I am fundraising for legal fees spent during a 20 month battle to prevent the building of the concrete and glass visitor centre into Clifford's Tower motte in York which dates back 900 years. Planning permission was granted by City of York Council to English Heritage in October 2016, followed by public outcry and a petition of nearly 4000 signatures, with just a few weeks.
Following five weeks research, support from conservation experts, community support and legal advice I took out a Judicial Review with only a day to spare before the deadline in December 2016.
In June 2018, just 5 weeks before our appeal hearing, English Heritage announced that they would not be going ahead with this proposed building. They had received a clear message from the Not in the Motte Campaign, the petition, support from our MP, and many letters from the public who were overwhelmingly against the plans. In addition there were also some very positive alternatives emerging with the new City of York Council’s Castle Gateway Plan to remove the car park and improve the whole area. So English Heritage took the brave decision to abandon the Visitor Centre scheme in the motte.
The legal costs for taking this case to the Judicial Review totaled £55,000. By 19th August 2018 we raised half of that amount through our Crowd Justice page that was linked to our solicitors, which we have now closed. In effect I am now looking for donations in order to recoup some of the legal fees that have left myself and my wife out of pocket, £27500 as at 20/08/2018.
We do not anticipate raising all of this amount but would be very grateful to reduce the amount.
For more of the background details, please visit crowdjustice.com/case/cliffords-tower
Please do come along to our fundraiser night at the Winning Post Friday 28th September ! www.facebook.com/events/960260604153764