Our Bishy Road traders have done a great job keeping us supplied. The roadway changes were introduced as an experiment, to give more room for pedestrians. Cars are in the space for a few seconds, pedestrians much longer.

At the moment, the car is at the centre of our planning policy, and urban space is designed for cars not people. The assumption is that all our journeys, to work, shopping, leisure, healthcare, education, are managed by travelling relatively long distances in them. It’s very unhealthy, and disadvantages those who may not have one.

The Covid-19 crisis has shown we can challenge mobility, by encouraging home working, improving broadband and developing local services. Air quality is improved in lockdown and we can hear birds sing.

Do we really want to give that up again? A much healthier community would be based on local facilities, where everything you need is on or near your doorstep, and Bishy Road provides this. The current experiments benefit the many and inconvenience the few. We would urge the council not to give up, but to carry on experimenting.

Susan Major,

Millfield Road, York

Nunnery Lane will be gridlocked if this goes on

The city council says that the closure of Bishopthorpe Road to traffic one way is on a trial basis and in line with distancing guidelines. But what happens if a funeral from this side of town has to get to the crematorium?

It would normally go along Bishopthorpe Road but now it will have to travel along Nunnery Lane or go on the bypass, taking longer to get there. We walk into town once a week early and we have noticed the traffic on Fulford Road is slowly building up again so, unless Bishopthorpe Road is eventually opened again, Nunnery Lane will be gridlocked.

Maureen Robinson,

Broadway, York