Historic gantry to be saved

The Gantry at Queen's Staith

The Gantry at Queen's Staith

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AN HISTORIC waterfront crane has been saved from the threat of demolition after York Civic Trust offered to cover the cost of repair.

York Sea Cadets had resubmitted the proposal that the disused gantry, on Queen's Staith, should be removed as it was a danger to the public and needed to be removed to clear access.

The charity, were also concerned over the affect it was having on them, as the council refused to take ownership, and the cadets claimed that maintaining fencing was "haemorrhaging the Unit's finances.

Last year original plans for demolition were shelved after pressure from campaigners who did not want to spoil York's riverfront.

This time round though York Civic Trust have pledged to fund repairs, which would have been infeasible for the cadets to pay for.

Originally York Sea Cadets were planning to remove the crane altogether at a cost of £2000 but now the historic gantry, believed to have been built during Victorian times, will be repaired. An original quote estimated that it could cost as much as £30,000 and flooding had delayed the decision to fund the repair.

The decision means Queen's Staith can be reopened to the public without the risks highlighted in pre-application advice of "the increasing danger of this structure to the public," while York's waterfront will remain unharmed.

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3:53pm Fri 14 Mar 14

meme says...

what on earth is so special about this old gantry when people need money to feed themselves
its a piece of Victorian industrial rubbish with no aesthetic appeal whatsoever
what on earth is so special about this old gantry when people need money to feed themselves its a piece of Victorian industrial rubbish with no aesthetic appeal whatsoever meme
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5:21pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Ichabod76 says...

meme wrote:
what on earth is so special about this old gantry when people need money to feed themselves
its a piece of Victorian industrial rubbish with no aesthetic appeal whatsoever
what's it got to do with feeding people ? do you expect York civic trust to feed the poor or the sea cadets ?

just think how many houses could be built for poor people if we knocked down the bar walls !
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: what on earth is so special about this old gantry when people need money to feed themselves its a piece of Victorian industrial rubbish with no aesthetic appeal whatsoever[/p][/quote]what's it got to do with feeding people ? do you expect York civic trust to feed the poor or the sea cadets ? just think how many houses could be built for poor people if we knocked down the bar walls ! Ichabod76
  • Score: 30

5:26pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Quite right to repair and keep the interesting crane. Most English canal and river towns and cities have kept architectural proof of their industrial heritage and York should be no different. The importance of the river and the vital part unique machinery such as this has played in York's commercial history needs preserving. It stands as proof that once our city depended on barges on the Ouse, rather than 40 ton lorries to shift goods in and out of the place.

The Sea Cadets shouldn't have to fund anything to do with public safety barriers and its quite right and proper York Civic Trust have stepped in.
Quite right to repair and keep the interesting crane. Most English canal and river towns and cities have kept architectural proof of their industrial heritage and York should be no different. The importance of the river and the vital part unique machinery such as this has played in York's commercial history needs preserving. It stands as proof that once our city depended on barges on the Ouse, rather than 40 ton lorries to shift goods in and out of the place. The Sea Cadets shouldn't have to fund anything to do with public safety barriers and its quite right and proper York Civic Trust have stepped in. Garrowby Turnoff
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10:03pm Fri 14 Mar 14

jumbojet says...

The Sea Cadets aren't fit enough to do a simple painting job, the last group I saw are well above the 25 BMI figure, and we cannot expect them to know anything about welding, can we?? ships will have to return to base for basic checks with this sort of team.
The Sea Cadets aren't fit enough to do a simple painting job, the last group I saw are well above the 25 BMI figure, and we cannot expect them to know anything about welding, can we?? ships will have to return to base for basic checks with this sort of team. jumbojet
  • Score: -13

8:04am Sat 15 Mar 14

AnotherPointofView says...

jumbojet wrote:
The Sea Cadets aren't fit enough to do a simple painting job, the last group I saw are well above the 25 BMI figure, and we cannot expect them to know anything about welding, can we?? ships will have to return to base for basic checks with this sort of team.
I suppose with a name like "jumbo" you are thin as a rake yourself! What on earth has the fitness of the Sea Cadets got to do with this article anyway? It's got everything to do with money.

If the Sea Cadets cannot afford to maintain this structure then well done to York Civic Trust for stepping in.
[quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: The Sea Cadets aren't fit enough to do a simple painting job, the last group I saw are well above the 25 BMI figure, and we cannot expect them to know anything about welding, can we?? ships will have to return to base for basic checks with this sort of team.[/p][/quote]I suppose with a name like "jumbo" you are thin as a rake yourself! What on earth has the fitness of the Sea Cadets got to do with this article anyway? It's got everything to do with money. If the Sea Cadets cannot afford to maintain this structure then well done to York Civic Trust for stepping in. AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 8

9:25am Sat 15 Mar 14

anistasia says...

Pleased it's been kept its part of York's history.if we took away everything how can we teach our future generations about our history.
Pleased it's been kept its part of York's history.if we took away everything how can we teach our future generations about our history. anistasia
  • Score: 5

10:49am Sat 15 Mar 14

eeoodares says...

jumbojet wrote:
The Sea Cadets aren't fit enough to do a simple painting job, the last group I saw are well above the 25 BMI figure, and we cannot expect them to know anything about welding, can we?? ships will have to return to base for basic checks with this sort of team.
Are you a troll or are you just a really unpleasant person?
[quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: The Sea Cadets aren't fit enough to do a simple painting job, the last group I saw are well above the 25 BMI figure, and we cannot expect them to know anything about welding, can we?? ships will have to return to base for basic checks with this sort of team.[/p][/quote]Are you a troll or are you just a really unpleasant person? eeoodares
  • Score: 4

11:05am Sat 15 Mar 14

AnotherPointofView says...

eeoodares wrote:
jumbojet wrote:
The Sea Cadets aren't fit enough to do a simple painting job, the last group I saw are well above the 25 BMI figure, and we cannot expect them to know anything about welding, can we?? ships will have to return to base for basic checks with this sort of team.
Are you a troll or are you just a really unpleasant person?
With comments like Jumbojet's, it's a shame his flight wasn't Malaysia Airlines flight MH370....
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: The Sea Cadets aren't fit enough to do a simple painting job, the last group I saw are well above the 25 BMI figure, and we cannot expect them to know anything about welding, can we?? ships will have to return to base for basic checks with this sort of team.[/p][/quote]Are you a troll or are you just a really unpleasant person?[/p][/quote]With comments like Jumbojet's, it's a shame his flight wasn't Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.... AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 3

5:15pm Sat 15 Mar 14

perplexed says...

eeoodares wrote:
jumbojet wrote:
The Sea Cadets aren't fit enough to do a simple painting job, the last group I saw are well above the 25 BMI figure, and we cannot expect them to know anything about welding, can we?? ships will have to return to base for basic checks with this sort of team.
Are you a troll or are you just a really unpleasant person?
I wouldn't let Jumbojet get under your skin, he evidently thrives on the oxygen of publicity . He should be pitied and left to his own sad devices.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: The Sea Cadets aren't fit enough to do a simple painting job, the last group I saw are well above the 25 BMI figure, and we cannot expect them to know anything about welding, can we?? ships will have to return to base for basic checks with this sort of team.[/p][/quote]Are you a troll or are you just a really unpleasant person?[/p][/quote]I wouldn't let Jumbojet get under your skin, he evidently thrives on the oxygen of publicity . He should be pitied and left to his own sad devices. perplexed
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12:32pm Mon 17 Mar 14

meme says...

I put that comment up to see how people would react and I'm pleased to see that people care about our history!
I put that comment up to see how people would react and I'm pleased to see that people care about our history! meme
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