Ryedale doesn’t like change, and why should it?
The forces and spirit of conservatism in this district have done a better job than, for example, its Scarborough neighbours, in making sure that heritage and architectural tradition have survived the flow of fads and trends.
It is precisely because of its traditional market town values that people like living and working here, why Dickens used to travel by coach to here, and why Ryedale is not just a mere dormitory for the likes of York.
So this is why there was so much concern about the loss of the livestock market and the changes afoot for a new retail and other aspects on the existing site.
But as the livestock market will be found a new home, the proposals that will bring jobs, housing and investment, need to be embraced. If the change is managed to a level that fits in with what we already have environmentally, it will be a great benefit – and that will be the issue.
> Ed Asquith Editor