I WISH Magdalena Torres every success with her new café in Heslington Road.

This is a difficult time for all such ventures, but with the hugely successful vaccine roll-out in York, her enterprise speaks of better times being not far away.

Unfortunately Fishergate has suffered a double blow to its café culture.

Not only did Busk café close for good in December, but York council planners ignored the strong objections of local residents and passed a planning application to allow the 150-year-old shop to be converted into a tiny flat.

The owner still has the For Sale board up, so I do hope that before the owner begins conversion work, another Magdalena Torres will come along and start a new business in the old Busk café, otherwise Fishergate will lose this historic corner shop forever.

Christopher Rainger,

Grange Street,

Fishergate, York