Kirkbymoorside is being disfigured
Some residents, but not the local council have heard about a proposal to install speed bumps in the town by means of a letter from Mouchelparkman. This has caused concern.
If you walk down Lidsty Hill from Appleton-le-Moors into Lastingham, your view is one of the loveliest on the planet. The village nestles into a beautiful countryside, It takes your breath away.
If you walk down Park Lane from the north into Kirkbymoorside you are met with a view that shocks. The old market town with its ancient church and the vista beyond is spoilt by modern red brick buildings in front of the stone church. Who thought this was better than stone?
If you walk round the town one can see that little attempt is being made to maintain the use of stone which gives the area so much of its character. Try to get a kitchen extension and civil servants will suck their teeth and shake their heads whilst muttering about history. Try and get a totally out-of-place housing scheme and it's all smiles.
Not intent with spoiling the town in that way, the street graffiti of yellow lines was brought in against the will of the public. Now, 23 speed humps and 10 warning road signs are being planned for one street (the continuous High Market Place, Market Place and Piercy End). I live on the street in question and I think the standard of driving is high, very few people drive at excessive speed. I am not aware if an accident of any significance has taken place in over 20 years.
These plans are being drawn up despite the increasing concerns being voiced by emergency services about the delays and resulting cost of lives by such measures. Fire engines or ambulances will suffer as if on the pot-holed highways of a third world country; taking approximately 90 extra seconds to negotiate such nonsensical structures.
Slowly but surely, Kirkbymoorside is being disfigured. It is vandalism.
R W K GARDINER
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