York Green Party

Hands off our riverbank, say campaigners

20 October 2014

Around two hundred people with banners and placards turned up to the lunchtime protest on Sunday at York's Millennium Bridge. They are determined that plans by the nearby yacht club to take over land for its own private use would not go ahead. Local Green Party councillor Andy D'Agorne, who organised the protest, said "The area is popular with people from both sides of the river walking dogs, experiencing the wildlife or simply strolling in the wooded glade. The turn-out today shows the strength of opposition to the planning application, which would allow part of the riverbank to be fenced off for exclusive use by a private Yacht club."

Last week the council changed its mind about leasing the public open space but said that the planning application could still go ahead. Now objectors say they will keep up their fight until the plan is withdrawn or rejected at planning committee.

"Hundreds have already signed petitions or made online objections and this shows how much York people care about their environment," said Councillor D'Agorne.

riverbank protest 19/10/14

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