Letter: New route for coaches unsuitable?

Limekiln Lane car park, the proposed site for the new coach park.
Limekiln Lane car park, the proposed site for the new coach park.

I recently wrote to Cllr Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure and tourism and culture. My letter concerned two issues.

Firstly, the proposed move for coaches from Hilderthorpe Road to Limekiln Lane. The reply from Cllr Burton seemed to imply that the planning process for this move had already started, yet I noticed from letters to the Free Press and a petition going round town that residents are not happy with this move.

As I see it the move would involve coaches going through town, passing three schools, two 20mph zones and down Limekiln Lane and under the rail bridge. Is this route satisfactory for coaches?

I noticed one Sunday that the Limekiln Lane car park was full. Where do these visitors go to when the car park welcomes a bus park? We have already lost car parking spaces to a new hotel. We should welcome visitors with adequate parking and not send them on their way to Scarborough! Come on councillors listen to residents and act for them.

My second point was about the seagull nuisance in town.

His reply to this was the council does not receive a large number of complaints about gulls in the town. But, everyone you speak to is fed up with the seagull problem.

He then says the presence of seagulls in the town is an attraction to visitors. Is this attraction stealing food, messing on cars and on pavements? His letter to me says Bridlington is near one of the country’s largest bird nesting colonies at Bempton and so the presence of gulls in the town can be expected. He states the presence of gulls in Bridlington is expected and attracts many visitors to the town who are interested in nature! I suggest Mr Burton gets into town and speak to residents or visitors whose cars have been splattered, even those who have been splattered themselves, who have had food taken by gulls, and look at the mess on pavements and roads.

Are these items that attract people to nature?

Thomas Jefferson

Alexandra Court, Bridlington