Landmark on city’s historic walls due to open this year

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BLUEPRINTS to transform a derelict landmark on York’s world-famous medieval walls are expected to be submitted in the new year to bring the building back into use for the main summer tourism season.

Long-running discussions have been taking place between York Council and members of the Friends of York Walls to restore Fishergate Postern Tower and create a visitor attraction and café.

The chairman of the Friends organisation, Keith Myers, has told the Yorkshire Post that a planning application for the work is expected to be submitted to the council in February. If planning permission is secured, it is hoped that the visitor attraction, which will include a history of the tower and the walls, will be open for the summer tourism season.

Mr Myers said: “We are extremely keen to get Fishergate Postern Tower back into use for both visitors and the city’s residents alike. It has been a long process to get to this stage, but we are hopeful that work will start soon.”

The council has pledged £20,000 to help bring the Grade I listed building back into use. However, the Friends of York Walls needs to raise a further £40,000 through donations or securing grants to finance the project.

A charity concert will be held next month to raise funds for the Friends group. The event, called East meets West, will feature both British and exotic styles of music, and will be staged at St Helen’s Church on January 14 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Tickets priced £5 and £2 for students and concessions will be available on the door or by calling 01904 337308 or emailing sec@yorkwalls.org.uk