Letter: Full speed ahead at coach park site

Work has now started on the coach park at Limekiln Lane.
Work has now started on the coach park at Limekiln Lane.

The work to create the Limekiln Lane coach park has begun.

The lovely view northwards towards Flamborough Head now includes bulldozers and diggers.

This is the result of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council deciding to rush ahead despite the opposition of Bridlington Town Council and thousands of council taxpayers who live in Bridlington.

This is in my view, anti-democratic and wasteful – yes, it is our council tax which is funding the project.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council did not accept the alternative sites which were suggested by many of us.

It is not serving the local community but serving its own foolish and blinkered ambitions.

I have been advised that there is nothing we can do to stop this project.

However, I wonder about the possibility of withholding the payment of council tax? If thousands of residents did this, the ERYC would have to take notice.

One other aspect of this sorry tale makes me concerned about the workings of local government ...

Surely it is wrong for a planning committee to be given executive powers to carry out its own schemes?

I would have expected the committee to have to refer any such plan to a meeting of the full council, thereby inviting wider comment, positive or negative.

Only if passed by the full council could projects such as the coach park be actioned.

This type of good practice can be found in school governing bodies and church councils, both of which I have served over the years.

I would be interested in other readers’ comments.

Rev John A Wardle
First Avenue
Bridlington