Campaign to save York's industrial riverside crane

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TALKS should be held to try to save a riverside crane in York from demolition, it has been said.

The Press reported earlier this month that York Sea Cadets have applied to City of York Council for permission to tear down an iron gantry attached to their Skeldergate building next to the River Ouse. They say it is now considered dangerous and the move would save maintenance costs.

Micklegate planning panel has now written to the city council saying its loss would be “deeply regretted” as it is “a reminder of the industrial past of the area”. The panel has asked for discussions to be held about whether the gantry can be preserved “in any way”.

The crane, believed to be more than a century old, stands in Queen’s Staith and the council is expected to decide early in the New Year whether it should be removed.

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11:03am Thu 27 Dec 12

mel_drew says...

It has always surprised me that the Sea Cadets can afford to maintain a presence in an area which has otherwise been developed into fairly expensive housing and office accomodation. Now, it seems a sign of desperate times when they would propose demolition of a historic riverside feature rather than find the funding to properly maintain it.

Of course, that crane is not the main relic of the staith's industrial past. The much larger one attached to the Woodsmill building is far more prominent. Nevertheless, it would be a shame to lose it, but if they can't afford it, and the council will be hard pushed to justify taking on the financial responsibility for it, then it will probably become another victim of the present financial situation.
It has always surprised me that the Sea Cadets can afford to maintain a presence in an area which has otherwise been developed into fairly expensive housing and office accomodation. Now, it seems a sign of desperate times when they would propose demolition of a historic riverside feature rather than find the funding to properly maintain it. Of course, that crane is not the main relic of the staith's industrial past. The much larger one attached to the Woodsmill building is far more prominent. Nevertheless, it would be a shame to lose it, but if they can't afford it, and the council will be hard pushed to justify taking on the financial responsibility for it, then it will probably become another victim of the present financial situation. mel_drew
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11:42am Thu 27 Dec 12

lezyork1966 says...

its an old piece of iron, /waht/ maintenance does it need other than a coat of black hammerite, get the community service lot round, I know its run as a trust now but it cant cost much to 'pay' them to send some orange jackets round, once all the health and safety BS has been looked into..(criminals in a town centre, danger of falling into the water,chance they may see someone they know) - tbh the paperwork would probably cost more than the paint...
its an old piece of iron, /waht/ maintenance does it need other than a coat of black hammerite, get the community service lot round, I know its run as a trust now but it cant cost much to 'pay' them to send some orange jackets round, once all the health and safety BS has been looked into..(criminals in a town centre, danger of falling into the water,chance they may see someone they know) - tbh the paperwork would probably cost more than the paint... lezyork1966
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1:40pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Jazzper says...

Save it ! too much of hour history has been lost to the jack-hammer.
Save it ! too much of hour history has been lost to the jack-hammer. Jazzper
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1:41pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Jazzper says...

sorry...our, not hour! result of too much partying me thinks...
sorry...our, not hour! result of too much partying me thinks... Jazzper
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3:56pm Thu 27 Dec 12

bolero says...

Stop wasting even more money on useless relics. This is the 21st century. Spend our money sensibly on what we need and what is useful in this day and age.
Stop wasting even more money on useless relics. This is the 21st century. Spend our money sensibly on what we need and what is useful in this day and age. bolero
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11:24pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Paul Meoff says...

bolero wrote:
Stop wasting even more money on useless relics. This is the 21st century. Spend our money sensibly on what we need and what is useful in this day and age.
I'll spend whatever I want on Mrs Meoff thank you very much.
[quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: Stop wasting even more money on useless relics. This is the 21st century. Spend our money sensibly on what we need and what is useful in this day and age.[/p][/quote]I'll spend whatever I want on Mrs Meoff thank you very much. Paul Meoff
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10:48am Fri 28 Dec 12

bolero says...

Paul Meoff wrote:
bolero wrote: Stop wasting even more money on useless relics. This is the 21st century. Spend our money sensibly on what we need and what is useful in this day and age.
I'll spend whatever I want on Mrs Meoff thank you very much.
At last, a sense of humour amongst these postings.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Meoff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: Stop wasting even more money on useless relics. This is the 21st century. Spend our money sensibly on what we need and what is useful in this day and age.[/p][/quote]I'll spend whatever I want on Mrs Meoff thank you very much.[/p][/quote]At last, a sense of humour amongst these postings. bolero
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10:55pm Fri 28 Dec 12

twigger says...

Keep it, it's a part of the riverside in York. I can't believe I'm reading such crap.
Keep it, it's a part of the riverside in York. I can't believe I'm reading such crap. twigger
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