Living in a ‘Heartbeat’ time warp

The proposed potash mine near Sneaton should be considered in perspective.

The site is not open moor, but cultivated farm land.

The hand of man has already altered the landscape, as has happened at other locations within the national park.

It should be remembered that there were ironstone mines and blast furnaces at both Glaisdale and Grosmont. Even picturesque Beck Hole had a mine and two furnaces.

The remains of mining operations in Rosedale are impossible to ignore.

Also, there were numerous freestone quarries throughout North Yorkshire.

Under the North York Moors National Park Authority, these and many other industrial developments would be banned. Indeed, the park planners seem to live in some idyllic ‘Heartbeat’ time warp where nothing must be allowed to change.

Opposition to the reopening of the rail link between Pickering and Malton is further evidence of this blinkered attitude.

But human presence has always affected the land.

In recent times sewage disposal, water supply, gas and electricity, have all arrived. Buildings continue to be altered as usage changes.

From the letters appearing in the Gazette it would seem that the potash mine is only opposed by a small number of ‘nimbies’, not including myself.

The silent majority remain silent, as always.

John Knight, Beeching Mews, Whitby