Residents get free entry to Clifford’s Tower tomorrow so they can comment on plans

YORK residents can enjoy free entry to historic Clifford’s Tower today as English Heritage seeks views on its plans for the building.

A spokesman said residents with proof of address who live in YO1, YO10, YO19, YO23, YO24, YO26, YO30, YO31 and YO32 postcodes will get in free between 10am and 5pm so they can take part in a public consultation on a proposed revamp of the tower.

The fresh multi-million pound plans, unveiled earlier this month, includes a new staircase and a small information vehicle at the mound base instead of a controversial visitor building which was abandoned last year in the face of a concerted campaign of opposition.

The electric, three-wheeled vehicle, offering guidebooks and tickets to visitors, would be stored off site overnight and then parked on the pavement during the day,” it said.

“It would provide scope for a member of staff to be located at street level to assist visitors through selling tickets, membership, guidebooks and postcards and providing other visitor information,” said a spokesman.

“In bad weather, it would provide shelter for the member of staff.

“We think this three wheeled vehicle could add life to that public space by allowing staff and volunteers to be based at ground level and engage with the public.

“But in case things change, our designers have deliberately imagined it as a dynamic option, which could be removed overnight, or altogether if future changes to the Castle Gateway area make it surplus to requirements.”

English Heritage said it had also come up with four possible designs for improvements to the steep steps up the side of the mound.

These are:

* new handrails to be installed beside the existing steps

* new handrails beside the steps and three resting points for visitors

* a new metal staircase with two landings to decrease the gradient

* a new metal staircase with a single landing with side area resting points.

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