Warehouse could provide facilities for boaters
By: Web Editor
A riverside warehouse in York would provide a great opportunity for development by the New Waterways Charity to provide facilities for boaters, according to IWA North Riding branch chairman Tony Martin. He sent the following letter to local press in response to an article that the building was likely to come back on the market.
IT WOULD be a great idea if the New Waterways Charity (presently British Waterways) could buy the property and develop into a commercial property (small business units?), but including much needed facilities for boaters.
British Waterways could not carry out such a development on its own, however, but in partnership with the private sector, York City Council and the Regional Growth Fund.
There is a real lack of facilities for boaters in York compared to Ripon.
The people who maintain the minimal facilities in York that are next to Lendal Bridge – the public toilet block at the bottom of Museum Gardens – are to be thanked for keeping the existing facilities clean and well maintained. So our thanks to the private company Mitie and to the officers of York City Council for doing a grand job in impossible circumstances.
The Georgian pump station is being renovated, but the proposed new restaurant is no nearer the horizon, and with it the much improved basic provision for visiting boaters. So let us up our game and grasp the opportunity provided by the Bonding Warehouse.
(Chair, North Riding Branch (IWA)
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