I AM astonished at the remarks made by some Labour councillors about the state of the Water World pool at a recent council meeting.

Power point

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:10am Friday 24th October 2014

ALARM bells started ringing after the fire at Didcot power station when I heard assurances that there was no danger of power cuts following the fire and shutdown of part of the power station.

Moorings debate

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:09am Friday 24th October 2014

AS Micklegate ward councillors representing the ward on the west side of the river facing the proposed extended moorings at York Motor Yacht Club (YMYC), we were as concerned as everyone else to hear about this proposal in place of the open river bank in what is an extremely attractive section of the river.

Thanks to everyone who voted for Joyce

York Press:

10:08am Friday 24th October 2014

I WOULD like to thank all those who voted for Joyce Donkin to be awarded the Public Sector Hero at the Community Pride Awards 2014.

Urban sprawl fears for green belt

York Press:

10:03am Thursday 23rd October 2014

WITH many contentious projects now in doubt, council officers are busily redrafting Labour’s Local Plan. Also, committees are being rebalanced to reflect the council’s new political make-up.

Missing lantern

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:59am Thursday 23rd October 2014

WITH reference to the letter of October 17 regarding the lantern that is missing from Foss Bridge on the right hand side, I noticed it was in need of repair.

Housing shortage

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:59am Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE frequent references in letters to the million-plus council homes sold off to tenants at discount prices implies that this contributed to the housing shortage.

Happy memories

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:58am Thursday 23rd October 2014

IN the letters section recently, York’s newest author Phil Sheperdson, bemoaned the fact that his book, EarthZoo, featured many locations in York which had since disappeared.

Thanks for help

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:57am Thursday 23rd October 2014

I WOULD like to thank all those volunteers from York Cares for their excellent work so far in transforming the play area at Foxwood Community Centre as part of the annual Big Community Challenge.

A little too eager

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:57am Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE recent Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon reminded me how in my youth I had won the local walking race two years running.

Tributes to tireless green campaigner

York Press:

9:56am Thursday 23rd October 2014

IT IS with sadness that I felt the need to try to ensure that York residents were aware of the recent untimely death of Bob Edwards, who moved to Cumbria from York in 2008, where he managed the Oxfam shop in Cockermouth and continued to actively campaign for green causes.

Strictly sensational

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:55am Thursday 23rd October 2014

WOW! The fabulous Strictly Come Dancing is back and what a feast of numerous types of dancing we are all enjoying.

Council turncoats

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:54am Thursday 23rd October 2014

COUNCILLOR Helen Douglas states in The Press of October 16 that for two years she had planned to leave the Labour party.

Double-edged sword

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:53am Thursday 23rd October 2014

NO DOUBT people will be dancing in the streets at the news that the citizens of York will not be faced with the prospect of the building of several thousand houses in the York area plus, of course, several thousand more cars.

Person of the Year

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:52am Thursday 23rd October 2014

TO ALL staff at The Press, I would like to thank you all for the wonderful evening you put on for the Community Pride Awards.

Pay for your papers

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:52am Thursday 23rd October 2014

MY WORKING life started on this newspaper – The Press. I joined straight from school after writing to the editor for a job and somehow I bluffed my way in. I owe it so much: it made me.

Flogging off Chunnel

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:51am Thursday 23rd October 2014

IT IS interesting to note that the Government is proposing the sell-off yet another British asset (a share of the Eurostar) – no doubt, from previous experience, at a ‘knock down’ price, as with the Royal Mail debacle.

So what about this city’s wellbeing?

York Press:

10:38am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FOLLOWING recent council meetings, it seems that the ruling Labour group doesn’t care about the wellbeing of the community.

Help residents

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:35am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

AHEAD of a key “special meeting” tomorrow which will aim to realign the bias on committees said to have been in place since Labour took power, can I make a plea for rational and constructive engagement between all parties in the talks.

Thanks from Ukip

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:34am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

I WISH to thank all those who voted Ukip in the Westfield by-election.

Labour for move

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:34am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IT WAS interesting to see the many glum Labour faces at the Westfield by-election as voters of all colours came together to say they wanted rid of Labour.

Too little too late

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:33am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

LABOUR leader James Alexander states that Andrew Waller won the Westfield by-election because he is a familiar figure in the ward compared to Labour’s newly elected candidate (The Press, October 18).

This is a light cruiser, not a battleship

York Press:

10:32am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IN YOUR report of October 16 that the decommissioned First World War warship HMS Caroline is to be turned into a floating museum after being given a grant of £11.5m is incorrect in describing it as a "battleship".

Idea needs floating

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

I READ your article on the possible use of 200 metres of river bank in the Fulford area for mooring 14 additional boats for the York Motor Yacht Club.

Green belt invasion

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

REGULAR contributor Matthew Laverack signs himself off, ‘Architect of this Parish’. Of course, one’s tempted to ask which parish? Clearly not a rural parish.

Repairs welcomed

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:29am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

AS COUNCILLORS for Micklegate ward, we are pleased to welcome work commencing on pavement repairs at Bishopthorpe Road shops last weekend.

Labour scare story

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:29am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IN reply to Brian Ledger (Letters, October 17), the Tories will not kill the NHS if they win the general election in 2015.

Excellent care

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:28am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

JUST recently I spent a few days in York Hospital, and I would like to thank all the staff for their friendliness, care and dedication to their jobs.

Will boat club withdraw this plan?

York Press:

10:28am Tuesday 21st October 2014

AS REPORTED in your excellent feature of October 17, residents from both sides of the Millennium Bridge are shocked and angry that the council was even considering agreeing to the fencing off and leasing of public open space for the exclusive use of 14 boat owners.

Green concerns

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:25am Tuesday 21st October 2014

 FOLLOWING the number of letters in The Press deriding the council’s proposal to lease off an area of land to York Motor Yacht Club for additional moorings, it is hoped that they, and other such minded persons, have sent in written objections to the council representative concerned.

Chance to object

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:25am Tuesday 21st October 2014

I AM pleased that City of York Council appears to be ruling out plans for a fenced-off luxury boat park alongside the River Ouse south of the Millennium Bridge (The Press, October 17).

Obstacle course

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:24am Tuesday 21st October 2014

I CAN fully understand the frustration of Mr and Mrs Jakeman and their problems with getting a wheelchair on the bus (The Press, October 14).

UKIP respect

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:23am Tuesday 21st October 2014

 FOLLOWING the Prime Minister’s undiplomatic description of UKIP as loonies and fruitcakes, there have been other critical articles.

No whistlers

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:22am Tuesday 21st October 2014

WHERE have all the whistlers gone? The sure fire fact that the everyday feel good factor has disappeared from every day modern life, is by the absence of the happy whistlers.

Art is last surprise

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:16am Tuesday 21st October 2014

WE want to say how much we have enjoyed our stay in York. The history, art and craftsmanship by the people is an inspiration and will call us back.

Waiting for refund

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:13am Tuesday 21st October 2014

JUST over five weeks ago, ten minutes after the opening time for Lendal Bridge refund applications, I submitted mine online and received an acknowledgement almost immediately.

Service now rubbish

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:12am Tuesday 21st October 2014

RESIDENTS in our area in Lawrence Street often have letters put through their doors about putting out their refuse and recycling before 7pm the night before collections. Our latest letter tells us that we would be fined if we don’t adhere to this.

A place for cycling

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:11am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A. HARRISON is entirely correct (Letters, October 16) that the pathway alongside the River Foss, between Piccadilly and the Clifford Tower car park, is legally a footpath only. The discourteous cyclists were in the wrong, when asserting their “right” to ride along it.

Get off the pavement

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

OVER the years on my daily travels on my bike, I am frequently annoyed at other cyclists riding on the pavement. Often when I am correctly walking my bike on the pavement, I’m nearly run over by these selfish, law-flouting individuals.

My new life is just as rewarding

York Press: (11562780)

10:04am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A SURE way of realising that one is getting old is to see an article about oneself in Carol Stephenson's The Way We Were column.

Bikes plan is for all

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:09am Tuesday 21st October 2014

RECENT (and very welcome) coverage in The Press may have given the impression that Get Cycling is all about disability cycling.

Reflections on by-election victory

York Press:

9:32am Monday 20th October 2014

AFTER the Lib Dem’s by-election win in Westfield Ward, I wonder if Conservative leader Chris Steward would like to reflect on his ill-advised comment that the Lib Dems were “a spent force in York”, given that the Lib Dems received 15 times more votes than his party.


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