Rail campaigners set to burn line petition

York Press: Rail campaigners set to burn line petition Rail campaigners set to burn line petition

CAMPAIGNERS calling for council bosses in East Yorkshire to leave open the possibility of a rail line between York and Hull being reopened plan to burn a 10,000-name petition at a protest tomorrow.

The petition was compiled in 2005 by supporters of the reopening of the route, closed in the mid-1960s.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has said the scheme would not be possible during the timespan of the authority’s Local Plan, which runs to 2029, due to its expected cost and the land needed for the project may now be earmarked for housing instead.

Minsters’ Rail Campaign chairman George McManus said the burning of the petition at a demonstration before the council’s full meeting tomorrow would highlight “a total lack of vision and absence of ambition”.

The authority said including schemes which were not certain to be delivered by 2029 could lead to the Local Plan being thrown out by a Government planning inspector.

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12:04pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Burning the petition would highlight "a total lack of vision and absence of ambition". Whose? Sounds like the campaigners to me. Why destroy evidence of what support you have? I don't understand.
Burning the petition would highlight "a total lack of vision and absence of ambition". Whose? Sounds like the campaigners to me. Why destroy evidence of what support you have? I don't understand. Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 9

1:08pm Tue 7 Jan 14

the original Homer says...

Yes, Mr McManus will highlight his own "lack of vision and absence of ambition" when he burns that evidence.
He will leave himself open to accusations that the signatures were forged / duplicated / miscounted
Wonder how many of the 10000 would refuse to sign any new petition, on the grounds he didn't take care of the last one?
I feel Mr McManus is getting drawn into a debate about the current viability (of re-opening the line) when the real point is the long term viability.
It's like the miners' disputes of the 80s - those pits were uneconomic, but running them at a loss would have made economic sense compared with the alternative of buying-in foreign gas.
I don't see how fighting the local council will gain anything, as they have to follow the rules.The campaign would be better directed at national government and national press, to highlight the short-sightedness of the rules themselves.
Yes, Mr McManus will highlight his own "lack of vision and absence of ambition" when he burns that evidence. He will leave himself open to accusations that the signatures were forged / duplicated / miscounted Wonder how many of the 10000 would refuse to sign any new petition, on the grounds he didn't take care of the last one? I feel Mr McManus is getting drawn into a debate about the current viability (of re-opening the line) when the real point is the long term viability. It's like the miners' disputes of the 80s - those pits were uneconomic, but running them at a loss would have made economic sense compared with the alternative of buying-in foreign gas. I don't see how fighting the local council will gain anything, as they have to follow the rules.The campaign would be better directed at national government and national press, to highlight the short-sightedness of the rules themselves. the original Homer
  • Score: 6

4:59pm Tue 7 Jan 14

greenmonkey says...

The whole point is that the views of the 10,000 are being ignored anyway by the council misinterpreting the guidance. There shouldnt be a problem with protecting the route of the line from inappropriate development in the short term if there is a longer term plan for it. York is being told to 'safeguard' land from being declared Green Belt for development after the end of the 15 year period so why cant it work the other way round?
The whole point is that the views of the 10,000 are being ignored anyway by the council misinterpreting the guidance. There shouldnt be a problem with protecting the route of the line from inappropriate development in the short term if there is a longer term plan for it. York is being told to 'safeguard' land from being declared Green Belt for development after the end of the 15 year period so why cant it work the other way round? greenmonkey
  • Score: -8

8:24pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

The whole concept is laughable. Right down to burning all the signatures collected.
The whole concept is laughable. Right down to burning all the signatures collected. Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 1

11:16am Wed 8 Jan 14

MouseHouse says...

last time i sign a petition!

weird weird weird.
last time i sign a petition! weird weird weird. MouseHouse
  • Score: 1

6:15pm Sat 11 Jan 14

TCJYork says...

You do realise that people don't take those huge charity cheques into banks to cash them, don't you?
You do realise that people don't take those huge charity cheques into banks to cash them, don't you? TCJYork
  • Score: 0

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