There were some interesting conflicting articles in The Press on May 9.

Firstly, there was news of the impending closure of Ernest Roy Electrical, after 62 years of profitable trading, due to the lack of a buyer.

Then there was a report about a call by David Skaith of nearby Winstons for a ban on lorry deliveries, to be replaced by a centralised distribution point with smaller vehicles.

From my 20 years experience of taking deliveries into the city centre, those most pleased will be the drivers of those lorries.

I defy anyone to find a delivery driver who thinks York centre is a good place to make a delivery. It is a misery.

Now for the but. Are shops and customers expecting, in a pre-10.30am traffic-free paradise, to find their prices the same?

Or is there going to be an on-cost for providing double handling of goods through a distribution centre, or a need for extra stockholding space to cope with traffic free days?

Presumably the same quantity of goods will need to be delivered at least to begin with.

These are the questions which go unasked when such proposals are aired and especially in the light of dwindling national high street footfall.

So despite Mr Skaith, Cllr Andy D’Agorne and The Press editorial making much of the expected benefits there is far more to the knock-on effects of such proposals than mentioned in the comments.

Peter Elliott,

Wetherby Road,York

No party will appeal to all parts of city

AS I write this I still have no idea who will be forming the next local administration. The people of York have spoken and they declared once again they’re not sure who they want running the council.

Can’t say I blame them as there is no party with policies which appeal to all different parts of the city.

What worries me is the recent talk of banning vehicles from the city centre and the prospect of transport still not being addressed by whoever wins from the current party negotiations.

Already it seems there is a strong influence from the Extinction Rebellion being felt, which needs to stop before what few businesses remain in the city are forced out through a combination of unfair business rates, lack of customers and logistics problems.

We all know the effects of blocking routes off and the chaos that causes, demonstrated perfectly last week when trains had to stop because of trespassers on the line.

I assume those responsible were just trying to get a better view of the Flying Scotsman and were not a group of local schoolchildren planning to glue themselves to it in protest against the burning of coal.

Can whoever wins please stop closing roads and trying to force traffic onto the outer ring road, which is already overstretched, and instead focus on getting it dualled and grade-separated properly?

Dr Scott Marmion,

Woodthorpe, York

York does not need a £660k makeover
York does not need ‘rebranding’ or a ‘makeover’ (‘Rebranding expert’ to work on York’s image, May 10).
It needs roads and footpaths repairing, parks and gardens maintained, rubbish shifted and graffiti removed: £660,000 would go a long way towards dealing with that.
Matthew Laverack,
Lord Mayors Walk, York