Haxby Station: “Yes, please – but in the right place”


I welcome Quentin Macdonald’s support for not having a station at Towthorpe Road, Haxby.

As for anything at all, I must differ. It just has to be in the right place for the passengers.

As a non-resident of Haxby he may not be aware of the proposed development in Haxby – talk of 700 houses.

It was a political decision made by council on January 9, as one councilor told me based on this mysterious business plan, which is so good no one can explain it!

The blame game is not the way to go, or we’ll have another executive getting sick and another £400,000 payout to take them out!

Let’s just let common sense prevail and have a Haxby train station within easy reach of Haxby passengers. There is room.

It seems that Ian Gillies’ ideas are also worth considering. The more debate, the better.

Roland S Pearson,

Towthorpe Road


Other letters from La Presse…

The row of blue badges continues

On April 21, Cllr Tony Fisher told The Press website that “no one banned blue badge holders from downtown. Only their cars.”

And this despite the fact that I said in an e-mail – a month earlier – “I fully accept that anyone requiring immediate access to their own vehicle cannot access the pedestrian streets zone during the hours where vehicles are excluded”.

York City Council’s Code of Conduct states that members must be honest and truthful. I felt Cllr Fisher’s comment on The Press website was dishonest at best, so I complained to the council.

In response, the board called Cllr Fisher’s comment “mildly dismissive” but “not necessarily… misleading”, adding that as a politician he has “a higher right of protection to free speech (that, presumably, mere mortals like me).

My complaint was dismissed. Accordingly, I expect Cllr Fisher to continue to say that people with blue badges have not been banned from the city center, even if he accepts that some disabled people cannot visit the pedestrian area between 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. every day of the year.

David Harbourne

Buckingham Court,


Can some real celebrities come forward

MAYBE I’m getting older and losing the plot, but these programs that include a “celebrity” or “celebrities” are getting a bit too much.

I don’t recognize many of them by name or facial recognition at all. It seems like they’ve all taken a ten-second walk on some third- or fourth-rate TV show and suddenly been elevated to stardom.

The show’s investigators need to have really good investigators to do the work for them to find things about their lives. Saturday Kitchen for example – how is it possible for someone so young to choose a food they love or hate?

Their taste buds are not yet mature. They probably didn’t even sprout (bubble-gum flavored steak comes to mind).

Next is the soon to be released biography of what I did in school today before I went to paper and then home to do my homework.

Come please! Give us someone who had a life. Someone with real, timely and funny stories to tell. Something to entertain us because personally I’m tired of googling names and faces every time one of these shows is on.

Mr Horman,

moor road,


The Trial of Wagatha, a soap opera

Is the trial of the two “wags” for real or a trailer for the latest soap opera to be launched on television?

Peter Rickaby

West Park


North Yorkshire

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