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.

The area is well used by joggers, dog walkers and people who enjoy the tranquility and wildlife so close to where they live.

Now that the council have had a change of heart in the face of public opposition, we call on the boat club to withdraw this threat, or the planning committee to reject it once and for all.

Lars Kramm, Mark Havercroft, Micklegate Green Party candidates, Leven Road, York.